Take a look at the list below and see how many of these you can find in your backyard or neighborhood. It may be a little too early to spot some of these (depending on where you live), but even here in Wisconsin we’ve spotted quite a few.
Things to look for:
- Buds on trees
- Bulbs or plants starting to shoot up out of the ground. (Crocuses are early risers, then daffodils and tulips. My garlic chives are also pushing up in the garden.)
- Something yellow
- Flowers beginning to bloom
- Pine Needles
- Snow melting and draining into ditches
- Rocks with multiple colors
- Ice melting on lakes, ponds and ditches.
- Mushrooms on a tree
- Litter that was hiding in the snow
- Mud puddles
What critters are doing:
- Migrating birds returning
- Robins first appearance
- Animal tracks in the mud or along a streambed. Try to identify them!
- Worms coming out of the ground
- Squirrels eating or searching for food
- Moths flying
- Birds looking for food.
- Bugs under a log
What people are doing:
- Kids playing outside
- Someone walking with a stroller
- Laundry hanging outside
Things to listen for:
- Birds singing
- Early arriving frogs (like the Spring Peeper)
- The first thunderstorm
Remember to be a careful explorer! Be safe and try not to disturb anything.
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