Monday, September 15, 2008


Peter lent me a book called 'bio-meteorology: weather and life' which is useful for connecting together my previous studies of meteorology with the work the scientists are
doing with plant and animal species. Meteorological conditions and particularly snow and ice cover are taken into account when assessing animal patterns. I had a long talk with Jesper about how climate change is affecting bird migration patterns. When spring comes early and the Eider birds (for example) are genetically programmed to reach a certain resting ground at a certain time - they can starve or their breeding patterns can be effected by missing crucial insects that come with the plants at the onset of spring.

Jesper also outlined the important role of the ground observers who note the banded birds and report back to NERI when they spot them from all around the world forming a global network of human-bird interaction.

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