According to the calendar, spring has barely begun. However, the observant outdoor nature detective has likely noticed evidence of the new season for weeks. By this time of year, early arriving species such as red-winged blackbirds and turkey vultures have returned to our area. Join us as we look for other harbingers of spring: skunk cabbage poking its leaves from beneath the snow or soil (and warming the surrounding ground); early spring insects; and perhaps even early frogs.
Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Main St., Hampden
From I- 91 in Springfield: Coming from the North - Take Exit 2 and follow Route 83 South. 83 turns left onto Sumner Ave. Coming from the South - Take Exit 4 and follow 83 North. 83 turns right onto Sumner Ave. After turning onto Sumner Ave, continue straight for 8.1 miles (Sumner Ave turns into Allen St and then into Somers Rd). Just past St. Mary's Church on the left, take a left onto Main St. The sanctuary entrance is 2 miles down Main Street on the left.