Wolf Ridge

The Florida of the North


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
December 9, 2014

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Did you know that heading south for the winter is all relative? While most of us consider “the tropics” to be Florida and Mexico, for some migrants, Minnesota is as far south as a snowbird needs to travel. Oh and when I mean snowbirds, I’m talking about actual birds! One species, the white-winged crossbill, will lay their eggs all throughout the year, including in January and February when most of us would rather be inside. Avian migrants joining the white-winged crossbills in “balmy” northern Minnesota for the winter include juncos, redpolls, and even snowy owls!

– Brent Burton

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