This month we’ll look at the smallest parts of our big trees. With temperatures consistently in the 40s and 50s, plants are mostly free of the hazards of a frost. Trees begin to sprout tiny little leaves. These leaves often look different from their mature forms. Learn about the adaptation of trees that serve them well in the springtime.
With the ground thawed, bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers send forth a rush of energy that fuels the early growth of a carpet of spring flowers. Learn about this early flush of wildflowers and how Vermont’s unique forests provide critical habitat for spring ephemerals.
As the land starts to thaw, amphibians start to shiver awake. Slowly rustling back to life, they emerge from their overwintering sites and begin to make their way back to their breeding ground. This month we’ll look at patterns in their early season migrations.
Male red-winged blackbirds are among the first wave of migratory birds to return to Vermont in the late winter/early spring. Curiously, the females arrive a few weeks. This month we’ll explore the natural history of red-winged blackbirds and the differences in behavior and appearance between the sexes.
While most of our vertebrates have migrated south or are in hibernation in the dead of winter, carnivores are ramping up for breeding season. Learn about the mating habits of Vermont’s carnivores and discover tips for tracking coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and weasels.