Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
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Monarch caterpillar
Donna Lorello

Monarch Butterflies

May 28, 2015
Fresh, new butterflies — children of the monarchs from Mexico — surged northward last week. The number of eggs reported brings a hopeful start to the summer breeding season.

   
Gray whales
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
Gray whales

May 20, 2015
The mother-and-baby migration continues northward, breaking records along the way!

Hummingbird
Sonja Johnston

Hummingbirds

May 20, 2015
East meets west as Ruby-throat and Rufous migrations intersect in Alberta, Canada this week. Watch the maps to see what happens next.

Cranes
Doug Pellerin

Whooping Cranes

May 17, 2015
The Class of 2014 had a sweet end to their unusual migration when the last two "wanderers" were relocated from Ohio for release in Wisconsin!

Tulips and students
Lisa Stanton

Journey North Test Gardens

May 15, 2015
Sunlight is long and strong up in the northern latitudes and plants are responding. It is time to celebrate what you've learned in the Test Garden! 

Monarch caterpillar
Elizabeth Howard

Monarch Butterflies

May 14, 2015
Watch out for imposters! This is not a monarch. How can you tell?

Hummingbird
Wikimedia

Hummingbirds

May 13, 2015
Females are arriving into male territories. It's time for mating and nest building.
 

Postcards from Mystery sites 2015

Mystery Class

May 8, 2015
Introducing the Mystery Classes of 2015! Meet your new friends from around the globe and celebrate your achievements.

Tulips and students
Erin Hollingsworth

Journey North Test Gardens

May 8, 2015
Tulips are blooming all around. Northern gardeners, still waiting for blooms, are hopeful now that springtime weather has arrived. 

Monarch caterpillar
Elizabeth Howard

Monarch Butterflies

May 7, 2015
Eating and growing, today's monarch caterpillars will soon be northbound butterflies. Here comes the next generation.

Bird
Laura Erickson

Weather & Songbird Migration

May 6, 2015
"For most of the country, there have been clear skies and southerly winds, so many migrants have been able to make a lot of progress north," reports ornithologist David Aborn.

Hummingbird
Mary Gulasey

Hummingbirds

May 6, 2015
Hundreds were excited this week to report their first Ruby-throat as the migration advanced north to 49°N. 

American Robin
Dorothy Edgington
American Robins

May 5, 2015
From Florida to Alaska and California to Canada, robins are home. Now comes the serious business of raising new little robins.
Gray whales
Wayne Perryman
Gray whales

May 3, 2015
The mother/baby migration just peaked, and NOAA's drone captured this great photo! Will 2015 be a record breaker for gray whale numbers? We'll know soon!
Hummingbirds
Explore.org

Sunlight and the Seasons
The burst of life that appears in May is cause for celebration. Share your sightings and excitement. Spring is finally here!

 

Globe spinning
Elizabeth Howard

Mystery Class

May 1, 2015
Today's the big day! Discover where the 10 sites have been hiding. Next week you'll meet your new friends at each site.

Tulips and students
Pam DeYoung

Journey North Test Gardens

May 1, 2015
May Day is here! Time to celebrate in schoolyards across the Northern Hemisphere. 

Monarch butterflies
Kim Bailey

Monarch Butterflies

April 30, 2015
A monarch lays an egg in your garden. What happens next?

Bird
David Aborn

Weather & Songbird Migration

April 29, 2015
"This should be a good week for seeing migrants," predicts ornithologist David Aborn. See how the weather map supports his prediction!

Hummingbird
Richard Samuel

Hummingbirds

April 29, 2015
Along the trail, flowers and feeders are providing nectar to fuel the migration. Watch the maps and get your feeders ready! 

American Robin
Gary Tetzlaff
American Robins

April 28, 2015
Robins reached Shageluk, Alaska—the end of the migration trail—April 26! Elsewhere, more nesting is underway. Baby robins soon will hatch.
Tulips and students
Steve Paulson

Journey North Test Gardens

April 24, 2015
Despite the wildly fluctuating temperatures of springtime, hardy Test Gardens are growing strong.

Earth drawing
NASA (Julie Palm Crest Elem.)

Mystery Class

April 24, 2015
Today is the final day to submit your answers. On May 1st, the secret sites will be revealed. On May 8th, the Mystery Classes will introduce themselves with letters, pictures, and more.

Monarch butterflies
Anita Brisco

Monarch Butterflies

April 23, 2015
No longer their brilliant orange, the monarchs from Mexico are nearing the end of their travels. A new generation will continue the journey north.

Bird
Laura Erickson

Weather & Songbird Migration

April 22, 2015
"Migration is peaking in the southern US, and is well underway in the north," reports Dr. David Aborn. Are you getting out there to enjoy it?

Hummingbird
Ken Boso

Hummingbirds

April 22, 2015
Male hummingbirds begin their courtship rituals in the spring shortly after females arrive.

American Robin
Wayne Kryduba

American Robins

April 21, 2015
Many robins are still on the move, while others have begun the nesting cycle. What three things can newborn robins already do?

Cranes
Klaus Nigge

Whooping Cranes

April 19, 2015
Storms or rain have stalled the five young cranes for a week in northern Illinois. Meanwhile, whoopers are nesting at home in Wisconsin!


Gray whales and drone
Gregg Gentry
Gray whales

April 19, 2015
We are firmly into the northbound migration of moms and calves! Numbers should continue to rise; when will they peak?
Tulips and students
Erin Hollingsworth

Journey North Test Gardens

April 17, 2015
Last fall's experiments in the Test Garden are now under review and revealing interesting results.

Sites around globe
Wikimedia Commons
DHershman;J.Paulson;Alexanderg
;acs;DIMSFIKAS;.NSF

Mystery Class

April 17, 2015
Just one week left to submit your answers! What did you discover about sunlight and seasonal change in your search?

Monarch butterflies
Jack Conner

Monarch Butterflies

April 16, 2015
With milkweed paving the way, the leading edge of the migration is now 1,500 miles from the overwintering region in Mexico. How do monarchs find the milkweed they need for egg-laying?

Bird
Mike's Birds, Wikipedia

Weather & Songbird Migration

April 15, 2015
"April showers may bring May flowers, but they don't do much for songbird migration!" notes David Aborn. According to the weather map, what's the outlook for birders?

Hummingbird
Sarah Mayhew

Hummingbirds

April 15, 2015
With males in the lead, Ruby-throats reached the shores of Lake Erie, and Rufous hummingbirds advanced eastward.

American Robin
Amy Evoniuk

American Robins

April 14, 2015
Nesting reports increased this week and spring robin behaviors thrilled observers in much of the robins' range. Can you name the tune they're singing?

Gray whales and drone
Woods Hole O.I.

Gray whales

April 13, 2015
A small drone called a hexicopter will help scientists photograph and study the northbound moms and babies as they migrate up the Central California Coast. Find out why!

 

 
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