Even though right now happens to be the era of midterms and essays here at Chewonki, the level of excitement just keeps rising. Two days ago, the first two of the expected baby lambs were born. I would be surprised if there was someone here who hadn’t gone down to see them yet. Plenty of lambs still have yet to be born. I’m already gearing up to sign up for my second shift of lamb watch, where we get to check the ewes in the middle of the night in case they go into labor. The prospect of seeing a baby lamb being born is more than enough to get me out of bed in the middle of the night to trek over to the barn. Seeing the lambs and caring for the lambs makes me truly happy to be here at Chewonki.
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Ever since the seasons started transitioning from winter to spring, the hours of daylight have been lengthening. By now, when I go for my morning or afternoon jog to the small nearby airport and back, sun washes over the landscape for the entire duration of my run. It’s also nice when I have to roll out of bed around 6 am to start farm chores – the pink horizon is motivation enough for me to climb out of bed to see the baby lambs that have recently been born. The first lambs were originally due on March 15th; however the very first two came at the same time during the early hours of the 19th. This morning when I went to the barn to feed Sal (the horse), and Lola and Clementine (the cows), I saw the two little lambs cuddled up in a corner of their stall, asleep. It was quite possibly the most adorable thing I have ever seen.
Editors Note: When the students returned from spring break this Monday, all of our expectant ewes had given birth! -AJ