Square Cows are mooving experts—mooving is in our name! But, we aren’t the only animals that move. We love to help people and businesses move from one place to another. Other animals move or migrate for a variety of reasons: to find food, to lay eggs, to hibernate, to reach a more temperate climate, better living conditions, or to breed. Mooving is our business and way of life, but migration is a behavioral adaptation that helps other animals survive.
We travel in herds, by spotted Square Cow truck and find our way via GPS. Other animals find their way by using different methods like landmarks such as rivers and streams. Some animals navigate by the position of the sun and stars. Smell is also used by animals to figure out where they are going. Certain species use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate.
With branches in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Nashville, we travel all over the U.S. and help families and businesses move short and long distances. There are some amazing animals that have incredible long-distance migrations. Long-distance migration travelers include: Gray Whales that migrate 12,500 miles, Caribou travel 700 miles, the Monarch Butterfly goes an astounding 2,000 miles, Chinook Salmon have a 900-mile migration, Arctic Tern migrate 11,000 miles, and the Sooty Shearwater travel the farthest distance at 20,000 miles! The Guinness World Record Book attributes the longest migration of any reptile to the Leatherback Sea Turtle. One tagged turtle took 647 days to migrate from its nesting site in Papua, Indonesia to its feeding grounds off the coast or Oregon.
There are several different types of animals that migrate to further their species by breeding or producing offspring. Atlantic Salmon begin life in a river and migrate to the ocean and then head back upstream several years later to lay eggs and repeat the cycle. Female crabs travel to shallow coastal waters to mate and lay eggs before returning to deeper ocean waters. Like these crustaceans, frogs and toads migrate a short distance to breeding ponds and lakes to lay eggs. Loggerhead Turtles will return to same beach on which they hatched to lay their own eggs.
A nice long winter hibernation may appeal to bears, but we prefer to keep mooving in all weather conditions. Many animals migrate instead of hibernating. Seasonal migration occurs when animals go in search of food, water or a more hospitable habitat. The “Great Migration” occurs in eastern Africa during the dry season when over a million zebras, wildebeest and other grazing animals travel to water and better grazing land. The wildebeest in Africa make a migratory circle of 500 to 1,000 miles annually.
Wherever you are “migrating” or mooving, we would love to help you make the journey. Contact Square Cow Moovers to schedule your next migration!