The snow is nearly gone and all the birds are arriving. Yesterday I saw the first butterfly of the year for me. Thanks to John Acorn for identifying it as Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum). He notes “the large white spots are good field marks”. She was skittish and drinking from a mud puddle.
Also checked out the mussel shells at the north end of Slocan Lake. They are definitely Anodonta and, Dick Callison and I believe they are A. oregonensis.