Friday, April 1, 2016

Nature Happenings - April 2016

April 2016

April 2 

On beaches look for piping plovers arriving from southern wintering grounds.

April 9 

Spring peeper © Joy Marzolf
Listen for the high-pitched bell choir of hundreds of spring peepers in freshwater wetlands.

April 17

A native shrub, shadbush, blossoms in April when American shad are swimming upstream to spawn.

April 18

This evening is a good time to see Mercury, which is now at its highest point above the horizon. As the sun sets, the planet is in view low in the darkening sky.

April 22

Full moon. The Shad Moon (Native American).

April 27 

Gray catbirds and eastern towhees return. Listen for the feline-like mewing of the catbirds among sprawling vines and thickets and the drink-your-tea call of the towhees in scrubby areas.

April 30

Search in woodlands for early wildflowers, such as trout lily, trillium, lady’s slipper, bloodroot, and hepatica.

Excerpt taken from Mass Audubon's Outdoor Almanac.

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