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  • Robin Migration Update: May 18, 1999
    From the far north to the deep south, robins are busy making new little robins. While parents are still feeding one batch, they're starting a new nest and laying eggs for a second batch. Watch the robins in your backyard and see if you can figure out which parent builds that second nest during summer vacation. See you next year!!
  • Robin Migration Update: May 4, 1999
    According to observers in the far north, the robins have almost reached the end of the road. Scientists believe robins use vision to find earthworms. Imagine how you would design an experiment to prove this, using dead and living earthworms, rotten eggs, decaying meat and a few other delightful things.
  • Robin Migration Update: April 20, 1999
    Robins have arrived at some northern places, but when will they arrive in Anchorage and Kenai, AK? They're starting to nest in the south now. Learn the five kinds of robin calls, then go listening in robin territory near you.
  • Robin Migration Update: April 6, 1999
    American Robins have arrived in many places now, with plenty of fascinating behaviors for us to watch and listen for. What can we do to keep baby robins safe? When will the first robins arrive in all the Northern Observation Posts?
  • Robin Migration Update: March 23, 1999
    Robins are on the move in many places now. Why do they reach northern places before they arrive in some more southern ones? Which Northern Observation Post reported them first?
  • Robin Migration Update: March 16, 1999
    Robins may be early in some places, but people eagerly await their return in northern Canada and Alaska. Look at the lastest maps of singing robins and first earthworms. When do you predict robins will return to the far north? Why do they bother eating worms when it would be easier to eat worm food directly?
  • Robin Migration Update: March 9, 1999
    Many robins are facing a major winter storm. How will they survive? What will they eat? Try some tricky Robin Math, and don't forget to report your first wave of robins and your first singing robin.
  • Robin Migration Update: March 2, 1999
    New robin reports are flying in. What do they tell us about robin migration so far? How can banded robins tell us about their travels? The first robin reported from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was singing unusually quietly. What might be some reasons for that?
  • Robin Migration Update: February 16, 1999
    Robins have been wintering much farther north than normal, in very big numbers. How do Journey North participants explain this? How do you think people count flocks of 10,000 robins?
  • Robin Migration Update: February 2, 1999
    It's a most unusual winter for Robins! Great numbers have been reported in northern U.S. States and Canada, in areas where they're not usually seen until March. Tell us your theory why. Then go outside and look for robins in your hometown--and tell us what you find.

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