The signs are small, but growing. As I navigate the ice and snow that STILL cover much of the ground, birds are singing. I spotted a cardinal on my walk with Jake this morning, and a robin perched on the rail of my deck. The past three mornings, Jake and I have passed a mallard and his lady love, swimming in a creek swollen with melted snow.

The Toronto Star has invited readers to send in photos that show spring is truly on its way, and there is a great collection of birds, raccoons, migrating swans, squirrels and more here. Enjoy!