Every week or so, a 13-lined ground squirrel wakes up, repositions itself and possibly urinates, said Matt Andrews, a biologist at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. The bears might sleep an hour or two longer than in summer, he said, but the two always come outdoors afterward to romp. One reason bears don't go into a deep hibernation is that females give birth during torpor and must care for their fragile cubs, which can weigh as little as 1 to 3 pounds at birth.
But during a particularly harsh winter, or when food is scarce, bears can go into torpor for up to six months. Many people associate groundhogs with hibernation, thanks to the species' most celebrated member, Punxsutawney Phil. There might be a smidgen of truth to the folklore, said Stan Gehrt, an OSU assistant professor of wildlife ecology.
True hibernators, groundhogs - also called woodchucks - are triggered by the shortening days to fatten up on clover and leafy plants. When it comes to surviving the elements, snakes can be sociable creatures - think of the snake-pit scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Ohio's black rat snake is large and dark, so it retains heat, tolerating cold better and entering hibernating later. Bats are special among hibernators: They spend almost 90 percent of their lives in some state of dormancy. The hibernaculum temperature is critical because bats adjust their heart rates to their surroundings. A A A Some animals escape the danger by migrating south; others, including humans, find heated shelter.
A A A As autumn progresses, and as food becomes scarcer, lady beetles begin to gather in groups at the bases of trees, under bushes or in the cracks of buildings. A A A When the temperature careens near freezing, and wind whips snow across the landscape, how does a wild creature survive? A A A Every week or so, a 13-lined ground squirrel wakes up, repositions itself and possibly urinates, said Matt Andrews, a biologist at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.
A A A The bears might sleep an hour or two longer than in summer, he said, but the two always come outdoors afterward to romp. A A A One reason bears don't go into a deep hibernation is that females give birth during torpor and must care for their fragile cubs, which can weigh as little as 1 to 3 pounds at birth. A A A But during a particularly harsh winter, or when food is scarce, bears can go into torpor for up to six months. A A A Many people associate groundhogs with hibernation, thanks to the species' most celebrated member, Punxsutawney Phil. A A A There might be a smidgen of truth to the folklore, said Stan Gehrt, an OSU assistant professor of wildlife ecology. A A A True hibernators, groundhogs - also called woodchucks - are triggered by the shortening days to fatten up on clover and leafy plants.
A A A Like ground squirrels, groundhogs sometimes awaken, often shivering to generate body heat.
A A A When it comes to surviving the elements, snakes can be sociable creatures - think of the snake-pit scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. A A A Ohio's black rat snake is large and dark, so it retains heat, tolerating cold better and entering hibernating later.
A A A Bats are special among hibernators: They spend almost 90 percent of their lives in some state of dormancy. A A A The hibernaculum temperature is critical because bats adjust their heart rates to their surroundings. Joseph reckoned it would take less than three hours for the tree to absorb the flyzard's nutrients. He thought of the bedraggled puffer crouching in the corner of the lab aviary, mangled and dying. The foremen howled with laughter as McIntyre bowed, a toothy grin spreading beneath his moustache. Cal glanced at the crippled puffer-owl behind the transparent wall of the aviary, luminous eyes studying its captors as if they were the ones in a cage.
Joseph's laughter rang against the walls, bold and unfettered for the first time since his arrival on Kelvyn.
The pulverizers were roaring at full capacity when Joseph and Cal reached the edge of the clearing zone.
Joseph stared at the stocky crew chief, knew with sick certainty that the man would not back down. One section of the colony structure and three pulverizers were demolished while the crews slept. Joseph knew little of his own Cherokee heritage: only scraps culled from thousands of history disks he had searched over the years.
Cal shamed McIntyre into letting Joseph out the next morning after it happened for the second time. A mogre slipped from the splintered tree line on six powerful legs, drawn into the open by the scent of death. The two men jogged toward the temporary sleep-cubes where McIntyre and most of the foremen bedded down.
Marsalis glanced at the ruins of the crew chief's cubicle, then nodded with obvious relief. Joseph and Cal were in the lab four hours later when the last shuttle blasted off for the Surveyor. Cal studied Joseph with a new expression in his eyes: surprise, admiration, a trace of fear. The two men stopped just inside the stand of trees that marked the boundary of the village.
Cal was a slender man, but he managed to sling Joseph over his shoulder and stagger back toward camp.
Cal sank to the ground in exhaustion, breath coming in strangled gasps, and laid Joseph beside him. 20121 Kings 8:28 -- But please listen to my prayer and my request, because I am your servant.
Late December days are the yeara€™s shortest in terms of daylight hours, when nature appears to be standing still. Freezing temperatures and lack of food would kill most creatures: Exposed to extreme cold, body temperature drops, organs shut down and the heart stops. But hibernating animals survive in a kind of suspended animation: In their dens, they might appear limp or even dead.
But the majority tough out winter, huddled beneath leaves, in the crannies of trees or underground. In September, they begin building fat stores by eating fruit, said Joe Kovach, an Ohio State University entomologist. Certain varieties, such as the multicolored Asian lady beetle, crawl into attics or wall cavities. If it goes from 70 to below freezing in a day, (the insects) are going 'aaaaah!' " he said.
The 13-lined ground squirrel, perhaps the most intense hibernator in Ohio, stays underground.
A main tunnel often branches into several others, with chambers where ground squirrels can curl up. A closer look at Brutus and Buckeye - twin Alaskan grizzlies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - dispels the misconception.
They use powerful claws to dig a burrow beneath a fallen tree, or they crawl into a hollow log or rock crevice. They sometimes develop a plug at the end of their intestinal tracts so they wona€™t defecate. They survive underwater because they can absorb oxygen through their cloaca, the opening where they expel waste. There, a groundhog's body temperature hovers above freezing, and its heart and breathing rates drop drastically.
The males emerge first, almost never before mid-February, and it's to look for a female, not their shadow.
Although those snakes were estivating, or escaping the heat, cold-climate snakes also congregate, in winter. Such small bodies lose a lot of heat, said Merrill Tawse, a zoologist and bat expert at the Gorman Nature Center near Mansfield. Northern long-eared, big brown, little brown and Indiana bats leave summer habitats in October to look for underground shelter. The femalea€™s body either delays fertilization, or stores away the fertilized egg, a€?putting on pausea€? the babya€™s development until spring, Tawse said. Scientists once studied bats in their hibernacula but found fewer bats each time they entered. They sometimes develop a plug at the end of their intestinal tracts so they wona€™t defecate.A They also can recycle their urine, breaking it down to make proteins that help maintain muscles and organs.
Each tree was a scale model of the forest, supporting a complete ecosystem within its massive coils. He was in better shape than anyone else in the Surveyor's crew, but the strong gravity of Kelvyn still sapped the strength from his muscles.
Skin and bones would drop to the forest floor, where scavengers feasted on the porcu-pine's leavings. A mousipede crouched in the grass near the center of the clearing, nibbling on the fruit of a bloodberry bush.
A broad pair of forewings and a smaller pair of hindwings controlled their speed and direction of flight.
Joseph could not see the creatures hidden behind the leaves, but their terror and confusion buffeted him in waves.
He searched the work zone for Angus McIntyre and spotted the crew chief near a field console, poring through schematics with a cluster of foremen. It didn't take long to locate McIntyre, but the noise made it impossible to talk in the open.
He read of the Busk, the festival celebrating first fruits and new fires, but the words had no flavor. The essence of what the Cherokee had been eluded him, like the dappled outline of a lightning-buck darting through morning mist. He looked more like a cornered animal than the puffers that circled above him, singing their silent rage.
They fell to the ground, Joseph clawing for the laser, McIntyre still trying to aim at the retreating puffers.
He had been up most of the night, haunted by ghastly visions of Shaman erupting into flame. For a moment he was gliding through the ancient forests of America with his ancestors - strong and unbowed - sinews stretching down into the fragrant soil like roots. Even with temperatures in the 20s and snow falling, the 950-pound brothers still wrestle one another, jostling for a bone in their outdoor enclosure.
In torpor, a bear's temperature can drop from 100 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and their heart rate and breathing slow. During Ohio's frigid winters, red-eared sliders and map turtles must seek refuge, so they bury themselves in the mud beneath ponds and rivers. 2, cameras train their lenses on Phil's burrow (really a zoo habitat) to see whether he will emerge and be frightened by his shadow. When it emerges in spring, a bear can be hundreds of pounds thinner, so it immediately begins searching for food. Images,snapshots,and pics often capture a sentiment,a mood,a feeling,or even an idea of a person who's at the center of attention. Yet the rustle of leaves, the fragrance of vegetation, the spring of living carpet beneath his feet offered familiar comfort. He took three swallows from his water pack and watched in fascination as a nearby porcu-pine lured its prey.
It scurried halfway to the tree line on its dozen stubby legs before the puffer's talons dug into its back.
He wriggled between the loops of a corkscrew so his presence would not disturb the puffers.
I also know that Corporate is rattlin' their saber a little louder every day, and it's not your head'll be rolling if we fall behind.
When we rape a world, it's never the same again; it dies of shame and misery, then it rots around us until we leave.
He read of Sequoya and others who tried to adapt to the white man's customs, hoping to salvage some shred of their culture. The tension in his body unwound as the three of them ambled through the maze of plasteel and titanium toward the far edge of the site. An ugly purple bruise bloomed on one cheek; a split lip bulged beneath the bushy moustache now matted with blood.
Massive crocodilian jaws snapped up the tenderest chunks, crushing them to pulp as they vanished into its maw. These men did not fear anything in the galaxy they could see, but an invisible enemy was too much for them. I've reviewed every scrap of seismic data I have, and there's just nothing out of the ordinary about this chunk of rock. Then the crippled puffer-owl spread his speckled wings, inflated, and vanished into the sky. If he goes back into his hole, tradition says, we're in for six more weeks of winter weather. Throughout the years,pictures has become one of the most popular ways to capture memorable moments.
Corkscrew ferns twisted toward the sky in tightly bunched loops all around him, giant fronds feathering out to catch the orange sunlight. He felt in tune with the rhythms of nature here, reconnected to the threads of growth and life woven into the very fabric of his soul. A brown flying-lizard not much bigger than a pigeon hovered between the branches, drawn by the aroma of honeysap that oozed from the porcu-pine's bark. It squeaked twice as its captor flipped it and sliced through its tender belly with a scythe-like beak. Well, now, there's a thrivin' colony on that planet, and I don't believe a one of them that built it spent a slim second in lockup.
The roar of the pulverizers swelled, much tamer now that half their number had been reduced to scrap.
We've only five pulverizers left as it is, and the lads can't make any progress with this commotion.
Before Joseph could react, a rod of light leapt from McIntyre's hand into the mass of puffers.
Shackled by the roustabouts, Joseph could only shout to drive the demonic creature back into the forest. He's dead and buried… just a few hours after you told him he oughta haul ass out of here for his own safety. He saw the same wonder in Cal Benton's eyes that he himself had felt when he first walked among the corkscrews.
I better get you back so we can drug you up good… and so I can jabber some double-talk at Marsalis.
They had been chased away by a ghoul with hair the color of blood and a moustache of flame.
And certainly,for a tantamount of consumer and shoppers you cant put a price tag on family and holiday pics. Eight interminable months trapped in the sterile shell of the Surveyor had almost driven him mad… but the land restored him. As soon as the flyzard touched the sticky sap, the branches snapped together, impaling it with a dozen needles.
A few minutes passed before the bloated outline of a puffer-owl glided from the upper branches.
Because of the strong surface gravity of Kelvyn, they could not get off the ground without the buoyancy of their flight bladders.
Far beyond his vision, a clan of puffer-owls had built their living chambers, piling section upon section as family and home grew together, intertwined. He barely missed an outstretched porcu-pine branch as he labored back the way he had come, legs pumping against the iron grip of Kelvyn, black hair dancing in the wind. Decades after the invention of the first camera, a large number of consumers and shoppers continue to take pics, in a hgh tech fashion. It floated across the glade with silent stealth, riding the wind like a feathered zeppelin. These inflated with hydrogen extracted from the air when the owls rose, swelling them like balloons. When he staggered into the clearing near the camp, ten pulverizers were already online, gobbling the forest and turning it to mulch. McIntyre followed their gaze, stroking a bushy red moustache that burned like fire in the orange light. But the fact is, we've got to finish the shell structure here and be hyperspatial toward Avalon inside of two months, or it's my ass.
After a few weeks with the pulverizers, we'd flattened half their hunting territory and driven most of the game away. Maybe this planet has some weird localized tectonics, some kind of seismic hiccup we haven't detected yet. Instead of the antiquated bulky cameras with huge lenses,consumers and shoppers frequently use SmartPhones and digital cameras to capture images and to take holiday pics. I programmed the computer to scan the ultrasonic frequencies, and there it was: they have a musical vocabulary, pitched so high that the human ear can't detect it. Soon Shaman's village would be a memory, and here he sat like a caged animal, cut off from the sweet breath of the land… unable to stop the slaughter of a way of life.
They wheeled overhead, diving and snapping at the crews, filling the air like a plague of feathered locusts.
Without warning he whipped it down across his legs, driving the needles deep into his thighs before collapsing with a cry. From family gatherings,to family picnics to traditional weddings to the holidays,consumers and shoppers often seize the opportunity at planned events and during the holidays for instance Thanksgiving and Christmas to take pictures of loved ones,family,friends and co workers. Survivors climbed frantically above the inferno, but McIntyre kept firing, setting off a dozen smaller explosions.
Since founding csaccac Inc in 2010, as Founder and President,I fill many hats including Product Tester and photographer. And truthfully speaking,in the beginning I experienced some difficulty;however,after I purchased my first digital camera I began to feel comfortable and enjoy the ease of taking pics with a digital camera. Months after I purchased my first digital camera,I set my sights on a tripod, a universal stand to hold my digital camera. The main reason I purchased a tripod__ at the time, I wanted to create high quality self pics and group pics. Eventhough, I've had my tripod for some months,I am still learning the ins and outs of both my digital camera and tripod. Well,if you havent guessed or envisioned what the featured product for the month of November 2013 looks like or remotely even resembles __then as productor tester I guess I'll do the honors first__it's my tripod. Eventually, I wanted to find out what the craze had been all about and the reason that consumers seemed to ofA been trading in personal computers for Tablets,_well, at least leaving them at home.
Ultimately, I placed online an order for a NookHD+ then opt to pick up the tech item from the store instead of waiting for it to be shipped to my place of residency. AA few weeks with the NookHD+, I was hooked_eventhough, IA wasna€™t a fan of touchscreen only. And in all honesty, since the beginning of the Smart Phone craze, I had insisted upon that all of my primary tech gadgets used for work, research and blogging had to be equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. However, in this particular instance,The NookHD+, again, touchscreen only, I made an exception.
As I continued to learn the ins and outs of my newly purchased NookHD+ , at the same time, I began to inquire about the accessories compatible with the tech gadget. In doing so, I foundA the tech item had a Stylus Pen specifically made to use with the NookHD+. Weeks later, I purchased a different kind of Stylus Pen , I noticed while standing atA the checkout counter at Walgreens,pictured next to this article is that Stylus Pen.
Quite astonishing the Stylus Pen worked wellA with both of my tech gadgets ( Smart Phone & Tablet). A frequent question a tantamount of consumers and shoppers find themselves entertaining especially during the holidays when manufacturers and retailers offer what they consider to be great deals and bargains.
After giving the device a run for its money as well as a brief critique of the various apps and functions,I stated in my review of the Nook HD+ how pleased I was with the tech gadget. Further into the critique, I also commented that I was soooo pleased with the tech gadget that I wanted to protect my investment. Based on my income and budget,I considered the purchase of the Nook HD+ to be a major purchase of the year. Shortly after, I purchased the Nook HD+,I began to look at the recommended accessories for the tech gadget. Eventually, after I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange 14 day trial period,I chose to protect my investment with a Nook HD+ cover. As I began to search and think of different items that could be the product of the month for September,I began to heavily weigh in on August's product of the month,the Nook HD+cover. Hours later,I arrived to the assertion that there's more than one way to protect your investment. With the assertion___, there's more than one way to protect your investment, I made the final choice to make Smart Phone covers as the product of the month for September.
Furthermore, within the past five years,Ive purchased several Smart Phones from Virgin Mobile.
To be truthful, I've even purchased Smart Phone insurance,a good choice because a few months later my Smart Phone had an accident.
Despite all of the stuff I tried, sampled, tasted and tested during the recent months, as a result of a long review and critique besides from featuring the Smart Phone as a product of the month,I began to think of the different ways Ia€™ve used to protect my Smart Phone as an alternative product of the month.
For instance,Smart Phone insurance has been one the ways I protect my investment from unexpected accidents.
Ostensibly, there's more than one way to protect your Smart Phone from accidents such as, for example, you accidentally drop and break your Smart Phone or in some weird, odd, freak accident as you rush out the door you accidentally step on your Smart Phone or heaven forbids the same thing happens to you that happen to me, a few months ago, I dropped my Smart Phone in the toilet. Without a question, eschewing further debate, Smart Phone insurance is a great investment for consumers and shoppers who use their Smart Phone daily and for work. Best of all, Smart Phone insurance usually saves the consumer from digging deep into their pockets. So, what about before those mishaps and accidents, if you havena€™t figured it out__ there's more than one way to protect your investment. Even though, at first, I might of skipped over protecting my investments, I am more open to the idea of investing and protecting my major purchases. Here's an example of what I am talking about, I currently have several Smart Phone covers to protect my Smart Phone from breakage, moisture, and malfunctioning.
Varying in price,color,size and shape, most of today's Smart Phone manufacturers and retailers offer to consumers and shoppers Smart Phone covers as an accessory. From passwords, to anti-theft apps, to screen locks and codes, there's more than one way to protect your investment. Regardless of the price, and hopefully it is within your budget, a true frugal savvy shopper knows the importance of protecting their investment. Above everything else,both I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange process,quite remarkable,I even have the receipt to prove it.
Unlike sooo manyA items, I ve returned and exchanged in the past,__it,meaning my Nook HD+ survived the fourteenth days as printed on the receipt. A business practice that's part of Barnes and Noble store policy that allows customers fourteen days to return an item. In short,the 14th day, adhering to store policy was the final day that I couldA actually return my Nook HD+ and get cash back. It goes without saying ,I readA the instructions,totally unavoidable with a new tech gadget,as well as,downloaded apps,and,uploaded wallpapers. Not quite sure,on the day I purchased my Nook HD+__ifA in fact, I would be satisfied with my purchase,I chose at the time not to purchase any kind of accessories. As it turns out,I was soooo pleased with my purchase of the Nook HD+,I wanted to protect my investments. It doesnt matter if you're on lunch break,on a mini vacation,at a webinar or conference,filling out an online report or having to send emails can be a hassle if you don't have a wifi connection,a Broadband device is just one of the many tech gadgets that consumers and shoppers frequently use to get an internet connection. Constantly,on the go,I wanted to have access to wifiA while away from my place of residency.
Because,I perform an arrary task that frequently requires wifi access ,I purchased a Broadband to Go device from Virgin Mobile.
Egregiously,as a Virgin Mobile customer and fan,I live by Virgin Mobile products except in the case of Virgin Mobile wifi devices. Recently,I purchased Virgin Mobile's MiFi 2200 to conciliate my worries about not being able to access wifi home. Aside from very slow internet speed,the device could only connect to one tech gadget and,the 3G USB plug n play stick broke too easily. Affordable,great to have on hand for shopping emergencies,the latest in recycling,a recyclable tote makes shopping less of a hassle. Ditching the old biodegradeable plastic bags for a recyclable tote,it's a smart move and a great investment for frugal,savvy,and environmentally conscious consumers and shoppers.Available in most local chain stores and at grocery stores,recyclable totes are becoming the better choice than leaving stores with the traditional biodegradeable plastic bag. Part of a movement to get consumers and shoppers involved in recycling and to think about going green,consumers and shoppers now have the option of trading in those plastic bags for a recyclable tote.
A frequent shopper,I usually purchase a couple of recyclable totes to hold store purchases and other stuff.
Eventhough,I like having the choice to purchase a recyclable tote,I havent completely stop using biodegradeable plastic bags. However,I have to point out the fact that when a consumer and shoppers purchase a recyclable tote they're not limited to using the tote only in that store,that's why they're called recyclable totes because they can be used more than once. In fact, most recycable totes last for more than a week,I should know because I still have a few leftover from the previous month.
A great deal,a really good find,a price you wont find anywhere else,and the best price among competitors,I love a great sale and I love rewards for shopping. Savings and Rewards,for most consumers and shoppers,it's all about getting the best price for items purchase daily. From household supplies to groceries,anyone who shops frequently knows consumers and shoppers love a really good sale_,the economic recession of 2008 could be the culprit. In fact,since the 2008 economic recession savings and rewards has become extremely important to American families on a budget.
For many American consumers and shoppers,the unexpected downturn of the American economy caused a disruption in their daily activies thus forcing consumer and shoppers to rethink the way they shop and how they shop.
As a frequent shopper and consumer,I am constantly looking for a great deal and sales on items I purchase regularly,mainly because I do live on a strict budget.
Admittedly,after the 2008 economic recession,I rediscovered coupons,and began clipping coupons frequently.
In addition to clipping coupons,I also began to check sale ads at home and at the door of stores before shopping.
Along with making a shopping list,clipping coupons at home,checking sale ads at the door and comparing prices,these days one of the best ways to save and get the best deals,I feel without a question has to be with a savings and reward card.
And speaking honestly, a savings and rewards card from your local chain store should be a consumer or shoppers BF(bestie). A must have for consumers and shoppers who seriously want to save,a savings and rewards card. Throughout the years, my experience with last minute shopping in most instances was not too pleasant.
Admittedly,I empathize as well as concur with consumers who express sentiments that last minute shopping makes the shopper(consumer) feel uncomfortable and forlorn with the just thought of buying a gift at the last minute. Often tight on funds to purchase a gift ahead of time,last minute shopping for an overwhelmed consumer with a limited budget could cause the consumer to be late and in some instance not to attend the event or special function. Subsequently, over the years, I have come to realize that last minute shopping it's not the best of fun. As a result, I definitely would not recommend last minute shopping to a consumer as a shopping tip.
Unequivocally, shopping for special events and functions such as finding an appropriate could take several visits different stores. Finding the appropriate could mean spending an entire day in a Hallmark store reading cards, it could also mean spending all day on the phone with friend or relatives discussing gift registry,preferences,stores,likes and dislike of the recipient. Ostensibly,the older you get the adults in your life expect two things from you one not to embarrass them in public and two if you don't have a gift to bring at least show up at special functions on time. Indeed, an earnest shopper as well as a meticulous shopper knows finding the right gift or card for a special function could require hours of shopping and visiting different stores. Shopping done precipitously could result in purchasing the wrong size,color, or something way out in left field. Don't wait until the last minute to shop for a party,baby showers,bachelorette bash,birthdays,holidays ,and anniversaries avoid uncomfortableness and the feeling of being inadequate,plan the week before.
On certain days, I have even shopped the day of the event that often leaves me feeling embarrassed ashamed, and guilty about my finances even worse depress. Incontrovertibly,last minute shopping in many instances could causes the consumer to become distraught,exasperated, and disconcerted not surprisingly all the emotions take away from the planned day. What's more important being punctilious for the planned event or arriving with a hand picked gift for the recipient or recipients? Ultimately,the answer remains with the shopper (consumer) The answer should be non bias and based on the event as well as the recipient and not the shoppers wallet .
The meticulous consumer that normally keeps track of birthdays, holidays,and anniversaries with calendars,through emails,P DA's ,Smart phones and other tech savvy gadgets of courses would not necessarily share the same feelings of a last minute shopper .
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