Since deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter and their ability to perform photosynthesis, do they have to store food to stay alive?

Question answered by Kristin Kaser, Plant Ecologist, INL ESER Program Yes, deciduous trees must store food to stay alive in the winter. During the spring, deciduous trees begin creating food through photosynthesis; they are simultaneously preparing for their dormant period where they store extra nutrients as starches in underground structures like roots. As the growing…

Do snakes hibernate?

Question Asked by Mrs. Johnson’s 4th Grade Class, Westside Elementary Answered by Alana Jensen, INL Environmental Educator, GSS ESER Program Snakes and other reptiles don’t hibernate; they brumate. Brumation in reptiles is quite different from hibernation in mammals. Reptiles do not sleep the winter away, nor do they live off their fat reserves. They are alert, though sluggish, and…