There are a few weeks each year in early spring that are dreamlike here at the sanctuary. Of course, the sanctuary holds it’s own magic year-round, but this time of year the world briefly turn lush, vibrant green, the air is scented with lupine and the birdsong is never-ending. It’s glorious, really. And even more so to watch the chimpanzees enjoy these days.
This little finch sang and sang all the day long:
We’ve had a literal superbloom of balsamroot this year and the entire canyon is covered in bright yellow blooms:
Everyone was at the top of the hill together this morning already on snake patrol:
Dear, sweet Annie wanted to join the group, but she was more concerned about walking through known “snake territory” to join them and opted to use the firehose to avoid stepping on the ground. The chimps have been seeing a snake the past couple of days, most likely a harmless racer or garter snake, and if you’ve been following for awhile you might recall that Annie HATES snakes. She screams at the top of her lungs at the mere suggestion of one:
Safe with Missy:
Jamie and I went walking before dinner and I quickly figured out we were on a serious snake hunt. She bravely scoured under every log and patch of flowers she could find:
I found a snake on my side of the fence, but I didn’t tell Jamie about this green racer taking a nap outside of Young’s Hill:
Swallow couple nesting:
May your spring days be as magical as the chimps’!