Warm spring makes for abundant whirlybirds

CLEVELAND (AP) - The state's silver and red maple trees have produced a bumper crop of seeds this spring.
The light tan seeds, often called whirlybirds, are shaped like half a propeller and spin out of trees. They get into gutters and cover driveways, sidewalks and streets.
"This is a banner year for maples," said Jim McCormac, a botanist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's division of natural areas and preserves. "I don't recall in recent memory one as healthy as this."
Warm, sunny weather in early spring created conditions for good pollination, which increased the number of seeds.
The abundant seeds have been good for the gutter-cleaning business.
"Our phones are going crazy," said Dennis Glendenning, president of Gutter Guard Co. of Cleveland.
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