Temperate Deciduous Forest
By: Heather Utt
Migrations and hibernation are the main ways that animals adapt to their surroundings. Birds migrate and many mammals hibernate in the winter when there is a shortage of food. Another way to adapt is food storage. Animals store food so that in the winter, they can go back to where they hid it and have food for the winter.
Deciduous means that plants lose their leaves every year and grow them back. This adaption helps trees in the forest survive winter. Their broad leaves capture energy from the sun and convert it to food by photosynthesis. When trees loose leaves, they seal the places where leaves were attached with a protective covering called a leaf scarf. Plants also make a concentrated sugar solution to stop water from freezing in their stems.