FRIDAY FUN! Warmer conditions should spur more folks outside as the week’s most stable day comes to be. Speaking of bees, we talk in our Outdoors Update about pollinator efforts in the roughest of spaces, along with boating safety and what to watch for in local pheasant populations.
Featured Photo: Going…going… Expect hen pheasants to begin the nesting process shortly. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 5/3 – Super! Hi 66, Lo 41, Wind W@14, G22
Tomorrow: Sat 5/4 – Cooler – Hi 51, Lo 40, Wind NW@13, G21
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
6:18AM 7:36PM 12:51PM 12:29AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00AM. Conditions will be ideal to start the day on the water in the Edge Hour with sunrise and moonrise aligned with light winds.
STAY AFLOAT! The NDG&F encourages all boaters to take a safety course, and notes it is required of all youth age 12-15 looking to operate a motorized craft this year. Additionally, the agency offers a specialized program for navigating the Missouri River on May 16 at Moritz Sport and Marine in Mandan.
FORE POLLINATORS. The US Fish & Wildlife Service details how golf courses are becoming prime places for pollinator management to help in the restoration of bee and butterfly populations, especially monarchs. The next time you’re in the rough, you’ll probably find those insects before you locate your ball!
DISAPPEARING HENS. Pay attention to the landscape in the coming weeks as hen pheasants take to their nesting duties. The typical nesting period in the upper Midwest runs from just before Memorial Day to mid-June, as hens sit on their 10-12 eggs for around three and a half weeks. If inclement weather or predators destroy a nest, the hen will attempt a smaller clutch.