Springs along the St Croix add micro-climates with over-wintering plants and early green shoots of Skunk Cabbage and other wetland plants.
|Springs along the St Croix|
|The river above St Croix Falls is opening along the edges and by the time you get to N|
The River is open for a mile or two below Nevers Dam attracting all sorts of water birds. We saw geese, trumpeters, ducks and heard their wonderful sounds of returning spring. A sandhill crane added his distinctive squawk. The snow is still deep in the woods, but spring is coming!
|Where ever farmers feed their livestock, turkeys, deer, pheasants and all sorts of other wildlife share. The farmers don't mind.|
The snow is too deep to wade down to the river, but stopping to take photos, we could see trumpeter swans, geese, ducks and here the wonderful spring racket of their calls. The first robins have been here a few days, puddles are forming, and the muddy season has arrived. Under the snow, according to the electric linemen digging in posts along the River Road south of Evergreen Av, there is no frost at all--so we are hopeful the water will soak in this spring.
Although we tapped a few easy-to-reach maple trees today, they are dripping every so slowly. With the snow dropping fast, we hope to tap the rest this week. My family has made syrup in Wisconsin at least since the 1860s when they homesteaded in Maple Grove Township, Barron County WI.
Hanson's syruping -- 1920s or so.