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Signs of Spring Around the World

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

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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