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Cold winter weather can cause us to retreat into our indoor shells biding our time until the warmer days return. However, there is much to explore outside during the wintertime and the following sites share some important reasons and cautionary tips for Winter World Explorations. The first website, Princeton University's Outdoor Action Guide to Winter Camping by Rick Curtis, provides a thorough overview of Winter Camping including sections on Winter Travel, Snowshoeing Basics, Winter Water, and more. This site also provides links to OA Guides for Winter Shelters, and Hypothermia and Cold Injuries (1). The second site, from the Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia deals specifically with Hypothermia including useful information on Physiology, Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Considerations (2). The third website, SnowSchool, is an innovative educational field program designed for 4th and 5th graders where "kids venture out into America's winter wildlands to discover all the living creatures under the snow." SnowSchool is a program of Winter Wildlands Alliance and "the nation's largest on-snow winter ecology education program" with 27 sites across the United States (3). The fourth website from the Minnesota DNR is a feature on Winter Bird Feeding which includes specific information about Winter Foods, Seeds and Mixes, Suet, Feeders, and Winter Feeder Layout (4). The fifth website, The Native Conifers of North America, is an excellent and very comprehensive online introduction and field guide to conifer species native to North America. The site includes A Key to the Genera and Species, sections on Selected Conifers from Different Parts of North America, and many beautiful photographs and line drawings (5). The sixth website (6) hosts an article on Winter Nutrition: Tips for people who exercise in the cold by nutrition counselor Nancy Clark, MS, RD. In her article, Ms. Clark answers common winter exercise questions like Why do I shiver when I get cold?, and Why do I feel hungrier in the winter than in the summer? Speaking of being hungrier in the winter, the final two websites offer recipes for winter stews and soups, a perfect way to end a day of winter exploring. One website offers a Hearty Winter Stew recipe from the University of Michigan Health System-Nutrition Services (7}. The other website, from The Ohio State University Extension -- Family Nutrition Program Newsletter tells us that January is National Soup Month, and offers recipes for stews, soups, and even instructions for bread soup bowls (8).
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