Birds at a feeder in winter
  • Winter birds are attracted to birdfeeders. Watch to see how many birds you can identify. Flying squirrels may also visit your feeder at night - watch them using a red light.
  • Sandhill cranes migrating south for the winter.
  • Watch for the first snowfall, then check out the tracks that birds and animals leave behind.
  • Anglers heading out with tip-ups and warm clothes to ice fish.
  • December marks the end of the coho spawning and fish watching seasons.
  • Along streams river otter search river bottoms for winter-chilled frogs, crayfish, and carp.
  • Ruffed grouse pecking through the snow to find food.
  • Luna moths are tucked away in cocoons on the ground in leaf litter and many other animals are also snug in the snow.
  • White-tailed deer bucks shed their antlers. Look for antlers on the woodland floor between now and the end of January.
  • Chickadees perched on branches fluffing up to keep warm in the cold winter air. Listen for their calls.
  • The shortest day of the year occurs on the winter solstice around December 21st or 22nd.