Timing: Emergency blankets for migrating butterflies (Danaus plexippus)
Much of my current work focuses on examining, and visually articulating the impacts of climate change. Part of an ongoing series, Timing highlights the impacts of phenological shifts on a variety of species. As climate changes, seasons and weather are less and less predictable. Locally, a few warm days in the winter may stimulate species including wood frogs and spring peepers to emerge, migrate to vernal pools, and begin to call for mates. Warm days may be anomalies and pools may refreeze. What are the consequences? What are the physiological stresses for these and other species? As spring arrives earlier, flowering and fruiting times of plants may be out of sync with cycles of pollinators. Birds who time their breeding with the hatch of certain insects may miss that window and lose a primary food source for their young. What are the short and long term impacts of these changes in timing and loss of predictability, and how can these be made visible in a resonant way?