Snowshoe hares change their coat colour from white in the winter, to brown in the summer. This change in colour enables them to use camouflage to hide from any potential predators all year round. As our planet warms, the time of snow cover is changing and leaving snowshoe hares with extended periods in which their coats do not ‘match’ their surroundings. We'd like you to play a game made by MByRes student Charlotte Jeffers, to help us examine whether this mismatch will influence the effectiveness of snowshoe hare camouflage under climate change. You can play as a coyote or a human hunter!
Here's the game, and here's the sensory ecology lab with whom Regan co-supervises Charlotte's MByRes.