Although our focus is often inside the house during the coldest, darkest months, there is much joy and learning to be had in going out into nature this time of year. While bird populations may seem less interesting in winter, given that most of our colorful migrants are in the Neotropics, observing birds now can still be very rewarding. It is certainly easier to watch birds during the winter, as there are less species to learn and no deciduous leaves to obscure the view. Birds are also less secretive, moving around more actively and often in groups, and although they’re not singing they make many recognizable calls. So find that perfect winter’s day, with bright sun and no wind, and journey out into your local, state, or national park to enjoy the beauty of birds and their habitats during this special time of year.