Some wildlife in the area are adapting to the changing weather.
Our records show this has been a slightly colder than average winter in the Four States, but national records show that elsewhere this winter has been warmer than usual.
Officials with local conservation groups say some birds that usually migrate here for the winter are staying farther north, where it's becoming easier to find food and shelter.
Experts say this year's Christmas bird count proves that some birds are adjusting better than others.
"They have discovered that a lot of very common birds are adapting well to our changing climate but they've also found that a lot of them have shifted their wintering range further north, on average about 30 miles," says Chris Pistole of Wildcat Glades in Joplin.
Pistole says with the winter season coming to an end he hopes to see a higher population of summer birds come in for the season.