Signs of Spring

Spring is a fickle mistress in Ontario. One day it’s 21°C, the next it’s 2°C. It could snow at any moment. For this reason we don’t rely on the temperatures to tell us summer is coming. It’s better to watch for the first of the Red-Winged Blackbirds, the return of the Turkey Vultures, the Warblers and the Killdear; To listen for the Spring Peepers chirping their chorus and best of all to watch the spring flowers burst from the ground. Crocus and snow drops are usually the first garden flowers. Skunk cabbage, wild ginger, blue cohosh, sharp-lobed hepatica, blood root, early meadow-rue and trout lily are the first of the wild-flowers around here (Carolinian Forest Area).

Here are a few signs of spring I’ve seen in the last week!

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