I everyone, this is Tom posting a nature update.
On this last day of February 2011. the temperatures at near 60 degrees. The Canada geese are back and acting territorially, six wood duck and two mallards also on the pond today. And a noisy kingfisher is happy that most of the ice covering the pond is melting away. On a quick walk around the pond, I saw perhaps a dozen painted turtles basking on sunny logs. In the warmer shallow waters, at the begining of the boardwalk, I saw a red spotted newt. And green frogs were active in the small ponds fed by the large rock spring. So spring is inching it's way closer and closer. I was surprised that there were no wood frogs calling today.....but it won't be long now.