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By Bruce Auchly
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks 

Winter Survival is for the Birds

Winter Tales and Trails


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Some songbirds are able to stay year round in the Blackfoot and Clearwater valleys.

It's winter.

Nights are long, often cold. Days are short, sometimes with a sun that acts like it doesn't want to come out and play.

Depending on our disposition and age, we might smile or growl about the cold and snow. But if we go outside for any length of time we dress for the weather.

Birds that stay here, that do not migrate, have evolved some ingenious ways to dress for the weather, to stay alive.

Of all the creatures on this planet, only birds have feathers. They can range from about 1,000 feathers for a hummingbird to more than 25,000 on a swan.

Of course, feathers are necessary to f...

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