Thursday, December 28, 2023

From the Archives: Animals in Winter

Black bear mother and cub hibernating - University of Minnesota
The past few days have been a strange start to our Adirondack winter, with warm temperatures in the 40s and a drizzly rain.
But, don’t be deceived… winter is officially here! So, what happens to the wildlife in the ADKs when the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall?

Check out some of these great articles from the Adirondack Almanack archives:


  1. One of the less thought of creatures in the park, what happens to the snake population when the weather gets cold?
    Check out this great piece by Sandra Mitchell – Where do Snakes Go In Winter
  2. Regular contributor, Richard Gast, has put together a fantastic read covering the ins and outs of “True Hibernators” in his piece, Sleeping the Winter Away?
    Check it out here:
  3. One of the more popular creatures we see during the winter months, the white-tailed deer, are very well versed in how they survive the winter months.
    Check out this article from the NYS DEC – How White-Tailed Deer Cope with Winter Weather:
  4. One of the few animals that have coats that change white in a northeast winter, this interesting article, Weasels in Winter, gives insight to the winter activities of weasels in
    our region: 
  5. As I locked up our hens into the chicken coop on Christmas Eve, I stood still for a moment and heard coyotes in the distance. Singing Christmas carols maybe? Who knows…
    This older article, Coyotes Prepare for Winter, by guest contributor, Susie Spikol Faber, sheds light on a sometimes misunderstood member of the Adirondack forest.
    Check it out here:

Photo at top: Black bear mother and cub hibernating. Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota.






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Sarah lives in the northern ADK's with her husband, 2 daughters, sled dogs and 15+ chickens. She is an aspiring children's book author, and professional Tarot advisor. She wears many hats working with The Adirondack Explorer, and she loves them all.

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