Are there really early birds and night owls in nature?
Most animals have normal daily patterns of activity. Biologists often divide behavioral patterns into one of three categories:
- Diurnal – being most active during daylight hours
- Nocturnal – being most active during nighttime hours
- Crepuscular– being most active around sunrise and sunset
What kinds of animals do you think would fall into each of these categories?
Check the comments section to see some examples.
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Most of our exhibit animals are diurnal species. Our farmyard animals follow the familiar day/night behavioral patterns. Bears are active during the day unless their sleeping for days in the winter. Owls are good example of a nocturnal species and opposums are also most active at night. Some of our educational animals (ferrets, chinchillas) are considered crepuscular.