Category Archives: Animal Migration

Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

This is a fascinating link that describes how in many languages you always refer to yourself and give instructions in a geographical manner: move your foot North for instance.  This means that all the speakers of these languages always know their … Continue reading

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Traditional Shepherding and Transumance in the Cevennes

Transumance  is the seasonal movement of animals from the lowlands to high pastures for the summer months. This article and images come from witnessing Transumance in the Cevennes each year and talking to Annie Lashermes whose flock it is. The … Continue reading

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Navigation Networks in the Brain

Professor Kate Jeffery of University College London gave the annual address to the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) this year (2014). This article published in RIN’s Navigation News is, for me, a seminal step forward in describing the parameters of animal navigation … Continue reading

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The hippocampus of rats

Prof Kate Jeffery has done some very interesting work on how the hippocampus of rats processes navigational information. Scientists are clear that the hippocampus is critical for navigation but believe that it is only one part of a larger system … Continue reading

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Another story of a person saved by their dog

The story is about a three years old girl lost in Siberia, she was with the family dog and a few days later the dog showed up at the home and they thought that the little girl would die because … Continue reading

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Summary of ideas Spring 2014

Intro I have put together this article to spell out some of the thinking that I have come across recently.  A lot is highly contentious (such as Torsion waves) but as we struggle to understand how animals (and humans) navigate … Continue reading

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Hefted Sheep

This is an English term for sheep that learn to live in a particular location who do not stray from their “land”.  For us this is another piece of the jigsaw of how animals operate in the wild and know … Continue reading

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