Seasonal change has taken hold now in Southcentral Alaska. Most nights are still below freezing, but gradually warming days and increasing hours of sunlight have reduced the snow and ice and promise rapidly accelerated melting very soon. Traditionally, migrating gulls and geese arrive back in the Anchorage area during the first week of April each year, more or less without regard for current conditions. The tradition continues with a large flock of Herring Gulls at Potter Marsh, even though they have little or no open water yet and have to bide their time on the ice. But it won’t be long before lakes and marshes lose their frozen crust and the frenzy of rebirth and rejuvenation gets into full swing, pumping energy and vitality into all of us. Bring on summer!
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