By Steve Earsom, USFWS pilot biologist, Eastern and Northern Ontario
As the superheroes sprinted down the long, straight, narrow hallway, the path behind them erupted with sequential explosions of green, white and red. Dust filled the air and lightning struck as the huge door cycled downward to block their escape. They dove for the narrow space under the door like baserunners stealing home…
Hey, it’s been a long survey, okay? Nick and I are down to the final transect, which will take us about two hours to complete if weather cooperates tomorrow. Otherwise the door closes: the white flowers, red buds and green leaves finish their springing forth, blocking our view to the waterfowl using many of the small creeks and wetlands. The low, solid stratus clouds give way increasingly to summertime cumulus buildups with lots of lightning. And the dust, well, I’m just glad I’m not allergic to the pollen that was clouding the air today from all the pine trees. Spring is in full swing in Ontario and Quebec, and the habitat is top-notch throughout our crew area.
Pollen storm.. Spring is here! Photo by Nick Wirwa, USFWS
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