Tag: climate change

Campus as a Lab

If you want to research a climate change issue that affects your school community, this is for you! Campus as a Lab explores a project pushing sustainability in the classroom.

How has climate change contributed to the livelihood of birds in NYC?

Upon discovering that 100 of the 350 birds in NYC have fallen into an area of concern, we decided to investigate whether climate change as contributed to this trend. We hypothesized that climate change is why NYC birds have declined and that no bird could thrive in warmer conditions. Our results found that climate change would contribute to the loss in different species impacting Arctic birds the most.

Monarch Butterfly Migrations – The Relationship Between Seasons and Sightings

Climate and temperature changes may greatly affect species that depend on environmental cues for reproduction, migration, and hibernation triggers. The purpose of this study was to test if migration patterns of monarch butterflies were affected by changing climates in New York, specifically in Central Park. We hypothesized that in a changing climate, there would be changes to monarch butterfly phenology and their migration patterns. We predicted that if monarch butterflies are responding to a warmer climate by migrating later, then there would be a later decline in the number of sightings. The data we observed does support our hypothesis. Using iNaturalist data, we observed that most sightings of monarch butterflies were recorded in August. Furthermore, through this study, we’ve determined that citizen data is useful and can lead to significant findings.