Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Shorter, colder days signal many animals to settle in for a long winter's nap

Thursday, November 16, 2017

By Gretchen Reed
Poughkeepsie Journal

As winter approaches, we often think about winterizing our homes and cars. We might unhook our garden hose, close our storm windows or switch over to snow tires. Throughout Mohonk Preserve, animals are also finding their own ways to winterize in order to weather the coming chilly months.


The shorter, colder days are a signal to many animals to find a place to settle in for a long winter’s nap known as hibernation. Hibernation is a biological mechanism some animals use to conserve energy and cope with food shortages. During hibernation, stored body fat is used up at a relatively slow rate. Hibernation is characterized by a state of inactivity and low metabolic functioning, low body temperature and slow breathing. Read More...