March madness: It’s about a lot more than basketball

March madness: It’s about a lot more than basketball

 

As I see it, there are two kinds of March madness. The first is the mania shown by basketball fans around the country as they enthusiastically follow their favorite college basketball teams through the brackets. The second is the type I feel for the month itself. March is a fickle month to be sure. Its icy-cold winds easily give way to summer-like breezes in just a few short days or even overnight. Despite cold, blustery, bone-chilling conditions, March seems to be winter’s last desperate attempt to keep its icy grip on most of upstate New York. 

 

March means woodchucks are out of their winter hibernation, owls have already bred and are rearing their young and the male wild turkey is feeling the first twinge of the mating urge. As the hours of daylight increase, adult toms who all winter have been attempting to survive in bachelor flocks begin to break up into smaller and smaller groups, each going his own way looking for hens to breed.

 
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