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Name: Jenni W.
Status: student
Age: 8
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2001


Question:
What are the dangers of bird migration? Meaning, when birds migrate over seas or over land, what are the dangers of doing it (migration) they might get lost of some thing?


Replies:
Jenni:

Birds face many dangers during migration, land birds being blown out over sea is just one. Exhausted small land birds like warblers have landed on ships far out on the ocean, many others must drown without finding a refuge. Storms often blow both land and oceanic migrants far off course, and if they cannot find a resting place and food and get back on track they will not make it. Migration takes a tremendous amount of energy and smaller birds especially must "refuel" regularly to survive. When the birds are tired and hungry they are more likely to be caught by predators.

I do not think birds would normally get lost, except when they are blown off course by storms. How they navigate accurately is not really well known, but they are very good at it.

J. Elliott


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