Edmund Jaeger http://knau.org en Earth Notes: The Bird that Sleeps Through Winter http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-bird-sleeps-through-winter <p>From rodents to bats, many mammals that live in cold climates make it through the lean days of winter by hibernating without food. They find a safe place to rest, lower their body temperature and breathing rate, and wait for milder conditions. Most birds that rely on an insect diet, on the other hand, head south.</p><p>But the open mesas and canyons of the American Southwest are home to an odd exception. It&rsquo;s the common poorwill, a highly camouflaged insect-eater no more than seven inches long.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 David Lukas 8588 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: The Bird that Sleeps Through Winter