It’s getting warmer. And despite Canadians’ delight at enjoying higher temperatures than normal this week, some of us can’t help but wonder about the dark cloud that’s presently revealing this silver lining. Regardless of what’s causing climate change, its progress seems a lot faster than anticipated only a few years ago.
Surely it’s the smaller creatures that will be affected the most by climate change. We’ve had less precipitation than normal this winter. If a long, dry summer is to follow, amphibians like the red-backed salamanders shown above will not find the moisture they need to stay healthy. If spring vernal pools dry up too quickly, they and their kin will have difficulty finding a good moist place to lay their eggs.
This past winter likely didn’t kill off as many insects as a colder winter would have. Yesterday I saw numerous ants active in the flower beds, as well as this fly on the siding. If there are so many more insects than usual in March, what will their numbers be like in mid-summer? Will we be overrun by ants? At least the baby birds will have lots to eat once they are born.
These bright and perky robins were singing cheerfully in the woods this morning. Were they checking out nesting options in the neighborhood or just passing through on their way farther north? I wonder if they sense a change in the weather. Like them, we should be out enjoying the blue skies while we have them. It may feel like summer this week, but we’re bound to see snow again before long.