NATURE NOTES: Birds Staying Warm

A common redpoll stays warm despite the snow.

A few weeks ago, we wrote an article about winter bird adaptations. But with the recent freeze, we thought we could talk even more about how birds stay warm and how you can help them through this tough winter.

In this frigid weather, we are reminded to bring pets in, wrap the plants, drip water for the pipes, stay off the icy roads, and bundle up if you’re outside. But how do birds handle this weather? There is no one out there turning up the heat for them.

Martin Hagne is the Executive Director at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. Learn more about the observatory at

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