The Fall Flurry is On!

Oakmoss Education

Some critters with high levels of activity during Autumn. Some critters with high levels of activity during Autumn.

The arrival of Autumn brings with it increased activity among wildlife as most species have behaviors that kick-in this time of year. Some are preparing for hibernation or deep sleep, others are bulking up for a long migration and, queerly enough, there are a few for whom the Fall season means reproduction. And then we have some “oddballs” for whom Winter presents other challenges for which they must prepare. Let’s see who is doing what.

True Hibernators: these are primarily reptiles and amphibians, along with many insects and a few mammals. Most activity surrounds eating as critters try to internally stockpile nutrition and fats to see them through the long, deep sleep. Assisting in this endeavor is a significantly lowered metabolism once in hibernation, which goes a long way in helping these animals make it through to Spring. Another autumnal activity…

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