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Migration of animals - Part I

August 2, 2009
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Recently I received a visit from Chris and Ray Budniewski who had just returned from a trip throughout the southern part of the United States. They brought back some excellent photos taken of birds found, both, in that part of our country as well as here in Western New York. It reminded me of an article that I once reported a few years ago, along with Allen Benton, on the northward movement of the Red-bellied Woodpecker. When we studied that bird, there appeared to be a northward migration of a few of the Red-bellied Woodpeckers along with a few other birds which could be attributed to climactic changes, bird feeding, or several other factors yet to be determined. It was once theorized by the late Frank Chapman, who defined migration as one of the most distinctive phases of bird life. He stated that while there are other animals that move territories for different reasons, the migration of birds has become one of the more distinctive behaviors of this group of animals.



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