Although it may not have felt like it, the first day of spring—Friday, March 20—arrived last week. Warmer temperatures are often the first signal of spring, as are the return of robins, maple sap flowing, trees budding and bird migration. An influx of waterfowl, such as tundra and trumpeter swans, geese and a variety of ducks have returned to the area as some are already preparing for breeding season. Pictured above, a flock of swans and geese rest on a sandy island at the confluence where Upper Pine Creek dumps into the Red Cedar River.

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