Posted by: Bridgett Hernandez

  • 03/13/2021

Greet spring at an ACRES preserve

The first day of spring is just one week away (March 20, if you’re counting down the days)!

In March, we’ll gain almost 2 hours of daylight. That’s more time to enjoy ACRES trails, open daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge. Here are four signs of spring to look and listen for during your next preserve visit:

1. The first blooms of spring

Photo by Thomas Sprunger

Scan the forest floor for plants peeking through snow and fallen leaves, like snow trillium. Spot this early-blooming white flower at Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve!

2. Sap collection

Photo by John Raub

Freezing/thawing temperatures means sap for maple syrup is flowing at Asherwood. As you walk through the sugar bush, look for buckets hanging from tapped trees.

3. Wildlife returning

Photo by Michael Fromholt

Migratory birds are beginning to return to our region. Can you spot a great blue heron along the banks of the Maumee River at Blue Cast Springs?

4. The chorus of spring peepers

Listen for the chorus of spring peepers. As the weather warms, you can hear these frogs around wetlands like the one at Dustin-Johnson-Whitehurst.

Protect the land you love

Our trails remain free to the public thanks to member support. Help us protect and care for habitats like these by supporting ACRES. With a donation of $20 or more, you become a member!

ACRES membership perks include:

▶ Invitations to members-only events like our annual maple syrup and pancake day and outings on closed properties

▶ Subscription to the Quarterly, a 20-page full color publication with ACRES news, stories and events mailed to your home each season

▶ Joining a community of people who are passionate about protecting land

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