Category Archives: Spring

Spring-themed topics

The Bass Ponds – A Hidden Gem

The Bass Ponds are part of the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge. It is an urban wildlife refuge in shadow of the Mall of America, a busy highway and the Minneapolis International Airport. Besides being a refuge for animals, the Bass … Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Spring 2019

Mid FebruaryI heard my first signs of spring. What birds were calling in the cold? (cardinal and  “fee bee” call  of the chickadee)   Early AprilPussy Willows in the marsh Early AprilThe fluted song of a male Robin is in … Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Spring 2018

Please Note: The Spring bird and frog recordings only works using Safari as your browser. The wonder of Spring is finally upon us. If you can learn a few Spring calls, it makes the experience even more glorious. Below are … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place – Spring ponds

Note to Readers: The audio can only be heard using Safari. Turn the volume to its highest setting. This is the second in a series of stories about places where we connect to the Earth. Where our hearts are open and … Continue reading

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Frogs, Frogs, Frogs

The parade of frogs to the breeding ponds begins soon after the ice is out (usually after April 15th), as they fulfill their yearly mating ritual. In the spring I try to spend as much time as possible in the … Continue reading

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Spring Bird Identification Program

  pages 68-78 in Peterson First Guide to Birds   Pages 84-92 in Peterson First Guide Birds     Look between pages 100 – 116 in Peterson First Guide to Birds   Look between pages 95-115 in Peterson First Guide … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

Phenology is the study of the seasonal changes found in nature. Below are my weekly notes which I began taking on March 10th, 2012. If you want to post some photos on this site, please visit and post them to the Old … Continue reading

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