Change is in the air, and for people that means getting homes ready for colder weather and snow. Have you ever thought about what animals do to prepare for the winter? Here are some of the types of adaptations animals have to deal with the changing seasons.
Extra fur – Some animals put on an extra fur to help protect them from the cold and wet conditions they might face in the winter. This is the extra fur they end up shedding to prepare for the warm weather of summer. Many mammals fall into this category.
Extra fat – Some animals prepare for the winter by putting on extra fat. This helps them when food supplies are lean. Bears do this each fall, using the extra fat to sustain them when they cannot go look for food.
Hibernation – Other animals hibernate during the coldest months, reserving their energy and resources until spring comes. Bears use that extra fat they store to let them hibernate until warm weather!
Migrate – Other animals simply look for warmer areas to wait out the cold. Birds can be seen flying south each year so that they can survive the winter months. Fish also migrate seasonally.
There you have it, so of the many ways animal adapt to meet the challenges of the changing seasons. What kinds of adaptations have you seen in the animals in our park? We’d love to hear from you!