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Disappearing homing pigeon mystery solved


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Homing pigeons are usually remarkably efficient navigators, however, on rare occasions, things go drastically wrong. So, when Jon Hagstrum of the US Geological Survey read in his local newspaper about two races when pigeons had been lost in 1998, he was reminded of a lecture by Bill Keeton that he had heard years before as an undergraduate at Cornell University.

 

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Homing pigeons are remarkable navigators. Although they are able to find their loft from almost any location, they do get lost occasionally. The reason why had been a mystery until a scientist wondered if the birds use the loft's infrasound signature as a homing beacon to get their bearings. He discovered that the atmosphere misdirected the loft's infrasound signal on days when pigeons were lost, preventing them from finding the correct bearing home.5PKE7Mr03Ss

 

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Homing Pigeons, How Do They Work? New Theory Explains How Pigeons Find ...

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Hagstrum isn't an ornithologist, he's a geologist, but got interested in homing pigeons after seeing a lecture by biologist William Keeton from Cornell University. Keeton studies homing pigeons, and how their navigation is ... Her research supports the ...

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