North News: Spring
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Robin Migration Update: May 4, 2010
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!
Migration Update: April 27, 2010
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
Migration Update: April 20, 2010
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Migration Update: February 2, 2010
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?
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