Discover 18 Midwest Winter Adventures
Track your neighbors
Why read by the fire when every snowy field is an open storybook? Winter provides the best chance to follow animals' habits by using the record they leave with every step in the snow. Grab an animal track guide (you'll find plenty online through a search), then head outside to unravel stories about which animals live near you and what they're up to.
Tracking in wet snow will reveal crisp tracks and other details (think marks from dragging tails). And check for clues like debris alongside tracks. See scattered dirt? That's a sign the animal was moving fast. Just be sure to know tracks: It's no fun when that raccoon you're following turns out to be a skunk.