Sticktights, or beggar’s ticks, collect on the pants legs of hikers. Wintertime hikers know these are much better than actual ticks.
Eastern red cedar is our only widespread native juniper. Its short, evergreen needles turn reddish bronze after the first hard frosts and stay reddish through winter.
It’s astonishing how small birds like juncos can survive winter. To make body heat, they need plenty of food. To preserve their warmth, they fluff their feathers for insulation.