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Word of the Week: Hibernaculum
December 26, 2018 by Haya Aldoori

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Friday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

Hibernaculum [hahy-ber-nak-yuh-luh m](noun): A shelter occupied during the winter by a dormant animal. This word can be used to describe a variety of shelters! 

Hibernaculum comes from the Latin word hibernare, meaning “winter residence”.

Some of the animals which call High Park their home, are using a hibernaculum right now to take refuge from the winter cold, like Garter Snakes.

In OurSpace, just outside of the Nature Centre, we have a snake hibernaculum! We’re not 100% sure if there are any Garter Snakes overwintering in it right now but our hope in having it built was to provide more overwintering opportunities for the snakes that live in High Park.

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