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Unseasonably warm March proves a mixed bag for animals, plants

The warm winter has been kind to this squirrel, which reaches for a bud on a small branch at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook Monday. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / March 12, 2012)

The warm winter has been kind to this squirrel, which reaches for a bud on a small branch at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook Monday. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / March 12, 2012)

Ecologist Steve Sullivan was trolling for voles recently when he noticed something quite unusual: Swarms of flies buzzing about the Chicago area, in winter.

But the oddities of this balmy March — expected to get even warmer this week and next — are showing up in parks, gardens and backyards all over the Midwest.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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