A Gurgling ‘Mud Pot’ Is Crawling Across Southern California | Smart News | Smithsonian

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Scientists don’t know why the muddy spring is moving, but it poses a threat to the infrastructure in its path

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Early Thaw

It was in the upper 60s in Connecticut, and Fallsview Park in Seymour was roped off because of the rush of melt water in the Naugatuck River going over the Naugatuck Falls.

Don’t trust burrowing rodents for weather advice. They aren’t trained climatologists.

Skunk cabbage flowers

Symplocarpus foetidus, also known as eastern skunk cabbage, swamp cabbage, clumpfoot cabbage, meadow cabbage, foetid pothos, or polecat weed. In the woods near Legion Pool in the Seymour Land Trust in Seymour, CT.

Looking like pitcher plants, the flowers emerge before the main plant in the spring, and produce a foul odor to attract pollinators. I am definitely not a pollinator.