It’s officially autumn! Soon, the heat of summer days will begin to fade and leaves will change color before falling from the trees. Most of us recognize this change in season through holidays like Halloween, or the return of the school year. And while our indication of the season is colder days and scientific tilts of the Earth’s axis, animals must go off their instincts to determine when they need to make changes to their lifestyle. Which animals make changes? And what changes are they making? Read on to find out how autumn affects the animals in our surrounding environment.
A Living Earth
You may welcome the colder weather, knowing that insects will be less abundant. There’s a common misconception that all insects and invertebrates die off during autumn and winter, but that’s not the case. Most invertebrates bury themselves in the ground or under leaves where they can live free of the ice, and where they can find plenty of nutrients to survive off of. A lot of these invertebrates will hibernate. But some of them will survive through the winter and crawl around in the open–albeit very sluggishly.
A surprising amount of animals hibernate during the winter. Bears are a commonly known hibernating animal. But did you know that bats also hibernate? Most mammals also hibernate, as they can’t keep their body temperature regulated otherwise. Frogs and insects hibernate, as well as hedgehogs. Of course, every animal is different. You will most certainly see less of every variety, though, unless they’re moving across a white expanse of snow.
Change in Climates
Climate change is a huge factor when it comes to season change. Because our planet is marginally warmer, it makes it more difficult for animals to use their intuition and instinct to determine when they need to prepare for winter. This can cause entire species to die out! Some fish will migrate further to escape the cold, and this can destroy entire ecosystems that rely on that fish for the success of their food chain. Protecting the environment is essential for these animals as autumn arrives.
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