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Day or Night? *

Difficulty
Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety If you choose to try trapping small animals, adult assistance will be necessary. Avoid touching wild animals. Seek immediate medical attention if bitten by an animal.
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Abstract

Animals have different levels of activity depending upon their habitat, metabolism and behavior. Diurnal animals are more active during the day. Nocturnal animals are more active at night. Being diurnal or nocturnal may have different advantages for different animals. For example, desert animals tend to be nocturnal so they can stay cool and escape the desert heat present during the day. What types of diurnal and nocturnal animals are common in your area? You can set out a small trap to catch small invertebrates like insects, spiders and worms. Check your trap at the end of the day and in the morning to see which animals are diurnal, nocturnal or both. To make a recessed bug trap, dig a small hole deep enough to sink a glass jar into so that the rim of the jar is just below the surface of the soil. Cover the jar and surrounding area with a piece of wood or rock. You can also make more complicated traps to catch night flying bugs, or you can make a sweep net to catch flying bugs during the day. You can even make your own small animal traps to catch larger animals, but get your parents' help with this one as some small animals can carry rabies. (Gardner & Webster, 1987, 3-6, 27-31; Dashefsky, 1995, 4-6)

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Bibliography

  • Dashefsky, H.S. 1995. Zoology: 49 Science Fair Projects. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  • Gardner, R. and Webster, D. 1987. Science in Your Backyard. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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