Michigan's Spring Tug O' War Weather and Our Backyard Birds

Michigan Spring Weather, Birds and Flowers shares the recent transition of winter to spring and features Aspen's song "Thank You" from the album 'Love Each Other Right.' 

Video Transcript

Spring officially starts in Michigan between March 19th and the 21st, on the vernal equinox which is the day when the sun shines directly on the equator. In the spring, our nights start getting shorter and the daylight per day longer. However, in Michigan March 20th can still feel more like winter than spring. We are pretty far north of the equator. In fact, the 45th parallel which marks the halfway between the equator and the north pole runs through the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. Consequently, our transition from winter to spring can be a bit of tug-a-war between Jack Frost and Mother Nature. 

For me, I know spring has arrived when I start hearing the songs of red-winged blackbirds and the calls of sandhill cranes again, but they usually arrive before the departures of our snow. Another sign of spring at our house is the racoons will start to raid our bird feeders again. During the spring and summer, they will build up lots of fat reserves and then sleep through the winter in their dens. We usually start seeing them again in mid-April, about the same time the spring peepers start to sing. 

Last week we once again witnessed the battle of the seasons for control. One day, I'm in a t-shirt watching birds in our backyard and checking out the spring wildflowers in our woods. And the next day, we get a snowstorm which is very beautiful and disheartening at the same time. So, while it was cold outside, I stayed inside and started working on this video of our transition to spring with my daughter Aspen's song "Thank You" as the sound track. It is about mixed feelings which I definitely have about the weather in Michigan. I hope you enjoy the video. 

Keep Wandering & Stay Curious! 


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