Laura lives in northern Minnesota, where winter night temperatures frequently drop to below zero, occasionally reach 20 or 30 below, and once even dropped to 60 below. What adaptations do northern birds have that allow them to survive and even thrive in those harsh conditions? And how are milder winters already hurting such species as Gray Jays and Great Gray Owls?
Laura Erickson is one of the the American birding community’s most prolific writers and speakers. She has authored and co-authored a number of books including 101 Ways to Help Birds, The Bird Watching Answer Book, Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids, Birds of North America: the National Geographic Pocket Guide, Identifying Birds of Prey, and several others. She’s an editor and columnist for Bird Watching magazine and science editor for the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, hosts the long-running radio program “For The Birds”, and has won the National Outdoor Book Award and the American Birding Association’s Roger Tory Peterson Award.