Signs of Spring Update: February 12, 2001
Are YOU Ready to Track Spring's Journey North?
Thousands of students are watching and waiting for the migrations to begin. We hope you're among them, ready for the adventure! But if you catch only a glimpse of a feather, a fluke or a flipper, can you identify each critter to genus and species?
Journey North Creature Quiz
We've assembled all the Journey North species on a single page--and we've added some songs, calls, tweets and whistles. Can you identify these creatures by sight and by sound?
Don't Be Fooled By a Familiar Face
Be careful! Some Journey North species have look-alikes. Look carefully at the species below, and tell us how you can distinguish the Journey North species from an impostor:
Name That Tune
Tip for Teachers: Verifying Data Collected by Peers
As part of Journey North, your students will collect backyard observations this spring and share them with classrooms across North America. Student observers expand the eyes and ears of scientists in ways never before possible. However, in order for the data to be valid and useful, we must trust the accuracy of observations made by others. This lesson explores the important process of validating data.
Reminder: Dr. Rogers on Animal Planet March 24
Take a peek at Dr. Rogers and his study bears with this
short clip from "The Man Who Walks With Bears."
Discussion of Challenge Question #1
In our report about the black bears, we asked: "What preparations do you think the mother must make so the wide-awake cubs can survive their mother's hibernation?"
Did anyone wonder why those little cubs never wandered out of the den? They only
want to be by their mother, where there's warmth and food. Also, the mother's high
body temperature lets her become mentally alert to any dangers and mischief.
Match That Bear Sound!
Challenge Question #2 asked, "What do you think these bear sounds mean?"
Hooray for these discriminating bear fans who sent the correct answers!
Please Report "Signs of Spring" From Your Part of the World!
Your observations will be incorporated into "Signs of Spring" updates according to the schedule above.
Thanks for sharing!
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Questions:
1. Address an E-mail message to: email@example.com
The Next Signs of Spring Update Will be Posted on February 26, 2001
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