Wordless Wednesday–Wildlife’s Winter Forecast

squirrel's nest in tree

What does this blob of leaves in a tree have to do with a winter forecast?

Weather lore says that the higher up in a tree that a squirrel builds its nests, the colder the winter will be.

This nest is as high as I have seen since I learned this little “factoid.” That was in the fall of 2010. Of course the winter of 2011 in my part of the world was legendary–we had some ridiculous amount of snow in January alone–7 feet if I recall correctly.

The Almanacs and Accuweather are calling for a slow start to winter in the Northeast. I’d like to believe them–but somehow I think that wildlife know better, sadly.

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