By Diana Andrews
In elementary school we learn about great migrations south. Some of the lessons come straight from our text books. If we’re lucky, they come from craning our necks skyward and witnessing a cloud of birds making their way across the crisp blue skies of Autumn as they pass over on their way to warmer parts of the world. Perhaps you’ve even been so lucky to find yourself in a swarm of migrating monarchs while visiting a favorite garden spot.
Migration is the regular seasonal movement of animals from one place to another. Even the USGS Western Ecological Research Center admits not fully understanding “migratory connectivity, or the links between breeding and nonbreeding areas.” They are examining such things as advanced telemetry, chemical isotopes and molecular genetic markers for more insight into this mystery of connectivity.
There’s another great migration that happens, and it, too, involves a kind of ‘bird.’ Snowbird, that is. A snowbird is someone who migrates from their main residence to spend a large portion of winter in a warmer locale. There’s really no mystery here to why there is connectivity between snowbirds of the north and a Gulf Shores snowbird escape like such ones offered at Martinique on the Gulf.
Snowbirds (chemical isotopes of a more mature kind) are apt enough to know to utilize advanced telemetry, aka automated communications, such as email, social media and online reservation portals to make sure they have a comfortable place to nest for the winter. They may also rely on past migrations to hone their sites on desirable winter locations such as Alabama’s Gulf Shores.
Snowbirds are easily identified by their molecular genetic markers like silvering hair and more weathered skin than their younger fledglings. Like other migratory animals, they head south to warmer climates for winter. However, the only ‘breeding’ likely to happen is the ever growing population of such creatures to places such as the glorious Gulf Shores beaches! Join the flock and experience the wonderful snowbird migration south for yourself.