Hundreds of Bald Eagles make the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge their home during winter months. The eagles congregate near open water snatching fish with their talons and soaring to to the treetops to eat their prey.
In a major snowy owl irruption, these beautiful Arctic owls have been overwintering at refuges across the lower 48 states, from Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts. This male snowy owl was photographed near Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois on Jan. 27.
Photo: John Schwegman