The Seasons: Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

It is spring again! All the flowers and trees blossom and show of their exuberant colours!
Trees wake up from their winter sleep and animals display a strange behaviour.
Spring is the first season of the year. But what is spring and what happens to nature?

On the Northern Hemisphere spring begins around March 20th and end around June 21st. On the Southern Hemisphere spring begins around September 21st and ends around December 20th.

The trees awake from their hibernation, but they don’t produce leaves yet. In this way flowers and plants receive enough sun and get a chance to grow.

It is always interesting to see how leaves grows on trees. This is a timelapse of a leave growing. From the stem a little bud grows. it contains the leave.

Male deer are burling to attract the attention of the females. You can hear this far away in the forest. The males also fight with each other. The stronger male will get the female.Birds do the same, but it looks and sounds more graceful. They make a courting dance. The male who dances best will get the female.
Birds always come together at the same place to show their courtship behavior. Such a place is also known as a ‘lek’. Which means means playground in Swedish.
The Peacock my be the best courtship dancer. With its magnificent feathers he tries to win over the female. He performs a true mating dance. Not always successfully… Because in nature there is but one rule: The bigger the better!

Master pollinators are bees. They fertilize flowers and plants. They do this when they are in search of nectar. Their furry bodies taking pollen, and when they fly into another flower, they pollinate the flowers.

Look for instance at this bumblebee. A bumblebee is also a bee but lives in colder climates. Hence the furry coat.
When a bumblebee is in search of nectar she flies into the flower.
Every time she flies into a flower she collects tiny pollen on her furry coat. Each time she flies into another flower she pollinates the flower. When the pollen fall into the pistil of the flower the flower is fertilized and fruits or vegetables will grow from it.

So bees are essential for growing fruits and vegetables!
Fun Facts!
The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernal is Latin for “spring” and equinox is Latin for “equal night.”m
Children actually grow faster in the spring than during other times of the year. During the spring, birds are more vocal as they sing to attract mates and warn away rivals. Look at this robin bird he is attracting another female.

ZOO, I hope you learned something more about spring. It is a very colorful season!

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