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Nuttall's woodpecker fledgling by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Anthony Mancini.

8 Wonky and Wonderful Woodpecker Adaptations

12/15/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Each winter I’m absolutely thrilled to see woodpeckers in the woods of Virginia. Woodpeckers are a welcome part of my cold weather hikes, when wildlife sightings become more rare. I’ve had a few looming curiosities about these birds. For example, how […] Read more >

An American robin visits a heated birdbath during a snowstorm in Smithtown, New York.  Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Elaine Davis.

Don’t Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!

12/3/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Throughout the hot summer months, backyard birders like me faithfully supply all the fresh water our feathered friends need for drinking, bathing or simply cooling off. By this time of year, however, most of us have covered up or put […] Read more >

Frozen photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Panagiotis Laskarakis.

Signs You May be Trapped in the Eternal Winter from ‘Frozen’

3/25/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Like most of the nation, I’m smitten with the movie ‘Frozen’. I sing ‘Let it Go’ on my way to work, I want to build a snowman, and I’m pretty sure we’ve been cursed to an eternal winter here in […] Read more >

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Two Easy, Gooey, Fun Winter Bird Feeding Projects

2/6/2014 // By Carla Brown

Here are two simple, cute projects that you could make right now to help the birds in your yard. Like us, birds and other backyard wildlife are facing more snow and colder temperatures this year than typical in many regions […] Read more >

Snowy owl, like Hedwig, from National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest entrant Kim Leblanc.

How to Enjoy Owls in Winter (or Anytime)

1/29/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Owls have been in the spotlight recently, from the DC snowy owl to the Colbert Report. They are incredible and elusive creatures. Here are some ways you can experience and learn about owls first-hand this winter. Go on an owl […] Read more >

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Winter Hiking for Kids: Creating Memories in the Snow

1/25/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Kristen Laine. It was as a young adult that Yemaya Maurer, coauthor of AMC Guide to Winter Hiking & Camping, became aware of the pleasures of traveling through a winter landscape and mourned a childhood that hadn’t included […] Read more >

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Bundle Up and Be Out There!

1/10/2014 // By Kristen Hendricksen

This winter, Be Out There is encouraging you to get outdoors with your kids! Traditionally, conversation about the weather is what most people would call small talk: informal and unimportant. However, when we discovered that weather is the biggest barrier […] Read more >

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These Animals Don’t Care That It’s Freezing Outside

12/14/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I was the first one to bust out my puffy jacket, gloves and hat to stay warm. I don’t like coffee, but I offer to hold other people’s drinks to warm my hands. I nuzzle my nose in my scarf. […] Read more >

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Snowfall, Wildlife and Gardens

12/13/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas, or dreading it?  Either way, the very essence of winter in temperate climes is snow. And what a wonderful thing snow is. Think of it—when temperatures are low enough, water falls from […] Read more >

Advice from Moms & Dads on Getting Outside, Even When It’s Chilly

1/28/2013 // By Christine Uncles

On January 17, Be Out There held its first ever Facebook Chat, “Bundle Up and Be Out There.” We asked for tips, tricks, success stories, and even some concerns about getting the kids back outside to enjoy nature now that winter […] Read more >