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From the Winter 2010 Conservationist for Kids

Jen on Algonquin Mountain in the Adirondacks

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By Gina Jack

Cold-blooded in the cold: HIBERNATION
What's asleep under the ice and snow?

Here's Jen, bundled up against the cold for a climb to the top of Algonquin Mountain in the Adirondacks. (She sent us this photo.) But what if you couldn't bundle up and be active in the cold weather?

In this issue we'll learn about some of the animals that hibernate to survive our northern winters. You've probably already read a lot about mammals like bears and bats sleeping through the winter. We're going to focus on the animals we don't hear about as much: insects, reptiles and amphibians. Welcome to "cold-blooded in the cold".