By Derek Stoner, Seasonal Program Team Leader
The days are getting warmer, and all around us, Signs of Spring abound. The first wildflowers of Spring are popping through the leaf litter layer, while amphibians like Wood Frogs are emerging from their Winter lair to make their way to wetlands for breeding purposes.
You are invited to take part in the Sixth Annual Signs of Spring Challenge through the Delaware Nature Society. Each week for the next nine weeks, you encouraged to get outside and look for signs of plants emerging and animals arriving. The species we selected as classic Signs of Spring are found widely throughout most of Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.
The challenge is to find all 20 of these plants and animals, and make a note about the date that you find them. Many are already out there and ready to be seen in this first full week of March, while others (like Barn Swallows and Trout Lily) are likely still weeks away from appearing.
Here is the link to open the Signs of Spring Challenge spreadsheet : Signs of Spring Challenge 2016
Enjoy exploring the outdoors this Spring, and please come out to one of our Delaware Nature Society-managed properties to explore and search for Signs of Spring with us!
Check out the upcoming programs through the Delaware Nature Society that will connect you with Signs of Spring during the month of March:
Early Spring Frogs and Woodcocks at Coverdale Farm, Wednesday March 16, 5:30 to 8:00pm
Spring Equinox Hike and Campfire at Ashland, Sunday March 20, 5:00 to 7:00pm
Call 302-239-2334, extension 0 to register for these programs.