Journey North News: Spring 2010

Posted Tuesdays: Feb. 2, 16, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4

FINAL Robin Migration Update: May 4, 2010
As the robins reach the end of the migration trail we celebrate the remarkable changes we have witnessed and we thank the people who made it possible—you! We hope you enjoy your backyard birds this spring and summer as the next generation of robins begins to grow. Please join us next season! Photo: Dorothy Edgington
Robin Migration Update: April 27, 2010
Robins moved into Alaska in full force this week! Exactly where have they arrived and who is still waiting? This week, while your returning robins are busy collecting twigs and constructing nests, we challenge you to do a little "collecting and constructing" of your own.
Rachel Carson Robin Migration Update: April 20, 2010
According to Journey North observers, robins entered the Yukon and spread across Alberta last week, but most of Alaska is still waiting. In honor of Earth Day, we salute Rachel Carson and her landmark book, Silent Spring. When the spring song of robins was silenced by pesticides, Carson motivated people to listen.
Robin Migration Update: April 6, 2010
Robins are entering southeast Alaska now, and even beginning to sing. When do you predict they'll reach interior Alaska where students are watching and waiting? Look at records from the past decade, then enter the "Early Bird Contest" and send us your guess! Also: Can you tell a male from a female robin?
Robin Migration Update: March 30, 2010
What changes we've seen during the month of March! A robin chorus now sings across the United States. Get ready to watch robins cross the northern reaches of our continent next. Read Answers from the Expert this week, and notice how people's observations lead to questions. Photo: Laura Erickson
Robin Migration Update: March 23, 2010
The migration clearly crossed into Canada this week. From British Columbia to Nova Scotia, robins were welcomed warmly as they reached their summer homes. It's worm hunting season now and people often watch with wonder: How do robins find earthworms? What senses do they use?
Robin Migration Update: March 16, 2010
Robins were on the move last week with the dramatic change in temperatures. Over 100 people reported 1st robins in a single week! This week, explore robin vocalizations and learn what your backyard robin might be saying! Photo: Charles Russell

Robin Migration Update: March 9, 2010
As we celebrate the return of the robin, there's another sign of spring that's easy to overlook. That's why the lowly earthworm is taking center stage this week. Worms only migrate a few feet, but the timing of their arrival makes earthworms the unsung heros of robin migration.

Robin Migration Update: March 2, 2010
Change is in the air! March is the month of peak robin migration, and we hope this week's update will help you get ready. When do you predict your robin will sing its first spring song? What questions do you have for our robin expert after looking at this week's photos? Photo: Wayne Kryduba

Robin Migration Update: February 16, 2010
As record-breaking blizzards hit eastern and southern regions, reports of migrating robins flew across our maps. Snow and cold temperatures had people concerned: What do hungry robins eat in the winter and how can we help them? Find out what our observers discovered—and learn all about the robin's winter diet. Photo: Vincent Hevern

Robin Migration Update: February 2, 2010
Welcome to Journey North's 17th season! Join citizen scientists across North America as we track the robin's spring migration. Learn how to watch for robins and how to listen for their first song. What do robins do in the wintertime? There's a lot to learn from the observations people reported in January! Also check out the photo: How is this robin staying warm in a snowstorm?

Welcome and Orientation: The return of the robins is a favorite sign of spring. Learn to identify robin songs and calls, analyze migration maps and data, explore the robin life cycle, and discover all kinds of surprising things about this cheery, backyard harbinger of spring. This study begins February 2nd with a "Winter Robin Round-up," a mid-winter census conducted by students in backyards across North America.