The Seasonal Almanac: Dependable Mars and Spring and Red-Winged Blackbirds

The Seasonal Almanac covers astronomical events and nature, including recognizing the new season by astronomy, the night sky and stars, spring and red-winged blackbirds and bears' habits.

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One of the most abundant birds in North America also serves as one of our first great signs that spring is near: The red-winged blackbird.
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