Tis the season…for bird migration!

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“Hey, Bob! Pull it in a little bit on the bottom, we’ve almost got it looking like Disney’s Pocahontas singing ‘Colors of the Wind’!”

Just about everybody who’s turned an eye to the sky in the past few weeks has had the opportunity to see those familiar V-ish shapes of migrating birds flying south for the winter.  But why do they do it? I mean don’t get me wrong, right about every February I’m wishing I could fly south myself to somewhere nice and warm but birds have even more complex reasons for needing to move on.  Here are just two of them to share with your family the next time you see a migrating flock.

Food

With hearts that beat anywhere from 300-600 times a minute (the smaller the faster) birds need to eat their weight every day just to survive.  Migration allows them to find new food sources and gives depleted plants and insect populations time to recover.

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You can have some great fun with the kids and help out our migrating by making birdseed molds. Get: 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, 1 envelope unflavored gelatin, 3 tbsp. corn syrup, and 4 cups birdseed Then you know the drill. Mix it, squish it in the mold, let it set, then pop it out and hang outside!

Family

The warmer, more plentiful areas in the south often prove to be a safer place for birds to have and raise babies.  Birds often abandon their young as soon as they can fly so leaving them in a safer place with more available food is actually smart bird strategy.  (Party birds abandon their young at the University of Miami).

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About kkokkotos

As a Cub Scout mom and busy professional, I want to create fun experiences and memories for my children that don't take a ton of time or require my own craft room and trust fund. Though a trust fund would be nice someday...
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