Retired faculty member and administrator Mr. Lutken offers guidance on what to expect in Mother Nature this month.
Typical April for Dallas: 40s-80s and still in limbo, but May has arrived! Soon Cottonwood seeds will drift like snow, Swallows, Swifts and Flycatchers will show up over the fields. Thunderstorms and exams are on the way!
Here are some things to look for:
Venus shines out in the west after sunset, and will make a beautiful pairing with the Crescent Moon around the 22nd or 23rd!
Spring stars are high: Leo, The Big Dipper, and the star Arcturus wheel overhead through the night!
Full Moon is on the 5th.
Saturn is up in the southeast before dawn, and Jupiter will arrive to follow by the end of the month! TheSummer Triangle is high overhead; Scorpio and Sagittarius are lower in the southwest.
At the Quarry or around any creek or pond:
Watch for Barn Swallows, Herons, Sandpipers, Kingfishers! Birds are on the move! Photo is a pair of Little Blue Herons! They come to the quarry this time of year, especially after good rains. The neon blue color is incredible!!
Head outdoors whenever and wherever you can. Even a short walk can help your day be a good one!!