Journey North News: Spring 2010

Posted Wednesdays: Feb. 3, 17, March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 12.

FINAL Gray Whale Migration Update: May 12, 2010
Hungry whales are nearing the end of their epic journey, But why so few babies? Calculate some important numbers. Join scientist Wayne Perryman as he looks for correlations between ice cover and calf counts. Where did a REALLY lost whale turn up last week? Look closely to figure out what is happening in this week's photo and end the season by taking actions for the whales' ocean habitat right at home. Go, whales!
Gray Whale Migration Update: April 28, 2010
The cow/calf phase of the migration is in full swing, and this week's journal question considers their swimming rate. Experts hope for a cow/calf rush as the final weeks of counting begin. Look closely at this photo to discover how some first graders know beach trash is a whale of a problem. Explore with scientists to learn more about whales and sleep during migration, and compare a whale's sleep to yours.
Gray Whale Migration Update: April 14, 2010
The northbound cow/calf migration is picking up and ACS/LA reports a higher calf count than last spring. What clues does this photo have to what 4th graders in Kodiak, Alaska are learning about gray whale food? Discover what scientists know about how baby whales learn to eat, and how they found out. Cheer for brave "Patch," who survived an Orca attack this week, and use clues and photos to draw a life-size gray whale.

Gray Whale Migration Update: March 31, 2010
The cow/calf migration has begun and the first whales have reached Alaska! Kodiak 4th graders study whale food with a scientist Kate Wynne, and biologist Wayne Perryman shares technology that helps "see" and count migrating whales 24/7. Calculate how big the baby whales are now and study this photo for clues to why guides call this baby "Anaconda."
Photo: Patrycja Kaczynska

Gray Whale Migration Update: March 17, 2010
The first northbound cow/calf was sighted by ACS/Los Angeles March 16! The migration is in full swing but not yet up to Alaska. In the lagoons, spring training occupies cows/calf pairs We consider the season’s low cow/calf numbers in field reports and Michael Smith's radio interview. Match whale observations to known facts and study this photo to see what’s inside a whale’s mouth. Photo Renee Bonner

Gray Whale Migration Update: March 3, 2010
Both California point-count sites had their highest northbound counts so far, and migration has reached Vancouver Island! What does it mean if a whale-watcher calls 'BLOW, 300 degrees at 45 mil'? Decode when you learn some whale watcher's lingo.Two nursery lagoons report very low numbers of whales this year. Why? Acoustic monitoring began March 1 at Counter Point: Will they discover chatty whales? What clues in this photo tell if the whale is young or old? Photo C. Armon
Gray Whale Migration Update: February 17, 2010
Hopeful whale watchers are flocking to see the whales. The fun is in the lagoons, where moms and babies frolic. That's where you get up-close learning; what is this photo? Off the California coast, people watching at Los Angeles for what's called the "turnaround" date have news. Gray Whales Count and Monterey Bay have spotted their first northbound whales. Here they come! Photo Patrycja
Gray Whale Migration Update: February 3, 2010
For whale watchers it's time for the greatest show on Earth! Pacific gray whales are swimming south AND north along the Pacific coast. Among those still headed for Mexico were 17 new babies. Click through today's slideshows to see why gray whales rule when it comes to amazing animal migrations. Welcome to the 2010 season! Photo Adrienne Deliso

Welcome and Orientation 
Since December, gray whales have been arriving in the birthing lagoons of Mexico's Baja California coast. More whales are still headed south than north, but that's about to change! Times are changing: How will this year's migration compare with last year's? Join us here on Feb. 3 for a new season of discoveries!



Overview of the Annual Migration Cycle