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Have you ever taken a moment to stop and watch the Canadian geese fly south in their v-formation? Have you ever noticed the way their honks seem to welcome in the nice cool weather of winter? Did you notice a nice warm, cozy feeling flood through your body as you watch them fly past you?
I have. I’ve noticed the feeling of mixed emotions of saying goodbye to fall and hello to winter. I’ve felt the warm, cozy feeling flood through my body. It is nice.
It is amazing to watch these birds and know that even as God watches the sparrows (birds) how much more does He watch and care for me?
books that tell the story of migration
- Going Home
For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion, sometimes over long distances, often skipping meals. Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations.
- Flute’s Journey
This is a reverent environmental story of a wood thrush’s first year and his arduous first migration–across thousands of miles–from his nesting ground in the Belt Woods in Maryland to his winter home in Costa Rica, and back again.
- Is this Panama?
When Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama?
- The Journey
A vibrant picture book that follow the migratory journeys of some magnificent creatures: locusts, gray whales, American silver eels, monarch butterflies, caribou, and terns.
- The Peregrine’s Journey
Beginning in Alaska and ending two months later in Argentina, one peregrine falcon’s annual migration is an 8,000-mile flight across the Americas.
- Honk! Honk!
A child in brightly striped pajamas hitches a ride on a migrating Canada goose, flies north to distant nesting grounds for the summer, avoiding hunters, electric wires, and other hazards, and finally makes the long return trip home. The sheer length of the birds’ exhausting yearly journey comes through clearly
- Stork’s Landing
When a migrating stork gets tangled in a net in the fish ponds on Maya’s kibbutz, Maya wonders what to do. Can she and her father find a way to nurse it back to health and send it back into the wild?
- Welcome, Brown Bird
At each end of the journey is a boy who watches and waits, protecting the bird’s nesting place until it returns. Neither boy knows that his love of the thrush’s sweet song links him–like a brother–to another boy across the world, a boy who doesn’t even speak the same language.
- Following Papa’s Song
As two whales swim together through the big ocean, Little Blue has many questions for Papa, especially ones about the long migration. How will they know the way? Will he be able to keep up? What will they see along the way?
- Moonshadow’s Journey
For the very first time, young Moonshadow is flying south. Grandfather is leading the swans as they travel to a warm place for the winter. But when a terrible storm strikes, not all the swans make it through. Though his heart is heavy, Moonshadow finds the strength to continue the journey.
- Butterfly Tree
One late afternoon in early September, Jilly sees something. It looks like it s raining black pepper from a clear blue sky. Then the black rain becomes a wispy mist. And then a spooky orange cloud. What can it be?
ways to study
I remember when I was younger and went a full year with the study of birds. I didn’t really find it all that fascinating, but I do now. *smiles* It is a wonderful feeling to look outside and see a bird and know what it is immediately.
I have a few ideas that can help you and your child dig deeper into studying migration and the birds, if you’re interested.
- Find a field guide of all the birds in your country.
- Make a list of birds that are found only in your state and mark off each bird that you have seen.
- Journal some of the birds that you have seen in your back yard.
- Set up a bird feeder and pay attention to what birds come.