Winter Wildlife Wonders

Winter wildlife includes super sliding river otters! Slow-burn sleepy black bears! Busybody bugs with scuba tanks! The eerie calls of screech owls! Monster-sized pine cones! Winter may feel like a cold, lifeless season, but the truth is nature never stops being active and unique. Here are some amazing, little-known curiosities of the winter wonderland.

Look out below! Coulter pine cones, found in California, have hooked barbs, weigh up to 10 pounds and reach up to 18 inches in length.
Look out below! Coulter pine cones, found in California, have hooked barbs, weigh up to 10 pounds and reach up to 18 inches in length.
Photo by Bill Beatty