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Dick Clayton, naturalist at Sibley State Park, collects sap from a maple tree after showing how tapping is done Tuesday at the park near New London. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

A guide to the favorite signs of spring

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WILLMAR -- Now that the calendar officially proclaims it is spring, we asked some of the region's outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists what they consider their favorite sign of spring.

As they make abundantly clear, there is a lot to look forward to:

Dave Pederson, director of the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, New London, keeps an eye on the prairie and woodland soils. He watches for the first flowering plants to emerge.

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