Nature Springs Forth on This Week’s State of Greater Western New York Report – March 17, 2022

Are you ready! This is the time of year with nature “Springs” into action. Would you like to learn all about it? Do you know the first plant that comes up after the winter melts away? How about the first bird? Do you even know what “phenology” means? Are you interested to find this out and more? Then click below to watch this week’s episode of the State of Greater Western New York Report:

Angela Cannon-Crothers joins us this week from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. She’s the Forest School Coordinator and Interpretive Programs at the Cummins Nature Center in Naples, New York. She tells us all about the history of the Nature Center and the activities it offers. She’s also the author of the book Changing Seasons in the Finger Lakes and she explains how, why she wrote it, and even reads a short passage from it. Oh, and she tells how where the word “phenology” comes from and what it means.

In the second half of the show, Cannon-Crothers brings on a couple of surprise guests – a spotted salamander and a  gray tree frog. She also pulls out a skunk cabbage, nature’s first flora in the springtime. She takes center stage for most of the show and you’ll learn about the plants and animals you’ll be seeing this spring.

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a member of our live audience so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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