Once, when I was little, I was so thrilled to come across a gorgeous, dark red trillium that I picked it and placed it in a vase in the house. I was disappointed when it quickly wilted. And it smelled bad.
As spring arrives, so do… bats? Like many other naturalists, I spend lots of time during this season looking for migrating salamanders and blossoming bloodroot. I’ve never thought much about what bats are doing this time of year.
One of the first spring wildflowers you’ll see – maybe even before the last patches of snow disappear – is the violet. The flower, which blooms from April-June, is widely known and easily identified.
The Hunger Mountain Headwaters — 1,877 acres in Stowe, Middlesex and Worcester — have been permanently protected in a joint effort by the Trust for Public Land, Stowe Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
It takes dedication for a skier to get 60 days on the mountain in one season, and it takes devotion to get 100. But a Stowe man managed to get first chair 101 times this winter — and that’s nuts.
As spring continues to … spring, so too do the thousands of frogs and salamanders leaving their winter hideaways for more seasonally appropriate ponds, wetlands and vernal pools to breed.
One spring-like afternoon this winter, I was skiing near Middlebury. The trail followed Otter Creek, weaving through cedar patches, hemlock groves, and past the occasional hardwood.