Birds head here from Nunavut Fowl from Arctic Canadian province come to Mo. for the winter CONSERVING THOUGHTS


What does Nunavut share with Missouri?

If your answer is “where’s Nunavut,” don’t feel bad – this Canadian province is undoubtedly one of North America’s least-heard-of places. On the other hand, if you answered Lapland longspurs, rough-legged hawks and, on rare occasions, snow buntings; you’re probably a bird enthusiast who appreciates cold winters, good binoculars and three far-traveling bird species that characterize why winter birding in Missouri is so special.

It’s yet to be seen whether the upcoming winter is going to be a season of full-blown frigidness or a mild mix of cold snaps blended with cool-but-comfortable days. However, the cold fronts that have blasted chilling swaths across the northern states in recent weeks are definite indicators winter weather is arriving. It’s safe to presume if things are cold and snowy in the northern U.S., it’s even colder and snowier further north. And when things get cold and snowy up north, there are other things besides waterfowl and bald eagles that fly south.

<em>For the complete column, see the Thursday print edition of The Daily Record, or view the </em><a href=""><span>e-Edition</span></a><span> </span><em>online.</em>

<p>A rare visitor in Missouri, a Snow Bunting searches for food at Long Branch Lake State Park during a winter month.</p>

<p>Francis Skalicky</p>

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