Journey North News: Fall 2010

Signs of the Seasons (phenology) observation updates posted the first of each month.

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Signs of Fall: Observations for December
Journey North observers write in this month with global signs of the seasons. Fall is the season for festivals in South Korea, olives are being harvested in Italy, early snowfall brings snowball games in England, winter hats and coats are out of storate in the Netherlands, and they're celebrating Thanksgiving in Japan. December brings the longest night of the year. How do other cultures celebrate, and what is your tradition? Photo: W. Bachman

timeline Signs of Fall: Observations for November
In addition to seeing flocks of migrating birds overhead, students in Anchorage, Alaska reported a sign of fall unique for them - moose, spotted in town! What does the changing season look like in your hometown? View the Earth from space to get the big picture this month. Spotlight one classroom; visit a huge phenology timeline to inspire your phenology studies.
game of conkers Signs of Fall: Observations for October
This month we explore autumn across the Northern Hemisphere. While students in England play a special game, students in Italy prepare for the harvest of some unique foods. On the island of Okinawa students celebrate "shubun no hi," a Japanese national holiday, and in the Netherlands the fog and cold are signs that autumn has arrived!
common grackle Signs of Fall: Observations for September
What does fall look like in your part of the world? Once each month, take a few minutes to go outside and record the changes you see. Plan to go outside exactly one month later and see how things have changed. Watch for a monthly reminder. Keep in mind that shifting sunlight is the basis for all other changes you'll see this season!

Join us in September!
SIGNS OF FALL OBSERVATION REMINDERS will be posted here once a month from September through June.
Get ready to gather data about fall changes! Find out why it's worth collecting, how to do it, and what you can do with your findings. Photo: Dave Mansell