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Spring: the start of new life

Some geese start incubating eggs from late March or early April. Any slightly elevated area next to the water makes a good location for a goose nest. This female may be incubating anywhere from 2 to 8 eggs.


April 19, 2012

Spring is the time of year when all aspects of nature seem to come alive; buds and sprouts are appearing on bushes, trees, and out of the ground, and bears make their appearance after wintering in their dens. Birds are heard in the forests and fields chirping and trilling away; many of these calls heard are breeding and territorial defense calls.

In this region, large birds start nesting first; some of the local eagle pairs started incubating eggs during the latter part of February. Larger waterfowl, such as Canada geese, are close behind. By the time you read this, the flute-like melody of the wood thrush, and a myriad of sounds of other breeding birds, will be evident in varied habitats across the region.