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Our story begins with reports from the neotropical migrants' wintering grounds in mexico and Central America.
As songbirds cross the Gulf of Mexico on their annual nonstop flight, we'll explore the effect of weather on migration.
As the journey continues, students across North America will report backyard sightings when the orioles and hummingbirds
return. Student activities will run the spectrum from geography and math to the physical and life sciences. We
will explore the physiology of flight, analyze banding data, learn about population dynamics, and learn some ways
we can help orioles and other neotropical migrants survive.
What to Report to Journey North
1. Report when your Oriole feeder is up.
As soon as you place your oriole feeder outside, report to Journey North. Now you're ready to watch for your first orioles!
Let us know when your Oriole safely arrives after the long migration from Central America.
3. Report "leaf-out" of your trees.
Here's why: For many songbird species, the timing of spring migration may be related to leaf-out. This is because when leaves emerge, so do lots of insects. Songbirds may fuel their migration by following the leaf-out, and eating the millions of insects available at that time. With your help, we'd like to test whether these spring events are inter-related.
4. Report when you first see Orioles building their nest.
Usually the females are seen flying with nesting materials such as plant fibers or string.
Additional Activities and Resources
Field Checklist for Spring Oriole Observations
Prepare Habitat for Orioles
Related Lessons and Information
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