Friday, March 12, 2010

February 2010

The plentiful snow throughout February provided many great opportunities for tracking around the PEEC campus. The fresh snow showed tracks of white-tail deer, squirrels, coyotes and numerous rodents almost daily. Despite the heavy snows, the first flock of robins were seen in the third week of February. These birds return to our northern climates in search of thawing ground and squirming earthworms to eat.

The full moon that occurred on February 28 was historically called the "Sugar" or "Sap" moon, and marks the warming season that starts the maple tree sap flowing. PEEC staff tapped over 30 sugar maple trees (outside of the DEWA park) and are still collecting sap that will be boiled down into delicious maple syrup!

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