This is the time of year to spot red-tailed hawks, because they are more abundant in our area in the winter; some northern red-tails overwinter with our year-round birds. Keep your eyes peeled and you might see one perched atop a light post or on a roof – on slightly windy days, look for them soaring in circles through the air.
If you find yourself unhappy because of high heating bills this winter, think of the chipmunks hibernating away, preserving their food stores until spring. If your heating bill is low this winter, the chipmunks might be wide awake devouring their stores of food too early.
Common Eastern bumblebees are still buzzing around our fall asters and goldenrods, serving to warn us of a collapsing ecosystem: Over the past hundred years, the number of bumblebee species in Massachusetts has declined to seven from 11. And three of those seven are in danger.