Signs of the Seasons: March
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As we move closer to the Spring Equinox we are starting to see and feel changes in daylight. On March 1st, Valdez, Alaska is seeing a whopping 2 hours and 43 minutes more of daylight than one month ago. Check the map to find more amazing facts. How do lengthening days in the Northern Hemisphere affect changes in living systems? Enjoy a sampling of signs of spring with today's patchwork of photographs.

This Week's Update Includes:

Image of the Week
springtime in Germany
Photo: Dagmar Birkfeld
Spring in Germany
It's Spring! Time to Report Your Daylight
Put your dot on the map to tell the story about sunlight in your hometown. Follow the sunlight reports from a far-away location. Patterns are emerging, what are they revealing?

As seasons change in both Hemispheres, use the photoperiod map as a springboard for discovery.

Students Receive Symbolic Monarchs in Mexico
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Signs of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere: A Sampling
ancient olives

hummers are back gray whale
Hundreds-of-years-old olive trees in Italy subtly show their seasonal signs Ruby-throated hummingbirds have just arrived on the Gulf Coast The journey north has begun for adults, but gray whale babies stay with mom
monarchs are moving bald eagles emerging tulips
The first sign of migration was just reported from sanctuary region in Mexico Bald eagle feeding on ducks on the pond in Splendora, Texas Tulip Test gardens emerging as far north as Osterville, Massachusetts
flowers waiting for snow pussy willows
A local Italian hyacinth variety displays its colors Robins preparing for snowstorm in Ontario Pussy willow catkins a welcome site in Alaska

The next Signs of the Season update will be posted on April 1, 2012.