Middlebury astronomer takes on “light pollution” – Addison Independent

As the darkest day of the year approaches, a Middlebury College professor says light pollution isn’t just bad news for astronomers. Wildlife suffers, too.

“Sensory ecology is, as scientific fields go, pretty new. It focuses on the information organisms get from their environment and how they get it. For countless species, light is a significant source of information. It helps them know when to eat, sleep, migrate, reproduce and avoid predators. Light pollution — whether it’s the glow of a large urban area, fully lit office towers, reflections cast across bodies of water or lone streetlamps — provides false information.

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