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With each day comes a new sign of spring. It’s such a pleasure to watch the subtle and not-so-subtle changes in animals, plants, and people. One of my favorite signs of spring is seeing robins, cardinals, and other birds scouting out the trees for the best nest locations. I think I have a couple of robins that are very interested in a maple tree growing near my home. This week, I took some time to reflect on other familiar signs of spring.
Trees and Flowers
The arrival of spring triggers the growth of buds on trees of all kinds. Suddenly, it seems like all of the trees in my neighborhood have buds that are ready to burst! Many flowers have begun to pop up out of the ground and will soon begin to bloom. I’ve noticed that the black-eyed Susans in my garden are starting to come up. They aren’t supposed to flower until June! Some flowers just can’t wait to enjoy the weather.
Bears, groundhogs, bees, skunks, bats, frogs, and many other animals come out of hibernation when spring arrives. They start to take in a lot of nourishment so they can breed. Soon, bear cubs, ducklings, chicks, raccoons, tadpoles, squirrels, and other animal babies will arrive. Many birds migrate south for the winter; hummingbirds have been known to fly as far south as Central America. But as temperatures rise in the spring, hummingbirds make their way back to many midwestern and northern states. Other birds that migrate north in the springtime include ducks, red-shouldered hawks, blackbirds, bald eagles, and thrushes.
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The Water Is Starting to Flow
As temperatures increase in the spring and the ground gets warmer, ponds, lakes, and streams start to thaw. Factor in the increased rainfall in the springtime and you’ll see rivers and streams begin to flow very quickly. Often, flooding occurs in the spring due to the mixture of melting snow and ice and rain.
How Is Your Mood?
The cold temperatures of winter keep many people indoors. But with the arrival of spring, you’ve probably noticed more people out jogging, walking their dogs, and puttering around in their gardens. The sunlight and warmer temperatures have a good effect on your mood. I know I feel happier when the sun is shining and it’s warm. The chance to observe all of the activity happening in nature has a way of lifting one’s spirits.
The Vernal Equinox
There are 12 hours between sunrise and sunset on the first day of spring, also known as the vernal equinox. The Northern and Southern hemispheres experience opposite seasons, so when spring begins here in the Northern Hemisphere, it means that the fall is starting in the Southern Hemisphere. Have you noticed the light starting to change? I certainly have. Springtime brings with it longer days and more sunlight, which helps the trees and flowers start to grow. Insects, birds, and other animals have more daylight hours to hunt for food, too.
Enjoy all of the wonderful signs of this season of rebirth!