To survive the freezing winter, animals need to do something to keep warm. There are many different ways that animals stay warm during the winter. Here are a few ways that animals survive the winter. Though some animals stay in the deciduous forest during the winter like us. What do we do to stay warm?
Some organisms like birds, butterflies, and some mammals migrate to warmer climates where the food supply is better. Geese migrate south in a “v” formation and follow the warmth. Butterflies migrate to Mexico where it never snows. Some mammals migrate to seek water and better pastures to breed.
To help them survive, organisms have adapted to their environments in different ways. The big sleep, also called hibernation, helps animals survive during the cold winters. To hibernate, an organism’s temperature drops, their breathing slows, and they are hard to wake. Active animals, like bears and grow thick furs and store food for the winter.
WHAT DO ANiMALS THAT STAY IN THE BIOME DO TO STAY WARM?
As you have learned, many animals do different things to get ready for the cold winter. Though we have missed one of the most important animals of all... US! Some animals migrate or hibernate but we fuel up our fire and wrap ourselves up in coats. Though, some of us do migrate (travel) to a warmer place in the south.
Plants have adaptations so they can survive in the deciduous forest. One adaptation is that trees lose their leaves in the winter. If they don’t lose their leaves, the snow would come down on top of them, they would get weighed down, and the branches would break. A second adaptation is that trees have thick bark so they can stay warm in the winter. Finally, plants and trees have big leaves so they can get sunlight for food.
This video shows how certain animals have adapted to their environment by migrating.
- Adaptations: the action or process of adapting to your environment
- Chlorophyll: the green color in the tree leaves
- Pigment(s): the natural coloring of plant tissue
- Dormant: an organism (normally a plant) that is in a deep sleep but not dead
- Hibernate (hibernation): when an animal spends their winter in a dormant state