Environmental Behavior

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Environmental Behavior

Hibernation is defined as when an organism goes through a prolonged state of slumber. Defining characteristics of hibernation are: low heart rate, shallow breathing, and slowed metabolism. Hibernation is often triggered by falling temperatures. Bears and squirrels are perfect examples of animals that undergo hibernation.


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Estivation is an exact parallel to hibernation in which an animal enters a prolonged state of slumber triggered by high temperatures and arid conditions. Some reptiles like desert tortoises and salamanders estivate by moving under the earth where it is more humid and cooler.



Migration is defined as the long distance movement of a group of animals. Migration is found in all major animal groups. It's often triggered by drastic change in weather, scarcity of food, or mating patterns. Monarch butterflies are a well known group of migrating insects.

Courtship is defined as when a typically male animal flaunts it's most attrctive features to a potential mate. Male frigate birds, for example, use a shrivelled patch of red skin on their throat as a visual signal. They inflate it into a bright red throat balloon to attract a famale. Another example is a satin bowerbird. This bird decorates it's nest with colorul things and makes it look extravagant in order to attract a female's eye.

Human interference like deforestation has caused some of the migratory patterns of animals to stop because they have nowhere left to migrate to. Humans have also affected hibernation patterns through global warming and have caused some species of mammals to either migrate earlier or later depending on the weather.

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