October Nature Almanac: What to Look for
October Nature Almanac
By Tait Johansson, Naturalist
1 Look for irrupting southern butterfly species like Firey Skipper and Sachem at late-blooming nectar sources such as asters and goldenrods.
5 Full Moon.
7-8 Draconid meteor shower, best viewed at nightfall & early evening.
15 Approximate peak of most brightly colored tree foliage, as leaves stop producing chlorophyll and reveal their true colors.
20 Peak of Cooper’s Hawk migration. This quick, medium-sized accipiter has increased its numbers in recent years.
21 Orionid meteor shower, best viewed pre-dawn.
25 Migration for many sparrow species peaking about now, with many species frequenting tall gardens and fields, as well as dense shrubbery. (A great reason to not dead-head your garden!)
Photo Credit: Charlotte Catalano