At the end of the day with the seven Gangtok schools – they were asked to complete three sentences based on the day:
- In one week I will remember…
- The most interesting thing about today was…
- Orchids are…
Some of the responses given were very good and really helped ice the cake that was the best day of the trip! Have a read for yourself!
I’m currently in the process of putting together a “Useful links” page, but I might as well start with a useful link to a site full of useful orchid links! OrchidWire (who have recently listed us, so please comment about us on their site!) have loads of links to everything from orchid sellers to the IUCN orchid specialist group.
While in the Sikkim Himalayas I conducted a research project into orchid diversity with altitude. The results are due to be published, as well as being on display at the RHS London Orchid Show in 2010. Below is a pre-publishing preview.
Investigating orchid populations across the sikkim himalaya
This research links orchid migration observed in the Himalayas with Global warming.
One of the major contributing factors to the extinction of orchid species is Global warming. Many orchids are happy when in a very narrow temperature band (as many of you will have witnessed when growing orchids at home). In many mountainous regions such as the Sikkim Himalayas, this temperature is achieved by altitude – the higher you go, the cooler it is.
The problems arrive in more flat areas where the orchids have no option to migrate to a higher altitude. In these areas, the orchids cannot adapt to the quickly changing temperature and as a result, many have been driven to the edge of extinction.
Tomorrow (Thursday 15th October) is Blog Action Day 2009, where bloggers across the world unite to blog about one issue: Climate Change.
This is an issue that affects us all, but particularly the world of plants and orchids. Orchid populations can be used to prove global warming, and climate change can be held responsible for driving many orchid species to or near to extinction.
So join us tomorrow for Blog Action Day 2009 for a special day of climate change – through the eyes (or leaves) of an Orchid!