Migration. Isn’t that what it’s all about? We’re all, by the standard definition of the word, migrating, moving from place to place, hither and yon. Atoms migrate within molecules. Teeth migrate within mouths (though we’d rather they didn’t). But of most importance, particularly to those of us attuned to the rhythms of the natural world, are those glorious migrations of huge numbers of living creatures across the globe. And as impressive as marathon movements of humpback whales and European eels are, the migrations that really capture our collective attention are those of birds. We’re in the midst of an enormous one right now. Those of us north of the Equator are watching our boreal breeders withdraw to warmer climes while the bottom half of the world is just welcoming its austral avifauna. Migrations speak to us, not just as observers of nature but as integral parts of it. The world moves and, deep inside, we long to move with it.
I happen to be hosting the current IATB episode (#99) this Thursday. Send me your best bird blogging at daniel-dot-rhoads-at-gmail-dot-com by Wednesday!