The following is a small sampling of the many natural events that occur throughout the year in our area. Three very good sources with more in depth descriptions  are the website www.nenature.com, the book ‘Naturally Curious’ by Mary Holland, and the Monadnock Nature Almanac which you can subscribe to free by emailing a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

January

  • Animal Tracks – can be seen easily in the snow. Print the NH Fish and Game’s handy ‘Pocket Guide to N. H. Animal Tracks’.
  • Great Horned Owls – courting; listen for their deep hoot
  • Bear cubs - born in end January or early February but stay in den with mother

February

  • Eastern Coyote – this is their peek breeding season and they become quite vocal
  • Start Tapping Maple Trees for Syrup - mid-February to mid-April, depending on the location. When nighttime temperatures are below freezing and daytime wind chill temperatures rise to 35 F or more, the sap begins to run.

March

  • Vernal Equinox -The date (near March 21) when night and day are nearly the same length
  • Frog and Salamander Migration - Late March or early April on 1st rainy night that reaches 45-50 degrees – emerge from hibernation and travel to shallow pond to lay eggs. To find out more or become a road crossing volunteer contact Brett Amy Thelen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April

  • American Black Bears - emerge from den
  • Spring Peepers – mating sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs begin to be heard
  • Black Flies emerge mid to late April and last through end of May

May

  • Return of Songbirds
  • Dog tics and Deer Tics - most active May thru July
  • Purple Lilac (state flower) blooms – mid May  Last Frost (average) – May 21-31

June

  • Loons start nesting – early June, nest close to waters edge, usually 2 eggs, hatch in about 28 days.
  • Snapping Turtles – come ashore to dig a hole to lay 11-83 eggs, hatch in late August or September
  • Pink Lady Slipper – the state wildflower in bloom
  • Summer Solstice - (longest daylight of year) around June 21
  • Fireflies – Males can be seen in the night sky flashing a pattern to the females perched on the ground who flash back their pattern.

July

  • Wild Orange Daylilies – blooming  profusely, originally from Asia where buds have been roasted and eaten as part of the Asian diet for centuries.
  • Wild Blueberries in late July and early August – Pitcher MT in Stoddard is especially good site

August

  • Wild Blackberries – ripe mid to late summer
  • Perseid meteor shower  - around August 10th (50-100 per hour at peak)

September

  • Raptor Migration (eagles, falcons, ospreys, vultures, kites, harriers, hawks) – September thru October, best observed from Carter Hill Orchard in Concord and Pack Monadnock at Miller State Park in Peterborough
  • First Frost (average) – September 11-20 
  • Autumnal Equinox - The date (near September 22) when night and day are nearly of the same length

October

  • Foilage Peak (avg) – around October 12
  • Chipmunks and Squirrels – storing nuts and seeds for winter

November

  • Last of Migrant Birds, including Loons – head south
  • Deer – mating season

December

  • Geminid meteor shower  - around December 13 (50-100 per hour at peak)
  • Winter Solstice - (shortest daylight of year) around December 21

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