As a resident of dark, dreary Washington State, I am in complete agreement with Sue’s thoughts on hibernation here. I go to bed early during the long nights and have no desire to leave the house unless I am forced. Come spring, you can’t keep me inside!
“Birds do it… Bees do it…” Fleas, both of the educated variety and those who bunked off school seem to manage it.
Well, okay, one bird does it, the common poorwill, the rest don’t seem to bother. With weather like this, in deepest darkest winter, perhaps they ought to think about it. Everything seems organised around hibernation really. The days are short, the nights are long, the light minimal… The weather is foul enough to discourage anyone from crawling out of bed and in sleep the body slows down anyway, using fewer precious resources at a time when food would be scare without commercial growing. I wonder if human beings ever did hibernate? Probably not properly; there seems to be only one primate that does so, a lemur from Madagascar.
Hibernating means stocking up on the body’s resources for winter… a bit like Christmas… Metabolism seems to slow down about…
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