Spring is scratching and clawing its way to Boone, NC as well. Two and a half weeks ago we had 5 inches of snow, 50 mph wind and 24 degrees. Now leaves are starting to show on the treees and the wild flowers are abundandt; crested irises, mayapples, star chickweed, trout lillys, ect.. We're seeing gold finches, cardinals, blue jays, rose breasted grosbeaks, and a half dozen or so small birds. We live well out of town and have deer, skunks, groundhogs, turkeys, red tailed hawks, blue herrons, and our dog Kali found a new friend here the other day.