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Signs of Spring Around the World

Updated: Apr 12

Spring is the season of awakening - where the days get longer and the temperatures get hotter. For the Northern Hemisphere Spring begins in March, while in the Southern Hemisphere it starts in September. Although the time of year may vary, the signs of Spring are pretty similar all around the world. So, let's do some traveling and look at the signs!

Northern Hemisphere

1. Flowers begin to bloom

Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium) bloom in California


Cherry Trees bud in DC


Flowering Cherry Blossoms in Japan


Daffodils (Narcissus) bloom in Washington


Greater Pasque (Pulsatilla grandis) flowers bloom in Hungary


Poppies (Papaverales) in California


Colorful Tulips (Tulipa) in the Netherlands


Blooming tulips (Tulipa) in India


Windflowers (Anemone) in Hungary


Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem (Gagea lutea) flowers blossom in China


Lavender (Lavandula) flowers in China


2. Birds fill the sky with their songs as they migrate back home

Wild Geese (Anserini) migrating back in Belarus


Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) feed on a flowers


Storks (Ciconiidae) begin making nests in Germany


Robins (Turdus migratorius) start to appear in Vancouver


3. Baby animals are born and can start to play outside as the temperatures warm up

Baby European Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) start to emerge from their burrow in Germany


Bighorn (Ovis canadensis) lambs start to leap around in Alberta



Southern Hemisphere

1. Flowers begin to bloom

Pincushion (Leucospermum) Flowers bloom in Zimbabwe


Orange Daisies (Erigeron aurantiacus) bloom in Namaqualand region of South Africa


Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) blooms in Australia


Australia's National Flower the Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) begins to bloom


2. Birds of all colors, sizes, and shapes begin to migrate and mate

Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) in South Africa


Diederik Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius) in South Africa


Magpies (Corvidae) start to make their nests in Australia


Black-Browed Albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophrys) make their way back to Antarctica


Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) congregate during the breeding season in Antarctica


3. Animals Wake-Up and become more active

Microbats (Microchiroptera) wake up from torpor which means deep sleep


Grey-headed Flying Foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) become more active


Australian Shingleback Skinks (Tiliqua rugosa) or blue-toungues start to bask on flat rocks, concrete, and sand. Watch out for them because they also like to lay on the road!


Orca (Orcinus orca) sightings become more common in Antarctica




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