Blog Post 1 : Observations

My chosen are of study is the Cascade Mountain range, particularly in the British Columbia area. The choice of the study was enhanced by the availability of biological study materials for both the animal and plant species. I visited the area in June – July 2016 and stopped in North California, where I had a clear view of the Cascade Mountain as well as observe various plant and animal species around the ranges. Cascade mountain range is a tourist attraction area in Columbia, and one of the longest range of mountains in the world. The mountains extend from the southern part of British Columbia and pass through Washington to North California regions.

The weather seasonality in the Cascade Mountain is enhanced by the varying temperatures from both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The climate has drastic changes throughout the region with rains on some parts and dryness on other parts. For example, most parts of British Columbia receive long rains most of the times whereas Canada, likes on the leeward side of the mountain and mostly dry. Colombia has a similar weather and climate to the tropical rainforests the reason for vast cloud forests. As the warm and moist air meets the cold air from the mountain, they form clouds and mists most of the year. Additionally, the survival of plants and animals vary along the mountain ranges depending on the weather and climate of the mountain region.

Adaptation for both plants and animals, the effects of climate change in biodiversity, reproduction, evolution, and ecological aspects are the major subjects that the project targets to study in the Cascade mountain region (Feeley et al 3215-3222). Per the observation results, the area provides the best platform for understanding the above subjects through evidence-based data and information. The project and the entire study will aim at providing essential and beneficial answers to the following questions

a) What are the effects of global change in the Cascade biodiversity?

b) What are the adaptation features of the plants and animals species in the region?

c) How does the Cascade Climate and weather affect reproduction in Cascade region?

d) What are the evolution and ecological concepts that can be learned from the Cascade region?

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