The Catkins are flowers that grow on the Alder tree. These flowers often appear before the leaves do. You might see butterflies feeding on the catkins and leaves.
Alder is a hardwood and can be used to make furniture, guitars, and cabinets. The wood of some alder species is also used to smoke salmon and other foods.
Did you know: Alder catkins provide an early source
of pollen for bees, especially honeybees.