Winter in Western New York can be difficult, but the frigid months are especially tough on wildlife. Animals not migrating or hibernating have to find other ways to survive until Spring.
But spending the winter here is not always a disadvantage. The American Robin is one of the region's most common birds in the warmer months, and most of the population migrates south for the winter. But some of the robins actually choose to remain here for the winter, and it might give them a wing up on the competition.
Connie Adams is a Senior Wildlife Biologist for the NY Department Of Environmental Conservation. "Migration is a very dangerous thing, and if they can survive the winter without migrating, there's food here, and our winters have been getting milder, then it is actually advantageous for them to stay, this is because when Spring does arrive, they are the first ones on the breeding territories."