10 photos that show the glorious first signs of spring

If there’s anything that this year has taught us, it’s that we shouldn’t take things for granted. That’s why, as the weather finally turns to spring and the days warm up, we can appreciate the beauty of the world around us now more than ever.

And spring really is one of the best times of year to do that. Animals are born, flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer—it might be a sneaky contender for the best season (hot take alert).

Did you know that white-tailed deer will be pregnant from November until springtime? That’s why the newly-grown plants are so important to them. Fawns will typically be born across the country between mid-May and early June. Does will chase away other offspring and find themselves a safe spot to give birth, such as a dense thicket.

And listen for the tell-tale “cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up” call of the American robin, which often camp out in mountain ash trees. You can plant things with the goal of attracting more wildlife to your property, just remember to buy seeds and plants from a nursery or greenhouse that uses native seeds. That way what you plant will be better suited to your area, and the plants are much less likely to be invasive.

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