Migrating waterbirds over South Dakota’s Huron Wetland Management District on North America’s Central Flyway.
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Satellite telemetry, tiny geolocation tags and passive acoustic recording are providing new insights into bird migration and vital data for conservation.
Some cities never sleep.
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Artificial light is upending trees’ ability to use the natural day-night cycle as a signal of seasonal change.
Changes in climate affect the timings of various points in the life cycle of plants, including when flowers bloom in spring and when leaves wither in autumn.
Climate change is modifying the timing of recurrent life-cycle events with critical consequences on ecological and economic levels.
Climatic drivers over the past 80 years have resulted in flowering season starting in late winter instead of spring.
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The progressively earlier flowering places the daisies at greater risk of failed flowering seasons. This would be a blow to biodiversity and tourism.
Biometeorologists study the impact that the weather and climate has on plants, animals and people.
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Climatologists study data over a long time to understand weather patterns and what causes them. Biometeorologists explore the impact that the weather and climate have on people, plants and animals.
Floodwaters in the town of Bushmans River in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
The picture seems hopeless, but with mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies driven through COP26, southern Africa can reduce the impacts of climate change on local livelihoods.
A late snowfall could set back the growth of this budding lilac.
Trees and shrubs in cold-weather climates rely on certain signals, such as temperature and light, to know when to leaf out and bloom. Climate change is scrambling those signals.
A volunteer looks for waterbirds at Point Reyes National Seashore in California during the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.
Biometeorology is the study of the role of climate on plants, animals and humans.
The threats of climate change to plants, animals and people in Africa mean that the continent is an excellent place for biometeorological research.
Yellow-bellied marmots are a North American species of ground squirrel.
New research on marmots in the US reveals how the topsy-turvy seasons are causing havoc among wildlife.
Collecting data on invasive plants, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California.
The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.
Yellow trout lily flowers nearly a week earlier now than in previous decades in the Appalachian Mountains.
Climate change has advanced the arrival of spring by as much as several weeks in some parts of the US. This can mean major crop losses and disconnects between species that need each other to thrive.
A mast year can be a squirrel’s dream come true.
Masting is what biologists call the pattern of trees for miles around synchronizing to all produce lots of seeds – or very few. Why and how do they get on schedule?
The silver-studded blue butterfly is among that species that may be flexible enough to thrive.
We looked at 130 species to see which will be the winners and losers from global warming
What can your vacation pix tell scientists?
To untangle the relationship between climate change, fall foliage and national park visitors, researchers are asking tourists to check their old photo albums for snapshots that could hold valuable data.
The longest phenological record derive from the cherry blossoms in Japan.
Monitoring the timing of recurring biological events is key to understanding the effects of climate change.
South Africa’s annual sardine run is occurring increasingly late, and there have been instances where it doesn’t happen at all. Here’s why.
A grizzly bear eats ripe buffaloberry fruit in the Bow Valley of Alberta. Shifts in the timing of buffaloberry development in the Rocky Mountains will change the behaviour of grizzly bears, and could threaten reproductive rates in this vulnerable population.
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As warming temperatures shift the availability of key food sources, Alberta’s grizzly bears will be forced to adjust.
Record heat in February 2019 caused shock and delight in equal measure. Behind the balmy weather lie challenges for British wildlife.
Whistling tree frogs, Litoria verreauxii, are one of the species monitored around Canberra for their response to climate change.
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Climate change can seem far removed from our everyday lives, which is why a citizen science program measuring how frogs are dealing with a warming world is so important.