Signs of the Seasons: November

Please Report
Your Sightings!

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

Signs of Fall: Capture and Share

What does the changing season bring?
Use 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.

Here 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

Explore Sunlight: Time to Report!

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.

Exploring daylight all around
Sunlight and Seasons Map


Report: Photoperiod for November 1st

Find New Zealand
on the Sunlight and Seasons map.

Signs and the Seasons for December: A reminder will be posted on December 1, 2011