Harbinger of Spring
By Lina Younes
Spring is the season associated with the awakening of nature and rebirth. You see it in the trees and bushes that begin to sprout new shoots and buds. You see it in the leaves of the bulbs that are starting to push up through the ground. You see it the increasing activity of wildlife. And you hear it in the sounds of nature that rise from their wintry slumber.
The other day as I returned home from work, I noticed a loud chirping. I looked around and found one robin redbreast perched at the very top of a tree. There were no other birds in sight. In my mind, it seemed like he was calling “look at me” and proclaiming “spring is right around the corner.”
This time I was equipped with my camera in my handbag and was able to capture the scene. Since that evening, I’ve seen plenty of robins actively hoping around my back yard. Now I’m looking forward to seeing other colorful birds visiting the area.
During springtime, it’s a great time to consider greenscaping techniques to have a greener and healthier yard to protect the environment and save money. By creating a healthier garden, you’ll be able to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature while creating a happier setting for your family, pets, wildlife and the environment as a whole.
Have you seen any early signs of spring in your neighborhood? As always, we love to hear from you.
About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.
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