We are waiting impatiently for ice-out, which, it seems, will not occur until May this year. That would be the latest since 1996. Gabby, Kristin and Joel Flory will be covering study lakes early in the year — once they finally open up. Give them a wave if you see them out in their canoes, braving early spring conditions. I will be up myself in early May to help learn which of our loons have returned from the winter and to train the new crew members. Maybe I will see you!