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Warming Winter

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Avian migration is timed with the seasons to beat the heat or the cold, as are the indicators that tell a bird when it's time to start a family. Unfortunately, climate change can have drastic results for creatures that rely so heavily upon temperature changes to dictate their lives. Across the globe, birds are on the move in new ways as a result of climate shifts, and in the natural world, no one can take a single step without impacting everything else. Every shift in one direction has consequences in another. What happens when the whole system starts shifting? Ecosystems change, food-webs are thrown out of whack, and species are forced to adapt or flounder. Survive or perish.

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Red tails | Reclaimed water revives wetlands
Juvenile Red Tail Hawk

By: Gail Cochrane,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Birds of prey! They just insist on killing and eating cute mice, darling bunnies and the fluffy fledglings of other birds. This can be horrific to observe or even contemplate. But the relationship between predator and prey is the underpinning of all that we admire about wild animals. Predators and their prey evolve together, each constantly developing greater stealth, speed, camouflage, and more finely tuned senses. Each trait that gives advantage one way or another is passed on to future generations in a seesaw of evolution, making this "eat or be eaten" connection the agent of natural selection.

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Backyard winter visitors

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer

Do you feed overwintering, non-migrating birds in your backyard? Properly winterizing your yard and feeders not only provides birds a safe harbor with lifesaving calories to endure harsh weather and cold temperatures, it can provide you with hours of pleasurable bird-watching from the comfort of your warm and cozy chair.

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By: Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator

The Great Backyard Bird Count!

February 15-18, 2013! It's not just for grownups!

Here's a link to the Great Backyard Bird Count for kids! There's help so you can do your own bird count. There are jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages and recipes for bird treats. You can play "Mark my Bird," "Take the Color Challenge" and a bird sound game called "Guess Who's Squawkin'"! The Great Backyard Bird Count

Here are some pictures of kids with the bird feeders they made. http://www.biglearning.com/treasure-bird-gallery/gallery.htm

This app plugs in to an ongoing global scientific project that allows young and old alike to explore, and to share information about the natural world.

Your child can turn an old milk carton into a unique and quaint birdhouse with the help of some twigs from the yard and a hot glue gun. Grades 1-3

A healthy ecosystem contains many species of plants and animals that form a complicated food web. Grades 3-8

Try out this Warmer Winter crossword puzzle: Click here.

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