The Crabapple trees around E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park are beginning to bloom! In a few short days, they will be full of tiny pink flowers, which will eventually fade into green leaves. The miniature apples that grow on the trees are not very tasty to humans, but wildlife love them! The fruit grows in the Fall, and usually persists through the Winter. I noticed last year, the Crabapple trees had a lot of fruit left on the limb when Spring arrived; this year they are picked clean. With the mild Winter in 2013, the animals could have found food in their storage spots, or even still growing for most of the season. This year, with the extremely cold and harsh Winter, the animals used all of their stored resources early, and had to eat the left over fruit crop on the Crabapple trees.