Climate Change is the defining issue of our world today, resulting in everything from unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels and shrinking ice sheets. To combat this, immediate action is needed to restore balance to our natural world.
Baby Harp Seals are born on ice floes, where they live for six to eight weeks until they are old enough to swim. Their nurseries are shrinking as the polar ice caps melt.
Coho Salmon are born in small streams, live in the ocean, and will swim 100 miles to return to the exact stream where they were born in order to breed. When waterways shrink due to drought, the salmon cannot reproduce. Courtesy of the Hayden family.
The Black Skimmer has a unique lower bill that it uses to scoop fish out of the sea as it flies. The National Audubon Society predicts that Black Skimmers are the bird species that will be most affected by sea level rise.
Although it looks like a snail, this delicate shell is made by an octopus in order to protect its eggs. The Argonaut is the only octopus to build a shell, but ocean acidification means that these paper-thin shells dissolve even as they are building them.
The Ruffed Grouse wakes up the springtime woods with its loud wingbeat drumming, but rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns could drive it out of New England.
How has the impact of climate change affected our region? Through natural history collections such as ours, scientists and researchers can glean a great deal of insight into the affect on a variety of animal species and our ecosystem. In this community curated exhibit, guests are invited to discover the science behind climate change: how it affects different species and what communities and individuals can do to reduce their own carbon footprints.