You can mark the progress of spring in Vilas County by the new arrivals. As the snow melts away, life emerges in the forest. Migratory birds are heading north, and some are settling into our forests for the season. New to birding? Anyone can head into the woods and find something to see. But it helps to have the right gear. Make sure you have some good walking shoes – you may want boots as the trails can become a bit wet in the spring. Consider bringing a pair of binoculars and a birding guidebook along, so you can identify the songbirds you’ll see. Good places to get a start birdwatching include the Fallison Lake Trails in Sayner/Star Lake, the Spectacle Lake-Kentuck Lake Trail in Phelps and the Van Vliet Hemlocks in Presque Isle.