MMM, MMM GOOD. A warmer pattern settles in, opening those snowed-over areas up a bit more each day and pulling wildlife out into the open again.  We cover mule deer, milkweed for monarchs and more on the melt in today’s Outdoors Roundup.

 

Featured Photo:   MAKING MOVES.  A flock of wild turkeys move along the receding snowline in a hollow near Fallon, N.D. Simonson Photo.

 

WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):

Today:  Tue 10/15 – Breeze is Back – Hi 36, Lo 32, Wind NW@15, G25.

Tomorrow: Wed 10/16 – More Melt – Hi 44, Lo 26, Wind S@10, G21

 

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):

 

Sunrise        Sunset

8:01AM        6:56PM

 

Moonrise      Moonset       Overhead      Underfoot

7:48PM         8:32AM        1:53AM           2:15PM

 

Moon Phase:   Waning Gibbous (97% Full)

 

EDGE HOUR:    8:00-9:00AM.  Moonset and sunrise with the back of the full moon combine for today’s Edge Hour.

DAY RATING:

3Fish

 

OUTDOORS ROUNDUP:

MILK IT.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provides insight into its seeding program for milkweed plants to help bolster monarch populations, which increased significantly in surveys last year. Around 30,000 pounds of the small seeds were collected and utilized for prairie restoration plantings on 3,500 acres last year.

MULEY SURVEY UNDERWAY.  The NDG&F has begun surveys of the state’s mule deer populations which will run through the rest of the week. Via low-flying aircraft, employees of the agency survey populations in the badlands for the annual count.

MELTING.  Temperatures spiking into the upper 40s and then 50s over the next three days should convert a lot of the remaining snow into water.  Sloughs and waterways are full, so don those swamp walker boots for any trips into the field!

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