Spring Fun & Problems

Spring Flowers
8941 150407  Pasqueflowers should be in bloom.
Pulsatilla (Pasqueflower) - Wikipedia -
Common names include pasque flower (or pasqueflower), wind flower, prairie crocus, Easter Flower, and meadow anemone. Pasque refers to Easter (Passover).
Pasqueflower | Plant & fungi species | Wild plants  Plantlife  - 
The pasqueflower blooms around Easter: hence the name "Pasque" (meaning "like Paschal", of Easter).  -
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary  |  Arboretum  | 
8934 150406  Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary (Minneapolis, MN) Updates:
As of March 31, 2015: "The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary will open for its 108th season on Wednesday, April 1. The snow trillium and skunk cabbage have just started to bloom and the golden-crowned kinglets* and yellow-rumped warblers** have returned. Sure signs of spring are all around us now, welcoming in another season of splendor at the Wildflower Garden." (Susan, thank you for the updates.)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  |  **  Warblers

Note: Eloise Butler Wildflower and bird Sanctuary is one of the best places to find the wildflowers and to learn about wildflowers. For more info, click here.
Nature Notes  2015

8788 150320  Quiz: How many of the top spring break spots can you recognize? - AOL.com
Around the end of March: It's Spring Break time!   For more info on "Spring break", read Letter 39 レター 39    春休み

8759b 150317    Spring Fun    March 17  St. Patrick's Day  "Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
8759a 150316-0317    Spring Fun    March 17  St. Patrick's Day  "Happy St. Patrick's Day!"

8948 150407  Big Dance (March Madness)  Here’s ‘One Shining Moment,’ in case you missed it after Duke’s win over Wisconsin - The Washington Post  04/07/2015
Wisconsin Badgers vs Duke Blue Devils - Recap  ESPN, 04/07/2015 

Men's Basketball DI | NCAA.com

8878 150329  Final Four
Final Four: Duke vs. Michigan State*; Kentucky vs. Wisconsin*     *Big Ten
Men's Final Four Championship Home | NCAA.com  Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4 & 6, 2015

Duke and Michigan State win, head to Final Four - CNN.com  03/29/2015

8754 150316    Spring Fun    March Madness
March 15 
March Madness top seeds: Wisconsin, Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova
2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket - March Madness Bracket | NCAA.com
Big Ten Conference  School Info Big Ten Conference Official Site
Seven Big Ten teams selected to participate in NCAA Tournament | Big Ten Conference Official Site
Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin
Illinois Collects NIT Berth | Big Ten Conference Official Site
Big Ten Conference - Wikipedia
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament - Wikipedia:
Played mostly during March, it is known informally as March Madness or the Big Dance, and has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States.
Letter 46  "Final Four"  English/Japanese
8755 150316    Spring Fun    March Madness Predictions
NCAA Office Pool  page
NCAA Office Pool Example Photo
8817 150323  Daily Cartoon: Thursday, March 19th - The New Yorker  03/19/2015
Letter 46  "Final Four"  English/Japanese
Spring Fun:  March Madness

8743 150314  Spring Fun  Birding Walks (Bird watching)
Birdwatching - Wikipedia
One of our stuff members joined Craig (Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge) for his birding walk.
What they spotted during Craig's walk:  a Bald Eagle in flight, a Bald Eagle nest, a Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flickers, Mallards, Canada Geese (calls), American Black Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaup, a female Greater Scaup (his first), a Hooded Merganser, Common Mergansers, Northern Cardinals (spring calls), Chickadees (spring calls), American Tree Sparrows, American Robins (calls), an American Goldfinch, Woodpecker drumming
A Singer of Spring The American Goldfinch - YouTube
Downy Woodpecker Calling and Drumming - YouTube
Mammals: A Muskrat swims to its lodge
On our walks: 
A Bald Eagle nest, and the parents (calls) perching on nearby branches, a European Starling (calls)
Red-tailed Hawks, Rock Pigeons

Dodge Nature Center:
Turkeys, Chickadees (calls); Educational birds: a Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and Barred Owl.
Photos:  Birds  |  Mammals  |  Wildlife

Minnesota Spring  |  Spring Fun

8793 150321  Basics of Birding - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official] - YouTube
Top five bird-watching tips - YouTube
World Series of Birding 2015  May 9, 2015, New Jersey Audubon
Big year - Wikipedia
The Big Year (2011) - IMDb
Bird-watcher's paradise: 5 birding hot spots in Wisconsin  Stevens Point Journal Media, 03/21/2015
Photos:  Birds  |  Wildlife  |  Birding
Minnesota Spring  |  Spring Fun

Nature Notes 2015

15350 19032 Open Courses - MNGolf.org  March 20, 2019 -
Minnesota Spring  
8742 150314  Spring Fun    Let's play golf!
List of Golf Courses Open in the Twin Cities Minnesota  TwinCitiesGolf.com

Minnesota Spring  |  Spring Fun

8724 150312    Winter - Spring Fun    Maple Syruping
Maple Syrup Making photos
Maple Syruping with Three Rivers Park District - YouTube  Minnesota
Three Rivers Park District: Maple Syruping Programs
How to Make Maple Syrup - YouTube
For maple syrup events, google "maple syrup events"
Minnesota Winter  |  Winter Fun

Minnesota Spring  |  Spring Fun

Flooding Problems
15327 190321  St. Paul Bracing for Mississippi River Flooding | www.WDIO.com  St. Paul, Minnesota, March 21, 2019
15298 190313  Melting record snowpack, rain expected to cause flooding | MPR News  March 13, 2019
photos:  Minnesota  Winter  |  Spring  

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