The recent warm up around Western New York has been a relief for those of us who are over the bitter cold and snow. For many, spring can't get here soon enough! Yes, I love the snow when it arrives every year. But I am equally as excited to see it go. Now that mid-February is here, there is also another season that is just beginning; skunk season!

That's right. It's that time of the year that skunks will seek out other skunks to help keep their population thriving.

Skunks are nocturnal animals, so they head out at night to find their food. When February rolls around, males will begin looking for females for breeding. They will travel up to five miles during mating season but generally travel only a mile or two.

Don't be surprised if over the next few weeks you notice the smell of skunks in your yard or early mornings when you get out to walk your dog. The skunks will be on the move until they find a mate. Their babies (kittens) should be up moving around in April!

BUFFALO'S ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE RETURNS

There is great news for those who love to go to the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Buffalo. Organizers have announced that the most popular parade will return for 2022!

According to reports, the parade will also have a patriotic feel to it. The event is set to take place March 20th along Delaware Avenue. The theme of this year's celebration is "Hail to St. Patrick! God Bless America & Support Our Troops. Honor Our Frontline Workers."

Buffalo's United Irish American Association has announced it's Grand Marshall for the parade as well.

The United Irish American Association (UIAA) has elected Patrick D. McGuinness as the Grand Marshal of the 2022 Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The day will start with Mass celebrated by our chaplain Fr. David Richards and Bishop Michael Fisher at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral at 10:30 AM.

There are still spots available for those who want to march in the parade this year as well. Just fill out the application and get some green gear and be ready for some fun!

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