Wildlife in Winter

By Colleen Beaty|December 19, 2013

Photo courtesy of DTE Energy

Photo courtesy of DTE Energy

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?

Well, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Plants and animals have developed a number of techniques for surviving through the winter’s snow, ice, colder temperatures, and lower food availability. Over the next few months we’re going to explore some of the tactics like migration and hibernation that allow species to keep thriving even when the natural world is frozen over.

Read Wildlife in Winter: Migration
Read Wildlife in Winter: Hibernation
Read Wildlife in Winter: Finding Cover Under the Snow
Read Wildlife in Winter: Catching Prey Under the Snow
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