|MadSci Network: Environment & Ecology|
That is a difficult question to answer, because there are just so many animals. According to Wikipedia, the Amazon rain forest alone has ~2,000 species of birds and mammals, which is nothing next to the roughly 2,500,000 species of insects found there. These species will have different requirements for survival. If, hypothetically, one million species of insects were affected in a "bad" way by rain, you would still conclude that most species were not affected. It is also tough to know what you mean by "affect... in a bad way." For instance, lots of birds might stop flying while it is actually raining, preferring to wait out the storm. Is that a bad thing? Sure, they could have more time to find food if they could keep flying, so you could call it bad. On the other hand, the rain forests are so productive, with so much to eat and able to support so many species partly due to the high rainfall. When you look at it that way, the rain is absolutely a good thing for everything that lives in the rain forest. Even if an individual insect that gets smacked by a raindrop and eaten while it is lying on the ground would probably say "rain is bad," the millions of other insects flying around not getting hit would disagree. I hope this helps. Ecology is a really complicated subject because so many factors interact. That is also what makes it so fascinating to study. cheers, moose
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