The above video was used to measure activity in birds when…

The above video was used to measure activity in birds when pressure drops.

Birds, Bugs Do It, Stormy Weather Edition

A storm approaches, and the air pressure drops. Dogs hide in whatever adorably pitiable spot they can find, and people stock up on canned goods before settling in themselves. We focus on doing what it takes to keep ourselves and our families safe. But things aren’t so different for the birds and the beetles. Even without our modern methods of forecasting, these creatures predict and prepare for incoming storms… read on at Scope

Video from “Environment, behavior and physiology: do birds to barometric pressure to predict storms?” Breuner et al. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY  Vol. 216  DOI:10.1242/jeb.081067, FEB 2013. Reproduced with permission from JEB.

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About abi nighthill

Abi has a BA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago.
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