We’re in the middle of winter right now, but in just a few short months, we’ll start seeing signs of spring: flowers blooming, warmer weather, and birds migrating to their summer homes. Some of the migratory birds you’ll see might well be the ducks, geese, and swans in this month’s issue of Zoobooks. And these birds are hard workers—some species may fly more than 2,000 miles without stopping, and other species can fly more than 5 miles up in the air and at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour or more.

One of the great things about this month’s issue is that unlike with many of the animals we feature, like lions and penguins, you don’t have to go to a zoo to see these waterfowl. If you keep your eyes on the sky or visit a nearby pond in the next few months, you might be able to see some of the birds that you’ve read all about!