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Spring has been teasing us in Northeast Ohio. A bird sighting here, a daffodil thinking of popping up there, temperatures in the 60s, or even the 50s, that have us airing out our homes after being closed up for months.
Look no further than the Greater Clevelanders you see wearing shorts and flip flops at the first sign winter is over. We’re optimistic, or hopeful, or maybe just delusional. Regardless, we’re ready for warmer weather and everything that goes with it.
We all have our unofficial signs of spring. For me, it’s when I see the first chipmunk has come out of hibernation and is scampering across my back deck. I’m not always the first in my household to notice, but my two cats make sure I’m aware. They also are optimistic, or hopeful, or maybe just delusional. For years, they have been trying to kill those chipmunks from inside.
This Sunday, a Cleveland Metroparks program will serve as perhaps a more official sign of spring. Nine Metroparks reservations are holding the season’s first Spring Bird Walks from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. No matter where you live in Northeast Ohio, you won’t have far to go to find one of these free walks led by experienced birders. The six-week series continues through May 19.