Posted: Oct 17, 2013 6:54 PM by Pat Shingleton
During our excursions in the woods on Wiley Hill, Scout Master Art Johnson taught us that nature provided direction finders. One indicator was moss covering the north side of trees and rocks, wind direction and locating the north star. Three years ago, "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" reported that herds of grazing and resting deer and cattle align themselves with Earth's magnetic field. Researchers observed 3,000 deer in the Czech Republic noting that regardless of wind or sunlight, they generally aligned to the magnetic north. They believe creatures can sense Earth's magnetic field as field detection is a fundamental role in spatial perception. Even if creatures move over short distances, magnetism assisted their navigation.