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Signs of Spring

Suggestions for watching wildlife

Kind News magazine, Feb/Mar 2015

Photo: Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Spring is a busy time for wildlife. Warmer weather and increasing hours of daylight signal animals that it's time to get a move on! There are mates to find, nests to build, young to be raised and food to gather. Here are some things to look and listen for:

  • Male woodchucks (also known as groundhogs) are among the first hibernating animals to appear. Watch for them in late February or early March.
  • One of the first migratory birds seen in northern states is the yellow-bellied sapsucker. They return when it has warmed up enough for their favorite food (tree sap) to begin to run.
  • As the ground thaws and earthworms crawl toward the surface, American robins won't be far behind!
  • Monarch butterflies begin their long trip north from Mexico.
  • Insects emerge from under soil, leaves, rocks or logs.
  • Tiny spring peepers gather together and loudly sing to let us know it's spring!

Suggestions for watching wildlife

Keep a camera and binoculars in a handy spot.

Record and make a sketch of your wildlife observations in a daily journal.


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