March 20 is the first day of spring. We’re certainly not wishing the wonderful season of winter away, but spring is an exciting time in the Credit River Watershed and we’re ready to welcome it!
Whether it’s new buds in your garden or sleepy emerging wildlife, there’s so much to look forward to in spring.
In the Garden
There’s no denying that plant blooms can bring an instant smile. Here are some native plants to look out for as warmer temperatures arrive:
These native plants thrive in various environments and are a great way to add colour to your yard. Learn more about the right time to plant trees, seeds and grasses in your garden.
On the Trails
Spring ephemerals are beautiful flowers, but aren’t around for long. These short-lived plants grow only in spring and die before summer. First, they grow leaves, then when they capture enough energy from the sun, they produce delicate flowers. Some species include:
- Trout lilies
- Bleeding hearts
- Spring beauties
- Dutchman’s breeches
In the Trees
Trees are also a great indicator that spring has arrived. Deciduous trees are trees that lose their leaves. These trees will grow buds they formed last year as the warmer weather stays more consistent. Growing plants are good news for hungry insects. Did you know that a single large tree can be home to thousands of bugs? That’s one busy apartment! Bees, butterflies, and flies are some of the earliest insects you will see in spring.
On the Feeder
The sound of birds chirping and the sight of them gliding from tree to tree is another sure sign of spring. A few species that you can expect to see during the spring migration are red-winged blackbirds, rose-breasted grosbeak and broad-winged hawks.
Birds are tired after a long trip home to the Credit River Watershed. You can help birds settle back by cleaning out winter debris from bird feeders, cleaning out bird baths and replenishing the water once a week and stocking up on bird seed (like safflower seeds, mealworms and suet). A friendly reminder to always place bird feeders and bath less than one metre from windows in order to avoid collisions. Learn more about bird-safe windows.
Update: Cases of avian influenza virus (AIV) have been found in southern Ontario. Please exercise caution around sick and dead birds and follow the Government of Canada guidelines around bird feeders. Learn more in our public service announcement.
By Kimberley Laird, Associate, Marketing and Communications