Where have all the flowers gone?

As the spring and summer become warmer and drier in the high altitudes of the southern Rocky Mountains, the wildflower season is getting shorter, with a fall-off in flowering in mid-season.

“These meadows are heavily affected by snowmelt and temperature,” says David Inouye of the University of Maryland. “Wildflowers use information from these natural cues to 'know' when it's time to unfurl their petals”.

This could have serious consequences for the entire ecosystem, with a cascading effect on pollinators like insect and bats.

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Posted by Yale Environment 360