As I was out in the yard the last few days, I could hear the honks of the Canadian Geese flying over. They like to take a pit stop at our river before taking off again on their journey south. There is something amazing about watching these birds and hearing the honking sound. Something so simple as sticking together as a family to make their long journey twice a year is quite amazing. They honk as they fly by as if they are saying just a little bit further mates to sunshine and good eats.
After watching the movie Fly Away Home one day, I followed a website blurb about the true story behind the movie. Lets just say they took a lot of creative license with that one for sure. But, there was a real guy who had a crazy idea to teach baby hand reared migratory birds to fly south for the winter with an airplane. One guy with one wacky idea that no one had ever thought of before. So he tried it with some ordinary Canadian geese, and it worked. Now many, many years later, there have been several generations of endangered whooping cranes raised and taught their migration route by humans. Humans in crane costumes, but humans none the less.
If you are interested in birds, you may enjoy reading the Field journal of those that are part of the current Operation Migration.