Ah, late winter in Missouri. I hear that the "Farmers’ Almanac" is predicting significant snow for Missouri later this month. By this point in the cycle of seasons, most of us are encouraged by any signs of the coming of spring. Here are a few natural history tidbits that might give you psychological comfort that spring is indeed approaching:
- Snow geese have been migrating north in recent weeks. I’ve heard them on several evenings while walking my dog.
- The daffodil, crocus and surprise lily bulbs have pushed their leaves through the soil.
- It's still daylight now when I leave work at 5 p.m.
- Female catkins on hazelnut shrubs have elongated in preparation for releasing their pollen.
- Silver maple trees are in flower now.
- Bald eagles are incubating their eggs. See this link to an interesting webcam monitoring of an Iowa nest with three eggs.
- I’m carrying spring turkey hunting permits in my wallet now.
- I had a live housefly on my screened porch last weekend.
- Migrating turkey vultures have been observed in Missouri.
- I’m approaching the end of my winter’s supply of firewood.
- The MDC Natural Events Calendar has a spring peeper photo on the March page. Their calling should peak around mid-month.
I’m sure that some of you have made your own observations of approaching spring. Feel free to share your insights for the collective good.