What does the changing season bring? Describe, draw, or collect things that represent change in your hometown. How many minutes a day are you losing? Everybody is noticing changes in daylight. Explore the map to find where they are gaining minutes every day. Report daylight for November. Show us what seasonal change looks like outside your window.
This Update Includes:
November: Collecting Signs of Fall
What does the changing season bring?
your senses! Use each of your senses to observe seasonal
changes. What do you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste? Describe
or draw a picture of one thing in each category that tells you the
seasons are moving forward.
are just a few of the new seasonal signs reported by eagle-eyed
Journey North reporters.
- La Jolla, California
Risso's dolphin, 12 to 15 of them feeding and breeching around the kelp beds of the ecological preserve in La Jolla, California. The risso's were quite entertaining as they leapt out of the water all around us not much more than 1 mile off shore.
- Madison, Wisconsin
I saw between 500 and 800 coots huddled out on Lake Monona, here in Madison. (*note:A flock of coots is known in the US as a "cover." Coots migrate at night.)
- Wiggins, Colorado
Each spring and fall, large flocks of white pelicans return to the Colorado plains. We have a man-made lake near us (Jackson Lake State Park)and the pelicans summer there. We are approx. 20 miles away and we can hear their croaking-like sounds when they fly over our house.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Spring is definitely here, though the nights are still cool. The trees have light green leaves and the flowers are in blossom." Kris Acker, BAICA
Send in your Sightings!
Handout: How is my life changing?
Risso's dolphins in California
Hundreds of coots in Wisconsin
Large flocks of white pelicans in
Report for November 1st
Report your photoperiod data for the first day of each month, and each equinox and solstice. View the Sunlight and the Seasons map to track changes in daylight. Ask questions to help students analyze photoperiod data and make discoveries about sunlight and seasonal change.
What's happening where you live?
Everybody is noticing the changes in daylight!
"Hours of daylight are getting less. We cannot play outside after 6:45 pm because it will be dark." Salem, Indiana
"Our days are getting longer! Since the Equinox, we have increased our daylength by 1 hour and 37 minutes." Gisborne, New Zealand
* Photoperiod Report Dates:
First Day of each Month
December 22, March 20, June 20.
Sunlight and Seasons Map
Report: Photoperiod for November 1st
Find New Zealand
on the Sunlight and Seasons map.