How Do Birds Survive Winter? (Online)

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Sunday January 8

2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

Preregistration is required. This program is designed for adults and interested children 14 years and up.

Our local feathered friends have many interesting ways to survive winter. Andy Fix, a longtime Cincinnati Nature Center member, photographer, and naturalist, will share stories and photographs from his years of experience observing birds and their behaviors. Winter can be harsh. The scarcity of food can cause birds to rely on alternative foraging techniques, such as creating “bird gangs” to safely find reliable food sources. In this program, you will learn about survival strategies used by different groups of birds and take a “virtual” winter hike through the meadow at Long Branch Farm & Trails. 

You will learn:

  • Winter survival strategies used by different groups of birds

  • How birds seek water and shelter in the winter

  • How you can help

About the Speakers:

Andy Fix has been an avid birder since the late 1960s when he started learning about our feathered friends and the many things they do. As a naturalist, he combines a lifetime of avian observation with a passion for photography to better understand bird populations, movement, and survival. Andy enjoys sharing his field experiences and bringing interesting aspects of bird life into perspective for everyone to enjoy.

Rainey Strippelhoff was first introduced to the amazing world of birds through her education in wildlife biology and painting subjects in her art studio. However, her passion took flight after attending the Bird Walks as an interpretation intern here at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Ever since, she wouldn’t be caught dead without a pair of binoculars and a portable watercolor set in her backpack. 

Both Andy and Rainey enjoy sharing their field experiences and bringing interesting aspects of bird life into perspective for everyone to enjoy. 

This will be a live, virtual class on the Zoom meeting platform. Live auto-captioning will be available, and materials will be screen reader accessible. Your link to attend the meeting will be sent immediately after registering in a follow-up email. You do not need the Zoom application to participate. If you do not receive your Zoom link by January 6 at 12 pm, or if you have any trouble logging on, please contact us at

Member adult $5; nonmember adult $10.

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