How does the Eastern Cottontail survive winter?
By living under ground.
Do cottontails burrow? They don't burrow themselves but utilize what they can find from other animals. They line their burrow with grass, leaves and sticks to insulate it against the cold.
Their food source is much less in the winter and and they eat bark, sticks and buds of small bushes.
They are hunted more in the winter as the need for food by their predators also increases. Hawks, owls and foxes are some of the main predators of rabbits.
Rabbits don't hibernate like opossums, skunks, ground hogs and bats. Hibernating animals will stay in their den while their heart rate, breathing and body temp drops. They live off the stored fat they accumulated in the summer and fall.
How do we prepare for hard times ahead? Change our priorities of living for the now and parties. Instead, build a foundation of faith in Jesus that can't be shaken. This will serve you in good times and bad. You will have peace in your heart and confidence in your walk day by day.
Romans 4:19-21 “ Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”