|Sugar Maple and melting snow, Feb. 21, 2017.|
|Honeybees bringing in Skunk Cabbage pollen, Feb. 25, 2017.|
|Symplocarpus foetidus (Skunk Cabbage) with Huperzia lucidula (Shining Clubmoss), Feb. 25, 2017.|
|Skunk Cabbage emerging from a quiet stream in Mansfield Center, Ct.|
Maple Update, March 25: After a very warm February, winter did indeed make a strong comeback earlier in March. There has been weeks worth of seemingly optimal sugaring weather this month--hard freezes at night, thaws and bright sunny days, deep snow cover--but the sap has dried up completely and the season seems to be over. Apparently, too much unseasonable warmth early in the sugaring period can cause the sap flow to shut down for the year, even if conditions improve later on.