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.
The Ancient Murrelet is unique in that it can both perch in trees and dive in the sea. Rising sea levels threaten their seaside nesting sites.
Greater Prairie Chicken
Greater Prairie-Chickens are non-migratory and spend their entire lives within the few remaining fragments of tallgrass prairie habitat. After decades of decline, the Greater Prairie-Chicken has disappeared from a number of states, including Indiana and Kentucky, where it was once common.
The Ocelot is a mid-size predator, and ranges from Texas to Brazil. Their American habitat is shrinking due to human encroachment and drought.
The American Lobster ranges from Labrador, Canada, to North Carolina. Ocean warming and acidification make it difficult for them to grow good shells. They seldom get as big as this 19" long specimen any more.
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 and how it affects different species.