Where are the snakes in winter when it is cold outside and snow is on the ground in the Rocky Mountains? Do you know where the snakes go or what they do? Continue reading
Many forms of life choose a different winter survival strategy to survive the cold, snowy winters of the Rocky Mountains. Do you know what these different types of dormancy are? Continue reading
Birds use many different strategies to survive the cold winters of the Rocky Mountains. Do you know if any birds hibernate all winter? Continue reading
Have you ever heard of the word brumation? It is actually a term used to describe reptiles resting over the winter, kind of like hibernation for mammals. Continue reading
Torpor is a deep sleep like state that some animals go into at night during the cold winters of the Rocky Mountains. Do you know how torpor is different than hibernation? Continue reading
I know that a lot of animals disappear during the winter, but I wasn’t sure how many of them stay in the Rocky Mountains and hibernate versus how many of them simply go somewhere else. So, I decided to do a little bit of research (which is super hard when you only have paws and no fingers to work a keyboard, but I managed to do it). Continue reading
I feel like winter is coming to an end. Maybe that is just me and my hopeful thinking, but winter in the Rocky Mountains will be done at some point soon and spring will be upon us.
Springtime is when everything seems to come back to life – trees begin growing new leaves, flowers begin to grow, and animals that have been resting all winter or hibernating begin to wake up and become more active.
I wonder how those mammals in the Rockies that go into hibernation know when it is time to wake up again? Continue reading