This may be slightly premature considering the unpredictable nature of New England weather, but I hope our final snowfall total rests at the 80 inches we've had so far this snow season. We track such things and, over coffee this morning, we added all the snow that's fallen on our south-central Connecticut land this winter season.
This falls under my learn something new category. I never knew adult butterflies can overwinter in the cold winter climate of Connecticut. Neither did my neighbor Gail, until she found an adult butterfly resting in her firewood pile on a very cold January day.
There's a landscape designer at work in and around ponds located near my home. Castor canadensis, better known as the common beaver, moved in last autumn. Since then he's built a home, cleared out non-native, invasive trees and brush, and set out to insure he has a nice deep pond in which to spend the winter.