This is a reprint of an article I wrote for the CHEK newsletter. Enjoy the article and the free notebooking page!
Signs of spring are in the air! You don’t believe me? Go look. Many of our bird friends are just beginning to find their way back to their familiar homes here in KY. The tiniest of crocuses are pushing through the cold soil, and in some places snow, to bring us the first bits of hope that more flowers will soon follow. Trees are preparing their early buds and new growth can be found on the ends of several branches.
March is a great time of the year for woodland nature walks. You can easily see new growth and new life since the foliage is not around yet to block out the sun or cover up wonderful treasures. Look for early flowers, ferns, mosses, fungi, lichen, birds, nests and burrows. Since most animals are now waking from their winter slumber, animal tracks will be easy to find, especially in a dusting of snow or wet soil.
Most of the list above can be found in a short walk around your yard or neighborhood, too. But I encourage you to take the time to find a nature trail in your area to strengthen your spirit with new scenery and fresh, brisk air.
In your own backyard, take the time to prepare a large or small garden. March isn’t too early for planting such crops as peas, potatoes, greens and radishes. A garden is a wonderful tool for nature study and reaps very yummy rewards to boot!
For those of you who enjoy notebooking or keeping a nature journal, I’ve made a notebooking page called “Early Spring Beauty” that you can use on a nature walk this month. You can find it at our HS Launch page.
May God bless your nature walks with more beauty than you can imagine!
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