Behavioral Adaptations: Hibernation

Chris Devine & Darian Gonzalez

What Is Hibernation?

Hibernation is the condition that occurs during cold weather that reduces the organism's metabolism for a long period of time. An example of hibernation would be a bear "sleeping" all winter long. The bear does this because he cannot survive the cold weather. if the bear was to go outside it would not be able to find any food and it would die from starvation. The body slows itself down and the bear doesn't eat or go wander around outside the whole winter. This is why bears have to eat so much in the fall. Hibernation keeps the bears alive, and it ensures survival.


The Instinctive, seasonal movement of animal. For example Geese fly south when the cold comes to find food, also to stay warm. The birds have a large scale movement between the home and their nonbreeding grounds. Then when the spring comes back around the Geese and other birds begin to fly back to the north to find more food.