The winter of 2011 was one of the snowiest on record in Northeast Wisconsin. The constant snowfall was a challenge for everyone, including the local wildlife. On February 20th of that year, this Chickadee huddled into the protective branches of a snow covered tree to try and shelter from what was called by local weather forecasters "Winter Storm Dana." The storm was expected to produce a foot or more of snowfall, along with wind gusts up to 40 mph resulting in white out conditions. This photo was taken on the morning of the storm, just as it was starting to strengthen. About 5 inches of snow had already fallen, and while temperatures hovered around 20 degrees F., the strong winds made it feel much, much colder. We spent about an hour outside working with this bird in the storm. It seemed glad for the company.

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