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Journey North News: Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

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

Spring 2010
Signs of Spring: Observation Reminder for May
From barn swallows to BioBlitz, we have a lot to celebrate this month. Alaska reports their first mosquito sightings. Warblers, hummingbirds, and grosbeaks are making their way north. Did you know barn swallows migrate 4,000 miles and more each spring and fall? Investigate a BioBlitz and consider having one at your school. Photo: David Hutchinson
Signs of Spring: Observation Reminder for April
April brings the great greening. Nature's timing is perfect. Leaves emerge, insects hatch and birds arrive. The food chain comes alive after the pause for winter. Listen for new sounds, and observe the small changes that happen every day now. Fill in the maps with your sighting reports. Create a record of leaf out. Put it into a book you can keep and compare with each coming year.

Signs of Spring: Observations for March
March is a time of dramatic change. Make a temperature timeline this month. Record each day's high, low, and average temperatures and add all the signs of spring you notice. Spring officially begins on March 20, but when does it begin unofficially for you? Think about it. Send us your sightings. Keep your eyes and ears open and follow along on spring's adventures with Journey North!

Signs of Spring: Observation Reminder for February
Are YOU ready to track spring's journey north? Thousands of students are watching and waiting for the migrations to begin. Keep your eyes and ears open and follow along on spring's adventures with Journey North! Send us your sightings. Watch a hibernating momma with her new born cub through a web camera at the North American Bear Center. Photo: Dave Mansell
Signs of Spring: Observation Reminder for January
This month we focus on water. How does it change in the cold and what makes it unique. The view from space tells a story about sunlight and we begin to see a pattern from fall to winter. What will happen in one month? Amazing things happen with each season. What do insects do when winter comes? Find out in this update!
Photo: ©2007 Tom Henthorn Sr.
Fall 2009
Signs of Fall: Observations for December
The Winter Solstice arrives in December. Mark your calendars for the 21st! Draw a picture showing where the sun is in the sky at noon that day. You and your global partner can compare. How has the sunlight and shadow changed since last month? How do huge flocks of birds keep from bumping into each other in flight? Amazing things happen with each season.
Photo: PBS.org
Signs of Fall: Observations for November
How are the changing seasons affecting YOU? Take a minute and think of the ways. Study the Earth viewed from the moon. How has the sunlight and shadow changed since last month? Amazing things happen with each season. Learn about the millions of butterflies that observers reported in October. Why do you think they call this butterfly a snout?
Signs of Fall: Observations for October
What kinds of changes have you noticed since a month ago? Once each month, take a few minutes to go outside and record the changes you see. What is the biggest change? Learn what northern birds are migrating through the Great Lakes at Duluth. Then take a box of colors outside and make some art using the colors you see in nature. What is your batting average; learn about the amazing mammal called the bat.
Photo: Debbie Waters
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! Photo: Laura Erickson

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: Suzanne DeJohn

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