May Nature Happenings
- Hummingbirds arrive. Be sure to have their feeders up early in the month.
- Chokecherry, Serviceberry, Rocky Mountain Juniper, Cottonwood are in bloom early in the month.
- Peak of warbler migration happens early in month.
- Hermit Thrush, Veerys, Rose-breasted and Black-headed Grosbeaks return.
- Peak of bird courtship. Listen for the morning chorus.
- Nesting materials are being collected.
- Orioles return and begin nesting. Be sure to have their feeders, nectar, fruit and jelly out early.
- Fawns continue to be born (5/15 – 6/15).
- Beaver kits and skunk litters are born.
- Mosquitoes can begin to be a problem. Refresh bird bath water often to deter them from breeding.
- Woodhouse’s, Western and Great Plains Toads start singing.
- Be on the lookout for tadpoles in ponds.
- Buffaloberry, Wild Rose, Snowberry, Honeysuckle and Glacier Lily are in bloom late in the month.
- Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.
- International Migratory Bird Day is mid-May.