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Student Challenge #11

Early Spring-Late Winter

Many parts of the country experienced spring-like weather in February. This weather spurred plants and animals to get in spring mode. As a result, many plants began sprouting, budding and/or blooming. March has been a different story for much of the country, with freezing temperatures all around.

  • Do you live in an area where plants began sprouting, budding, and/or blooming?
  • If so, what observations are you making? What are some of the plants you feel are most affected? Will they recover?
  • If you have lilacs around you, where they affected?
  • Do you think these weather fluctuations will negatively impact the monarch? Other pollinators?
  • If so, why? In what ways?
  • If you don't feel it will impact monarchs, why not?