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Where Do Birds Go In Winter?

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Published on Nov 24, 2014

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As winter approaches, V-shaped flocks glide overhead as the world's birds begin their long treks to warmer climates. Humans used to have some pretty crazy theories about where birds went for winter, like the moon, or to the bottom of the ocean.

How did we learn the real story? And where DO birds go for winter? What are the longest bird migrations? How do birds store up energy for their long journey? How do birds navigate? Why do they fly in a V-shape?

Find out in this week's video!

Charles Morton's theory of birds on the moon: http://wrd.cm/1xMKc5k
Read Charles Morton's original 1703 pamphlet! http://bit.ly/1C5AKhk
The story of the stork with a spear in its neck: http://bit.ly/11PgkIs
Aristotle's theory of bird transmutation: http://bit.ly/1uwQwHX
The "barnacle goose" http://bit.ly/1C5BiUg

The Arctic tern's record-breaking migration: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...
The bar-tailed godwit's fat-fueled migration: https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/fi...
Ruby-throated hummingbird mighty migration: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

The avian aerodynamics of the "flying V" http://bit.ly/1vFFlUs
The many senses that birds use to find their way: http://bit.ly/11qN9vr
How birds use magnetic fields to navigate: http://bit.ly/1r2jYLy


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