Watching a large group of animals migrating together can be quite a magical sight. Have you ever wondered why animals make the effort to travel such long distances? Or how animals know when and where to go without clocks, calendars or a GPS? Take this quiz to learn some answers.
What is animal migration?
when animals move to a new country
when animals cross a body of water
when a species moves from one place to another
What is the timing of animal migration often connected to?
both of the above
What is a complete migration?
when the same destinations are visited each year
when all members of a species migrate
when a species stays in a place for the same period of time each visit
What is an altitudinal migration?
when animals move to higher altitudes in the winter
when animals move to lower altitudes in the winter
when animals move to another place of the same altitude
What might cause removal migration?
The animals find a place with more food.
The animals prefer a different climate.
The animals can no longer remain where they were.
Which animal holds the record for the longest overland migration?
Why do animals migrate?
in order to find food
in order to protect their young
both of the above
What alters the dry-season migration of African wildebeests?
Why have salmon populations declined over the past years?
because of global warming
because of human interference
because of a lack of food
Why do whales migrate to the cold waters near the poles?
They like to mate in the cold.
They enjoy the feel of cold water.
They can find better food in cold water.
The whooping crane, the rarest bird in the U.S., almost became extinct, but has now recovered somewhat. What problem arose when it came to migration time?
The cranes didn't know where to go.
The cranes didn't want to leave.
The cranes didn't know how to fly.
How do animals in hibernation know when it is time to migrate?
They can't sleep anymore.
They get hungry.
Their fat reserves run out.
Some animals know it is time to migrate based on their body clock. What is the term for the clock used to determine migration times?
How do sooty shearwater birds make the migration journey easier?
They ride on each other's backs.
They can rest on water.
They ride wind currents.
Why do species live in areas that are too cold for them in the first place?
They had to move to increase resources.
They didn't realize it would get cold.
They used to be better adapted for the cold.
What is fascinating about the migration of the monarch butterfly?
The butterflies do the trip individually.
The migration is longer than the lifespan of a butterfly.
The butterflies double their population during migration.
How do animals gauge which direction to move toward?
by the sun
by the clouds
by the wind
Which animal uses the coast of North America to guide them on their migration route?
Which star do indigos use to navigate their migration route?
What substance was found in the brains of some animal species that helps them to migrate in the right direction?