Man ice fishing at dawn

 

  • Flocks of overwintering bald eagles sweeping open waters near dams looking for fish to eat.
  • The January "thaw" bringing out light sleeping critters like skunks, raccoons and opossums.
  • Anglers head to the frozen lakes to ice fish
  • White snowy owls in the north perch on fence posts and roadside signs.
  • Great-horned and barred owls pairs sing duets in the night air as they get ready to mate.
  • Bear cubs born inside their wintry dens. (You won't get to see this, but we thought we'd let you know that it's happening.)
  • In marshes, game fish heading for shallow waters looking for hibernating frogs to eat. Look through the ice to spot them.
  • Meadow voles and mice making snow tunnels as a "warm" passageway between their homes and food stashes.
  • River otters sometimes slide along the creek banks in the snow. Look for their "tracks."
  • Chickadees perched on branches fluffing up to keep warm in the cold winter air.