Gifts from the Chippewa

Kelly A. Barrett, Wildlife Biologist, Chippewa National Forest

Spring echoes

I am back and forth a lot right now, dividing my time between my life at home and helping my folks in Ottertail County. If you are lucky, when your people have trouble you will find the flexibility to be present in ways that matter. Strength will come to you when you least expect, and blessings will still be found.

One joy for me is the chance to experience spring in a protracted way. The phenology of western Minnesota is at least two weeks ahead of us here on the Chippewa. The ice went out sooner. The leaves come on sooner. The birds return sooner. As I travel back and forth, I know spring for a bit over there, and then, as if an echo, find it again over here. It’s like a double dose of the season I love best.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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