Who has never thought to leave all the difficulties behind and embark on a trip to a sunny, cozy place, full of different characteristics of what you are accustomed in your city? Why not, to face this journey together with more companions to give you that support during the trip, taking the opportunity to make strategic stops during the trip? Or maybe even find a partner and enjoy this new place in the company of someone who shares the same interests as you?

Believe it or not there is a lot of bug out there that does this kind of adventure every year. Around the world diverse species move enormous distances to go to appropriate places to reproduce and / or feed. Examples of epic journeys and emotions that any adventurer would give anything to be able to do are not uncommon in the lives of these beings, often tiny. Although many groups of animals, such as fish, butterflies and even mammals, migrate, the birds have taken this phenomenon to the extreme.

A great example is thongs - anyone who lives or vacationes on the beach may have seen one of them walking in the sand chasing after some crab with their thin legs and very agile. Bollards and batuíras form a group of birds that usually inhabit coastal regions and include diverse migratory species. The red-billed curlew, for example, reproduces in the summer of the Canadian tundra and migrates as soon as the cold season begins to approach Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. On the way it makes strategic stops of refueling in different points of the coast of Brazil, especially in the coast of Pará and of Rio Grande do Sul. Round and round, annually the tortoise-blower runs unbelievable 29,000 km. Sometimes we see in the paradisiacal beaches of Trancoso groups of these incredible birds walking in the white sand to the taste of the breeze and the always bright sun of the extreme south of Bahia. Not smart?

But far beyond these epic journeys, as they migrate from one region to another, birds literally connect different corners of the planet, this has important consequences for ecosystems, many of which directly affect people. Despite their importance, migratory birds must face man-made threats that are becoming almost insurmountable obstacles in their journeys. Problems ranging from hunting to global climate change have led in recent years to a drastic reduction in the populations of many species, many of which are now considered seriously endangered, such as the Red-billed Curlew.

In order to draw people's attention to the importance of the phenomenon of bird migration, the World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated annually on two dates, the second Saturday in May and the second Saturday in October, which are the main migration times of birds. These events have an internet page where activities scheduled to occur around the world during the day are highlighted. In addition to participating in some activity, you can help migratory birds in a variety of ways, including by supporting initiatives that seek to protect birds and their habitats, or by informing each other more and sharing information that sensitize and encourage others to take care of one of the most important phenomena. of the animal kingdom.

Luciano Lima and Peu Lage