Weekly Wrap-up: November 30 - December 6, 2018
Our best stories from around the web and social media each week.
Did you know that northern cardinals get their bright red coloring from the food they eat? If they didn’t eat foods with red carotenoids, they would lose their bright coloring after a few molts. https://t.co/Rn7JILkUAg— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) December 1, 2018
Did you know animals can get cramps from lactic acid? Turtles spending winters in low oxygen environments can build up lactic acid in their bodies. Unlike us, painted turtles can use calcium from their shells to neutralize the acid in their bodies! pic.twitter.com/2FKTpUwzvo— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) December 2, 2018
Now is the time to watch for for evening grosbeaks. These birds are unpredictable winter visitors from year to year, but when they do appear they will often utilize platform feeders and prefer snacking on sunflower seeds. https://t.co/Ac7uxg3KHQ— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) December 3, 2018
Searching for seed
White-breasted nuthatches can be spotted year round across much of the country. They prefer areas with large trees and can be seen visiting feeders for sunflowers, suet and peanuts. pic.twitter.com/o9IcG64CiA— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) December 3, 2018
Common loons spend the winters along ocean coasts, but you might not recognize them! After breeding season, they trade in their sharp black and white patterns for dull gray plumage. https://t.co/jeK7aFgJpt— USFWS Midwest Region (@USFWSMidwest) December 3, 2018