Wednesday, October 19, 2016
In my environmental science class we learned about weather patterns which made me think about how that affected the migration patterns of birds. Birds migrate to different places depending on the season and weather greatly effects when they are on the move and when they are stationary. Although there are many other contributing factors to their migration patterns weather is one of the most influential.
Just like humans, rain doesn't make for the most perfect traveling conditions; and the same goes for the wind. Animals are extremely affected by their surroundings. Their timing, energy, physical health, and even their whole course can be changes due to weather conditions. For example, when running in the wind it makes it a lot harder if you're running against the wind but a lot easier if you're running in the same direction of the wind. Running with the wind gives you a extra push and makes it a little easier. Considering that animal migration has a lot to do with weather patterns, we can predict that with these current big climate changes known as global warming we will be seeing new migrations.
There is an estimated 3,000 animal species just from the Western Hemisphere that will have to relocate themselves. They will make their paths avoiding human and natural barriers and try to find a place to live that is more temperate and comfortable for their species. Not only are these climate changes affecting animals but humans too. Less than one month ago 600 people belonging to an Alaskan village voted to leave their home because of worries for coastal erosion.
Environmental science and animals are not the same but instead animals are apart of the environment and its science. They coexist and as the environment can help the animal the animal can also help its environment flourish.