Friday, October 11, 2013

Fun Friday Finds: Night Flyers

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Alpha Goose photograph from Chased By Beauty
The fall migration in the northland is winding down, many birds having already left for warmer climes with their more bountiful sustenance. You may have heard, as I have, the sound of geese flying overhead at night. When I first heard them a few weeks ago, I thought they're exercising their wings and practicing their vee formations; but now, I do believe they're getting ready to fly in earnest!

It's worth noting, and the Audubon Society reminds us, that most of our avian migrants travel by night. That's why the society launched its Lights Out program, to encourage the owners of tall office buildings to turn off their lights at night during the spring and fall migrations, because those buildings, when lit up, can confuse the birds to the point that they exhaust themselves flying around and around them.

Stained glass hummingbird by Western Art Glass

So be sure to alert anyone you know who works in an office building about this program, so they can pass the word along to the building management. Doing so just might save the lives of many of our winged friends.

In thinking about the nocturnal migrations of the birds, I gathered a collection of Minnesota handmade items on Etsy that echo the spirit of the fall migrations.

Safe travels, little friends! We look forward to seeing you again in the spring!

[Click on the image above to visit the treasury on Etsy.]