Writing Forums

Writing Forums is a privately-owned, community managed writing environment. We provide an unlimited opportunity for writers and poets of all abilities, to share their work and communicate with other writers and creative artists. We offer an experience that is safe, welcoming and friendly, regardless of your level of participation, knowledge or skill. There are several opportunities for writers to exchange tips, engage in discussions about techniques, and grow in your craft. You can also participate in forum competitions that are exciting and helpful in building your skill level. There's so much more for you to explore!

Birds and bees

Someone did an experiment where they captured some small birds just before they made a North-South migratory flight of over a thousand miles, put them in closed boxes, and transported them East-West, sideways the same sort of distance. Not a very nice thing to do I thought, but it worked out. They put micro trackers on the birds and released them, thinking they might return to where they were captured, or they might be completely lost, they had been in closed boxes for the journey. Neither, they flew straight to their winter site along the unfamiliar side of the triangle.
There was a different experiment with bees where bees followed a feeding station as it was taken around a building. The bees that followed it stuck to that route, but the bees they danced for in the hive flew straight to it over the top of the building. They were not told how to get there, but where it was.
Both birds and bees knew where their destination was. Not like I would know, in relation to other things, but in absolute terms, more like a mariner setting course with a sextant from an unknown port for an island at known coordinates. Except they only have tiny brains, can’t do math and don’t have sextants, stunning!

Comments

Amazed Mr. Buckle.
Did you never ever run your cursor over the yellow pencil out of curiosity?
Well there you go.

As for the Birds and the Bees, that's pretty amazing also.
 
Now that is stunning, Olly, and quite frankly, I have always felt that birds and bees have a lot more survival skills than "intelligent, bigger-brained" creatures like us.
 
Neetu;bt12882 said:
Now that is stunning, Olly, and quite frankly, I have always felt that birds and bees have a lot more survival skills than "intelligent, bigger-brained" creatures like us.

Yes, me too.
 
Thank you, Mr. Dither. TBH I had not even seen the yellow pencil, there were so many other symbols across the bottom to distract me.
Birds have been around a very long time, it is my personal theory that we used that period to evolve larger brains but they have used it to evolve more efficient use of their brain, you can't carry a big brain about if you want to fly.
 

Blog entry information

Author
Olly Buckle
Views
35
Comments
5
Last update

More entries in Creative Writing 101

Top