On a 60+(!) degree day in southeastern Michigan in mid-march I heard wood and chorus frogs already flirting. Turkey vultures are scanning the ground (though I don't know if they migrate or not) and birdsong is definitely more varied today. Additionally, in a small sandpit pond by my hollow, I spotted several different species of aquatic insects and...a small brown-green leech clinging to a torn leaf beneath the surface of the water. I hope this weather is an anomaly and not the presage of a slow (relatively speaking) decline in quiet, white winters. Screw you, sun worshippers, you'll get your days in a few weeks regardless.
"Therefore whoever is not illuminated by such great splendors in created things is blind. Anyone who is not awakened by such great outcries is deaf. Anyone who is not led from such great effects to give praise to God is mute. Anyone who does not turn to the First Principle as a result of such signs is a fool.Therefore open your eyes, alert your spiritual ears, unlock your lips and apply your heart, so that in all the creatures you may see, hear, praise, love and adore, magnify and honor God, lest the entire world rise up against you." -- St. Bonaventure, Itinerarium mentis in Deum