Jim Gilbert's Nature Notes: Winter or spring?

  • by: Jim Gilbert , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 6, 2014 - 3:33 PM

Winter is still here, but spring is on its way. Area lakes are covered with about 30 inches of ice, and the snow blanket is about 2 feet deep. In northeast Minnesota, snow depths of 3 feet plus are common, while Lake Superior has a good ice cover. On the other hand, migrating American robins and red-winged blackbirds are bunched up in Missouri and will soon be here, a few eastern chipmunks are out and about, we have smelled skunks and seen fresh raccoon tracks in the snow, our roads are wet from melting snow and ice on sunny days, our cars warm up when parked in the sunlight, American crows are returning to northern Minnesota and American goldfinches show more yellow each day.

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