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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is in the Air at Fort Griffin

By Mitch Baird, Site Manager, Fort Griffin State Historic Site

Signs of spring have begun popping up across Fort Griffin State Historic Site. Small purple flowers have appeared in the fields, the first iris has bloomed, and now large patches of yellow flowers are turning everything into fields of gold, which also smell fantastic!

The plum bushes are abuzz with small white flowers and honey bees flying about, the hackberry trees are putting out blooms, and many other plants—like the algeritas—are putting on spectacular color shows. Even the wild garlic is blooming with white and purple flowers.

And to set the stage for spring, the cardinal boys are bright red and singing their song, while other boy birds are putting on color. They are all busy gathering nesting material in preparation for spring. The harvester ants have come out of the ground—with their appearance, the horned lizards won’t be far behind. If things continue like this we are going to have a beautiful spring!

Fort Griffin State Historic Site is located 15 miles north of Albany on U.S. Hwy 283, in the Texas Forts Trail Region.

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