Although spring officially started last weekend, the winter weather continues to hold on, with snow falling most days last week and snow in the forecast through at least Friday.

Winter did not seem especially cold overall, but unlike many years, there was no extended period of above freezing temperatures. Swan Lake remains almost completely frozen, as it has since ice first formed by mid-December.

Despite the on-going wintery weather, there are signs of changing seasons. The herring have returned along with the many birds and marine mammals that feed on them, buds are swelling on many plants, and of course there is much more daylight. Last week I noticed a male robin that I suspect is an early migrant.

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