March, April, and May all see the marsh grasses begin to change from winter’s brown to the green of warmer times. Peepers mating calls in are heard in freshwater habitats; the raucous sounds of the laughing gulls fill the air. Ospreys return from their “winter vacation” in the south and take up residence in the same nest. Osprey Outlook on the refuge boardwalk, complete with telescopes and interpretive panel, provides for outside viewing of an osprey nest. An “osprey cam” provides live views of the nest activity on a monitor in the visitor information center. Meanwhile, beach nesting birds arrive as the annual spring migration begins. Our purple martins return to their nests between the visitor information center and the headquarters building. The colony, which nests in the many gourds hanging from poles, is visible from the parking lot and as you enter the wildlife drive. Watch out for diamondback terrapins, which can be seen bobbing up and down in the creeks. Look for females coming ashore to lay their eggs in the sandy soil. Be careful not to run over them!