Most spring ephemerals have yellowed, withered, and disappeared. No more trout lilies, spring beauties, or toothworts till next spring.

Now that the garden is planted, it’s time to replant. As usual, some seeds didn’t come up, some little plants have been chopped off by cutworms, and around here root maggots are creaming the brassicas.

Bear Tracks

Meander through a freshly-turned meadow.

Turtles are crossing roads. If conditions permit, a helping hand might keep one of them from being hit by a careless vehicle.

When people aren’t complaining about drought, conversations turn to dog ticks. How many did you pick off your dog or yourself today?

The dry weather continues in most places. The US Drought Monitor has most of Vermont listed as “abnormally dry,” with the eastern part of the state listed as “moderate drought.”

It continues to be scarily dry and crunchy in the woods, with no major rains in the forecast. Even a short-lived thunderstorm would be eagerly welcomed at this point.

If, by chance,

you found a baby barred owl hatchling in the grass beneath a nest that was 30-feet-up in a dead white pine — way too high to climb — you might find a nearby tree cavity that you could reach and stow the little one in there. Feed it freshly trapped, chopped-up mice. Wait for the parents to locate it and take over the feeding themselves.

Morels! Morels! Morels!

Both black ash and white ash leaf out much later than most other trees and are now easy to spot. The flattened, tan-colored bark on many ash trees sometimes makes them look like they have a bad case of mange. But this condition is caused by a fungus that just feeds on dead bark and does no harm. Not to be confused with damage from the emerald ash borer.