TGN - God is a Faithful Guide - Migration

Written by Ron McCluskey


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tracking God News Looking forrepparttar character and personality of God in His creation. Issue # 6 Editor: Ron McCluskey

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When I was in grade school, our family lived in Tulelake, California. The lake, along with other lakes inrepparttar 127011 Klamath Basin, was one ofrepparttar 127012 major stopping points for water fowl that were migrating. It was a magnificent site to be able to see hundreds of thousands of snow geese flying so thick that they looked like a large flying snow bank.

Something that has always been a mystery to scientists is how these birds know when to leave their current habitat and fly long distances to find a better habitat forrepparttar 127013 upcoming change in weather. It is also a mystery how they get where they are going. While scientists have started to find out how adults followrepparttar 127014 pattern by following other adults that have been there before, they have not even started to find out how some birds know where to go.

In 'The Shorebirds of North America' R.S. Palmer tells howrepparttar 127015 adults of many shorebirds will fly south beforerepparttar 127016 young are ready to go. The young will then fly south when they are ready. They will end up inrepparttar 127017 same area asrepparttar 127018 adults. Scientists have no explanation of this at all!

Inrepparttar 127019 insect world a similar thing occurs. The monarch butterfly in North America winters in two places. The western population will migrate to Monterray, California. The eastern population goes to a patch of forest north of Mexico City.

God Lifts our Burdens

Written by Ron McCluskey

God Lifts our Burdens ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I wish you could have all been along that afternoon in southern Mexico. It was a beautiful day and there is nothing better than a good lunch and then a nature hike after church.

My wife and I were inrepparttar middle of a year of volunteer work in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. We had driven an old Chevy Nova down there, so we were able to occasionally get away. We had found some other young 'gringos' up inrepparttar 127010 mountains of Chiapas and spent most of our available weekends with them.

This time, we went with them to a church that they had helped to build. It was in a very pretty mountain valley. It seated about 300 people and was a great new addition torepparttar 127011 local ministry. While they had been there withrepparttar 127012 building project, they had found this place to hike and wanted to show it to us.

We parked atrepparttar 127013 end of a road and started off over a flat area. Beingrepparttar 127014 nosy naturalist that I am, I soon found a flat rock to turn over. Under it was a mother scorpion with a back full of tiny babies. She looked like a little wind-up toy. She scuttled around looking for cover.

Soon we came torepparttar 127015 edge of a deep ravine. At one end ofrepparttar 127016 ravine was a waterfall. There was about a quarter mile whererepparttar 127017 river ran fairly level and then went over another waterfall. It was a perfect place to explore.

Onrepparttar 127018 steep climb downrepparttar 127019 ravine, it was amazing to see that this side ofrepparttar 127020 steep bank was actually a farm. It was so steep that if you stood straight up, you could almost touchrepparttar 127021 ground just by stretching out your hand. But,repparttar 127022 hard working farmers had cleared it and had planted corn there.

When we got torepparttar 127023 river, it was plain to see thatrepparttar 127024 good exploring was onrepparttar 127025 other side ofrepparttar 127026 river. There was a place where there was a rock about six feet tall. Atrepparttar 127027 base ofrepparttar 127028 rock,repparttar 127029 river was pressed into a narrow channel. At that point we were able to jump across.

Onrepparttar 127030 other side, there was a large flat bedrock area. Onrepparttar 127031 edge of itrepparttar 127032 other side ofrepparttar 127033 ravine was a steep cliff. It was covered with trees, moss and ferns. Inrepparttar 127034 trees and rocks were orchids and bromeliads. It was an amazing place.

There were also many large yellow and brown butterflies. They were flying all overrepparttar 127035 area. The waterfall had a fairly large grotto that had been carved out under it behindrepparttar 127036 water. I later found out that there were hundreds ofrepparttar 127037 butterflies hanging upside down fromrepparttar 127038 roof of that grotto.

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