Whether you're spending the rest of the year in shorts or bundled up, winter has officially arrived. To honor the winter solstice, we've compiled an album of wildlife in the snow at wildlife refuges across the country. Let's embrace the beauty of the season!
Red Foxes at Alaska Penninsula NWR
Sparring red foxes at the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge by Robert Dreeszen.
Bison at National Elk Refuge in Wyoming
Bison with a frosty mask at National Elk Refuge by Chris Clapp, volunteer.
Red-tailed Hawk at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah
Juvenile red-tailed hawk at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge by Mike Guyant, volunteer.
River Otters at Squaw Creek NWR in Missouri
River otters enjoy the partially frozen wetlands at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge by Kenny Bahr.
Deer at John Heinz NWR in Pennsylvania
Deer with a sprinkle of snow on its nose at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge by Barbara Wheeler Photography, volunteer.
Loggerhead Shrike at Malheur NWR in Oregon
Loggerhead shrike in snow at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Craig Lewis, USFWS.
Muskrat at Great Meadows NWR in Massachusetts
This photo of a muskrat chowing down at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is copyright (c) 2013 Bob Travis and made available under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license.
Black-tailed Prairie Dogs at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR in Colorado
Black-tailed prairie dogs at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge by Lee Winnike, 2012 photo contest winner.
Bald Eagle at Camas NWR in Idaho
Bald eagle in a snow covered tree at Camas National Wildlife Refuge by Lance Roberts, USFWS.
Sandhill Crane at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico
This photo, "Sandhill Crane in snow Bosque del Apache NWR" is copyright (c) 2015 Mark Watson and made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.
Tundra Hare at Yukon Delta NWR in Alaska
Tundra hare crosses a partially frozen pond at Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge by Allen Stegeman.
Coyote at Seedskadee NWR in Wyoming
Coyote in hoar frost at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge by Tom Koerner, USFWS.