Signs of Spring

Happy spring and welcome to my first blog post! I have been pondering for many weeks now what I would write for my first blog entry. Should I introduce myself again even though I spend many days crafting my “about” page? Should I dive right in with a particular naturalist topic? Should I sound happy? Professional? What should I do to keep you interested and coming back to my blog? When should I start writing? Thankfully, the answers to these questions came to me today. I will be me and I am starting this new adventure today, the first day of spring 2014.

For those of you who live in the Washington D.C. Metro area, we all know that spring isn’t truly here yet. There is still snow on the ground, a cold snap to the air and our cars are still covered in salt from last Monday’s snowstorm. In fact, the lovely newscaster from channel 4 is threatening us again with yet another storm next Tuesday. I never thought I would complain about another snow day! But I am. I am eager to get out there, start taking pictures for you and start blogging about the wonders of nature and getting outside. I also plan to use this blog to share different activities that you can do outside on your own or with your family. Please share with me what you like to do by commenting on my blog posts! 

For now, I have decided to keep my chin up and start looking for signs that spring is really coming. Signs that will keep me thinking that although it may still be 40F and that part of my yard is still covered with snow, I can be happy in the thought that spring is indeed on its way. Today’s most notable sign was the spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) which started peeping 3 days ago once the snow started to melt. For me, whatever winter blues I have immediately go away once I start hearing the peepers. How can you not like a tiny creature the size of a paper clip that freeze almost its entire body and thaw back in the spring to sing on the first warm day? What reminds you of spring? The little patches of green mosses coming out from the snow? The spring birds like the red-winged blackbirds and the grackles that are now covering our bird feeders? The trees starting to bud and getting ready to flower soon? Let’s all say goodbye to winter and welcome the many months of spring ahead. Or if you live in the Washington D.C. metro area, we might have missed our usual 2 days of spring!