The birds are singing, the grass is greening, we’ve shed our scarves and hats, and we’re going on a Bird Walk with naturalist Henry Walters on Sunday, May 6th at 7:30am to identify some of our returning feathered friends.
Interested in exploring and learning more about the sights and sounds of spring? Want to know more about what you find on your outside jaunts now that the weather is more favorable? We have just the items for you to identify and learn more about our lively outside world:
Warbler Wave is a brand new picturebook illustrated with gorgeous photos of spring’s migrants. They can be hard to spot and it can take a while to get adept at identifying them by their calls. In this title you see them up close and can glory in returning color to our northern woods.
This time of the year we can hear the ‘quacking’ of wood frogs and the resounding chorus of the spring peepers—two sure audible signs of spring. But, again, these creatures aren’t always easy to spot up close. In, A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools, often tucked on the counter at Toadstool Bookshops this time of year, there are photographs and descriptions of all the creatures that can be found in spring’s vernal pools and bodies of newly melted water.
For a day-by-day or month-by-month study of spring’s unfolding, check out the Upper Valley’s naturalist Mary Holland’s book Naturally Curious. Mary Holland photographs her daily natural discoveries and blogs about them, and now has several books to her credit. Her books are terrific guides to our northern seasons, creatures and plants.
Spring also features emerging wooly bears and overwintered chrysalises of swallowtail butterflies and new caterpillars. The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science is a new title in the Youth Department. Merian was a 17th century (!) artist whose pioneering study of caterpillars, butterflies and moths revealed many secrets of ‘summer birds’ and laid a scientific foundation for the study of these creatures. This book is illustrated with her sumptuous illustrations and the author’s beautiful photographs.