With snow covering the ground and Jack Frost nipping at our noses, agricultural pollinators are probably the last things on our minds. However, for the dedicated enthusiasts among us, one question remains: where are the bees?
Recent research suggests that sugar maples are in decline across our region. Aside from the obvious implications for our pancake breakfasts, unhealthy maples could seriously impact our forests. Learn more about all things maple at the St. Lawrence County Maple Expo on Saturday, January 30th in Gouverneur.
The weather has served us a bit of everything so far this winter. You plant daffodil bulbs on Christmas, shovel heavy snow the next week, then have to buy crampons a few days later because it rained and then suddenly froze. If you think it’s hard for us humans who can retreat into our posh shelters, imagine how the animals feel.
This winter took a long time to wise up. Snow lovers lamented, but I was among those who enjoyed the break from snow shoveling and firewood hauling during our pseudo-September. However, I noticed some less positive effects of the tropical weather. For one thing, the buds on my currant bushes decided it must be spring and began to open. Coltsfoot, dandelions, and Johnny-jump-ups bloomed.