Solar Eclipse Frenzy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’re well aware that tomorrow will bring a solar eclipse, which for some, depending on whether you’re fortunate to be in the 60- to 70-mile-wide “path of totality,” will see the moon completely block out the sun and cause the sky to go black in the middle of the day. 

Unfortunately, Wisconsin is outside the path of totality and the forecast is calling for clouds and possible storms, which means we will see little difference. I was looking forward to watching the CraneCam to see if the young cranes react in any way when darkness falls. We may get lucky and the clouds won’t appear – time will tell. The cranes may head to the water and assume their roosting stance on one leg.

Have you given any thought to how wildlife might react? I mean birds spend 24 hours a day outside so they’re far more tuned in to the rise and fall of the sun/moon than we humans could ever hope to be. 

Will diurnal bird species go quiet as conditions darken on Monday? Will nocturnal species begin to vocalize much earlier? I can’t wait to find out!

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil August 20, 2017 11:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing the birds near where I work. Since they have no one to advise them, it makes me wonder how much could possibly be instinct, inherited knowledge, or mere curiosity and observation.

  2. CAROLYN HALL August 20, 2017 9:29 pm

    Watch the Rowe Crane cam, it can’t see the sun but you will see the change if sunlight and can hear the frogs and birds on the cam.

  3. Sue Ellen August 20, 2017 9:16 am

    Yes the birds do go silent as it darkens and start back up again as it brightens. I was lucky enough to experience an eclipse on an overcast day 30ish years ago. Had I been obsessed with looking at the sun I probably wouldn’t have noticed the birds.

  4. Rolando August 20, 2017 9:14 am

    Thanks Birds will fly to their nest, rooster will sing, street lights will turn up and the weather will get cooler all in four minutes still worthy. Thanks for all you do