People have been buzzing about the solar eclipse that is happening on Monday, August 21, 2017. It’s said to be the first solar eclipse to stretch from coast to coast in the United States in 99 years! As with other eclipses, people are warned not to look directly at it, as the sun can severely damage your eyes. Instead, people are urged to wear protective glasses…and that goes for your pets as well!
According to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, because eclipses are rare, there isn’t much data documenting animal and plant behavior during them. They created a project called “Life Responds” that relies on everyday citizens like you and me to report both animal and plant behavior through an app called iNaturalist which is available on both Apple and Android platforms. You can also join in on an eclipse event listed on the iNaturalist website.
Note: Do not ever force your pet or any other animal to look at an eclipse or do anything dangerous. The intent of this app is to capture natural animal behavior without human intervention. If you notice nocturnal animals becoming active, or diurnal animals getting quiet, you can document those instances in the app.
Are you planning to watch the eclipse?