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Robins Eating Fruit
  William Hieber
  Follow the robin's annual cycle. From January until June, citizen scientists across North America report their first robin of spring, waves of migrating robins, and the first robin song of spring. Share data to help scientists understand how robins respond to climate and changing seasons. Explore life cycle, ecology, habitat, and conservation needs. Please report your observations.
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Spring Migration 2016
Watch the spring migration story unfold.

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Get Ready

Help track spring migration as robins travel to their breeding grounds.

February 3, 2016

Report first robin, waves of robins, first song heard, and first earthworms.

Finding Food and Water
February 10, 2016

What foods are your wintering robins eating? Where are they finding water?

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Surprising Observers
February 17, 2016

Sightings in 40 states and 2 provinces. What foods are robins eating?

Getting Restless?
February 24, 2016

Watch for a shift in robin behavior as temperatures warm and snow melts.

Peak Migration Month
March 2, 2016

FIRST reports outnumber WAVE and robins are starting to sing on territory.

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Singing on Territory
March 9, 2016

Observers are hearing male robins singing their true song!

Claiming Territory
March 16, 2016

FIRST HEARD reports doubled as males sang claim to territories.

Crossing Canada
March 23, 2016

Robins reported from 8 of the 10 Canadian provinces.

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Signs of Change
March 30, 2016

Singing in more northern places and nest building begins.

Migrating, Settling, Nesting
April 6, 2016

Robins have reached Juneau, Alaska
at 58.4 latitude.

Slowed by Cold and Snow
April 13, 2016

Robins are still en route to northern end of their summer breeding range.

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April 20, 2016

Homeward-bound robins have arrived across most of the breeding range and are now nesting.

Migration Complete!
April 27, 2016

As our northernmost observation post celebrates new arrivals, others are welcoming babies.

Nesting Season
May 11, 2016

Robins are home and busy raising the next generation.


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