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Know your local wildlife: teach kids how Virginia's animals survive winter

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When it comes to surviving the dim and frigid months of winter, animals have basically three strategies, the three S's of winter survival:

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  1. Suit Up and Stay (Adaptation)
  2. Skip Town (Migration)
  3. Sleep Through It (Hibernation)

The following slides will introduce you to some outstanding examples of Virginia animals (everything from insects to black bears) who use these strategies.

For more great info on winter survival strategies, try these children's books:

  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
  • Animals in Winter (A Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science Book) by Henrietta Bancroft and Helen K. Davie
  • A Bed for the Winter, Level 1: Beginning to Read by Karen Wallace
  • When Snowflakes Fall by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick
  • A Warm Winter Tail by Carrie A. Pearson and Christina Wald

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