Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bon Voyage Cookies for Migrating Birds

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bon Voyage Cookies for Migrating Birds

Article excerpt

BIRDS KNOW how to live. Every year, as soon as they detect the faintest whiff of winter on the wind, they take to the sky and head to warmer climes.

Birds are purposeful. Consider the Arctic tern: It can fly 22,000 miles a year. This is the longest migratory trip of any bird - it basically flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

Swifts are nothing to sneeze at, either: They don't waste any time in transit, cruising at 200 miles an hour straight to South America. Other birds seem to have consulted travel brochures before making their winter plans. The red-breasted nuthatch winters on the Gulf Coast; the Louisiana waterthrush prefers Mexico. Swainson's warbler heads for the Caribbean, while its cousin, Kirtland's warbler, has a place in the Bahamas. Maybe some of your favorites have already departed. Chances are, though, that many are still around, fattening up for the long journey ahead. Why not see them off with a special treat? Bake a batch of cookies for the birds. …

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