Winter is well underway at the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre! After saying goodbye to some of our migrating and hibernating animal friends, there are still so many signs of busy wildlife all around us!
Walking along the trails it is hard not to hear the vibrant song of the black-capped chickadee perched in above branches. Many small songbirds such as the black-capped chickadee, white breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, and the blue jay stay for the long winter. Many of these birds can be seen at the bird feeders which are replenished by locals who want to help the birds as finding food in the winter can be more difficult.
Many of our animal friends also leave behind tracks in the deep snow at the Centre. Keeping an eye open for these tracks can give us a great clue to which animal visitor was recently here and where they were going. These tracks are great indicators of animals who are typically shyer and stay away from humans such as deer, coyote, fox, and skunk. While it can be rare to spot some of these animals along the trail, many winding tracks along the snow show us there is much more life in these woods than meet the eye.
Wondering what to look for during the winter months? Print out this winter bingo and keep your eyes peeled for some of these winter things. OR come for a walk on our trails at the station and see all the amazing wildlife we are talking about!