Spring Rushes In

By Greg Lecker Spring is here at last! The honking of Canada Geese attract my attention. In addition to those flying overhead, three geese are perched atop the Oswald building. How strange! Red-winged Blackbirds call with raspy metallic trills. Northern Cardinals sing their pleasing melodies.Daffodils and blue Siberian squill bloom in drifts along the drive…

Blooms, Buds and Ephemera

By Mary Beth Pottratz Daffodils and jonquils have popped up in a few places at the Arb. A grand clump of forsythia shines bright yellow, and even a few tulips are open in the rock garden. But I rush past them to the woodland garden, hunting spring ephemeral wildflowers this late afternoon. I am richly…

31 days

By Richard DeVries We tapped the first sugar Maple on March 7 this year and we pulled all the taps on April 7. The season lasted 31 days, exactly one month. During that period we had some warm weeks and some cold weeks and only a handful of days  that the sap was flowing. We…

Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me

By Boak Wiesner Considering the brief burst of snow just a day ago, it’s a shocking change to be out in the broiling sun. A stiff wind from the south brings warmth, a reminder of the strong high pressure system that just passed by over the last few days. Pussy willow catkins add some welcome…

Overture of Spring

By Greg Lecker A wide variety of birds are singing their overture to spring as I begin hiking. I hear calls from Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee; and flying overhead, Killdeer, a flock of Canada Geese, and a higher pitched distressed sounding call from one of a pair of ducks. Accompanied by…

Cooking Inside and Out

By Richard DeVries We had a good sap run over the weekend. We emptied the bags on Saturday after the open house and Monday morning all the bags and tanks were full. Monday morning the sap-lines were frozen and we had a good sap-run again. The warm temperatures had me cooking inside and out. I…