At present, we don't fully understand all of the ways that pigeons find their way home from distant points.
It is certain that the earth's magnetic field plays a major role.
Since it is also certain that the Sun has a significant influence on the earth's magnetic field, the ability of pigeons to navigate can be adversely affected by solar storms. Solar storms originate on the Sun and travel quickly (within days) through space to the earth. When they reach the earth, they apply a varying and abnormal pressure on the earth's magnetic field in a manner not dissimilar to the pressure that is exerted on a house during a hurricane. These solar storms can distort the earth's magnetic field sufficiently to confuse the internal navigational systems of pigeons.
This helps explain why there are good days and bad days for pigeons to be released from distant points and challenged to navigate their way home.
For several years, we have been working to isolate and determine some of the solar storm criteria that can affect pigeon navigation. Using real-time spacecraft data, we are now fortunate to be able to alert pigeon fanciers world-wide to conditions that may result in the loss of their birds.
2007 Chart Example
These charts are all date and time correlated for real time
This example chart is shown over 24 hours and illustrates when it would be safe and unsafe to train or race pigeons. Periods of time in green represent safe periods. Yellow represents periods when caution should be exercised (train short distances only). Red areas represent times which are hazardous (for example, pigeons may not be able to return quickly, if at all). Black areas represent dangerous times in which significant losses of birds may be observed if trained or raced from a distance. Our real-time data of current conditions is updated every 5 minutes.
LONG-TERM PREDICTIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE
This is an example of our long-term 44-day prediction, which is updated daily. Again, green represents safe periods, yellow represents caution periods, and red or black areas represent times which could be hazardous for pigeons as they might not be able to navigate home properly. The numbers at the bottom are days of the month extending from the current date to 44 days into the future. Keep in mind that this particular example is ficticious and is used for illustrative purposes only. The daily updated 44-day predictions are available only through our subscription (see below).
It is important to note that just a 2 to 5 degree deviation in navigation from 200 miles could mean the loss of your prize birds.
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