Tonight for the first time we heard the spring peepers in Westbrook, Connecticut. This is about seven weeks before what would be normal in the Catskills; my guess is that it’s at least four weeks before normal for this area. Birds are returning as well. The animals may be wrong, but nature seems to be guessing that winter is over. I’ve seen no activity coming from native plants – the crocuses are up here, but they’re not native and can be forced to come up at almost any time. No trees are budding. No seeds are germinating. But that’s got to be coming soon. The ground is not frozen, and it’s 65 degrees at 11 p.m. on March First.