#MomentofChill 12.23.19: Murmuration

Here is your daily #MomentofChill, shot by Dylan Winter, which features one of nature’s more incredible spectacles—a murmuration of starlings. Make sure you have the sound up for this one!

When hundreds or thousands of starlings fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns, it’s called a “murmuration.” For decades, ornithologists struggled to explain how the birds maintain cohesion during these seemingly random movements. But in 2013, a group of scientists determined that each bird takes its cues from exactly seven of its neighbors, which allows them to “manage uncertainty while also maintaining consensus.”

We believe in the power of nature to replenish our spirit and restore balance to our lives. That’s why, each day through Christmas Day, we will post a “Moment of Chill”—a short video that will transport you to a place where you don’t have to do anything but watch, enjoy, and breathe.

And if you’re having a rough day and feel the need for some new chill NOW, visit the Moment of Chill homepage.

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