Sometimes, it can seem like we wait and wait for the arrival of spring and then all of the sudden it’s here. Not when the calendar says it’s spring but when early spring flowers bloom by the roadsides, tree buds begin to break open, and migrating birds begin to return.
I was so happy to see leaves finally popping out last week, I was practically running from tree to tree to check them all out. This week we noticed that some ferns have emerged and are starting to slowly unfurl. I adore springtime with all the energy of renewed life in the air! And now I am happy to have a new word to add to my nature vocabulary repertoire. I’ll be watching closely for more spring frondescence…
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Last winter, after warmer temperatures had melted the top layer of snow, we noticed a network of tunnels throughout our yard. We soon realized that they were created by either mice or moles. It was a fun discovery!
A couple of months ago my husband started reading Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich to our children. He got to a section that talked about the subnivean zone and the kids realized that the tunnels we had seen were evidence of subnivean life. My husband was fascinated and suggested that I use it as one of my nature words of the month. Well, this is the perfect month. I hope you enjoy exploring the subnivean zone!
- Northern Woodlands has a great article about these shelters in the snow.
- This article by the National Wildlife Federation is very helpful and has a nice graphic.
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