November is the cruellest month

November 15, 2013 | Carolyn

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With apologies to T.S. Eliot, my vote for the cruellest month would have to go to November. The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. The trees have lost their leaves, but we haven't yet had a good fall of snow to brighten the landscape. There isn't a holiday to look forward to in November. And, as they say in Game of Thrones, winter is coming.

We've seen the end of the great fall migration:



Now that the trees are bare, it's easier to spot the birds that don't migrate:

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Animals have other strategies to deal with winter's coming:

Winter World: the ingenuity of animal survival Seasons of Life: the biological rhythms that enable living things to thrive and survive  

And so do we:

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