Friday, February 4, 2011

Things to Look For in February

Eastern skunk cabbage
Skunk cabbage by Colin Purrington
Skunk cabbage is one of the select group of plants in the world that attracts pollinators by imitating rotting flesh. And, it's just about the only native flower you're going to find blooming at this time of year.

I like to think of maple syrup as the taste of trees waking up in the spring. They've been storing energy all winter as starch in their wood. But now, they want to use it to start producing leaves. And the way they get that energy to their leaves? Sap. Which we collect, and boil down, and eat on our pancakes.
Elizabeth sledding
Elizabeth sledding, by Matt
Remember all that snow we had last February? Did you know that out of the top ten 3-day snowfall totals in DC, seven have been in February? We'll see what this month has in store for us...
What have you been noticing in nature lately? Leave us a comment!