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Springtime by Kevin Vande Vusse

Posted by Paul Wiemerslage | May 14, 2015

As we welcome back spring for another year, it has been exciting to be up in Northern Michigan at the Au Sable Institute.  Having the opportunity to be a part of the spring internship has been fun in more ways than one.  Not only do we get to spend the days teaching with the school groups that come in, we also get to watch as the forests come alive again.  The ground starts to burst with color as the Trout Lily, Trillium, Dutchman's Breeches and Violets among many other wildflowers start to awaken from their long winter slumber.  The trees start to sing again as thousands of migratory birds make their way North to announce the start of another spring, each new songbird like opening a gift on Christmas morning to the observer.  The myriads of Spring Peepers fill the night air with their persistent calls, relentlessly broadcasting their presence on Louie's Pond.  These are only a few examples of the many ways spring is telling us it has arrived again for another year, and also what makes this my favorite season.  So get outside, take a walk and witness the wonder of new life that is spring happening right before our eyes.