Great Plains Natural Science Society


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The Prairie Naturalist 44: 70-71. December 2012


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society, 2012. Used by permission.


In the northern Great Plains, December is a month marked by the end of the year and a period of much-needed rest and relaxation during the start of the winter season. Landscapes will soon be blanketed with snow and local floral and faunal species have adapted to the ensuing winter months ahead. Winter is a season that reminds you who you live in the Plains states, and as such, should expect bitter cold temperatures, strong winds, and blowing and drifting snow. However, December is a great time to enjoy the outdoors across the Great Plains, a time to reflect on the year in review, and a great time to spend with friends and family.