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Winter preparations

Monday, November 16th, 2009 | Explore Everyday Nature | No Comments

Winter is here. Still, in many places without below freezing temperatures, ice and snow. One might think that there is almost nothing going on in brown-grayish colored nature. But even if slowed down, nature is not resting. While some organisms prepare for winter others are preparing for spring.

  • Help the birds that struggle for survival when it gets colder. Create a bird feeding place near where you live or on the way to school/work. This becomes a great spot for you to see many different species and also get a chance to observe their behaviour. Try to identify the birds and create a list of all species you have seen during the winter. Check out bird feeding practicalities.
  • What is the “green stuff” covering stones, tree trunks and even walls? November is “happy hour” for moss. When nothing else is growing they enjoy the wet conditions and grow fast. Taking a closer look, you will find a great diversity of form. Some look like palm trees and others like lettuce. Which one is your favorite?  Check out pictures of moss.

    moss, image courtesy: Sara Borgström

    moss, image courtesy: Sara Borgström

  • Become a phenologist. Many plants have already prepared for spring.  Before they slow down and their green parts wither, they make sure that everything is set when the temperature rise and the days become longer. Phenologists observe signs of seasonal changes like bird migrations and the start of flowering. Start right now by looking closer at the tree branches and under the leaves.
Hazel, image courtesy: Sara Borgström

Hazel, image courtesy: Sara Borgström

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