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About the American Robin Migration Study
The return of the robin is perhaps the most familiar sign of spring in North America's northern regions. Students can track robin migration from the southern states all the way to the Arctic where they don't arrive until May!
This study begins with a winter robin round-up, a mid-winter census conducted by students in backyards across North America. With the results, they'll make a map showing where robins are found before their migration begins. As migration reports arrive, students can track the migration back to their own backyard. When their own robin reaches the end of its migration, it will announce its arrival by singing its territorial song. Never again will northern students simply say that robins go "down south" for the winter.
1. Report the First Robin you SEE.
2. Report the First Robin You HEAR Singing
3. Report Your First EARTHWORM
In areas where the ground freezes, one sign of spring is the appearance of the first earthworms of the season. This is called a "vertical migration". In his book, "North With the Spring", Edwin Way Teale describes this event. Read his description. Then keep your eyes opened for migrating worms. When you see your FIRST earthworms of the season, report them to Journey North as a "Signs of Spring."
4. Spring Fever: Testing a Theory About Robin Migration
This spring, your class can test an age-old theory about robin migration. Do robins move north as the average temperature reaches 36 degrees? Measure backyard temperatures, as described in our "Spring Fever" activity, and find out!
Robins do a lot more than eat and sing! Some JN participants observe them chasing each other, building nests, squawking at Blue Jays, and other fascinating behaviors. Share these interesting observations with Journey North!
The Next American Robin Migration Study Update Will Be Posted on February 2, 1999.
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