April 12, 2021 - April 30, 2021
Ice out -when lake ice disintegrates enough for most of the lake to be ice-free – is late up north. Lake edges give way first with a few inches, then a foot of open water. The ice goes soft and gets granular. Right before it breaks up it can get very dark. We all keep our fingers crossed the lakes will be open for walleye Fishing Opener.
April 14, 2021 - May 12, 2021
In the spring male ruffed grouse “drum” to attract females. The drum sounds like someone repeatedly trying to pull start an outboard motor. The effect is caused by the grouse beating its wings against the air. While the sound is distinctive, it can be hard to pinpoint the bird which blends in with pre-spring forest.
April 22, 2021
The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds.
The nearly full moon will be a problem this year. Its glare will block out all but the brightest meteors. But if you are patient you may still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.
Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.