Take a trip around the sun at the Museum’s 2016 exhibit.

Explore the seasonal changes of the Northwoods and discover the importance in the timing of these events that make phenology a word worth learning!


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this exhibit come to life, and to Rob Douglas from Midwest Taxidermy Traders for creating the seasonal dioramas.


In the past, the Cable Natural History Museum published an annual phenology calendar, which collected data from many local residents and visitors. In 1999, the first hummingbird was spotted in Cable on May 6. In 2004, the first hummingbird was spotted in Cable on May 11. For this year, the first ruby-throated hummingbird was spotted on May 10, 2016. Learn more about recording phenology data at our Museum’s “Nature’s Calendar Phenology Project.”

Studying phenology helps us to understand the health of species and ecosystems. Every species has an impact on those in its food chain and community. The timing of one species’ events can be very important to the survival of another species. An early spring can sometimes mean challenges for early arrivers. Will there be sufficient food available for migrating birds to eat once they arrive? Will a critter tied to a later migration schedule get here after their food source has already peaked?

Explore below for a glimpse into “Nature’s Calendar,” or see the seasons for yourself by visiting the Museum! 

Looking for a guide to the exhibit? Download at home a “Nature’s Calendar” Exhibit Guide or ask for a copy at the Museum front desk. This guide highlights several aspects of the exhibit that are not to be missed!

The Lois Nestel Memorial Exhibit Hall

Named after the Museum’s first Director and Naturalist, Lois Nestel, whose passion for nature inspired the creation of the Museum in 1968. Environmental controls and expanded exhibition space allow us to properly care for our exhibits, both built in house or on loan from other Museums.

Thanks from support from Ron & Patty Anderson

Sounds of the Season





Transport yourself through the seasons at the “Sounds of the Seasons” wall. Explore below for a seasonal sampler of sounds!






Black-throated Green Warbler – Sounds of Spring

Wood Frog – Sounds of Spring

Splitting wood – Sounds of Fall

Cross-country skiing – Sounds of Winter