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It's the time of year when even humans wish they could hibernate

It's the time of year when even humans wish they could hibernate

Many studies have been done to demystify the question of hibernation, notes outdoors columnist David Hawke, who has other tips to get through winter
Winter-hardy birds are eating up a storm in this mild weather

Winter-hardy birds are eating up a storm in this mild weather

January is when the great horned owl starts its breeding cycle, notes outdoors columnist on busy winter season for birds
A little lunar literacy to help you 'read the moon'

A little lunar literacy to help you 'read the moon'

Before modern technology, moon cycle helped people stay on schedule, outdoors columnist explains
The non-stop cycle of feast and famine is fascinating

The non-stop cycle of feast and famine is fascinating

Some birds stay put and eke out a harsh living, battling heavy snowfalls and cold temperatures, says outdoors columnist
Bird's nests are works of art, often hidden in plain sight

Bird's nests are works of art, often hidden in plain sight

As the leaves fall, the nests appear as if on display like exhibits in a museum; Each species has its own nest style, says outdoors columnist
Complex, hidden, mysterious systems help keep trees ever green

Complex, hidden, mysterious systems help keep trees ever green

Believe it or not, a tough day for a conifer is a winter's day full of sunshine and warmth, notes outdoors columnist
It's not easy being a hardwood tree in the winter months

It's not easy being a hardwood tree in the winter months

Trees must accumulate enough water to not only produce leaves, flowers and fruit, but also retain internal reservoirs to get through winter, notes outdoors columnist
Wye Marsh executive remembered as an inspirational leader

Wye Marsh executive remembered as an inspirational leader

Naturalists the world over are mourning the loss of former Wye Marsh director who led with grace and honour, says outdoors columnist
What is at the root of those haunting noises in the wild?

What is at the root of those haunting noises in the wild?

Is it a wild dog, a belligerent fox or a soprano-voiced coyote? Outdoors columnist employs trail camera but can't quite pinpoint source of sound
Grouse, flying fast and reckless in the fall, are preparing for winter

Grouse, flying fast and reckless in the fall, are preparing for winter

Our outdoors columnist said grouse often fly off track as they become overcome with a desire to fly