Species: Wilson’s warbler
Date of Birth: June, 2009
Place of Birth: British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest
Reason for Trip: Following the food and sun to my breeding grounds along the Great Bear Rainforest of coastal western Canada.
Date of Departure: April 15, 2013
Travel Time: 2 months
Place of Origin: Chiapas, southern Mexico
Destination: Koeye River, a salmon-rich river in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Frequent Flyer Miles Earned: 3,000 (this trip)
Lifetime Frequent Flyer Miles: 21,000 (one-way south in 2009, then 3 round trips since)
Essential Travel Needs: Before every long flight I gorge on as many insects as I can. Check my checklist: Nighttime travel vision – good, internal navigation system – on, energy level – high. Ready to go!
First Flight: When I was 3 months old, I left the nest and took wing from the Koeye River and headed south – my maiden voyage to my new winter home in southern Mexico.
Scariest Flight: On one trip south through east central Utah, I flew straight into a wall of fire and smoke. I was nearing the end of my night flight and looking to land, but the fire had scarred and burned all the available trees along the Scott M. Matheson wetlands near Moab, along the Colorado River. Fortunately, I was able to head west to another part of the river that wasn’t in the burn path.