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Observations by Gary Fewless for Green Bay WI (Lat.N 44.51° Long. W 88.02° ), except as noted. For flowers lacking conspicuous petals or sepals I define "anthesis" as release of pollen by mature anthers.

March 2015
East River, Brown County

March 30
This Sandhill Crane was one of a pair that I saw in the prairie in UW-Green Bay's Cofrin Arboretum.
March 18
Most snow cover is gone in the Green Bay area, but there is still full ice cover on the East River, shown here from the Green Isle Park bridge.
March 10
There is still much ice cover on Green Bay shore at UWGB.
But there is a large area of open water at the mouth of the Fox River, just a couple of miles farther west.
March 4
 

The temperature has not yet risen above 32° F this month and we have been continuously below freezing for 8 days, and before that for 16 days, extending back into February.

March 2
There isn't much new in the way of returning or emerging animals or developing plants. There is a lot of ice though and there is a surprising variety and amount of ice in Brown County on the East River. Ice on a river is never absolutely safe so I advise everyone to stay off the river.
Where ice has been kept free of snow, I can see areas where the ice is 16 inches thick or a bit more.
In some places there are pressure ridges as expanding and shifting ice no longer fits in the original area.
Where water has been forced out of the edges of the ice sheet and onto the surface during very cold weather, there are amazing displays of crystals.
March 1
  March begins as a continuation of winter. No sign of a warning trend yet. February was quite cold (see Feb 28).

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