There are many signs of spring, besides the Spring Equinox in March, marking the official beginning to seeing a change in the seasons. From the first migrating bird arrivals such as the song sparrows and loggerhead shrikes, to the wild phlox that begins to bloom bringing on the pink full moon in April. It’s refreshing in itself to think of all the things to be thankful for as our days slowly gain more daylight.
Here at Fairbanks, we’re excited to see this change inside our Victorian Museum. The Wildflower Table, created in 1903, is now dawning some of the first budding flowers that also remind us of the warmer, perhaps rainier days.
The Wildflower Table is on display every day of the year. While the ever hardy catkins of the pussy willow (Salix discolor) has stood alone for many weeks, we can look forward to more budding flowers arriving. The coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) featured here has only taken a few days to proudly spring up!
There are many other ways to induct the warmer spring days, such as viewing your night skies this April 16 – 25 to catch the spectacular Lyrid Meteor Showers. You can always learn more by visiting our daily Evening Sky shows at our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium.
Have you seen unique signs of spring you’d like to share with us? Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page to send us your pictures of blooming wildflowers and the animal kingdom awakening from the winter!