Seasonal observations: It’s spring and love is in the air

My favourite correspondent, John Tschopp, has broken away from his usual orthithological themed observations to share this one, for our collective phenology journal.

Phenology, derived from the Greek word phaino, meaning “to show or appear,” is literally “the science of appearance.” It is a segment of ecology focused on the study of periodic plant and animal lifecycle events related to climate and seasonal changes. Although these natural observations can be done year-round, spring is a great time to get started by recording all the “firsts” you see. From noting the first bud on a tree to spotting the first robin in your yard, observing and recording these events can be the beginning of a life-long relationship with nature. ~

It’s mating season. For the frogs. And the toads.

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Tschopp observes that: “the cranberry farm up Pemberton Meadows Road is a good place to see the proceedings.”

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From John:

These Western Toads have extremely long hind legs.

The juvenile Bald Eagle was standing on the bank of the pond watching the show.

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Spotted my first Yellow-rumped Warblers today. Swallows are numerous. Spring is here.

I love filing this information into my own internal compass, adding it to the things I’ve learned over the years, curating the Wellness Almanac, and learning to pay attention to the original interweb, the network of energy and life force at play all around me.

I add it to my mental list of Signs of spring:

Coming soon:

But for now, here’s to the frogs, romancing in the bogs. And to our cast of seasonal observers, always inviting us to pay attention and appreciate the details of the moment.


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