What Happens to Fish in the Winter?


As temperatures drop for the winter, layers of ice begin to form on bodies of freshwater. If you’re anything like me, you might be wondering what happens to all the fish at the bottom of the lakes, ponds, and rivers across the country during the cold months. After all, many living things don’t survive such harsh drops in temperature. For example, earth worms lay eggs before the harsh winter kills them. Then their eggs hatch in the spring and the cycle continues. So, what about fish?
Do they turn into icicles and die out every year like the earth worm? The answer, is no.

Three Easy Ways to Help Wildlife This Winter


Many animals struggle to survive the cold months. By taking some time to follow these simple tips, you can ensure that your backyard is an abundant for wildlife this winter.

1. Leave Small Amounts of Food for Hungry Birds and Squirrels

All living things need to eat, but food can be scarce during the winter. Leaving food for backyard animals can be done in many ways. Stocking a bird feeder, putting loose seed or dried fruit in a container in your yard, or even certain kitchen scraps can make a lovely meal for a hungry backyard animal. Check out my article The Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Wildlife for more information, and always proceed with caution when feeding wildlife. Another option is a DIY birdseed ornament. These are a fun craft that are great for backyard birds and squirrels as well. Check out my recipe for a DIY birdseed ornament feeder!