The complex navigation equipment used by humansThe complex navigation equipment used by humans, such as the instrument panel on the flight deck of a Boeing 747 Jumbo-jet – which is essential to enable pilots to fly safely — is the product of brilliant minds, not chance! (Picture credit: By Snowdog – Wikipedia Commons)

How do birds navigate with no map, compass or SatNav?

By Geoff Chapman

For centuries, sailors navigated by the sun and stars. Later there were maps and compasses. The compass needle is attracted by the earth’s magnetic field and points towards the North Pole.

These days, many people use their SatNav or GPS signals on their phone.

But birds have none of these aids and many migrate vast distances, often crossing wide oceans; moreover, they survive long periods without rest or food.

If they’d had to acquire their navigation skills by chance, they would have drowned in the ocean!

If they’d had to acquire their navigation skills by chance, they would have drowned in the ocean! Secular scientists admit that migration is a mystery, yet they believe it evolved.

But surely it needed to work from the beginning? These skills are programmed in the DNA, and passed from one generation to another.

Information never originates by accident, but always comes from an intelligent source. Millions of years of chance mutations and natural selection could never have done this.

These skills are programmed in the DNA, and passed from one generation to another

There is no natural explanation. We believe that God created these birds with the instincts they would need.

When the people of Judah rebelled against God 2,600 years ago, he sent a message through the prophet Jeremiah: “Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord” (Jeremiah 8:7).

We, however, can choose to live God’s way, and accept his Son, Jesus, who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

Geoff Chapman is the Director of Creation Resources Trust

Long-haul travellers: these birds cover 1,000s of miles

Arctic tern
Arctic terns fly from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back every year — a distance of 40,000 km (25,000 miles)! (Picture credit: Pixabay)
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are only 7-9 cm (2.8 to 3.5 in) long, and weigh only 2-6 g. Yet some of them spend winter in Central America and Mexico, then fly 900 miles non-stop to spend the summer in Canada! (Picture credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service)
Golden plover
Golden plovers nest in Canada and Alaska. After the young have hatched, the adults fly south 16,000 km (10,000 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean to Argentina. The young plovers follow later, taking a different route over the land — and arrive safely in the same place as their parents! (Picture credit: By Onioram CC BY-SA 4.0)
Bar-tailed godwit
Bar-tailed godwits fly south from Alaska to Australia and New Zealand. Some birds were tagged and tracked, which revealed that most of them fly directly across the central Pacific — a distance of 11,000 km (6,850 miles) — the longest non-stop flight by any bird. They return to Alaska in stages, via Australia and Asia, so arrive back in good condition, ready to breed in May. (Picture credit: By Onioram CC BY-SA 4.0)

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