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Fans of Ohio State college football beware:  global warming is killing the Buckeyes and sending them to Michigan State.  Don’t worry, no players are dying of heat stroke (just yet).  The iconic buckeye tree may be leaving Ohio to plant its seeds in what were once colder areas, like Michigan (which for you who don’t know anything about college football (me) is the main rival of Ohio State) due to rising temperatures. 

The fruit of the buckeye tree, which is a close relative of the chesnut.

The fruit of the buckeye tree, which is a close relative of the chesnut.

Although found in other parts of the Midwest, the buckeye tree is the official state tree of Ohio, and the buckeye nut provided the name for sports teams at Ohio State University, whose football rival is the University of Michigan.  It gets its name from the brown nut’s lighter circular “eye,” resembling the eye of a buck deer.

The coalition doesn’t have any actual evidence that the buckeye’s range has been pushed north but says global warming threatens to make that happen.  This, I believe is the main problem that pushes people away from global warming, when we start tagging everything as the product of global warming, but it does raise serious questions.

David Lytle, chief of the Division of Forestry in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said the campaign has merit because it calls attention to important ecological issues in an amusing light.

It is not unusual to find a buckeye tree in southern Michigan, where the climate and soil is like that in northern Ohio.  That being said, healthy adult buckeye trees can tolerate a wide climate range, although seedlings are more sensitive.   So, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan could eventually give buckeye trees a more comfortable habitat, because seedlings are more likely to be able to thrive there.


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