Besides being a great year for all sorts of wild foods, I have noticed that it is also a banner year for wooly bear caterpillars. I see them every day, crossing the roads and in my driveway, my woodpile and just about everywhere else.
It seems like we are about two weeks ahead of “normal” in terms of phenology this summer. “Phenology” is a term that refers to the timing and sequence of bloom of various plants that we can observe each season. It is a useful concept that predicts seasonal events based on what is currently occurring.