Migrating Birds

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You know it is amazing how powerful our upbringing is on our life. My incredible parents and my two beautiful sisters had such a profound affect on my life and because of it I know how I want to treat my husband and my children. You see they never put me down, they never told me to calm down when I got super excited about silly things, and they never told me I was embarrassing them when I laughed my extremely loud laugh. Growing up I steered away from those that looked down on me or put me down. I also learned that no one should ever be put down or be made fun of. I love going hunting with my husband and son and during one of our recent trips (pictures and video below) I got excited when I saw cattail. I started to pull apart the cattail so that the seeds could blow freely but the wind blew the seeds into my mouth and face. My sweet husband said I looked beautiful and the three of us laughed so hard.

Remember that we don’t have to be a perfect friend, spouse, parent, or person. None of us are but we can treat others with love and respect. Has someone had a profound affect on your life? Who was it and what did you learn?

Migration is the route many species practice and revolves around winter and summer. During the summer they travel to cold destinations and during the winter they fly back to warmth. They also travel for breeding grounds and feeding grounds.

 

Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

 

Woodbridge Ecological Reserve is a beautiful location dedicated to Sandhill Cranes. In 1983 these cranes were a endangered species and have increased largely in population since then. They are the most commonly seen species of cranes in North America. They migrate from Mexico, Cuba, and Siberia to California, Texas, or Utah. They migrate here  September to October and leave for home April to May. And the outskirts of Lodi is a great place to find them at the right time of year.

  

 

Cosumnes River Preserve

 

This is truly a beautiful preserve with many different species of bird and one of them happens to be a northern shoveler which travels to California in the summer. They live in open wetland such as grasslands or marshes. They live all around the world which makes them a common duck to many. They prefer to be away from open water and is a fairly quiet species of duck. They are well known for their long bill and they are far from endangered.

 

 

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

 

Canada Geese stop at this wonderful refuge annually. Canada Geese are native to the Arctic and North America. They often are near populated areas and because of this are considered a “Pest Species”. Canada Geese are released all around the world causing dozen of different migration routines. They are mostly herbivores but eat fish and insects.

 

 

 

Honey Lake Wildlife Area

 

This wonderful wildlife area near Susanville California is a destination for many migratory ducks and geese. And this includes a species known as Ross Geese.  Which is the smallest white arctic and migrates from Canada to California Central Valley. During the hunting seasons hunters can hunt ducks and geese. However, when it is not hunting season migrating birds love these wetlands. You can see birds nesting here.

 

 

Lower Biscar Wildlife Area

 

Every year when we visit my in-laws I never miss an opportunity to go hunting with my husband at Biscar Wildlife Area. There is hardly anyone here. I love to see the season change. It is absolutely breathtaking and I love the colors throughout the season. Even if your not into hunting you can easily do a five mile hike around both of these lakes and do plenty of bird watching. You will want to arrive early as birds are most active during sunrise.

 

 

 

Hands on Learning

 

After observing ducks we were surprised that ducks were able to stand on ice and have their feet in cold water without seeming to mind the cold. We learned that they were able to tolerate cold and hot water because ducks have a counter-current heat exchange system. When we are cold and we hug someone who is warm our body becomes warmer. In a way that is how counter-current exchange works. The artery is warm and the blood flow goes down into the foot. The vein (venous blood) is cooler and it goes up to the ducks body. Since the artery is in close contact with the vein the blood will become cooler as it gets to the foot so there isn’t much difference between the foot and the ice and because of this when the duck foot touches the snow the heat loss with be very little and that is why they are able to stand on cold without worrying about frost bite. Pretty cool, right?

 

 

 

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