Our field team are always stumbling upon new and wondrous finds when they’re out on properties. Here are just a few of the springtime discoveries they’ve made recently:
1. Box turtle emerging from brumation (not hibernation). Brumation is similar to hibernation, but occurs in cold blooded animals.
2. Fiddleheads of Christmas fern emerging from the leaf litter.
3. Mayapple blossom hiding under the leaves. Patches may look like hundreds of plants, but may actually only be 2 or 3 individuals.
4. Emerging leaves of a mockernut hickory. The leaf scales sometimes get confused for petals of a flower.
5. Leaves of purple wood sorrel tucked in on the forest floor.
6. Newly opened flowers from a sweet shrub. These dark purple flowers fill the forest with a sweet floral aroma.