[Tweeters] heat dome & invertebrates

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Mon Jul 26 11:47:46 PDT 2021

There could be a difference between fresh and saltwater foraging for
migrating shorebirds. My in-laws in the South Sound reported a lot of clam
deaths during the heat wave (which coincided with some daytime minus
tides). On the other hand, in the Central Valley of Calif, fallow ag fields
managed and lightly flooded for shorebird migration in July and August
generally go from dry to hosting thousands of foraging shorebirds in 2-3
weeks. While flooded ag fields are rare here, it at leasts suggests that
invertebrate populations can quickly grow under the right conditions.

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 11:01 AM Dianna Moore <osdlm1945 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Tweets....I have been closely following this thread but haven't seen

> the northern end of the equation addressed, how the Arctic and tundra

> breeding grounds are faring in the extraordinary temps they have been

> experiencing. It may be a bit early to tell, but we should see some sign by

> mid-August through September out here on the coast when most of the

> juvenile shorebirds come through, normally. If there is no food here for

> them...well I hate to think of the repercussions. It didn't get as hot, nor

> remain hot as long on our beaches as inland, but bad enough for an

> ecosystem unused to that sort of heat.

> Just the start.

> Dianna Moore

> Ocean Shores

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Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
*Qatay, S'Klallam territory*
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