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Journey North: Sunlight and the Seasons
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Sunlight and the Seasons

May 20, 2017
Only one more month until the summer solstice. How do longer days affect seasonal happenings?

   
Journey North | Hummingbird
Leslie Bergum

Hummingbirds

May 19, 2017
Delighted northerners report first sightings from Alberta to Prince Edward Island this week.

Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Chris Smith

Monarch Butterflies

May 17, 2017
After a 3-week lull, the migration advanced to latitude 45N this week. The outburst of 1st Generation butterflies is beginning.

Journey North | Hummingbird
Deborah Stanley

Hummingbirds

May 12, 2017
A surge of sightings reported this week. The leading edge has moved to 44°N, with some birds moving up the Atlantic Coast into the Canadian Maritimes.  

Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Beth Rice

Monarch Butterflies

May 10, 2017
Most of the world's monarchs are caterpillars right now, so let's salute monarch larvae while we continue to wait for the next generation to emerge.

Journey North | Test Gardens
Peggy Demmert
Journey North Test Gardens

May 8, 2017
News Flash: "We were beginning to think we wouldn't see any tulips this spring..."
Journey North |Gray whales
Michael H. Smith
Gray whales

May 8, 2017
Mothers with babies now make up nearly all of the northbound whales passing the California coast. Have counts peaked?

Journey North | Whooping craneBeverly Paulan

Whooping Cranes

May 8, 2017
The first Whooping Crane chicks of the season are born. All but one juvenile in the Class of 2016 are back in Wisconsin.

Journey North | Hummingbird
Dennis Church CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hummingbirds

May 5, 2017
Hummingbirds burn a lot of fuel. When it's cold, or they're out of food, they survive by going into torpor. 

Journey North | Mystery Class Final Mystery Class

May 5, 2017

Introducing the Mystery Classes of 2017! Meet your new friends from around the globe and celebrate all that you learned during your search!
Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Kim Frey

Monarch Butterflies

May 4, 2017
Monarchs travel hundreds of miles across the landscape in search of the milkweed they need for egg-laying. How do they find it?

Journey North | Weather and Songbird Migration
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Final Weather and Songbird Migration

May 3, 2017

It happened again. . .another fallout! Will we see a third? When will weather allow migrants to reach their final destination and begin breeding? "Help birds along the way" and have fun at events for International Migratory Bird Day.
Journey North | American Robins
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Final American Robins

May 3, 2017

It's the nesting season across North America and robins are busy raising a new generation.
Journey North | Test Gardens
Jessica McEwen
Journey North Test Gardens

May 3, 2017
How fast do tulips grow? Test Gardens are good for studying the influence of temperature and precipitation on plant growth.
Journey North | Mystery Class
Elizabeth Howard
Mystery Class

April 28, 2017

Today's the big day! Discover where the 10 mystery sites have been hiding. Next week "Meet & Greet" your new friends at each location.
Journey North | Hummingbird
James DeReuil

Hummingbirds

April 28, 2017
Many hummingbirds have arrived at their breeding grounds where the females are busy with nest-building chores. 

Journey North | Weather and Songbird Migration
John Harrison
Weather and Songbird Migration

April 26, 2017

"I could not believe it" one birder exclaimed, seeing thousands of birds everywhere during the first fallout. Will the trend continue? Where is migration peaking and where is it just getting busy?
Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Kevin Ford

Monarch Butterflies

April 27, 2017
A monarch lays eggs in your garden - what happens next?

Journey North | American Robins
Darlene Wild
American Robins

April 26, 2017

Robins reached our northernmost observation post in Shageluk, Alaska. Robins are home across their breeding range. Now it's time for raising babies.
Journey North | Test Gardens
Teri Bickmore
Journey North Test Gardens

April 26, 2017
Fun and hard-learned lessons in the tulip Test Garden.
Estela Romero in Angangueo, Micheoacan, Mexico

Symbolic Migration

April 24, 2017
Watch Your Mailbox! Symbolic Monarchs are coming by May 5, 2017

Journey North | Whooping crane
Doug Pellerin

Whooping Cranes

April 24, 2017
Five yearling cranes of the Class of 2016 are back in Wisconsin. For the first time ever, a nest cam lets you watch a nesting pair of Whooping Cranes.

Journey North |Gray whales
Michael H. Smith
Gray whales

April 24, 2017
The nursery lagoons of Mexico are emptying out and the migration of gray whale mothers-with-babies is building. Who is "Fingers"?
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Journey North | Hummingbird
Ashli Farrar

Hummingbirds

April 21, 2017
Females arrive after males. When they come they're ready for action. 

Journey North | Mystery Class
NASA
Mystery Class

April 21, 2017

Friday is the final day to submit your answers. How did your search for the Mystery Classes change how you see Earth and the seasons?
Journey North: Sunlight and the Seasons
Katy Warner/CC BY-SA 2.0

Sunlight and the Seasons

April 20, 2017
It's been a month since the equinox. How do longer days affect seasonal happenings?

Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Chuck Patterson

Monarch Butterflies

April 20, 2017
As the migrants from Mexico reach the northern limits of their travels, the first butterflies of the new generation are appearing in the south.

Journey North | Weather and Songbird Migration
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Weather and Songbird Migration

April 19, 2017

"Good flying weather allowed many migrants to get pretty far north!" reported Dr. Aborn. Will this coming week be just as active? Saturday is Earth Day. Learn what you can do to help the Earth, including migrating birds.
Journey North | Test Gardens
Patrick Hazelton
Journey North Test Gardens

April 19, 2017
Spring weather is always variable. Test Gardens emerge, snow and storms arrive, and somehow the tulips survive it all.
Journey North | American Robins
Gary Tetzlaff
American Robins

April 19, 2017

Robins are now nesting across most of their breeding range. Females are laying and incubating eggs — babies will be hatching soon.
Journey North | Hummingbird
Pamela Johnson

Hummingbirds

April 14, 2017
Southerly winds surprised northerners with some early sightings. 

Journey North | Mystery Class
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Mystery Class

April 14, 2017

There's one week left to submit your answers for the sunlight challenge. What did you discover about sunlight and seasonal change during your global search?
Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Janis Blanton

Monarch Butterflies

April 13, 2017
Riding south winds, the northernmost monarchs are now 1,500 miles from Mexico. What can a monarch's wings tell us about its travels?

Journey North | Test Gardens
Erin Hollingsworth
Journey North Test Gardens

April 12, 2017
Warm spring temperatures brought young citizen scientists outside to observe tulip growth this week.
Journey North | American Robins
Amy Evoniuk
American Robins

April 12, 2017

Where do robins build their nests and what signs of nesting can you see? 
Journey North | Weather and Songbird Migration
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Weather and Songbird Migration

April 12, 2017

Winds behind this week's front were mild, so several species arrived in big numbers. There's a "multitude of migrants" says Dr. Aborn. Find out where and when to see them.
Journey North | Whooping crane
Eva Szyszkoski

Whooping Cranes

April 10, 2017
Over half the flock has reached the Wisconsin nesting grounds. Breeding pairs are starting the next generation. How do cranes pick mates?

Journey North |Gray whales
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
Gray whales

April 10, 2017
Along the California coast, the peak non-calf migration is giving way to the moms-with-babies parade. The first gray whales have reached Alaska! 

Journey North | Hummingbird
Jack Blanke

Hummingbirds

April 7, 2017
Wind-driven or hunkered-down — hummingbirds continue their journey towards their summer breeding grounds.

Journey North | Mystery Class
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Mystery Class

April 7, 2017

It's time to untangle the final set of clues to help you discover the secret locations and submit your answers.
Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Debra Hendricks

Monarch Butterflies

April 6, 2017
Drifting across the landscape — with frequent stops to sip nectar, lay an egg, or find a mate — monarchs are steadily advancing northward.

 
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