How do animals react to the eclipse? | Allen County







How do animals react to the eclipse

LIMA, OH (WLIO) – While people are excited to see a total solar eclipse, how do the animals react to the once-in-a-lifetime event? That was the topic of a talk at Johnny Appleseed Park District Monday night. There have been studies done in the past on bees, cows, and even a variety of animals in the zoo. Some studies have shown Flamingos coming together to protect their young, and other studies have shown bees and cows starting to return home when the darkness hits. Some birds were heard singing the songs they normally sing at night during the eclipse. But because an eclipse is so short and infrequent in the same area, it’s hard to replicate the results. The Ohio Division of Wildlife is conducting an observation project through the online platform “iNaturalist”, where they are asking people across the state to watch animals, birds, and even insects before, during, and after the eclipse to record if their behavior changes as the sky darkens and the temperature drops.







How do animals react to the eclipse

“There is a lot known, a lot more anyway, about animals in zoos, or animals in captivity that people raise, like cows or dogs. But there is not really a lot known about our own backyard wildlife, even our own backyard birds or squirrels, or even butterflies and moths” says Marie Walton, Naturalist at Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District. “So, I think this is really a good opportunity to pool our collective observations and learn more about the world around us.”







How do animals react to the eclipse

Walton says NASA is doing a project where they are capturing sounds of nature days before, during, and after the event to hear how animals and insects respond to dramatic changes in their environment.

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