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Wood frog by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr.

Frogs That Freeze Solid

1/5/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Different animals use different strategies to survive winter. Some species migrate south, others grow thick coats, and some fatten up or stash food reserves. Many species hibernate or go dormant to get through the cold, lean winter. Amphibians are hibernators. Some […] Read more >

Box Turtle (Photo by Brian Hefele)

Sleeping Animals that are as Shutdown as the Government

10/11/2013 // By Danielle Brigida

While our government is still hibernating, I wanted to highlight some fascinating ways wildlife “shutdown”. 8 Random Facts About Animal “Shutdowns” 1. Eastern box turtles spend nights concealed in a shallow depression in soil or leaf litter. They not only sleep and […] Read more >

Could We Hibernate?

12/22/2011 // By Anne Bolen

It’s that time of year again. I am sitting on my couch under my heaviest blanket with my third cup of coffee, stirred with a candy cane, after just having devoured another piece of pecan pie. As I feel my […] Read more >

Chipmunk Maine Eric J. Eklund 112662 NWF photo contest 2004

NOT Alvin and the Chipmunks: 10 Facts You May Not Know about the Real Rodents

12/13/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Christmas time, and our thoughts turn to—chipmunks. Yes, it is odd that a hibernating rodent would become associated with Christmas, but that is the miracle of radio and a hit song for Alvin and the Chipmunks back in 1958 (when they […] Read more >

Ground Hog

10 Things You May Not Know About Groundhogs

1/13/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The groundhog, also known as the woodchuck or the mouse bear (because it looks like a miniature bear when sitting upright), first won its reputation as a weather prognosticator in 1886, when the editor of western Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, […] Read more >

It’s National Wildlife Week on Wildlife Promise, and beyond!

3/15/2010 // By Amanda Cooke

It is National Wildlife Week, and NWF hopes children will take a walk on the wild side this week—and stay there, for their physical health and engagement with the natural world. Read more >