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Spring Means … They’re Awake

Spring Means … They’re Awake

Spring is a wonderful time of year. Everything seems to wake up from its winter slumber. The grass turns green, trees start to bud, and our wild neighbors (really wild) start venturing out from their winter hibernation.

For the past 3 weeks right at 6 am, the songbirds have come back to sing their songs and wake me up. The first few weeks is always an adjustment period when their songs tend to keep me up, but then by mid-summer they are part of the scenery, part of every day life. The pesky groundhog, which makes its home under my shed, has been spotted as have the grossly annoying stinkbugs and the crazy carpenter bees.  And the bear. I haven’t personally seen one around my yard, but friends in the area have been talking about and posting pictures of the bears in their neighborhood who wake up this time of year, and start searching for tasty garbage us humans leave out.

The deer in my neighborhood are out and about. We have a herd around here of about 15 and I bet there will be more in a few months. They’re not as bad as a bear in the neighborhood, but they really do make it hard to garden.

What types of wild neighbors do you live among?  And is spring finally showing its colorful side in your neck of the woods? It seems that April has been quite an interesting weather month for many areas including our extended Farmers’ Almanac associates in Minneapolis who have been dealing with snowstorm after snowstorm, and one that has been dealing with the downpour of rain in Illinois.

Happy end of April.

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