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A Northern Cardinal's Wintry Mix

Karen Bacon finds this shock of red in the fresh powder.

This frosty Northern Cardinal captures the spirit of what makes this such a beloved species. The state bird of seven states, this winter resident’s brilliant red plumage livens up snowy landscapes. Northern Cardinals can be found in southeastern Canada across the eastern U.S. and down through much of Central America.

This image was a Top 100 photo from the 2011 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards. To see all of the photos, click here.

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