Quiz time – in the map below, can you name the two species whose distributions are shown in red and blue dots? You can see that the occurrences of A are associated with warmer temperatures, whereas the occurrences of B are associated with colder temperatures and higher latitudes. Whatever you guessed, you were probably wrong….
The surest sign of winter in my Arizona mountains is the fall change of colors. The summer’s greens are replaced by greys and browns, as ferns die back, sunflowers set seed, and the trees lose their last leaves. The change is remarkably synchronous. It feels like in a single day, summer is replaced by winter….