Welcome to Episode 3 of the Earth Rangers Podcast!
In this episode, we take a look at how some animals survive the winter and help release some black bears back into the wild. On this page, you’ll find some awesome pictures, cool videos and anything else we mention in the podcast.
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This week, Emma wanted to find out what hibernation is and what happens to animals, like bears, when they hibernate. She had a Conservation Conversation with Mike McIntosh from Bear With Us to find out.
Hibernation happens when an environment becomes too hostile for an animal, they have enter an inactive state until the outside conditions are a little easier for them to handle. You might think this “inactive state” means sleeping all winter, but that’s not true, at least for bears. Although a bear’s heartbeat will slow to 8 beats per minute and they can go 100 days without eating or drinking, they don’t hibernate in the true sense because their body temperature only drops a little bit and they can wake up at any moment. In fact, a pregnant mama bear will have her cubs during the hibernation period! Click here to find out the top ten coolest hibernating animals!
While learning about hibernation from Mike, Emma also got to witness one of Bear With Us’ famous bear releases! Check it out in the video below!