How some creatures endure the bluster and blizzards through hibernation
October 7, 2011
As winter arrives, I find I am a changed man with the first snowfall. In
the ensuing weeks, my appetite for rich foods grows, as does my love of
extended slumbers, watching football on the couch, and all things
slothful. Perhaps, in a way so akin to my animal neighbors, I am
shutting … down … for winter.
Photo by Brian M. Collins
The way each beloved wild mammal,
bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, and invertebrate responds to winter is
of great interest to us. Perhaps it’s because we feel for the beauty
that is cast into a bleak vestige of its former summer self. Maybe it’s
the warmth of our homes that makes us sympathize with those wild
personalities exposed to the harsh elements. Or, just maybe, we
experience many of the same instinctive cues from our environment that
slow us down and remind us that it wasn’t long ago that we, too, needed
to survive such exposure.
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