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NATURE WALK: Look for footprints in snow | Outdoors

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The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages strolling by the winter woods, particularly for households. Fresh snow is the proper clean canvas for seeing what animals have been as much as. Snow or no snow, footprints and different clues left behind inform a narrative of how animals survive in winter.

At night time, nocturnal animals emerge from their daytime shelters to forage or hunt for meals and go to water sources. Ponds, creeks and even chicken baths generally is a dependable supply of water— particularly these with heaters that maintain water from freezing. Following the footprints left behind can lead you to locations these animals go to for heat and safety through the day, like burrows, dens or tree cavities. You might also discover scat or leftover scraps from a tasty snack your thriller animal loved.