Where Do Insects Go When it Snows?

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Some insects, such as the stonefly, thrive in the harsh conditions of winter. (Photo credit: Photo Fun/Shutterstock)

For those who don’t like the cold and snow,perhaps the one good thing about winter is the fact that were not bothered by a lot of insects. Insects, however, don’t disappear when its cold. [Read more…]

How Do Trees Survive the Long, Dark Winter?

winter trees

Like other living organisms that inhabit cold climates, the main issue a tree must contend with in cold conditions is the prevention ice crystal formation within its cells. (Photo credit: Corbis)

Leafless tree branches set against a snowy backdrop set a rather bleak scene. However, while it may appear lifeless, deciduous trees have several strategies to survive the cold and dark conditions of winter. [Read more…]

Songbird Survival in Winter

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Songbirds use a number of techniques to survive during the winter. (Photo credit: Jaki Good Miller/Getty Images)

When it’s extremely cold outside, you might bundle up in multiple layers, put on gloves and a hat, and wrap a scarf around your neck. But what do songbirds do to survive cold winter temperatures?

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