Saturday, July 22, 2017

A walk in the woods after dark during a gentle rain in March is an easy way to find and observe these breeding frogs and salamaders. All that's required is a flashlight and waterproof boots.
Bluebird nesting box

Birds may begin nesting early this year, unless there is a late winter cold snap or snowstorm.

Vernal pools are much more than mud holes in the woods. They are thriving communities of aquatic organisms perfectly adapted to these specialized ephemeral habitats.
snowy sidewalk

Snow fleas are an important food source for many small invertebrate predators.
bird feeder

The walls and top consist of grid panels of 2-inch by 2-inch heavy-duty wire mesh that allows birds to pass freely,
bird on post

Only through long-term banding efforts can scientists unlock the mysteries of avian natural history.
ruffed grouse

Thomas Felton of Kimbolton, Ohio, recently sent me some photos of a ruffed grouse he had been feeding twice a day since late November.
orange breasted bird on pine branch in snow

Birds battle the cold weather by eating during the day, burning the calories later on.
cardinal on snowy branch

When snow flies, activity at bird feeders peaks.

There are many fun things to do in winter, but remember to keep it safe.
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