WARM IT UP. Temperatures take us back into summer territory, with highs in the mid 80s for the final day of July. Relatively calm winds will facilitate a great two-day stretch on the water before a chance for rain moves in on Friday. In the meantime, we’ve got news and stories from state and regional agencies, covering migrations, swan apps and lost loons in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: A loon patrols the morning water of a Minnesota lake. The DNR there reports a summer die-off of the state bird due to west nile virus. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 7/31 – Bye July – Hi 85, Lo 63, Wind S@9
Tomorrow: Thu 8/1 – Hello August – Hi 88, Lo 62, Wind S@9
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
5:33AM 9:20PM 1:30PM 12:59AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:45-9:45PM. Moonset and sunset align with calm conditions for an awesome evening of fishing, ending with our Edge Hour.
SAFE PATH. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service details the work that goes into giving animal species a safe route for migratory travel, and general movement, in a piece highlighting travel corridors in and around various refuges. Along with those corridors, the FWS manages wetland water levels to help migratory birds in their season efforts.
TUNDRA TAGS. Applications for the 2019 Tundra Swan Season are available online from the NDG&F’s licensing page. The season runs from Sep. 28 to Dec. 29 and the cost for residents is $10, and nonresidents, $30.
LOSING LOONS. Minnesota’s DNR reports an uptick in dead loon sightings in July, and has confirmed that the birds are being hit hard by a wave of west nile virus. Loons are notedly susceptible to the disease transmitted by mosquito bites.