GAMBIER — The contradictory nature of Ohio’s seasons is evident when they collide; like they did March 6, when the severe weather sirens were tested on Wednesday — the same day the county was due to get hit by a winter storm. Spring will more than likely continue to tease us until at least mid-April, but it will be official with the arrival of the first day of spring.
Spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20 at 7:02 a.m. in the Northern Hemisphere. The word equinox is Latin for “equal night” and on that date, day and night are approximately equal and the sun rises and sets due east and west.
As in the spring, the Earth, on its orbit, the north and south position change orientation and are exactly parallel to the motion of the Earth around the sun. It only happens at these times because the Earth, as it orbits the sun, is tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees.
Americans typically don’t hold big celebrations to welcome spring, however, the Brown Family Environmental Center in Gambier will welcome the community for a nature-oriented celebration of spring.
On Tuesday, March 26, the center is hosting “Wild Food and the Full Moon.” The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. when visitors to the environmental center can hunt for and taste-test wild edible greens, which are at their best as they first emerge in early spring. Perhaps there will be some fiddlehead ferns.
Then at 7:30 p.m., visitors can hike to an overlook of the full moon rising (weather permitting) over the Kokosing River valley.
What are some spring signs in Knox County?
How about the crocuses? They “spring” from perennial bulbs and deer and rabbits won’t eat them. And daffodils are poking through the soil.
Did you know another sign of spring is the arrival of the monarch butterflies?
Citizens and scientists track them every year on their migration. The monarch butterflies that populate the eastern United States winter in mountain forests in Mexico.
The Brown Family Environmental Center is located at 9781 Laymon Road, Gambier.
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