Indian River Valley

It was time to get the data from the Indian River ibuttons I’ve been maintaining or a few years (at some point I should do something with all the temperature data).

I had a call for work this morning, so the afternoon seemed like a better option. As it turned out, the weather was more favorable as well. This morning there was a marine layer with the base of the clouds around 150-200 feet as best I could tell. By late morning it had broken up to partly sunny conditions. Kitty was interested in getting out for a hike (it’s spring break at the university), so we arranged to meet at 2pm.

Temperatures have been warm for the past week, so I figured snow had mostly melted. That did not turn out to be the case, as snow in the transition to the big muskeg was still 18-24″ I think. Up to my knees in any case. It probably would have been easier walking except there’s been consistent cloudiness at night (with clearing throughout the day), so the snow didn’t get a chance to set up as ice overnight.

The amount of snow in the forest was much less, and there was very little snow/ice along the first part of the trail (especially compared to last Sunday). There was still some ice on boardwalks and bridges, and on the way back I did what I could to clear it off by kicking chunks loose.

Connor saw two Purple Finches on Finn Alley and reported one of them had been singing.

My iNaturalist Observations for Today

About matt goff

I am an aspiring naturalist who seeks to learn all that I can about the more-than-human aspects of this place that is my home.
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