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Monarch Migration Data Summary
March 1995 & 1996
How does this spring's monarch migration compare those in previous years?
Summaries of the migration data collected by Journey
North during March of 1995 and 1996 are provided below. What does
this information tell you---and what doesn't it tell you---about
- List all the factors you think might cause the migrations to be different in 1995, 1996 & 1997.
- List all the factors that might cause the data to be different from year to year.
- Review the lesson, "You're the Scientist: Verifying Data Collected by Peers"
(Also see page 55 of the Journey North Teacher's Manual.)
- Teachers: Guide a classroom discussion using the list of questions is included below.
If you'd like to share the ideas this
discussion generated in your class, please send a message to:
Monarch Sightings March, 1996
March 01 Houston, TX
March 02 Brownsville, TX
March 03 Luling,TX
March 07 Buda, TX (near Austin)
March 13 Gulf of Mexico (Oil platform)
March 14 Gulf of Mexico (Oil platform)
March 14 Garland, TX
March 14 Baton Rouge, LA
March 15 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
March 17 Sugar Land, TX
March 18 Eagle Lake, TX
March 18 Port O'Conner, TX
March 18 Houston, TX
March 19 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
March 20 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
March 21 Chico, CA
March 22 Pennsacola, Florida (Innerarity Island )
March 24 Longview, TX
March 24 Lockhart, TX
March 24 Buda, TX
March 24 College Station, TX
March 27 Gainsville, Florida
March 28 Wallis, Texas
March 28 Austin, TX
March 28 Buda, TX
March 29 Auburn, Alabama
March 31 New Orleans, Louisiana
March 30 College Station, TX
March 31 Ada, OK
Monarch Sightings March, 1995
Febr. 10 Immokalee, Florida (near Naples)
Febr. 22 Houston, Texas
March 05 Galveston, Texas
March 10 Brownsville, Texas
March 10 Leesville, Louisiana
March 12 Austin, Texas
March 13 Austwell, Texas
March 15 Houston, Texas
March 17 Matagorda, Texas
March 18 Seabrook, Texas
March 18 Galveston, Texas
March 18 New Orleans, Louisiana
March 21 Cuero, Texas (NW of Victoria)
March 22 New Orleans, Louisiana
March 22 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
March 23 Luling, Texas (near Austin)
March 23 Granger Lake, Texas
March 23 Pine Mountain, Georgia
March 24 Gainesville, Florida
March 25 Sumrall, Mississippi
March 25 Houston, Texas
March 27 Padre Island, Texas
March 27 Tyler, Texas
March 29 Columbia, South Carolina
March 30 Pensacola, Florida
March 31 Garland, Texas
Note to Teachers:
Here are some guiding questions which might help students analyze
the data and integrate the information they know about monarch
migration. Please try to elicit these ideas from students rather
than provide them to the class:
Consider the Data
- How many sightings were collected each year during March?
- What was the date of the first U.S. sighting each spring?
- What is the significance of the monarch sightings in the U.S. in mid-February, 1995? Why do you think none was reported so early in 1996 or 1997?
- Are there towns for which you have data in 1995, 1996 & 1997? If so, how do the first arrivals compare from year to year?
In addition to analyzing the data itself, remember to condsider the way the data were collected:
Consider How the Data Were Collected
- What do you know about the observers?
- How might the behavior of the observers have been different? From one person to the next? From one year to the next? How would this affect the results?
- How do the observer's comments about this spring's migration compare to the data that have been collected?
- If you were to design a standard protocol by which monarch migration data should be collected, what methods should be followed by all observers? (For example: The same observers, the same amount of time observing, the same time of day, the same places, etc.)
- In addition to date and location, what other information would be useful to record?