[Tweeters] heat dome & invertebrates
stevechampton at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 06:53:28 PDT 2021
Excellent point. I would guess there are water restrictions that would also
affect ag, wildlife areas, etc., depending on their water source. I have
heard that the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area near Sacramento is doing their
usual "shorebird fields", which can create shorebird habitat for thousands.
Also, some stormwater retention ponds are getting so low that they are
creating mudflats suitable for shorebirds.
It will be interesting to see how the invertebrate biomass and shorebird
foraging is around the Salish Sea this month. Are there any places with
annual surveys and data?
On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 11:52 AM Dianna Moore <osdlm1945 at gmail.com> wrote:
> And that brings up another point....will drought-stricken California be
> able to flood their ag fields?
> Dianna Moore
> Ocean Shores
> On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 11:48 AM Steve Hampton <stevechampton at gmail.com>
>> 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>
>>> 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
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