A number of us had a fabulous early spring field trip today, exploring various southern Ohio habitats. I took about 1,000 photos, and some are even usable. Our group found many noteworthy species of flora and fauna, and I'll share some of the highlights later.
On my return to Columbus, I stopped in a big prairie just south of Circleville to check on one of our most hibernatory of mammals; a true Rip Van Winkle. I figured if these furry little slumberers were up and at 'em, I could officially announce that spring has indeed sprung.
Thirteen-lined ground squirrels rank high on our Most Interesting Mammal list, and I've written more about them HERE, should you be interested. Their presence topside means that spring has us in its full embrace, and winter is but a memory.