Thursday, December 20, 2007

Black Capped Chickadees

There was a neat little article on eNature about black capped chickadees - "Cold Weather Machines." I'll admit, it's the title that got me!

“Black-capped Chickadees have a wonderful assortment of adaptations for the winter,” said biologist Susan M. Smith, who has studied the black-capped chickadee as long as anyone. “Carefully hidden food items, dense winter coats, specially selected winter roost cavities, and perhaps most remarkable of all, the ability to go into nightly hypothermia, thus conserving large amounts of energy, greatly increases the chances of survival,” she said.

I can't wait to see my first chickadee. I've never seen one. I bet they are adorable!

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