A little-known bird called the bar-tailed godwit has recently been tracked to see how far it migrates. Scientists were amazed to discover a female godwit that flew 7,257 miles without stopping even once! It flew all the way from Alaska to New Zealand.
Several birds were tracked by transmitter during their long flights, which lasted between 5 and 10 days. Before leaving for the trip, the birds filled up with lots of their favorite foods, such as tiny clams.
How can they do it? Godwits don’t even glide very often; they flap their wings the whole time! Of course, they do take advantage of tail winds. For a person to match this feat it would be like running 43.5 miles an hour for a week without stopping. Could anyone do that?
The godwit’s incredible endurance is another wonderful testimony to our Creator’s design in animals.