Field Notes: What’s in the Woods Today? Feb. 5, 2018
February 12, 2018 2:24 pm
Waiting for Spring
by Area Forester Lisa Deaton
This great blue heron, like many of us, seems to be contemplating warmer weather.
The daffodils in the eastern part of the state are getting ready to bloom.
The squirrels are carrying mouthfuls of leaves from the forest floor and adding them to their nests in the trees. I tried to catch a photo of that, but squirrels move so fast.
The spring peepers were calling in Mathews County after the 70-degree rainy weather on January 23. The Virginia Herpetelogical Society provides this Frog Calling Schedule to help identify the frogs you might be hearing. Be sure to narrow the list down by checking the range maps of each species to see which species live in your area.
The spores inside are released through holes in the top of each ball when raindrops fall on them, when hit by wind gusts, or when something steps on them … like ME! When I was very young, my friends and I jumped on every puffball we could find. We called them smoke bombs, and finding them was like finding treasure. Jumping on puffballs ranked second only to splashing in puddles.
Are you ready for Spring?
Tags: Mushrooms, Wildlife, Woodland Plants