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The days are getting longer and warmer. The winter snow is melting away and the birds are returning to their nesting grounds.
Now that the first geese have arrived to scout the terrain and establish their nesting territories, it is time to think about the many changes that will take place at the marsh over the next few weeks.
We will soon trade the snowshoes for the paddles and get the canoes ready for the season. The pile of fire wood has greatly diminished in size after most of it was used to cook countless bannocks on a stick. The muskrat lodges are losing their white cover and the brown cattails are poking more and more through the snow. Our traveling team of nature interpreters will be wrapping up their visits to the rural schools and we will soon be looking at hiring new summer staff to help us deliver the many educational programs offered at the Centre.
Spring changes are a quite different than the fall changes; they are a lot livelier. The marsh air is filled with the noise of waking or returning wildlife. The frogs are calling to find a mate, the birds are chirping to claim their territory, and the ground squirrels are slowly emerging from their burrows, running around to stretch their short legs after a long period of hibernation.
Come see these changes for yourself and discover how nature wakes up in the spring.