Here's One Unfortunate and Stinky Way of Knowing Spring is Here

March is a mixed-up month, with bright days that reach 50 degrees, right into 10 inches of wet snow.

The calendar says we will welcome spring on March 20th, when we experience the Vernal Equinox. But the arrival of spring can already be sensed; with your nose.

It’s Skunk season!

Some animals hibernate for long periods in New Hampshire, including bats and black bears. Other creatures, like raccoons and skunks, go into a state of torpor, which is hibernation lite.

In late February and March, skunks come out of torpor, and immediately start searching for a mate. It’s these male skunks that you will very often find on the side of the road, or in the middle of the road, whose chase for the females ended badly.

And very often, your nose may pick it up before your eyes do! So, if you’re waiting for the crocus or the dandelion, or even the mud to let you know that spring is dawning, take comfort in the black-and-white sign that Mother Nature sends us every year.

Skunk Season means spring is right around the corner!

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