Walden Warming | Virtual Seminar
Time & Location
Walden Warming: The Effects of Climate Change on the Plants and Animals of Thoreau's Concord
Tuesday, February 9 – 6:30pm
Richard Primack, Professor of Biology, Boston University
Virtual Webinar via Zoom - Co-sponsored by UUCGL
Henry David Thoreau was a climate change scientist! For the past 17 years, Professor Richard Primack and his team have been using Thoreau’s records from the 1850s and other Massachusetts data sources to document the earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants, the earlier flight times of butterflies, and the more variable response of migratory birds. Most noteworthy, plants in Concord are also changing in abundance due to a warming climate. This work has received extensive media coverage as an example of the biological effects of climate change, and is now being extended to the neglected autumn season. What would Thoreau tell us to do about global warming if he were alive today? Click here for more details and to register.