There may not be reindeer or polar bears, but the MWCD parks are full of wildlife in the snowy, blustery winter months!
Some animals migrate south for the winter while others hibernate through the cold weather. Some animals stay local and use their instincts to survive the harsh Ohio winters.
Animals who migrate sometimes go as far south as Central America to find warmth! Birds and butterflies are the most well-known creatures that make the trek. Animals who hibernate typically drop their body temperature and heart rate in order to fall into a deep sleep. Turtles, snakes, and groundhogs are known to hibernate through colder months.
Some animals only partially hibernate, like squirrels, raccoons, and skunks. You may still see these animals make tracks through the snow. Animals like coyotes, foxes, and rabbits grow thick layers of fur and survive the winter in their new fluffy coats. Deer produce extra oil on their fur to repeal water and stay warm with additional layers of fat.
Though the winds may blow and the snow may fall, Ohio wildlife are equipped to handle the weather.
Winter Solstice Hike at Atwood Lake Park December 21
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Audrey Mattevi, Reporting