Several people have asked me in person if I have found any wildflowers yet this year. Yes, I have. I actually found my first species earlier this week.
My first wildflower of the year is no surprise. Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is the first flower I find every single year. While winter may have been nonexistent this year, Skunk Cabbage is right on its normal scheduled for blooming. In fact, last year I found my first Skunk Cabbage bloom during the same week of March. The only difference is that last year's flower was surrounded by snow.
I am not doing a Wildflower Big Year in 2017, but that doesn't mean that I won't be photographing and sharing wildflowers. I am always on the lookout for species that I have never seen before. I just won't be searching as intensely as last year.