WORD OF THE WEEK

Crepuscular: resembling or relating to twilight. In zoology, it refers to an animal that is typically active during twilight.


Examples: mule deer, coyotes, porcupines, desert cottontails, black-tailed jackrabbits, and many songbirds.


Most of us have heard the term 'nocturnal animals' which refers to animals like bats, mice, and raccoons.


Another commonly used term is 'diurnal animals' which refers to birds, many reptiles, and even humans!


However, there are animals that are most active at twilight. Twilight is the time after sunset but before sunrise. During twilight, there is often still light in the sky. Dusk starts when the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon.


At twilight, these animals hunt, gather and do whatever it is most other animals do during daytime or nighttime.


Isn't it fascinating?


In the morning, the world belongs to birds and humans. As nighttime arrives, we give way to animals like bats and raccoons. Then, in the hours between night and day, creatures like porcupines and coyotes take over.



Until next time...


Stay Curious ;)


Love,

Sarah







Sources:

https://www.nps.gov/nabr/learn/nature/animals.htm?fullweb=1#:~:text=Crepuscular%20animals%20include%20mule%20deer,lizards%2C%20snakes%2C%20and%20hawks.


https://wordcounter.net/blog/2016/12/19/102744_words-you-should-know.html


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