Trees are moving west and itโ€™s because of climate change. Although individual trees are stationary, tree species migrate over time as a response to changes in their environment. Researchers at @lifeatpurdue have been studying trees in the Eastern United States and have found that between 1980 and 2015, 73% of 86 species studied have moved west looking for rain. They are moving to the Midwest because itโ€™s experiencing more rainfall, and while the Southeast still gets proportionally more, the rainfall has been decreasing in recent years. In addition, 62% of the species are migrating north to escape the heat. While these migrations might help preserve individual species, it will likely destabilize forest ecosystems. Have you seen new trees popping up in your area? Let us know in the comments ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ - Years Of Living Dangerously

Trees are moving west and itโ€™s because of climate change. Although individual trees are stationary, tree species migrate over time as a response to changes in their environment. Researchers at @lifeatpurdue have been studying trees in the Eastern United States and have found that between 1980 and 2015, 73% of 86 species studied have moved west looking for rain. They are moving to the Midwest because itโ€™s experiencing more rainfall, and while the Southeast still gets proportionally more, the rainfall has been decreasing in recent years. In addition, 62% of the species are migrating north to escape the heat. While these migrations might help preserve individual species, it will likely destabilize forest ecosystems. Have you seen new trees popping up in your area? Let us know in the comments ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ