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Journey North News: Spring 2007

Posted Tuesdays:  Jan. 30, Feb. 13, 20*,27, Mar 6*, 13, 20*, 27, Apr. 3*, 10, 17*, 24, May 1*, May 8 (* Migration Data Only)

May 8, 2007
From Florida to Alaska and California to Nova Scotia, robins are home. They're hunkering down to the serious business of making new little robins. If Mama Robin laid her first egg on April 27, when will her babies hatch? Find out how "disposable diapers" help keep the nest clean. Keep kitty indoors to protect baby birds, and thanks to all who reported their robins to help track the 2007 journey north!
Photos L. Birnbaum
May 1, 2007
Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your migration map. The NOP stars are filling in as robins reach further north into their breeding range. Signs of spring are shared from our most northwestern sighting outpost. And, unusual feather coloration can happen in nature. Find out what a leucistic robin can look like.
April 24, 2007
A few robins are still homeward bound, winging to North America's far north to breed. Many have reached the end of the road and they're busy with the next stage in their life cycle. "Yes! They are building the first nest," wrote an excited Quebec observer. How do Robins divide the chores? Investigate: Would you rather be the male or the female?
April 17, 2007
Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your migration map. Explore juicy, squirmy earthworms that robins have the amazing ability to locate in our lawns and grassy fields. How do the robins find them? What can you learn about them? Dig around and find out!
Photo Credit: Wayne Kyrduba 
April 10, 2007
Brrr! An early April cold snap slowed the advance of the migration. It also produced some interesting robin behaviors. How could robins be flocking (non-territorial behavior) and singing (territorial behavior) at the same time? See what some hungry robins found to eat during the cold snap. Did students in Shageluk, AK see a robin yet?
April 3, 2007
Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your migration map. Study this week’s maps. Where are the newest sightings now? Describe their location. Study the male and female robins. How would you describe them? Look closely!
March 27, 2007
Warm temps beckoned robins forward as the calendar turned to spring. Many of you were delighted to hear robins singing on territory. What does a robin look for in choosing his territory? That's our question, with a lesson and video clip to help you answer. What do you notice when comparing maps showing where humans live, where robins live, and rainfall amounts?
March 20, 2007
Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your migration map. Study this week’s map and compare it to last week. Look for patterns and predict how far north the first singing robin will be reported next week!
March 13, 2007
Migration is in full swing! Test a theory about the week's average temperatures and the places where robins are singing. Use your discoveries to start a prediction log for robins reaching the end of the trail. Meet students at Innoko River School in Shageluk, Alaska, official site for the 2007 Early Bird Contest. And send your questions for Ask the Expert, now open!

Photo:F. Ludvig
March 6, 2007
Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your migration map. March came in like a lion this year. Just like the snowstorms that blew through the Midwest, the robins came in waves. Why two maps for sighting late winter robins? Explore and contrast two important Journey North February maps.
February 27, 2007
Your sightings reports reveal a week with little migration progress,
but lots of wild weather and fun observations. Many observers worried about robins finding any food. Our lesson helps you dig into that topic. Learn what a robin needs from its habitat. How are robins able to live many places in winter?
February 20, 2007
Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your migration map.
Take a minute to study the robin maps. How is each one unique? How are they different from each other? When will YOUR neighborhood robins arrive singing?

Photo Credit: Marc Landry
February 13, 2007
Where were robins found in February? See your sightings as we unveil the 2007 Winter Robin Round-up maps! Our booklet helps explain the whereabouts of robins in winter, and what they need to survive. Explore how one American Robin ended up in England, and get ready to identify your home-town robins as you listen up and play Name That Tune!

January 30, 2007
Where are the robins spending this 2007 winter? Let's find out! Before the spring migration begins, we'd like to know if you have robins over-wintering in your town. Go outside and look for robins. Ask everybody you know--near or far--to help you look for robins.
Find out how to report your sightings and track the migration on real-time migration maps.

 

 

 

 

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