The area around Frog Lake is at about 4,000 ft. elevation, and lies between the White River and Salmon River drainages, directly south of Mt. Hood’s peak. The thick hemlock and fir forest makes a great home for wildlife.
These deer mice are a perfect illustration of a tiny creature’s winter life. They stay close to their warm home, and even a trek of ten feet and back is a large one. They spend most of their winter underneath the snow.
Other small creatures take it a step further: Townsend’s chipmunks, for example, go into to a state of torpor for the winter. Torpor is sort of like hibernation, except they wake up about every week to eat from their cache of stored food. This video is aimed at a younger audience, but contains some great information on how chipmunks and other animals use low-energy states like torpor to reduce their calorie needs and stay alive.