Ever since working full time at a nature center a few years ago, it has been a pet peeve of mine that kids are still taught that bears hibernate. Why, you ask? Well, because they don’t hibernate! They go dormant, they sleep a LOT, but they don’t actually, scientifically, hibernate. Picky, picky, I know. But I believe in teaching the right thing, not just the popularly held belief. My views are similar about foam cups still being considered more environmentally unfriendly than paper. But that is another entire post.
For now, if you want to read up on your winter mammals, check out this article from ENature: The Big Sleep!