Capnote Speaker

Sunday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. | Fair Hills Resort

Sparky Stensaas

Photographer, Author, Filmmaker and Presenter

Birds Below Zero: How Boreal Birds Survive & Thrive in the Depths of Winter 

All the owls, woodpeckers, grouse, chickadees and winter finches of the North are cold hardy, and they have a multitude of survival tricks up their little feathered sleeves! Some thrive due to their amazing senses, others have snow-specific hunting skills, yet others have physiological strategies or anatomical  quirks to help them thrive in the cold season. Cuddling and piloerection (not a dirty word!) also help birds stay warm. Did you know there are multiple species that even sleep the night away below the snow! Stay tuned…some of these tricks will blow your mukluks off! 

About Sparky

Sparky Stensaas is the founder and executive director of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog ( which has purchased & preserved over 25,000 acres of bog creating a Forever Home for future generations of birds and birders. A birder since age 14, Sparky is also a naturalist, publisher of field guides, wildlife photographer and now YouTuber (really?). He is the author of 6 books on the natural history of the North Woods. Sparky, his wife, Bridget, and two sons, Birk and Bjorn, make their home under the big pines in the Nemadji Valley in northern Minnesota. You can see more of Sparky's images at and his bird/wildlife videos on YouTube “Sparky Stensaas”