August marks the beginning of the season of plenty. While I am trying my best to stay in the present and savor the last days of summer, many of my wild neighbors have their eyes to the future and are beginning their furious preparations for the long cold winter ahead.
One of my very favorite signs of spring, and one that I often first see in April, is black bear (Ursus americanus) tracks. Sometimes staggering, sometimes determined, the prints tell the tale of one of our region’s largest wild predators, and spotting them always gives me a thrill.
There is so much to see and hear during this time of the year that it is easy to overlook one of my favorite spring sensations: the smell. So just what is it that we have to thank for spring’s classic scent?
What makes a pool a vernal pool? Get on your snowshoes and mud boots to explore these ephemeral springtime delights with Shelby Perry!