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Nature Watch, Apr. 19, 2023

Red maple and especially aspen flowers dazzling us in the sunlight! Poplar copses suddenly that dreamy spring gray-green. But wait! Everything’s so mixed up! Last year’s beech leaves haven’t yet fallen! Wood frogs and spring peepers emerging at the same time? Shadbush about to bloom and temperatures in the mid and high 80s? This requires new terms: Compressed Tassel Time, that earliest moment of spring, lost in a tumble of simultaneous events, normally spread out over a few weeks! A frontal assault sort of spring. Wow!