Hello Wild Side Readers,
For many, winter is a time for huddling in warm blankets and sweaters, and dreaming of warmer weather. Of all the seasons, I hear the most complaints about winter. It makes me wonder, without being overly anthropomorphic, if wildlife species share the same dour attitudes towards Old Man Winter. Or is winter to them just another time of the year that requires certain strategies to be successful?
For some species, winter can indeed be challenging. Fortunately, wildlife have many adaptations that help them survive winter. In the below presentation, I discuss a few. From down jackets to frozen frogs, the abilities Ohio wildlife employ during the cold winter months are nothing short of impressive!
During the presentation, I shared several resources to learn more about winter wildlife adaptations:
The Great Migration video – Sandhill crane stopover at Audubon Nebraska’s Rowe Sanctuary
Birdcast – migration maps and live tracking of migration
Migration Science article – from Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website
White-nose Syndrome website – U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Nest Box Plans for Wildlife – ODNR, Division of Wildlife
- Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner – for the kiddos
- Life in the Cold by Peter J. Marchand
- Winter World by Bernd Heinrich
Enjoy and stay warm out there! Spring is just a month (or so) away!
Wildlife Program Specialist