Mainely Phenology 2/10/18

Producers/Hosts: Hazel Stark and Joe Horn

Winter Survival Strategies: Hibernation and Torpor

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All our wildlife falls somewhere along a spectrum of energy expenditures: on one extreme end are the true hibernators, who slow all their body’s processes way down and stay still all winter; on the other end are the ones that stay alert and moving in order to find food to fuel their biological furnaces. Today, we’ll explore just a couple of these adaptations for dealing with winter: hibernation and torpor.