Journey North News: Spring 2008

Posted Wednesdays: Feb. 6, 20, March 12, 26, April 9, 23, May 7, and May 14.

FINAL: May 14, 2008
Hungry whales are strung out along the Pacific coast from Mexico to the Bering Strait, ready to swallow at least 67 tons of food during a 5-month feast on their arctic feeding grounds. Where will they reach ice this week? View the sea ice changes on our animated map. Moms and calves are still passing California; how do calf counts compare this spring? Take action for the whales' ocean habitat and dig into a good list of summer resources as we end our season today. Go Whales!
May 7, 2008
The first mom and calf were reported passing Vancouver, BC. Whales are cruising along the coast, and calf numbers passing California may finally be climbing. Could the whales possibly make their 10,000-mile roundtrip migration without any rest or sleep? Find out what we know (and don't know) about whale sleep. compare how a whale's sleep is like your sleep. How do you think baby whales have fun on the migration? Observer comments reveal some clues!

April 23, 2008
While hopeful whale watchers at a few posts wonder where the whales are, groups larger than 30 have been celebrated at Kodiak, Alaska! In Mexico, a nursery lagoon reports only about 50 whales remaining.
The cow/calf phase of the migration provides some great stories, shared in our comments from the observation posts, and this week's journal questions invite you to think like a whale. Team up with scientist Wayne Perryman as he dives into fluctuating calf counts.

April 9, 2008
Whales are passing the coast from Mexico to Alaska, and the first adults have reached Kodiak Island!
The northbound parade of cows and calves is starting right on time too, with the first pair reported past Wayne Perrymans' official census on April 4.
Our Califoria Point-count sites continue their enchanting reports. What does it mean if a whale-watcher calls 'BLOW, 300 degrees at 45 mil'? Decode with whale watcher's lingo.

March 26, 2008
No cow/calf pairs, but exciting numbers continue past our California point-count sites. Wayne Perryman's cow/calf census began March 24 with no calves but 86 whales going by! Two students touch the whales in the lagoon, where baby whales are getting spring training. Our slideshow explores how whales find their way on a journey longer than 5,000 miles.
March 12, 2008
Migration is in full swing! The first cow/calf pair appeared off the California Coast for the ACS-LA team and observers in Oregon and Vancouver Island have now seen their first northbound gray whales. Strangely, whales have been passing the lagoons and continuing to the Sea of Cortez. Why? If you weighed the same pounds per foot of your length as a baby whale, how much would you weigh? An observer shares visual clues for telling a whale's age; test your new skill with photos.
February 20, 2008
Off the coast of California, whales are passing in both directions. People watching at Los Angeles for what's called the "turnaround" date have news! Farther up the coast, the FIRST northbound whale was spotted by folks at Gray Whales Count. Fill in th blanks to tell a story with data from San Ignacio Lagoon, where moms and babies frolic. Climate in the Arctic is changing faster than anywhere on Earth; investigate whales weathering change in this report.
February 6, 2008
The longest migration of any mammal is underway! California gray whales are swimming south AND north along the Pacific coast. Among those still headed for Mexico were 21 newborn babies with their moms. Explore the outlook for babies born in the open ocean instead of the warm lagoons of Mexico. See our slideshow (or booklet) to learn why gray whales rule when it comes to amazing animal migrations. Welcome to the 2008 journey north! Welcome Teachers: See Getting Started