My First Spring
Spring at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center has been an amazing adventure. What was once a brown hillside quickly transformed in front of my eyes. Like magic, the whole prairie turned to green and little critters appeared. I don’t know where they came from, but suddenly there were toads. As I popped honey suckle next to the building, more and more appeared until one day they ended up creating a symphony in the wetland. When I turned back around the Goldfinches were already in their bright yellow suits looking for seeds. For me however, the greatest transformation from winter into summer were the trees. Looking out my office all winter, I had been anticipating their change and for me it happened all too quickly. After a warm rain in April, all the bulging buds on the branches burst with emerald life. With the leaves came the insects, and soon after, the summer migrants returned filling the forest with colors and songs only the passerines know how to play. This amazing transformation has only excited me further for what lies ahead in the later months when the trees will once again change color, and the entire landscape will transform before my eyes. Until then, I will immerse myself in the joys and life of summer that are found in Columbus’ backyard.