March 20th was the spring equinox. Are you seeing the signs of the spring equinox in nature? Besides experiencing more daylight, you should be seeing other signs of spring!
If you’re a sky watcher, you’re probably noticing the arc of the sun across the sky is shifting further toward the north each day. This increase in sunlight means birds, dragonflies and butterflies should be migrating north, following the sun. I’m already seeing returning bird species to our yard as well as waterfowl and cranes flying overhead.
As the days grow longer, they bring with them warmer weather. The trees and shrubs are beginning to bud, and plants are beginning to poke through the ground. Soon the spring ephemerals will begin to bloom, and hopefully all will be right with the world again. Considering the height of the water on my pool cover, I’d say we’ve had more than a foot less moisture this winter. I’m wishing for a wet spring to make up for it. Most of my prairie species are wet mesic, so a really dry winter, followed by a really dry summer will yield less vibrant plant species than we saw last year. I may have to treasure all the photos I took last year a little longer.