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Journey North: Sunlight and the Seasons
Taro Taylor CC BY 2.0

Sunlight and the Seasons

June 21, 2017
Today's the summer solstice! It's the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. How do longer days affect seasonal happenings where you live?

   
Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Connie Jefferson

Monarch Butterflies

June 15, 2017
Reaching the end. Three months, three countries, three thousand miles, and two generations. Look how far the monarchs have come!

Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Art Ross

Monarch Butterflies

June 8, 2017
Migration is almost complete — but keep reporting! The breeding season is in full force now, and monarchs need nectar to fuel their active lives.

Journey North | Monarch butterfly

Monarch Butterflies

June 1, 2017
Traveling in pursuit of milkweed, monarchs are nearing the northern limits of where their host plant grows.

Journey North | Whooping crane
Operation Migration

Whooping Cranes

May 30, 2017
Several new Whooping Crane chicks are in their first month of life in Wisconsin, and more are coming. The parent-reared Class of 2017 is hatching. The juveniles are wandering far and wide. We watch and hope! 

Journey North |Gray whales
Alisa Schulman-Janiger
Gray whales

May 30, 2017
The whale rush is over for another springtime. Mothers with babies, last to leave the nursery lagoons of Mexico, are well on their way to their prime summer feeding waters in the Arctic's Bering and Chukchi Seas.
Journey North | Hummingbird
David Y. Parker

Hummingbirds

May 26, 2017
It’s the end of May and migration for most hummingbirds is complete. Keep sharing your observations throughout the summer.

Journey North | Monarch butterfly
Candy Sarikonda

Monarch Butterflies

May 25, 2017
Monarchs have now expanded across 1 billion acres of breeding habitat from the 3 acres of winter habitat they occupied in Mexico.

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Journey North: Sunlight and the Seasons
USFWS/S. Hillebrand/CC BY-SA 2.0

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
Paul Hurtado/CC BY-SA 2.0
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
USWFSmidwest/CC BY-NC 2.0
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.
 
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