Heartland kids learned that humans aren't just the only ones who move around.
Sharp eyed students learned about animal migration at the Adair County Library Wednesday morning.
The guest speaker was science teacher Karen Keck of Kirksville High School.
She explained how animals, lik butterflies, look for flowers to find nectar.
She also brought along her live pigeons who have been trained to return home since birth.
"They need to migrate because of different climate patterns because they are looking for safe places to go. So they're not just randomly moving all over the planet. This is something that has evolved over thousands of these animals can survive," Keck said.
Keck wanted the children to understand that animals migrate for two important reasons: food and family.
Following the presentation, the kids were able to go out side to hold and get aquatinted with the pigeons themselves.
They even were allowed to release the birds to let them fly and find their way home.