Summer is still here, and I am already talking about Winter!? Pioneers predicted winter now. By observing nature and where they lived, they would prepare for a mild or harsh winter based on their data.
Here are some Pioneer signs of Winter!
- Pigs gathering sticks
- Early departure of waterfowl
- Thicker than normal corn husks
- Woodpeckers sharing a tree
- Early butterfly departure
- Thick hair on a cow’s neck
- Mice chewing to get indoors
- Lots of crickets
- Spiders making bigger and more webs
- Racoons with thicker tails and more bands
- Heavy and numerous fogs
- Ants marching in lines and not meandering
- Abundance of mast crops like acorns and nuts/seeds.
- Muskrats and Beavers making burrows higher along riverbanks.
- More active squirrels
- Frequent halos and rings around the moon and sun.
- Wooly bear bands. Narrow bands mean snowy, and wide means mild winter.
- Early arrival of Snowy Owls.
- The abundance and height of hornet and wasps’ nests.
- More precipitation in the Summer and Fall than normal.
Based on several of these signs, it looks like another long, cold, winter!
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