Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory (Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Whales)

All told, the birds logged as much as 49,700 miles on their geolocators, the longest migration ever recorded. Over the 30-year lifetime of a tern, it may migrate about 1.5 million miles — the distance a spaceship would cover if it went to the moon and back three times.

~ The New York Times, Science

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The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter. Monarchs use a combination of air currents and thermals to travel long distances. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home.

~ US Department of Agriculture

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To produce a pound of honey, foraging bees have to fly a whopping 55,000 miles. It takes about 556 foraging bees to visit 2 million flowers, just to make a pound of honey!

~ Buzzaboutbees.net

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Every year, between December and April, thousands of humpback whales journey about 4,000 miles round-trip from Alaska to Hawaii where they congregate, breed, calve, and nurse their young. Whales can swim up to 100 miles a day, it’s a long journey for them.

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Do they bother to claim any victory?

WPC: Victory

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