The park is quiet now. Only the hardiest of people venture now into the park. A thick blanket of snow covers now its floor. The bears are now in hibernation and will not leave their dens until spring. Daylight is now at a premium. The foxes are now wearing their winter coats. They can be spotted now and again roaming in the park, looking for the elusive snowshoe rabbit. I have also personally witnessed s coyote frequenting the park. There were also some reports of wolves in the park, but they have eluded me consistently.
There is very little open water now on the Nechako River, and the resident mallard ducks frequent whatever water there is available, but I have witnessed some wood ducks mixed in with them on occasion. January and February are traditionally the coldest two months of the year, but by mid February one can see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is more daylight now, the foreboding that spring is slowly approaching. Very slowly. Soon it will be March and the whole thing will repeat itself once again in the continuing saga of life in Cotton Wood Island Park.
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