Gray whales migrate farther than any mammal. Their
journey between the warm birthing lagoons in Mexico and
grounds adds up to more than 10,000 miles roundtrip—each and every year
of their lives!
Journey North to follow
the northward migration of gray whales from their nursery
lagoons in Baja California to their summer feeding grounds
in Alaska. News from our observers at outposts
along the way will help narrate the extraordinary journey. To follow
the spring migration of these gentle giants and their new babies
all along the Pacific Coast, Journey North watches for:
of first sighting of northbound gray whales.
of first sighting of northbound gray
whale mother/calf pairs.
You can follow
the migration in your classroom in two ways:
Like watching a parade, trained volunteers watch for
whales and calves passing two California observations posts.
Counting for the American Cetacean Society (ACS),
they provide live data for each of our spring migration updates. Track
gray whales from one or both ACS Census posts!
Angeles (ACS-LA) reports whales southbound and
northbound using the nearshore coastal path. This is
a long-term study.
Islands (ACS-CI) reports northbound whales (many
with calves) passing Coal Oil Point in Goleta, California
(10 miles west of Santa Barbara). The census is being
conducted from the mainland and will look at whales who
choose to go along the coast (which is the long way).
Over time and in comparison with other census data, this
hopes to begin to provide an understanding of
the percentages of whales that choose between the two
routes: along the coast and the more direct route through
the islands. We're thrilled to share data!
data and our guiding questions help you compile a picture
of migration as the whales swim past. What migration patterns
will emerge based on the hundreds of whales observed offshore?
Our lesson explains how to use the ACS migration data to
calculate, graph, and analyze.
to Alisa Schulman-Janiger and volunteers of the ACS-LA
Census, and to Michael Smith and volunteers of the
Census for providing this opportunity!
Reports from Observers Along the Migration Trail
from observers all along the "whale trail" helps
to narrate the whales' long journey up the Pacific Coast
to the arctic feeding grounds. If you live along the whale
trail, please help us track the migration!