Status of Spring

Find out when the biological start of spring will occur on your refuge and how this year's spring stacks up to a long term average. 

The Spring First Leaf Index is a synthetic measure of early season events in plants, based on recent temperature conditions. This model allows us to track the progression of spring onset across the country. 

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The Status of Spring tool has three maps: 

1. Where has spring arrived?  - This maps shows where early spring plant and animal activity has begun, based on the First Leaf Index

2. Spring forecast - This map shows where early spring plant and animal activity is expected to begin in the next six days 

3. How does this year stack up? - This map compares the timing of the start of spring this year to the long-term average (1981-2010)