As winter closes in, many species of wildlife look to fuel up for the challenging conditions of winter. Fortunately, several plant species take advantage of this in their seed dispersal strategies by producing delicious and nutritious berries that wildlife will eat then excrete, depositing seeds in a new location along with a dose of fertilizer. While many of the fall berries have long since gone by, some varieties last well into winter, providing a larder for the fruit-eating species that are active all winter long.
Order up! If you think French fries are fast food, you should see how fast-moving some of the meals our wildlife friends enjoy are. Even if the meal itself is slow, many animals have to be fast to outrun predators and beat their competitors to the buffet.
Here are five wildlife “diners” who are snagging a quick meal from past years of our Picture This: Your Great Outdoors. If you have a great photo of wildlife chowing down, the contest will open up for submissions in early summer 2018. Bon Appetit!