Wildlife Encounters - 9th - 12th grade
Lesson 2: Wildlife Populations
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The natural history of a species can also describe that species' adaptations. Adaptations are physical traits and behaviors that are acquired by a population over generations, and that help individuals of that species to survive. It is the availability of resources that drives the development of adaptations.

Resource availability can be defined as the abundance of something useful or necessary for an organism's survival. Therefore, adaptations aid key components of species survival, like reproduction, food acquisition, and construction of shelter.

adaptations of owls

Adaptations: Fecundity