April Activity (New Activities suggested Monthly)
Natural History Journal: Buds, Leaves and Pollen
The days are getting longer and everyone notices. Canada geese are visiting the newly opened water on our lakes and wet lands, sugaring buckets are attached to maple trees catching the sweet sap, and the Twins just opened their season. Watch for tree buds beginning to swell and leaves starting to unfurl. Some of the earliest flowers are slim cylindrical catkins with inconspicuous or no petals. Many of these flowers rely on wind to spread their pollen, but are still an important first source of natural pollen for bees. Willows, oaks, and maples all have early spring flowers important to bees.
Grab your camera and set out to find signs of spring. Send us emails of your pictures or post your pictures to our facebook page. Please include the date, location, and subject of your photos. Your participation will help us document seasonal changes in the Twin Cities.