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By exploring three ecosystems representing the region’s most biodiverse and recognizable environments, see how the climate crisis is changing the habitats and lives of plants and animals across New England. Some plants and animals are adapting or thriving as the climate changes, while others are struggling or competing with rival species moving north.
With a little help from the Museum’s live animal ambassadors, collections, and digitally projected interactives, you’ll gain an appreciation for the abundance of life across New England, and how their lives are changing along with the climate.
Explore animals in their habitats:
As water temperatures, acidification, and sea level rise continue, the habitat ranges of many local marine animals are moving. Explore how species such as the iconic New England lobster, piping plovers, and North Atlantic right whales are being forced to move to more favorable environments as the ocean changes.
Learn how rising temperatures influence shifts of the dominant species, such as the loss of eastern hemlock trees due to invasive insects that thrive in warmer climates. By investigating a cross section from a local Maple tree, identify characteristics that document climate conditions over decades or even centuries.
As humans continue to develop more land and encroach on wildlife habitats, animals are beginning to adapt their behaviors and lifestyles to be able to survive in cities. Meet some of the Museum’s animal ambassadors, like the American kestrel, and learn how urban wildlife is adapting or struggling as the climate changes.
Contribute to climate change research:
ISeeChange is an online, global community where anyone can document and learn more about the changing environment around them.
Documenting your local observations can contribute climate insights to our community partners, including: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Plus, your post could be featured in the New England Climate Stories exhibit!
Join the ISeeChange community here: https://www.iseechange.org/partners/museum-of-science
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Recommended for: Grades 3 – adults