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Wildlife in Winter: Now You See Me…

It just snowed (again) out here on the East Coast, so it seems only fitting that I wrap up our “Wildlife in Winter” blog series by talking about how some animals camouflage themselves in the winter to blend in with snow. In the warm months, species like the snowshoe hare sport a brown fur coat […]

Wildlife in Winter: Catching Prey Under the Snow

Last week I wrote about how some animals like voles, mice, and shrews utilize subnivean habitats as a way to stay warm and avoid being seen by predators while they forage. Of course, predators need to eat too. And while the snow allows the rodents to stay out of sight, there are several predators such […]

Wildlife in Winter: Finding Cover Under the Snow

Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we’ve been experiencing snowfall on almost a weekly basis for the last month or so.  And while all this snow causes school shutdowns and traffic headaches for us, some of the local small mammals, like voles, mice, and shrews, do very well by staying beneath the snow. This type of […]

Wildlife in Winter: Hibernation

Last week I wrote about migration as a strategy for surviving the colder temperatures and food shortages during the winter. However, a number of other animal species have instead evolved to use winter dormancy to make it through the winter. Hibernation is a type of winter dormancy typically employed by mammals. Other species such as […]

Wildlife in Winter

In just a couple of days it will be the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day each year with the shortest period of daylight. The Winter Solstice also marks the official start of winter. And when winter rolls around, plants and animals hunker down and wait for the warmer temperatures of spring. Right? […]