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Does Color Matter? – by David Rives

About half of the world’s bird species migrates. That’s a lot of birds since there are more than 10,000 species! These small travelers have an ingrained knowledge given to them by their Creator to migrate as seasons change, often to follow food sources or reach safer nesting grounds. They can take surprisingly long journeys, including one tiny type of warbler that migrates over 8,000 miles one way, setting the record for distance traveled related to size.

Researchers have found something most migrating birds share in common — lighter colored feathers than nonmigratory birds. They suggest these paler feathers may help them stay cooler while flying in bright sunlight, which would help with overheating during their arduous, long flights.

While secularists assume these lighter feathers are due to evolutionary processes, we know their Creator gave these birds the adaptability to produce paler colors if needed, knowing it would be helpful during migration.

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Some recent research has found the longest migrating birds have about 4% lighter feathers than nonmigratory birds. Although this isn’t a large percentage, it indeed points to a Creator who designed each and every bird and knew what each type would need to complete the migrations to keep them alive and multiplying.

Psalm 50:11 says, “I know all the fowls of the mountains: And the wild beasts of the filed are mine.” While scientists don’t completely understand all about how birds migrate, we know God does and he knows all about each bird. In Matthew 6:26, Jesus reminds us that our Father cares for every bird, and cares for us even more.

I’m David Rives.
Truly, the heavens declare the glory of God.

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Written by David Rives

With a unique combination of creation science and Biblical astronomy, David has built a solid case for our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ–and the world is taking notice. Host of the weekly TV show "Creation in the 21st Century" on TBN, and author of the book "Wonders Without Number".

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  1. Dear David,
    4% darker might not sound like much, but it also may be the perfect balance between what the bird needs for heat and protection at home, en route, and at their migratory destinations.

    Loved this report–Love birds–love God! Thanks for all you do!

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