This is Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Early Spring.
When pussy willows open all the way, then all the snow crocuses and golden aconites come into full bloom, and woolly bear caterpillars come out from winter hibernation. Pussy willow time is the time when clover and wild violet leaves start to grow; horseradish stretches out to an inch or two, and red rhubarb unfolds in the sun .
Antioch College says that a new conservation land easement will ensure that Glen Helen near Yellow Springs will be forever preserved and open to the public.
It's first of two phases designed to protect the popular recreational destination. WYSO's Licensee, Antioch University was a co-granter on the easement. Both the University and College worked with the Trust for Public Land to complete the deal.
Nick Boutis with Antioch College is Director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute. He says protecting the Glen has been a priority for decades.
Poor Will’s Almanack for the First Week of Early Spring.
Mountain bluebirds are returning to Yellowstone. Bald eagles are laying eggs. Ravens pair up for spring, frolicking as they court. Snow midges appear as the weather becomes milder along the mountain streams; they provide early food for birds and fish, which become more active as equinox approaches.
Poor Will’s Almanack for the Final Week of Late Winter.
The days are lengthening a minute every day, but it is still hard for me to believe in spring. In the garden, daffodils and snowdrops have budded. Pussy willows are emerging with every thaw.
But I always want more, and I want it sooner, and I think that it is accepting just part of the whole that causes the problem. Considering just warmth and green as normal and good: That is what makes it hard to wait.