Marilyn Hagerty: As spring settles in, the (snow)birds are headed north

The air is clean. You can walk through the gardens and through parks – just keeping your physical protection distance.

Marilyn Hagerty

The robins were among the first to return – about a week ago.

“The little bitty grey ones,” says Barbara White. Then she says red wing blackbirds and a huge flock of snow geese came by. A couple days later when she was out on Highway 2 near her home west of Grand Forks, she saw two big bald eagles. She pulled off the road to take pictures of them.

White, a former teacher at the school on Grand Forks Air Force Base, loves watching the birds and welcoming them back. She has the welcome mat out all winter long for those that like to stay. She says they like sunflower seeds and peanut butter on pine cones.

Around Grand Forks it’s homecoming time for all the snowbirds arriving after wintering in the south. You can tell them by the color they have. Those who were in the north land all winter look sort of peaked.

Today in Christian churches there are services for Good Friday. School is out. The Easter bunny is waiting over by Crookston to make its entrance early on Easter Sunday.


Washing hands

Words of a specialist in public health and preventive medicine that came my way from a reader keep coming back as the battle against coronavirus continues.

Washing hands and maintaining a 6-foot physical distance is the best method for protection, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry at the University of British Columbia. And if you don’t have a COVID-19 patient at home, there’s no need to disinfect surfaces.

The air is clean. You can walk through the gardens and through parks – just keeping your physical protection distance.

She says wearing a mask for long periods interferes with your breathing and oxygen levels. And she recommends wearing the mask only in crowds.

Ask Marilyn

Q. When is National Pet Day?

A. April showers bring May flowers. And some who promote special days have considered April 11 as National Pet day. They say dogs are the most popular pet in America. Cats come next. Then fish. Then birds. And then – yikes – hamsters, gerbils and mice.

Q. How many have signed up so far to take driver education training in June?

A. Terry Bohan, principal of Community Education Center on Stanford Road, says 300 have registered so far. The majority are 14- and 15-year-old students. Some are 16 and 17. And every year there are some students just out of high school. While classes were remote a year ago, they will be back to face-to-face training this year.


Q. What fills you with wonder?

A. Sometimes I wonder if they put as good peanuts in Mr. Goodbars as they used to. I wonder if many people chew gums anymore.

Q. When is Tom Brosseau’s next American Folk Show coming up on Prairie Public radio?

A. It’s 5 p.m. Sunday.

Brad and Marge

Cheerful people of the week: Bill Caraher and Marge Radi.

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