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Purdue researches impacts of solar eclipse on wildlife

Researchers in the Forestry and Natural Resources department at Purdue University have been studying how the solar eclipse impacted the environment.  

Purdue professor Byran Pijanowski says his team traveled the path of totality to see how bats, bees, and fish wildlife reacted.

“Just making observations about temperature and insects, bird activity, anything else that we thought was either normal or changing and different,” he said.

He tells Brownfield his team made observations every 10 minutes.

“Things like the environment, solar radiation, temperature and just observing all the animals and their behavior because they change very drastically during just one phase, you know, somewhere around 10 to 20 minutes before the total eclipse,” he said.

Pijanowski said their observations would be used in future departmental research. This was the only opportunity for researchers in Indiana until 2099. The path of totality during the total solar eclipse reached central Indiana, near Indianapolis.

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