Small Signs of Spring

All, Stories, From the Field

Last week at Embshoff Woods Nature Preserve, I saw it! A first sign of spring: yellow wild flowers blooming in the warm February sunshine. What a great surprise for fellow Operations employee Eric Estridge and me. We discovered the open petals in the forest floor while reviewing the area around the maintenance building.

It was only a week ago that we had several inches of snow, and we even saw flurries this week.  But spring is coming — and here is the proof.

Winter aconite, a non-native flower in the buttercup family, spreads across the forest floor at Embshoff Woods.

Winter aconite

Get out this weekend and see if you can find your own signs of spring. It will warm your heart, Eric and I promise!

Jim Westendorf, District Operations Superintendent