Springtime in South Dakota

Last week, I received the following news release from the state Office of Tourism heralding the arrival of springtime in South Dakota.

Ironically, this week, people across the state are bracing for what will hopefully be our last dose of winter weather. Upwards of 10 inches of snow are forecast in the Black Hills, with lesser amounts likely as part of a rain/snow mix in the eastern part of the state. Temperatures are dipping into the 30s and 40s.

Nevertheless, it is spring, and it’s likely that springtime weather will return next week. And a beautiful spring day in sunny, unpolluted, wide-open South Dakota is truly a wonderful thing.

Here’s the release and a photo from the Office of Tourism:

Spring is here in South Dakota, a few more flakes might fall, but we know they’ll melt away soon. There are telling signs of spring in South Dakota. Farmers are anxiously waiting for their fields to dry out. The female bison will give birth to their calves any day. Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon will soon be flowing at full capacity from the winter melt. Robins have replaced the geese around Capitol Lake. Tulips will be bursting from the ground across the state and places like McCrory Gardens in Brookings will soon have bountiful blooms.

The site of South Dakota’s wildlife in the spring is a story worth telling. Dozens of new baby bison will be following their mother’s lead in Custer State Park along the Wild Life Loop Road soon and the prairie chickens will be doing their annual "dance" to impress mates.

A buffalo calf in South Dakota. (Image courtesy of South Dakota Tourism)

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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