By Jessie Forand/ECHO  As much as we love winter in Vermont, we ECHO staffers couldn't be more excited about the arrival of spring! Fr...

Signs of Spring at ECHO

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By Jessie Forand/ECHO 

As much as we love winter in Vermont, we ECHO staffers couldn't be more excited about the arrival of spring! From the now-thawed Lake Champlain to critters in our own backyards, we've been snapping away and enjoying the outside world. 

Elizabeth Nuckols, ECHO's youth education specialist, described hearing the spring peepers for the first time on April 13. She keeps track of their arrival and remembered hearing them on April 2 last year. Guess we weren't the only ones upset about the chilly arrival of spring! 

Take a look at what else we've found: 

Steve Perkins, director of development and communications, found this beauty in his backyard. It's a galanthus - commonly known as the snowdrop. 



Nina Ridhibhinyo, groups program manager, came across this wood frog, one of the first to emerge, while driving on Monkton Road in Charlotte. This serves as a great reminder to drive carefully, as these guys are on the move! 



Steve Smith, director of animal care and facilities management, came across this guy on a morning walk with his dogs. Moving slowly, it was there on Steve's way into the woods and back home, having moved just a few feet in the 42-degree temperatures, which is cold for most amphibians' taste.



Linda Bowden, guest experience liaison, said her sure sign of spring is the arrival of the docks, which are installed each year right outside our building. Jessie Forand, new this year, explored with her camera:




You might have seen this video, too - an ECHO staffer captured a precious moment with her grandson and it has taken our Facebook feed by storm!


Thanks for enjoying the season with us! If you have signs of spring to share, email jforand@echovermont.org.


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