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NATURE WATCH: Ready for Spring


by Nona Estrin

The thermostat has finally been turned up! Today was a classic winter day — 20s and silky new snow. Over this next month, the fate of so many creatures is in nature’s hands. We’re hearing about owls in trouble, sitting dazed all day in the open, and I know homeowners here and there who are feeding them “feeder” mice from the pet store. Foxes are paired up, investigating and digging out potential dens for their pups. And we all have our eyes on the river, our thoughts on March. Will it smile or will it rage? The maples are poised and we are ready. Spring?