The marvelous bird of the barge

The godwit is a conspicuous member of the sandpiper family that is clearly feathered with a long black tail and wings, with a long pinkish colored beak that towards the end turns skyward, giving it the celestial title of identification.

Most godwits breed in the northernmost boreal woodland habitat. It is called the wonder bird for its nearly 17,000 mile annual migration from northern Alaska south beyond the equator to the remote part of Chile in South America. However, most long-distance flights are day and night flights, with no stops, no rest or food.

There is a conflicting argument that the Arctic Tern travels a longer distance of about 25,000 miles from the North Pole to the South Pole each year, but the Barge’s incredible journey is without stopping at all over such a long distance. The Godwit’s pre-flight prep is much more intensive, taking a few months off body fat by gorging on penny-sized worms and clams instead of burning existing body sugars and dehydrating as would humans, needing to stop for a cup of water during a marathon.

The Barge’s future challenges for such an epic journey, crossing two continents amid changing weather and difficult topography, must be overcome by inner guidance of a magnet-guiding instinct traveled along with positions geographies reached in flight by detecting signals from the Earth’s magnetic field. the fields. Like pigeons returning home thousands of miles or more by passing iron particles through a cell above their beaks known as magnetic navigation, the Barge’s navigation skills are very similar to signals. back which brought the migratory swallows back to Capistrano at the same time. every year.

In modern medical research, studying the superpowers of migrating birds can lead to breakthroughs for human application. Migratory birds can sleep as they fly, closing their eyes on one side of the brain while the other remains awake and alert, then switching sides, a process called slow-wave hemisphere switching.

Dolphins and whales can also nap this way. Godwits can also somehow store air after it has passed through their lungs and then breathe with it again. These abilities of other creatures can benefit us through learning and evaluation.

As the Barge takes flight on aerial wings from one geographic pole of this planet to another, it begins to deliver a message to humanity that is written in the stars, a celestial revelation which, upon learning the behavioral secrets other species, can now be applied to benefit the well-being of all mankind.

By George B. Emmons

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