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Balsam Barometer Weather Stick

Updated on March 8, 2011
Balsam Weather Stick
Balsam Weather Stick

Balsam Barometer Weather Stick

The balsam barometer weather stick is a branch from a Balsam Fir that can be found in the northeastern United States from Wisconsin to Maine, eastern and central Canada from Newfoundland to central Alberta and in the southern Appalachian mountains to West Virgina.

This North American fir can also be known as the Maine weather stick , Vermont weather stick or Abenaki weather stick.

Generally 16 inches in length and mounted to the side of a tree or house can be used as an indication of weather changes due to barometric pressure.

These unique sticks will rise pointing in the upward position and indicate good or fair weather. Likewise if pointing in the downward position will indicate bad or inclement weather.

Below is a video found on YouTube where a gentleman gives a quick guide on how to make a genuine balsam barometer weather stick found in the wilderness. 

Christmas Trees and Wreaths

Popular uses for the Balsam fir tree is a Christmas tree. These trees can be seen growing on Christmas tree farms in the east. Branches of the balsam fir are used to make wreaths during the holiday season.

These trees in the forests provide cover for moose, white-tailed deer, small animals and birds during the winter months. During the summer months deer, bear and moose use the branches to shade from the sun as resting areas.

The fir trees also supply and important source of food for several animals like grouse and red squirrels and are a major source of food for moose.

The Balsam Fir is listed on the endangered list in the state of Connecticut, United States.


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