Look for These Remarkable Firsts in Nature this Month

April is when the Piedmont comes to life! From mushrooms emerging to monarchs flying to azaleas blooming, keep an eye out for these natural wonders.
by Mike Dunn

Moments in Nature to Observe This Spring

What to Spot in Late March/early April

Morel mushrooms
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrive
Falcate Orangetip butterflies appear
Flowering Dogwood blooms
Spotted Salamander eggs hatch
Luna Moths appear
American Toads calling

What to Spot in Mid-April

Monarch butterflies arriving
Species of swallowtail butterflies appearC
Jack-in-the-pulpit blooms
Woodland fern species unfurling their fronds
Pinxter Azaleas bloom
Bluebird babies begin to hatch

What to Spot in Late April/early May

Woodland termites mating flights
Cope’s Gray tree frogs calling
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks migrating through our area
Swallowtails laying eggs
First fireflies appear

This article originally appeared in our April 2022 issue of WALTER Magazine.