Spring is in the air. Heaps of little creatures are prepping for debut, from bitty bunnies to budding bulbs and… lucky little cork gnomes, as the Indy staff has learned.

The news came in an “a-gnome-ymous” letter of Lilliputian proportion, attached to this little guy (or gal?). Locals will start spotting these little cuties beginning March 20, according to the message.

It seems they were inspired in part by last year’s garden-gnome spottings across Durham, which were documented on a local blog, as well as here at the Indy website. (In fact, we even placed random gnome in one issue last year!)

Despite the gnome-nappings of last year, the “population is back on the rise,” the letter said. And in this case, the letter says, it’s actually good luck to take these little corkers home.

The very small gnomes, called “korknisse” are being tracked at the Cork Gnome Home