Dripping Wet

By Greg Lecker It’s very wet outside this morning.  The previously forecast sun is still at least twenty-four hours away.  It’s colder outside than I had expected as well.  In the annual display gardens, daffodil and tulip leaves have sprouted. Strutting around the Sensory Garden, the resident turkeys shake their massive bodies to scatter rain…

First Day of Spring

By Mary Beth Pottratz A lone Red-winged blackbird greets me from the wetland as I turn into Alkire Drive. Today is the first full day of spring: the vernal equinox. The sun crosses the equator, and length of day and night are almost equal. This 28⁰ morning air nips at my face, but climbing a…

Spring Crashes In

By Boak Wiesner A warm wind greet me as I mosey along the boardwalk. It is clear that winter is over and spring is here but there’s a few small remnants of winter’s icy grip that remain. This ice will certainly be gone by later today though it gives me pause to reflect on the…

Turkey Tales

By Greg Lecker At the entry to Three-Mile Drive, Tom turkeys boldly court their hens. Their behavior is right on schedule – occurring in March and April, while birds are still flocked together in winter sheltered areas. The males, with flushed red wattles, alternatively gobble at females and run in full display after the object…