Beyond “Hibernation”

Having made it almost to the end of a cold Michigan winter, I began thinking about the word “hibernate.” We Northerners often jokingly say we’re hibernating when we pull up the covers, snuggle close to the fire, and wait for the snows to melt and the first spring crocus flowers to bloom.  As a child I had always heard about bears hibernating in the winter. Last year, while doing some research for a friend, I discovered that toads hibernate in the winter, too. Even seeds hibernate.

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