Spring, Our Greatest Indicator of a Changing Climate

One of the greatest perks of living in a temperate region like the Mid-Atlantic is experiencing the on going march from one season into the next. The most recent transition from winter to spring is one of my favorites. Every year I am amazed by the relative speed with which trees come back from their…

This Week in Nature: April 4-10

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by. — William C. Bryant Using my ECOlogical Calendar as a guide, here’s what’s happening this week in nature. Map of the Spring sky: When we look into…

This Week in Nature: March 28 – April 3

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” — Charles Dickens Here’s what’s happening this week in nature. Boötes: Boötes, a northern constellation, known as the Herdsman, contains four bright stars visible by the…

This Week in Nature: March 21-27

“Daffodils that come before the swallow dares And take the winds of March with beauty.” — Shakespeare Here’s what’s happening this week in nature. Jupiter: Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky throughout spring. In the mornings of March 21 and 22, both Jupiter and our Moon will appear together.   Penumbral Lunar Eclipse:…

What Was Your First Sign of Spring?

While out on a walk today, I noticed all the trees in the area were beginning to bud. Though the weather forecast here in the Mid-Atlantic is calling for snow on Friday, the unmistakable signs of spring are well on their way — like this budding/blooming maple tree in my front yard. And it couldn’t…

Throwback Thursday: Jewels of Spring

This is one of my favorite pictures of last year’s vernal pool research at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. It’s always hard to get a good shot of this because of the sun’s glare on the surface of the water. A vernal (spring) pool is a seasonal wetland. It springs up (pun intended) after winter’s snow…