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Word of the Week: Latibule
December 13, 2019 by Haya Aldoori

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

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Word of the week is Latibule [LA-tee-bewl] (noun): A hiding place; a place of safety and comfort.

All animals need food, water, space, and shelter. In the winter months, these essentials can become harder to find. This is why some animals have become adapted to migrate somewhere in which these needs can be more easily met. However, for the animals that hibernate or tough it out all winter, a shelter or latibule, becomes extra important in ensuring survival and providing protection from the wind, snow, and cold.

If you go out into nature for a winter wander, you might be able to spot some of the fascinating latibules that many of the resident wildlife have spent much time prepping for this time of year.

Here is a small list made up of some examples that we’ve seen in High Park:

On your next winter visit to High Park keep an eye out for some of the latibules mentioned above and let us know which ones you were able to find!

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