Winter Wondering: Where Have All the Birds Gone?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 15, 2005   View Article

When the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil was pulled from his fake tree trunk in Pennsylvania on February 2, he saw his shadow. According to legend, that means the winter blues are sticking around.

So, what’s the good news?

According to John Hanson Mitchell, an editor with the Massachusetts Audubon Society in Lincoln and author of the book A Field Guide to Your Own Backyard, insects in the winter lie so low they seem to have disappeared. Worry about bug bites can also wait for warmer weather.

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