Will the Great American Eclipse make animals act strangely? Watch & See

Total Solar Eclipse Day Monday 21st August 2017

What makes this one so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire USA from Oregon down to Charleston and beyond. The last time a total solar eclipse swept the entire breadth of America was 1918, beyond the memory of anyone alive now, I suspect.

So, a particularly exciting and dramatic event for the American people. But what about the nonhuman animals? And plants? Some of the ways nonhumans react to this strange disruption of the normal day is already known to scientists. Birds fall silent and some go to roost. Cows lie down, crickets start to chirp. Whales and dolphins have been seen to swim to the surface 5 minutes before the eclipse begins, and stay there for totality and 5 minutes after. Other animals also seem to know beforehand what is coming.

But now the California Academy of Sciences needs you!

Any observations of animal behavior you make during the eclipse will become highly valued data. Whether you notice squirrels in your yard, bats, owls, horses, pigs and cows, plants, or even your own dog or cat – at CAS they want to hear about it. For starters you will need to install the iNaturalist app on your phone or tablet. Then please click on this link for full instructions on how to participate in the Life Responds Project. It’s easy.

For a taster of the day, try out this clip (With thanks to AwarenessHelps.com)

Source: Will the Great American Eclipse make animals act strangely? Science says yes

Cover pic Pixabay


August 22nd 2017 How animals were observed to behave during the eclipse – LiveScience

4 thoughts on “Will the Great American Eclipse make animals act strangely? Watch & See

  1. Looks like the complete eclipse will occur along a small band of states. So I don’t know if s partial eclipse will do something. When Mt. St. Helens erupted out here, it dark in the afternon for longer than minutes. My cat slept through it. If she had been awake and had water, a clean litter box, and her dinner, I don’t think she would have cared. We’ll have to see the reports after the eclipse if people noticed anything with their pets.

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  2. Yes, I expect that where there is a partial eclipse in particular, animals may only react as if to heavy cloud. This quote is from the Daily Mail “Prior to a partial solar eclipse in the UK on March 20, 2015, Dave Clarke, Head of Invertebrates at ZSL London told the DailyMail.com: ‘A solar eclipse, especially a full eclipse, could affect the flight of nocturnal moths and diurnal butterflies – who use the light for navigation.’ While the zoo had prepared by amending the lighting slightly in Butterfly Paradise, it said that in the end, it was ‘pretty underwhelming’ with no strange behavior seen.

    “This may however be because the skies of London were grey and cloudy!”

    And according to MNN, during the 1999 partial eclipse in Germany, some animals in Cologne Zoo hid in protected areas like they do when they expect it to rain.

    On August 21st, the animals may be more likely to be spooked by the crowds gathering to view the eclipse and people letting off fireworks than by the eclipse itself. It will be interesting though to see if the Life Responds Project throws up any new or unexpected results.

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