Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Coming up for air

Happy first day of spring, everyone. Today is a day of getting things back in order for me. I’ve just been through a particularly busy time, hence thinner than normal postings here. No recent cheese making experiments, either. Between February 17 and this past Monday, I’ve made nine presentations. They have ranged from talks to local community groups, to lectures at one conference and one symposium (multiple talks both times) to talks to the professional conservation community (US Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Natural Resources). I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining here. This is my job, it’s what I’m supposed to be doing, and I do love it. But at the moment, I’m pooped! Fortunatly, things are easing up a bit, at least for a while.

Migrating sandhill cranes

Meanwhile, spring is finally making a few inroads here in the (until recently) frozen Midwest. Rodger recently posted a beautiful picture of a sandhill crane on his blog. This got me thinking that we should begin seeing sandhills migrating through. And we have. In the last couple of weeks, tens of throusands of them have been flying overhead. This picture here is what we see of most of them. The vast majority head north to Wisconsin where they will take up residence at places like Horicon Marsh. We mostly hear them as they fly over. A friend once described them as sounding like a Canada Goose trying to warble. It’s beautiful, wild, and haunting.

So my crocus bloom, the days slowly lengthen and warm up. I’m waiting eagerly to see more species of flowers come into bloom, and looking forwaward to getting on with butterflies and other fieldwork. I’m looking forward to doing a bit more blogging, and cheesemaking, too.

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At 18:22, Anonymous Lemuel said...

Happy Spring. so nice to see your crocuses. Nothing here yet.

At 01:54, Blogger Tony said...

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR! Depending where yo live, you're seeinng crocuss, tulips, daffodils, snapdragons, and so much more. Breathtaking! Hope all has been well, absent being pooped from all the running around.

At 09:44, Blogger Homer said...

Sandhill cranes nest next to my sister's house in Michigan. They still have a sandhill crane hunt here in Arizona, I think that is despicable.

At 19:49, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been dying for my daffs to come up!Welcome back!

At 16:37, Blogger rodger said...

Welcome back Doug! It's a good thing you got all that work out of the way so you can enjoy the pleasures of spring.

At 00:15, Blogger Ur-spo said...

clusters of crocus/purple and gold
I miss them so; thank you for the photos.


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