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Migration

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Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe some of the migratory journeys made by birds and other animals
  • explain the process of adaptation by natural selection and how this results in evolution
  • describe what is meant by homeostasis, with particular reference to how migratory birds regulate body temperature in order to conserve energy
  • provide examples of the use of celestial and magnetic cues for navigation by migratory birds

By: The Open University

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Migration

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This course introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds and also introduces the integrated biological themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Movement is a facet of the life of animals and many migrate as part of their life cycle. The familiar movements of migratory birds follow a seasonal pattern and individuals complete round trips between different geographical locations. Figure 1 is a word cloud that represents concepts associated with migration.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course S295 The biology of survival [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Figure 1 Migration word cloud.

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