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Journey North News
- Canadian Students Greet Songbirds as They Flood
Across the Border
Mr. Murray's class visited Long Point Bird Observatory last week. The previous night,
a new wave of migrants had made the trip across Lake Erie from the U.S. "I've never seen so many birds!"
remarked Christine C. "We wish all Journey North classes could have joined us, but we hope that since you
couldn't, you'll learn from our report and pictures!" said the students of Class 703.
- Oriole Migration Update: May 21, 1998
This spring has been one of the warmest ever recorded; how has this affected migratory birds? Added
to the usual obstacles to survival, were severe drought and fires on the wintering grounds. With luck, their numbers
will be replenished this breeding season. Why does the city of Toronto turn off the lights during the migration
- Oriole Migration Update: May 12, 1998
This unscheduled oriole update is provided so you'll have the latest migration data. Watch for our
FINAL, regularly scheduled update next Thursday, May 21.
- Oriole Migration Update: May 7, 1998
"Up nearly all night marveling. The river of birds continued unabated, ranging from 30-50 birds
per second..." John Arvin witnessing the passage of thousands upon thousands of songbirds on Gulf Coast. Migratory
birds travel great distances across land and sea each season. What can you do to help?
- Oriole Migration Update: April 30, 1998
Feeder Up! Here Come the Baltimore Orioles.They've been spotted in 7 new states in the past 7 days.
During migration, birds are particularly vulnerable to predators. They're unfamiliar with their surroundings, and
are tired and hungry after the long journey. So please keep kitty inside--then place your vote: Do you think housecats
should be kept in the house, by law?
- Oriole Migration Update: April 23, 1998
At last, the first big wave of Baltimore Orioles was reported from Texas. On Saturday, ornithologists
from Cornell University counted over 200 among thousands of birds that had just flown across the Gulf of Mexico.What
were the weather conditions? And how do birds know whether the weather is good or bad for migration?
- Oriole Migration Update: April 16, 1998
Just a quick update this week to say: We're still
waiting........ So far we haven't had an enormous surge of oriole migration. Orioles
are tropical migrants, and their migration is closely timed with daylength. Even so, every now and then we get
a weird bird that jumps the gun such as the one last week in Minneapolis--almost a month early!
- Oriole Migration Update: April 9, 1998
The first few Baltimore Orioles have arrived on the Texas coast, and more should be landing with
the next cold front. The migration usually peaks there in mid-April: "The fruit on the mulberry trees is now
just turning from green to white ... when it is ripe there will be orioles and tanagers." Bullock's Orioles
are already heading up the California coast.
- Oriole Migration Update: March 26, 1998
Orioles will soon be flooding across the U.S. border and heading your way! Why do songbirds migrate
at night, and how do they find their way? Make sure your nectar feeder is ready and waiting when the orioles return
from their tropical winter vacation, and help "Unpave the Way" for orioles.
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