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  • Announcing the 8th Annual Winter Robin Round-Up
    Where do robins spend the winter, anyway? Let's find out! Before the spring migration begins this year, we'd like to know if you have robins over-wintering in your town. Go outside and look for robins. Ask your neighbors if they have seen robins. Contact your friends and relatives in other parts of North America. Ask everybody you know to help you look for robins! The report your sightings by February 13, 2001.
  • American Robin Migration Update: February 13, 2001
    Are you wondering where robins were found in February? The results of the Winter Robin Round-Up are in! What are robins doing this time of year? Our observers tell us about typical robin behavior they've seen this winter. Why does this winter robin look bigger and fluffier than the typical summer robins?
  • American Robin Migration Update: February 20, 2001
    Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your maps. A full migration update will be posted next week. Please report your robin observations in time!
  • American Robin Migration Update: February 27, 2001
    We haven't seen robins make their big push forward, but the big action month of March is almost here. Check out our maps to see a connection between tulips that are emerging and robins that are singing! Find out what weather has to do with waves of robins during migration and read some observations that will get you thinking. Look for four fascinating challenge questions and some cool observations to try!
  • American Robin Migration Update: March 6, 2001
    How far north are the robins this week? When ice and snow are part of the weather, which is more dangerous for robins? Learn what an isotherm is and how to test a theory about robin migration. Locate this year's northern observation posts where folks are still looking and listening for robins.
  • American Robin Migration Update: March 13, 2001
    Where are the robins? See our animated snow cover map and you'll know why they haven't yet begun their big push north. It's time to enter our annual Early Bird Contest by predicting the first robin's arrival in Anchorage, Alaska. In the meantime, tune up with our terrific new Robin Song Study.
  • American Robin Migration Update: March 20, 2001
    Robins are on the move, but we're STILL awaiting the big push north. This week, we challenge you to Name That Tune by learning five kinds of vocalizations made by robins, and what each means. If you've ever spotted a speckled robin, today's report has more about albinos, or robins of a different feather. Place your guess in the Early Bird Contest with some tips from our Northern Outpost observers. And send your questions to Ask the Expert!
  • American Robin Migration Update: March 27, 2001
    Just a quick update today to give you the latest data for your map. Watch for these "data only" updates every other week, between our regularly scheduled tulip updates.
  • American Robin Migration Update: April 3, 2001
    Cold and snow seem to have slowed the migration, but robins have reached Alaska! Hear the latest news from the Northern Observation Posts, and decide if Nova Scotia has had the Robin Snow. Learn what to watch for next, thanks to our robin phenology checklist. Try some new listening challenges for practice. Do robins return to the same territories? Find out why keeping kitty indoors isn't just for the birds, and enter a poster contest with prizes.
  • American Robin Migration Update: April 17, 2001
    Spring is spreading as robins begin singing in more places! Waves of migrants are still crowding into some snowy areas, and some Northern observation posts are still waiting for their first robins. But the early bird you've all been waiting for flew into a yard and gave us a winner in the Early Bird Contest for Anchorage! When robins do that "little tippy-toe run, head cock, get bug/worm dance," what's really happening? They're looking for worms, and this week's report is FULL of wormy ideas for springtime fun!
  • American Robin Migration Update: May 1, 2001
    Robins have reached all but 5 of the Northern Observation Posts! While we're waiting for some robins to reach the end of the migration trail, the breeding cycle is underway in places where they're already on territory. Who's doing all the work? Sort the chores of robin males and females, then decide which you'd rather be.
  • FINAL American Robin Migration Update: May 15, 2001
    Robins are back on territory all the way up in Alaska! Meanwhile, people have asked us all kinds of questions about backyard robins. Check out the answers on our new links to Frequently Asked Questions! The questions and answers show that what's good for robins is good for ALL living things--the subject of this season's final robin update as we celebrate the end of another journey north!

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