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Migration Update: April 25, 2012
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It is nest-building season for many hummers that have arrived on their breeding grounds. Meanwhile many little migrants still have the urge to fly further and reach the place they will call home for their babies. Take the research challenge and learn more about the nesting cycle. Visit a school where hummingbirds are welcomed with garden flowers and feeders.

Today's Report Includes:

Image of the Week
female business
Credit: Ed Robertson
Hummer Fluff
News: Spotlight on Student Research
Tracking Hummers
The students at Bannockburn School District are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the hummingbirds. All spring they've been tracking the migration weekly from the website, creating their own map. As the migration gets closer to Bannockburn, students keep a close eye on their hummingbird feeder in the courtyard.

Flowers for Attracting Hummers
Bannockburn students also did research to find plants that hummingbirds like. We plan to add these new plants to our school garden soon. Thank you Journey North for inspiring us!

waiting for hummers
Ready for hummers
Sightings
"WOOHOO! My hummers are back!!!" reported an excited hummingbird spotter from Salina, Kansas this week. The Journey North Hummingbird Field Notes are filled with interesting first sighting reports. Across the continent reporters are seeing their first birds earlier, later, and just on time—depending on their locations. Take a minute to view the maps and sighting pages to learn more from citizen scientists everywhere.

Explore: Hummingbird Nesting Cycle
Go Lay An Egg!
It's nesting season! As hummingbirds are arriving across their breeding range we can explore a whole new and important stage in this amazing little bird's life cycle.

Migration, territory, courtship, nest-building, egg laying, incubation, and care of the young—all are parts of the breeding cycle. All these events happen so humingbirds can pass on their genes to new generations of birds.

Concept Chart
What questions do you have about the nesting cycle of hummingbirds? Use this concept chart to organize your questions about each stage of the cycle.

Take the Research Challenge
What is a hummingbird nest like? Will they use a birdhouse? How long does it take for eggs to hatch?

Dig into hummingbird materials!
Collect fascinating facts about the hummingbird's nesting cycle. Then share your writing project with others. Use the links below to get started:


nest
Credit: V. Stuve
How would you describe this nest?
recording sheets
Latest Maps
The interesting migration continues this week. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are advancing along a strong edge through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and up the east coast into Vermont. The sporatic northern sightings continue. The rufous hummer migration is steadily moving east and north with more sightings in Alaska and the first sightings in Idaho.

Have fun with this week's journal page. What do you notice about weather and migration? What do you wonder?

journal page
Journal Page
ruby map ruby map ruby map
Ruby-throated
(map | animation | sightings)
Rufous
(map | animation | sightings)
Other
(map | animation | sightings)
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The next Hummingbird migration update will be posted on May 2, 2012.
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