winter

Clockwise: humpback whales, monarch butterfly, pronghorn antelope

Heading South

Every autumn and winter, in a dramatic act of coordination and navigation, dozens of species across North America migrate vast distances for food, warmth or breeding. Monarch butterflies descend upon …

snow covered trees on mountain

QUIZ: Where Should You Go Winter Wildlife Watching?

From the forest to the sea, there are lots of places you could be! Take our quiz to find out where you should go winter wildlife watching.

Pine Grosbeak by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant David Halgrimson.

QUIZ: Seven Red Birds for the Holidays

Red is a color associated with Christmas, Yule, and the winter holiday season in general. Here in North America, we don’t have too many wildlife species that are red. There …

Six winter animals on winter scene background

Quiz: Which Iconic Winter Animal Are You?

Answer seven questions to see which iconic winter animal channels your inner self! Read more amazing winter blogs!

Northern Cardinals by Laura Hedgecockk

Tips for Winter Bird Feeding

As temperatures drop across much of the country, it’s time to put more thought into what your backyard birds are eating. Providing high-quality food during winter not only entices more …

Frogs That Freeze Solid

Different animals use different strategies to survive winter. Some species migrate south, others grow thick coats, and some fatten up or stash food reserves. Many species hibernate or go dormant to …

Animal Prints by Charlene Clark.

Who Goes There? Identifying Animal Tracks In Your Backyard

Are you eagerly awaiting the snowy season in order to take a peek at what critters have been scurrying through your backyard? Studying prints left by animals is an ancient …

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

8 Wonky and Wonderful Woodpecker Adaptations

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 …

Don’t Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!

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 …

Frozen photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Panagiotis Laskarakis.

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

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 …

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