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July - December, 2014

Here's the News!

Journey North News updates are published on this website and by e-mail. They are the core of Journey North and include the latest news, migration maps and data. Check the calendar for each species and seasonal event we're tracking.

Quick links to each news story are listed here...

Track the Seasons to Solve a Mystery Mystery Class Seasons Challenge
Get ready now by tracking changes in sunlight as the Earth revolves around the Sun.
Live Cam: Hammerkop Live Cam: Wildlife of Kenya
Hammerkops are building a nest! Their nests can be six feet high and weigh over 100 pounds — so large that other animals use it even while the birds are incubating their eggs. Watch the Kenya river cam to see the Hammerkops in action.
Girls

Journey North Test Gardens
Plant a Journey North Tulip Test Garden and track the arrival of spring. Participate in citizen science to help monitor seasonal change.

Photo: Denise Baylor

Hummingbird Hummingbirds
Cooler temperatures across the northern range are sending migrants on the move. Southern states are starting to see BIG numbers of hummers at their feeders.

Photo: Amy Evoniuk

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
People counted monarchs roosting by the hundreds, feeding by the dozens, and flying overhead at rates up to 16 monarchs per minute. Comparative counts reveal migration pathways — and are pointing to a larger population this year.

Image: Alinda Wiarda

Children Symbolic Migration
Join children across North America in creating symbolic monarch butterflies to send to children in Mexico. At the monarchs' winter sanctuaries children will protect the paper butterflies and return them north in the spring.
Cranes

Whooping Cranes
With a target departure date of September 21st, the seven young Whooping cranes are building flight muscles for their first fall migration. Check out the Operation Migration Crane Cam to catch the action.

Image: Operation Migration

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
Mobbing favorite nectar sources and resting at overnight roosts, migration is approaching its peak in the north central region. This year's large numbers are a hopeful sign.

Image: Randy Klouk

Hummingbird Hummingbirds
Migration is building as more and more hummers head south. Summer residents are moving on and new visitors are stopping briefly at flowers and feeders. Report your observations!

Photo: Glenna from Mississauga, Ontario

sunset

Sunlight and the Seasons: September 2014
The season is changing as the Earth revolves around the Sun. What do you notice?

Photo: Elizabeth Howard

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
The monarchs are on their way to Mexico! Observers are now reporting clear signs of migration.

Image: Pat Swerkstrom

Hummingbird Hummingbirds
As August ends, observers in the north are already seeing fewer adult males. The females and juveniles left behind now face less competition for food. Fall-blooming flowers like spotted jewelweed are providing essential fuel for migration. Report your observations!

Photo: Kristy Walker

Live Cam: Puffins Live Cam: Puffin Numbers Increasing
There's been a fantastic increase in chicks fledging! Improved food supplies brought many adult Puffins back to nest after taking a year or two off.  Visit the Loafing Ledge Cam to see the Puffins in action. 
Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
Shorter days and changing temperatures are about to trigger migration. Share your sightings and help tell the story of the monarch's journey south.

Image: Amy Evoniuk

Hummingbird Hummingbirds
Report your observations as hummingbirds travel from your backyard to their wintering grounds. Your sightings help tell the story of hummingbird's journey south. 

Photo: Amy Evoniuk

Live Cam: Osprey Live Cam: Osprey Chicks are Fledging!
Poole, Pan, and Pia are learning to catch their own fish and can be seen back at the nest between flights. Soon the three fledglings will fly solo, more than 5,000 miles to their winter homes.
Live Cam: Beluga Whales Live Cam: Beluga Whales
Enjoy a live view as large pods of whales travel up and down the Churchill River estuary in response to the changing tides, and feeding on large schools of capelin. When winter approaches the Belugas migrate north into the open bay.
Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
The magnificent migratory generation is developing now. Watch for signs of southward movement in mid-August.

Image: Katie Hone

Live Cam: Osprey Live Cam: Osprey Chicks are Fledging!
Two of the three osprey chicks took the leap from the nest and soared through the air. These first flights are just a transition to full self-reliance. Rachel will be the first to migrate, leaving Steve at the nest with the fledglings. The young birds will return to the nest throughout the month to eat prey brought by their father while honing their own fishing skills.
hummer and bee

Sunlight and the Seasons: August 2014
We're full swing into summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. Share your sightings of the season!

Photo: Linda Tully Pontius

Live Cam: Whooping cranes Live Cam: Whooping Cranes Almost Airborne
The seven Whooping cranes chicks have found their wings and are flying in 'ground effect'. They should be getting fully airborne behind the ultralight any day now. Check out the Operation Migration Crane Cam each morning shortly after sunrise.
Live Cam: Puffins Live Cam: Eating and Growing
The baby puffin, named Pal, is now one month old. Mom and Dad are taking turns feeding their young chick by carrying small fish back to the nest in their bills. Pal will stay in the burrow for about 45 days until it's able to fly, followed by 3-5 years in the open ocean as it reaches maturity. With just 2-3 weeks remaining, come watch!
Live Cam: Osprey Live Cam: Osprey Chicks Preparing to Fly
The three osprey chicks, Poole, Pan, and Pia are about 7 weeks old. During August, watch them test their wings to lift and 'helicopter' over the nest. In September, they will leave Maine on their first solo migration, traveling without help from their parents.

Live Cam: Whooping cranes Live Cam: Whooping Cranes Training
Check out the Operation Migration CraneCam each morning shortly after sunrise. Watch live as the cranes train with the ultralight-aircraft that will lead them to Florida this fall.
Live Cam: Brown bears Live Cam: Brown Bears and Salmon
Hundreds of Alaskan brown bears are descending upon Katmai National Park to feast on the largest sockeye salmon run in the world.
Live Cam: Osprey Live Cam: Osprey Chicks Growing
A month after hatching, the chicks are exercising their wings in preparation for first flight.
Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
Breeding is in full force now, and the population is growing with each new generation.

Image: Darleen Horman

Live Cam: Snowy owl Live Cam: Snowy Owl
Enjoy the first-ever Snowy Owl Live Cam for a rare glimpse of a nest in Barrow, Alaska. The owl parents are now nurturing four or more newborn chicks.
Live Cam: Puffins Live Cam: Baby's Here!
Finn and Phoebe's egg has hatched after 43 days of incubation. The puffin parents will now take turns bringing fish to feed their hungry baby. Come watch the show!
Students and Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
Tracking continues! Please report your first monarch egg, larva, and adult.

Image: Jenny Eckman

Live Cam: Puffins Live Cam: Egg Hatching Soon
One month ago, the puffin egg was laid. It's expected to hatch by the first week of July. Peak inside the burrow as Finn and Phoebe incubate their egg.
Evaluation Annual Evaluation
If you haven't done so yet, will you please take a few minutes to complete our Annual Evaluation?
Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
The monarchs have now spread across 1 billion acres into prime breeding habitat..

Image: Holli Hearn

 

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
With the breeding season in full force, monarchs need nectar to fuel their active lives.

Image: Dennis Bjorn

Live Cam: Osprey Live Cam: Osprey Egg About to Hatch
Rachel's three eggs are about to hatch. The first "pip," or tiny star-shaped crack on the outer shell, was spotted on one of the eggs. Pipping signals that a chick will emerge within 24 hours. Come watch!
hummingbird Hummingbirds
Between feeder visits, hummingbirds are gathering natural nectar and catching bugs to fuel them up this summer.

Photo: Carolyn Misener

Bird

Sunlight and the Seasons
We say goodbye to spring and hello to summer in June with the solstice fast approaching.

Photo: Clare Hewitt

Cranes

Whooping Cranes
Eight fast-growing baby chicks in the ultralight-led Class of 2014 have begun training! These June links will keep you current as summer begins.

Live Cam: Zebra Live Cam: Wildlife of Kenya
Three live cams take you on an African safari, bringing you the sights and sounds of Kenya wildlife. See elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, gazelles, and more in their natural habitats.

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
A dramatic increase in monarch eggs brings a hopeful start to the breeding season in the north.

Image: Jody Vernay

hummingbird Hummingbirds
As longer days arrive in North America the hummingbirds continue their migrations to the far reaches of their ranges.

Photo: Richard Samuel

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
Sightings doubled this week as monarchs sailed into the Upper Midwest. Dr. Chip Taylor is watching for prospects of recovery.

Image: Julie Mast

Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
It's springtime in Alaska! Time to celebrate what you've learned through the Test garden in your schoolyard.

Photo: Denise Baylor

hummingbird Hummingbirds
As the hummingbird migration continues, more Canadians are welcoming North America's smallest backyard birds.

Photo: Nathaniel Flinchum

Gray whales

Gray whales
The northbound mom/baby pairs just keep coming, so our two point-count stations are staying on the job to count for at least another week! It looks like a near-record season for gray whales.

Photo: Michael H. Smith

Evaluation Annual Evaluation
If you have not already done so, will you please take a few minutes to complete our Annual Evaluation?
Cranes

Whooping Cranes
Five Wisconsin whooper pairs have hatched eight new chicks as of May 16, and another 13 pairs are incubating. It looks like a promising nesting season for the new flock!

 

Students

Answers from the Students in Mexico
Estela Romero has taken your questions into Angangueo and surrounding areas to learn what the children have to say.

 

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
Sailing on south winds, monarchs advanced into 4 new states and our first Canadian province. Those from Mexico are fading away, but one remarkable female made it to Indiana.

Image: Julie Mast

hummingbird nest Hummingbirds
It's May and migrations are pushing their northern limits. It's time for the females to get working on nesting and rearing the young.

Photo: John Doerper

Cranes

Whooping Cranes
A pair of Wisconsin Whooping Cranes hatched the season's first chick in the eastern flock on May 8!

Photo: M. Strausser, 2010


Mystery Class Postcards Mystery Class
Introducing the Mystery Classes of 2014! Meet your new friends from around the globe and celebrate all that you learned during your search!
Students and Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
We're still waiting for the far northern gardens, but it's time to think about celebrating your achievements and discoveries.

Photo: Erin Hollingsworth

Bird Weather & Songbird Migration
As we wrap up the season, the weather by the middle of next week will allow migrants to reach their final destination and begin breeding. Dr. Aborn says, "Have a great summer!"

Photo: Laura Erickson
Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
With wings to the wind, the monarchs will soon fly swiftly into new northern territory. Look closely at the wings that can carry them thousands of miles.

Image: Raul Gonzalez

hummingbird nest Hummingbirds
It's May and hummingbirds are reaching for the northernmost parts of their vast breeding range. Are you seeing courtship, mating, and nesting behavior?

Photo: Jack Moskovita

Robin nest with eggs

American Robins
"ROBINS IN SHAGELUK: Loud and TRUE!" came the happy news today from Innoko River School in Shageluk, Alaska—our northernmost observation post and the ones who waited the longest to see robins reach the end of their migration trail!

 

Gray whales

Gray whales
This surfer cheers as a calf surfaces in front of two gray whale moms. The cow-and-calf migration is in full swing!

Photo: Michael H. Smith

Cranes

Whooping Cranes
Wisconsin cranes have built 22 nests so far, while cranes of the main flock are just reaching the nesting grounds of Canada's far north. See why crane parents have much to do during the short northern summers!

Photo: Klaus Nigge

Spinning globe Mystery Class
Today's the big day! Discover where the 10 sites have been hiding. Next week you'll meet the people at each site.
Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
First monarchs of the new generation are appearing as those from Mexico fade away. A surge in sightings will occur when the new generation advances northward.

Image: Chuck Patterson

Bird

Sunlight and the Seasons
The burst of life that appears in May is cause for celebration. Share you sightings and excitement. 

Photo: Laura Erickson

Students and Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
May Day is here! Time to celebrate in schoolyards across the Northern Hemisphere.

Photo: Dale Glass

Gray whales

Gray whales
May is the month when remaining moms have started the long journey north from nursery lagoons with their calves, migating close to the coast.

Photo: Adrienne DeLiso

Bird Weather & Songbird Migration
Shifting winds and moving high pressure mean good flying conditions ahead. Keep watching as another spring migration heads to the finish line.


Photo: Laura Erickson
hummingbird nest Hummingbirds
Once courtship is in full swing, hummingbirds will be busy with nest-building and the next generation.

Photo: Alex Komarnitsky

Robin nest with eggs

American Robins
Fewer sighting reports may indicate that most homeward-bound robins have arrived. Our slideshow explores what happens in the nest.

Photo: Julie Brophy

Earth Mystery Class
Today is the final day to submit your answers. On May 2nd, the secret sites will be revealed. On May 9th, the Mystery Classes will be introduce themselves with letters, pictures, and videos.
Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
The monarchs from Mexico are nearing the end of their journey, and a new generation must soon take their place.

Image: Kathy Metzger

Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
The long winter is over when tulips begin to emerge and bloom in the garden.

Photo: Monika Seeger

Bird Weather & Songbird Migration
"There are still a few weeks of migration left, and still a lot of birds to come!" Check Dr. Aborn’s forecast with the week's weather map and see what to expect.


Photo: Laura Erickson
Evaluation Annual Evaluation
Before our spring 2014 season ends, will you please take a few minutes to complete our Annual Evaluation?
hummingbird Hummingbirds
As more females arrive on the breeding grounds, males that have established territories begin courtship.

Photo: Geri De Boer

Gray whales

Gray whales
The parade of moms with babies is getting into full swing! Check out the daily data to see calf counts climb!

Photo: Michael H. Smith

Robin

American Robins
From south to north, observers report robins in various stages of migration and nesting. On this Earth Day, we dig into the robin food chain and the web of life.

Photo: Wayne Kryduba

Ask the Students Symbolic Migration
You're invited to submit questions about life in the monarch overwintering area. Estela Romero will take your questions to local students. Open through April 25, 2014
Cranes Whooping Cranes
Six young Whooping Cranes completed migration right back to their training strip at White River Marsh on April 19! What's next for the young birds as wild, free cranes?
Montage of clues

Mystery Class
Just one week left to submit your answers! What did you discover about sunlight and seasonal change as you searched for the ten secret sites?

WikiMedia Commons

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
In celebration of Earth Day, share the monarch's remarkable story to inspire your community to protect milkweed and nectar-rich habitats.

Image: Elizabeth Howard

Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
Watch the tulips in your garden to study how they open and close.

Photo: Jane Lance

Bird

Weather & Songbird Migration
We have seen two weeks in a row with fallouts; will this week make three? Dr. Aborn says, "Just when you think spring has arrived for good, Mother Nature hits us with a surprise. That is what makes spring migration so exciting!"

Photo: Mike's Birds, via Wikimedia Commons

Symbolic monarchs are the way! Symbolic Migration
Watch your mailbox for their arrival the week of April 21st.
hummingbird Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are on the move. Rufous are moving east into the Rocky Mountains while ruby-throats are headed up the Atlantic Coast.

Photo: Jack Moskovita

Robin

American Robins
Robins instinctively know how to build perfect nurseries. How do they decide where to build them?

Photo: Wayne Kryduba

Ask the Students Symbolic Migration
You're invited to submit questions about life in the monarch overwintering area. Estela Romero will take your questions to local students.
Cranes

Whooping Cranes
Members of this endangered species usually mate for life. With so few cranes to pick from, how do they choose?

 

Live Cam: Osprey Arriving

Live Cam: Osprey Nest in Maine
Welcome home! At 6:59 pm the first of the Hog Island Osprey quickly touched down in the nest and glimpsed the beautiful sunset before taking flight. Raptor season has officially begun!

Penguin

Mystery Class
The final clues are here! It's time to find the secret locations and submit your answers.

Photo: WikiCommons

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
The final monarchs from Mexico are officially on their way! Following spring milkweeds, monarchs are spreading across their southern breeding range and are quickly producing the next generation.

Image: Kathy Metzge

Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
As tulips emerge and bloom, what have you learned so far from your Test garden study?


Photo: Christine Wojtania

Bird Weather & Songbird Migration
The first official fallout of the season brought a great week of birding! Spring migration is approaching its peak in the South. For folks farther north, it is just getting cranked up.

Photo: Laura Erickson
hummingbird Hummingbirds
High winds brought an unexpected hummingbird to South Dakota. Hummingbird migration continues to advance this week.

Photo: Debra Hopkins

Search for your Ambassador Butterfly

Symbolic Migration
Mark your calendar: Symbolic Monarchs will be in your mailbox the week of April 21st!

Robin

American Robins
The robin chorus is spreading and the rush for robin real estate is on. Find out if your neighborhood has what robins seek in a territory.

Photo: Andy Wilson

Gray whale

Gray whales
By April, most adults and older juveniles are heading north from the warm wintering lagoons in Mexico and heading north. The moms and babies are next!

Photo: Caroline Armon

House

Mystery Class
The third set of Continent, Country, and City clues is here to help narrow your search. Final clues are next week.

Photo: WikiCommons

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
The monarchs are moving across Texas in full force now, and hundreds of thousands still remain in Mexico. Several unexpected sightings this week raise valuable questions.

Image: Estela Romero

Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
This winter and spring have been the coldest on record; are gardens emerging in a pattern similar to previous years?

Photo: Akhri Cutler

Bird Weather & Songbird Migration
"The birds are really on the move!" reports Dr. David Aborn. Based on this week's weather map, what is the migration outlook for your locale?


Photo: Wikimedia
Cranes

Whooping Cranes
The eight young cranes led by ultralight planes to Florida last fall departed March 31 for their first journey north!

Photo: Brooke Pennypacker, Operation Migration

Robin

American Robins
Investigate leapfrog migration as we straddle two seasons and see the Robin Expert's answers to your questions. Report your robins!

Photo: Marc Landry

Bird

Sunlight and the Seasons
After a record-breaking cold winter, signs of spring are finally here.

Photo: Wikipedia

Carnivore Mystery Class
The second set of Continent, Country, and City clues is here. Build upon last week's clues and narrow your search even further.
Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
The first wave of migrants entered Texas and Estela says millions more are on their way from Mexico.

Image: Estela Romero

Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
As tulips continue to emerge and bloom, each Test garden helps teach us about climate and geography.

Photo: Megan Swanson

Bird Weather & Songbird Migration
Old Man Winter just doesn't want to go away, says David Aborn in describing a week when only Texas reported significant influxes of migrants. The coming week looks better!


Photo: Laura Erickson
hummingbird Hummingbirds
Over 100 first rubythroat and rufous sightings came in this week — including one from a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico!

Photo: Allison Heater

Robin

American Robins
Slow and steady migration continues, and robin song is finally on the rise!

Photo: Maureen Sholly

Live Cam: Osprey Arriving

Live Cam: Osprey Arriving Soon
We're waiting for the osprey pair Rachel and Steve to return to their nest in Maine after a winter in South America. Last year they arrived on April 5th. The live cam is ready and transmitting.

Photo: Wikipedia

Arthropod

Mystery Class
It's time for the first set of Continent, Country, and City clues! Week by week, these clues reveal fun facts that will help you progressively narrow your search.

Photo: WikipediaCommons

Spring Equinox
It's spring! Are days and nights of equal length on the equinox? Report your daylight to see.

Photo: Wikipedia

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
We're Here come the monarchs! Estela witnessed a dramatic departure on Thursday, and observers along the migration trail are waiting to report first arrivals.

Image: Estela Romero

Tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
Winter's grip continues through the first days of spring but there is still much to discover in the Test garden.

Photo: Ashley LaCount

hummingbird Hummingbirds
Rufous hummingbirds crossed into Canada this week while ruby-throats are just beginning to move northward.

Photo: Sarah Mayhew

Bird

Weather & Songbird Migration
It's the first week of spring and all those migrants waiting out last week's cold fronts should be able to take off again. Get ready for good birdwatching!

Photo: Laura Erickson

Robin

American Robins
Spring is coming! Observers reported more robin FIRST sightings than WAVES for the first time. With robins returning, it's time to salute another sign of spring: the lowly earthworm.

Photo: R. Bushby

video Mystery Class
Time Clues are here! Only on the equinox, locations at the same longitude experience sunrise at the same time. Use the clues to estimate longitude of the Mystery sites.
Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
We're waiting for news of the mass departure from Mexico and the first sightings in the north. Where will monarchs travel to find what they need this spring?

Image: Estela Romero

Student with tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
As daylength increases, the sun's rays heat up the soil. It's time to celebrate the first blooming gardens!

Photo: Holly Schack

hummingbird Hummingbirds
With one week until the spring equinox, birds are on the move. Hummingbird spotters will be rewarded for full feeders when their earliest migrants arrive.

Photo: TJ Wallace

Rose-breasted grosbeak

Weather & Songbird Migration
Much of the country got a taste of spring this week, and the birds liked it as much as the people! But that taste of spring is about to turn sour, according to the weather map.

Photo: Laura Erickson

Robin

American Robins
Flocks are starting to break up, with sightings of FIRST robins almost equal to sightings of WAVES as spring nears. Meet our Northern Observation Posts. When will they see robins?

Image: Christina Westley

Cranes

Whooping Cranes
The eight young cranes at St. Marks NWR in Florida knew there was a baby alligator in their pen long before their costumed caretakers did. Find out what happened!

Photo: Operation Migration

Sunrise on the Equinox

Mystery Class
The Vernal Equinox is coming! Only on the equinox, locations at the same longitude experience sunrise at the same time. Next week's Time Clues will help you estimate the longitude of the Mystery sites.

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
There's a flurry of activity as thirsty monarchs break out of their clusters in search of water. The journey north is about to begin!

Image: Gail Morris, Southwest Monarch Study

Student with tulips

Journey North Test Gardens
Test gardens are emerging! What pattern can you see on the maps?

Photo: Patsy Bowen

hummingbird Hummingbirds
Excitement abounds as hummingbirds slowly continue to arrive in coastal areas.

Photo: C. Pascoe

Blue-headed vireo

Weather & Songbird Migration
The birds are moving! "I wasn’t expecting the diversity of species that arrived this week," exclaimed Dr. David Aborn in his latest report. See which birds arrived, and get a preview of what current weather may bring next.

Photo: Laura Erickson

Robin

American Robins
March came in like a lion and robins are grouping up where they can find bare ground and food. Will we see a big push north when temperatures finally warm?

Image: Judy Van Tilburg

Cranes

Whooping Cranes
A few Whooping cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population are heading north! Pair #4-01 and #8-05 are among them. Have any of the youngest cranes begun migration?

Photo: David Mayes

Gray whale

Gray whales
Month-by-month: Follow the whales' northward migration from nursery lagoons in Mexico to feeding grounds in the Arctic. Daily Counts: From February to May, two research teams share data from the California coast, as northbound whales pass.

Photo: Kate Wynne

Groundhog

Sunlight and the Seasons
March 1st is the first day of meteorological spring! The coldest 3 months of a record-breaking winter are behind us now.

Photo: Wikipedia

National Maritime Museum

Mystery Class
Who am I? It's time to zero in on the line that divides the globe into Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

National Maritime Museum

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
As the end of the overwintering season rapidly approaches, important changes are taking place. Mating has begun and fat reserves are running low.

Image: Estela Romero

pointing at emerging tulip

Journey North Test Gardens
How does today's temperature compare to an average year? Study temperature anomalies to help predict Test garden emergence.

Photo: Judy Molnar

tree swallow

Weather & Songbird Migration
Dr. David Aborn is back to share migration news and help us read the weather like migrating songbirds. It is still too early for much movement, but the first signs of spring are appearing!

Photo: Laura Erickson

hummingbird Hummingbirds
The first migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds have arrived in Gulf Coast states. This week, explore the migration route and think about how prevailing winds affect migration.

Photo: Russ Thompson

Robins in snow

American Robins
Peak migration month is just around the corner: It's time to print out the observation checklist, sharpen your listening skills, and get your questions ready for robin expert Laura Erickson.

Image: Sandy Nyeholt

Frog: Time to wake up?

Mystery Class
Time to wake up? Clocks around the world are set at different times. This week, explore time zones to get ready for special clues coming in March.

CreativeCommons|G.Gallice

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
With migration set to begin within a month, people are rallying on behalf of the monarchs. Learn how you can help with the conservation initiatives now underway.

Image: Dr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College

pointing at emerging tulip

Journey North Test Gardens
What causes tulips to emerge? Subtle seasonal change is all around us. Where are tulips emerging?

Photo: Joy Thomas

hummingbird

Hummingbirds
What flying jewels can be seen right now along the Pacific Coast? Follow along on a trip to Costa Rica where rubythroats go during the cold northern winter.

Photo: John Doerper

Mystery Class

Mystery Class
With three weeks of data, can you tell which Mystery Class sites are north and south of your hometown?

Image: CreativeCommons/W.BaxterDr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico

Monarch Butterflies
Where are the monarchs? The distribution of this year's small population raises conservation concerns.

 

Image: Dr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College

gardens under the snow

Journey North Test Gardens
The spring equinox is just 35 days away. Who is seeing signs of spring?

Photo: Sherri Garbowski

Search for your Ambassador Butterfly

Symbolic Migration
Find your Ambassador Butterfly and see the student in Mexico who received it!

Four robins in a sn

American Robins
Huge flocks of robins are on the move in response to winter weather events. Where are they going?

 

Image: Robert Perron

Crane $4-13 chases away #4-12.

Whooping Cranes
The eight young crane-kids that migrated south last fall with aircraft leaders are now banded and flying free in Florida!

Operation Migration

Mystery Class Mystery Class
It's the second week of sunrise/sunset data. What will the photoperiod clues reveal about the locations of mystery sites?
Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
The monarchs now overwintering in Mexico will serve as the seed stock for future generations. Learn how you can help.

Journey North Test Gardens

Journey North Test Gardens
Test gardens are still dormant in most locations. A few gardens are beginning to emerge. What is happening underground?

hummingbird Hummingbirds
Welcome to our 21st season! While we wait for the start of the spring migration, watch the maps for sightings reported during this in-between season.
Sunset Sunlight and the Seasons
Our Earth is moving 18 miles per second as it revolves around the sun. Watch the entire web of life respond to the seasonal changes in sunlight. Report your observations.
Mystery Class Mystery Class
Welcome to the Mystery Class Seasons Challenge! Tracking weekly changes in sunlight, can you solve the mystery and find the ten secret locations?
Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies
The number of monarchs overwintering in Mexico has plunged to a new low, with only 1.65 acres of forest covered with clustering butterflies.

American Robin

American Robins
Join citizen scientists across North America as we observe and track the spring migration. Where are robins now, and what are they doing?

Journey North Test Gardens

Journey North Test Gardens
Get ready to track the greening of spring! Gather your observations, data, maps, questions, and experiments in a journal as seasons change at home and across the globe.

Live Cam: It's Pupping Season

Live Cam: It's Pupping Season
Watch live footage from the rocky shore of Maine's Seal Island, where hundreds of seal pups are expected be born through February.

Live Cam: It's Pupping Season

Whooping Cranes Complete Migration
Home sweet home! After a 96-day journey hampered by undependable weather, thecranes have reached their winter home

Track the Seasons to Solve a Mystery Mystery Class
Track seasonal changes in sunlight to find ten secret sites around the world.
sunlight around the globe

The Solstice is December 21st
Are days and nights equal everywhere on earth? Report from your part of the world.

Photo: Carol Cullar

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