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Solar Eclipse 2017: Life Responds

Updated on January 19, 2017 - 9:37 AM CST
Posted on January 19, 2017 - 9:34 AM CST

Tags: General Public | Astrophysics | Earth Science | Heliophysics | Planetary Science

How does life respond to the dramatic event of a total solar eclipse?

There is some evidence that plant and animal life notice and react to the changes that occur during a total solar eclipse. Birds are reported to stop singing, spiders may tear down their webs, gray squirrels retreat to their dens, and more. Much of these reports are anecdotal or from captive animals.

The California Academy of Sciences has developed a citizen science app to document animal and plant behavior during the 2017 total solar eclipse. Visit the CAS website for more info.