The Pussy Willow Cracking Moon becomes the new Lambing and Kidding Moon at 1:45 a.m. on January 24.
This moon presides over the period during which most sheep and goats give birth.
Complementing this surge in the farming year, the first week of the Lambing and Kidding Moon opens skunk cabbage in the swamps.
The second week of this moon brings cardinals into song every morning about half an hour before dawn.
By full moon time, doves join the cardinals, and maple sap runs in the maples.