Photo taken at: Poland
The white storks are important to Polish tradition and having one nest on a family’s home is meant to bring good luck and children. This is much of the inspiration behind the use of storks as a symbol for human birth because they arrive in spring, when human births historically peak 👶 White storks in Poland are heading south for winter earlier than expected. The birds, which nest in the European country, come from Africa in spring and stay until the end of August. However, this year many storks departed two weeks early and Poland experienced a hotter, drier summer. An ornithologist at The Polish Society for Bird Protection says that if the shift in weather patterns is due to climate change, “then this year’s early journey is also an effect of climate change.” There have been fewer insects, snakes, lizards, and frogs for the storks to feed on as a result of the dry weather. Were you told the story of the storks bringing babies?