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…

Just how smart are ravens?

Answered by Dr, Chuck Trost, Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus, ISU, and Field Trip Chair, Portneuf Valley Audubon Society We were watching a raven harass some songbirds who were eating bread at the side of the road while we were waiting for some road construction this summer. He didn’t try to eat the food; he just…

Is using soap an important step in handwashing?

Answered by Tamara Cox, RN, HPPS Division Director, Eastern Idaho Public Health District “Twinkle, Twinkle, little star….” You sing to yourself, as you are washing your hands like Mom has taught you to do, since you were tiny. Your favorite dinner is on the table and you are starving, but Mom won’t let you sit down to eat…

Do trees grow new leaves through the growing season or are all the leaves budded out in the spring?

Answered by Amy Forman, Botanist, GSS ESER Program, www.gsseser.com Both! In temperate climates like ours, there are two common growth patterns. Some species exhibit a fixed-growth pattern where stem and leaf structures are formed in the bud during one growing season and after overwintering, the resulting shoot elongates into fully formed stems and leaves during a few weeks the…