Northern right whales, some of the world’s most endangered creatures, are swimming back north to summer feeding grounds after spending the winter in their calving waters off Georgia and north Florida. With 10 births and zero deaths, it’s been a significantly better calving season than during the past two years.
Elsewhere on the coast, horseshoe crabs by the tens of thousands are crawling on moonlit nights onto beaches, mudflats and salt marshes to lay their eggs, which become vital food for migrating shorebirds.
Snapping turtles and box turtles are nesting. White-tailed fawns are being born; coyote denning season is at its peak; several bat species are giving birth; young male black bears are roaming about; and it’s peak breeding time for gray squirrels, fox squirrels and bobcats.
The “ephemeral” wildflowers of early spring — trilliums, anenomes, toothworts, and so on — have nearly finished blooming; now, late spring blooms have burst forth, including mountain laurel, flame azalea and butterfly weed.
It’s all life as usual in the natural world, despite the contagion that rages around us.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be new on Friday night. Venus is low in the west just after dark and sets less than an hour later. Mars rises about four hours before sunrise. Jupiter and Saturn rise in the east just before midnight.