Image of the Day: Avalanche Lilies on Mount Rainier

Elinore Theobald is a researcher at the University of Washington and, as the Seattle Times reported, is studying Avalanche lilies on Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain in Washington. These lilies and how biological interactions between them and other species respond to a changing climate.

Her research takes place on the mountain where she feels the elevation variation may be a good proxy for the projected shift in temperature, which a Climate Impacts Group at the university says is likely to increase an additional 3.6 to 7.2 degrees by the century's end. 

Theobald suspects the avalanche lily, one of the first to bloom in spring, will be among the most vulnerable to the warming temperatures that will alter the snowmelt and flowering times, likely putting pollinators out of sync with their flowers. 

For more on Elinore Theobald and the Mount Rainier avalanche lily, read the full Seattle Times story here

Credit: National Park Service