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Word of the Week: Acclimatization
December 24, 2021 by High Park Nature Centre

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

The word of the week is acclimatization [UH+KLAI+MUH+TUH+ZAY+SHUN] (noun): the process or result of becoming accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions.

During the winter seasons several organisms acclimate themselves to surviving through the cold Canadian weather. These include some winter birds, which after being in a new environment for several days or weeks, undergo physiological changes that allow them to function better in the new conditions.

Black-capped Chickadees are some of the toughest survivors among the winter birds. They acclimate themselves to the cold winter weather by shivering vigorously and also through regulated nocturnal hypothermia, where they lower their body temperatures by 10-15°C at night.

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