Witnessing a gigantic shift to our ecosystem

Just last week, I moved from California to Corvallis, Oregon. I wanted to make a post about the differences I had found here.

Then something came up. Two days ago, a strong, dry Eastern wind sparked and spread fires in the Cascade mountains, and pushed the smoke westward. For the past 48 hours, my new city has been under a haze, as the picture demonstrates. I have lived in areas with wildfires before, but this is one of the heaviest and most persistent clouds of smoke I have ever seen. And we aren't even that close to the fires: this is at least 30 miles away from the fires.

This site has been good for me because it has allowed me to see pieces of nature that I would have never thought of before: before I came here, I never knew Hover Flies existed, let alone that a single meadow could have 12 species of them. But sometimes, it is necessary to take a step back and look at drastic changes to the ecosystem as a whole. Especially when they are connected to anthropogenic climate change. The last 48 hours of fire will alter ecosystems for decades, as well as changing human communities. There isn't an observation on here for that, but I needed to note it.

הועלה ב-ספטמבר 10, 2020 03:17 לפנה"צ על ידי mnharris mnharris




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ספטמבר 9, 2020 12:20 אחה"צ PDT


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