In Michigan we like to refer to animals such as deer that change their
cycle from nocturnal to diurnal and start eating in your garden as.... dinner.
At 01:56 PM 9/20/2004, you wrote:
>OK, i know some of you naturalists out there can
>answer this: isn't there a term for animals which
>change their activity from nocturnal to diurnal (or
>vice versa) in adapatation to some change in the
>environment? for instance, the deer in the urban-wild
>interface neighborhood where i live are not at all
>completely nocturnal - they'll come wandering down the
>street at any hour, ready to pick every single flower
>from the delphiniums i foolishly thought we could try.
>we had a skunk stroll across the driveway mid-day this
>weekend too, although i don't know for sure if they're
>usually mostly nocturnal. is there really a term for
>this or is it something i made up?!
>thanks (and just so you know, those motion-detector
>sprinklers really keep the deer at bay..!)
>Wendy Hiller Gee
>Medical Art Manager
>1100 Grundy Lane
>San Bruno, CA 94066
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