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Birds find shelter behind a ridge or other obstacle to minimize the amount of wind they're dealing with. The reason they face into the wind is because birds are designed to fly, so they are aerodynamic in one direction: forward. If birds are sideways or with their backs to the wind, the wind ruffles their feathers and the cold and rain easily get in. Facing into the wind actually holds their feathers in place, in the same way that their feathers stay in place when they're in flight.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).