April 3rd, 2015 Harbinger-of-Spring at Grand River Park!
We started the day at Minnie Skwarek Nature Preserve in Spring Lake Township, we weren't expecting to see wildflowers yet, except for Skunk Cabbage. And we did see plenty of Skunk Cabbage, also two snakes, liverwort, waterstriders, robins, and we heard frogs. There was snow in a few places along the trail.
We spent about an hour and a half wandering this preserve before moving on to the next park. I wanted to check the Harbinger-of-Spring at Ottawa County's Grand River Park in Georgetown Township. It was very muddy at this park but the trails were passable with our boots. Soon we were in the Paw Paw patch and found Harbinger-of-Spring! It's a small plant so you need to step carefully and look closely.
Do you see the flowers? There are four plants near the log.
This is what the Paw Paw bud looked like. There were many Pussy Willow in the fields, and the dried grasses looked like a flowing river.
We walked for a couple of hours then sat and listened to the frogs, and birds. It was a good day.