40NATURE IN WINTER

Itís not only animals that hibernate in winter: many people believe that the only way to survive the long cold months is to stay inside, never taking the opportunity to stretch their bodies and take a walk. It is amazing to see what can be discovered on a hike through the woods at Clark Wright Conservation Area, even on the coldest winter day.

This rabbit’s colouring helps him blend in well with his surroundings, whether it’s summer or winter!
This rabbit's colouring helps him blend in well with his surroundings, whether it's summer or winter!
After the next snowfall, go for a walk and keep your eyes open. You might not see any animals, but the tracks they leave in the snow can tell great stories. You might see signs of a chase between a fox and a rabbit, or follow the tracks of an energetic squirrel. (Just donít try to climb the trees in your winter clothing.)

Youíll see plenty of birds on your hike; although many birds migrate in the winter, woodpeckers and chickadees stay around the Sydenham Valley. Since they like to eat nuts and seeds in the trees, and food left at bird feeders, they are still able to find food when snow covers the ground.

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