for New Participants
North's Spring Hummingbird Migration: The Basics
glad you are joining us this spring. Here's a quick overview of Journey
North's spring hummingbird migration season:
You'll Track: Students use our interactive
maps to track one or both of two species of hummingbirds: the Ruby-throated
(central and eastern United States and Canada) and the Rufous (mainly
western United States and Canada). See species'
distribution map. These species make remarkable journeys north from
Central America and Mexico. See slideshow: Meet
Two Hummingbird Species: Which is Which?
the Migrations Take Place: The ruby-throated hummingbird migration
begins in late February or early March. The first rubythroats reach
Canada in May. Rufous hummers begin heading north in January. The first
ones reach Canada in early March.
to Follow the Weekly News: Every Wednesday, we post exciting
News Updates about the hummingbird migration. Select "News"
on the hummingbird navigation bar to find the updates. The first update
is posted on February 3 and the last one is on June 9. (Sample
Hummingbird News Updates include:
interactive Migration Maps
Questions Handout (Sample)
- A Topic
of the Week: A slideshow, booklet, or photo observation, and a handout
From Citizen Scientists: Reports from other observers and "thinking"
questions for students.
Questions related to the week's topic
to other Resources to Explore
of Weekly News Topics: All through the season, students make
and revise predictions to answer the question, Where will the hummingbirds
head next? News Updates help them explore weather and climate maps,
compare migrations from several years, consider what influences the
migration's progress, and make sense of unusual sightings. Photo-rich
updates also cover these general topics:
Students wait for our maps to show the first hummingbirds crossing
into the United States.
Hummers Head North
The first hummingbirds cross the U.S. border, and the adventure
mid-March, students can e-mail questions to our Hummingbird
Amazing Journey Across the Gulf
the Two Migrations
return to our schoolyards and backyards.
up and Defending Territories
parenting stage of the hummingbird's life cycle draws students
in with compelling slideshows and booklets!
for Fall's Journey South
Other Core Teaching Tools
North Journals: Many Journey North teachers have students keep
Hummingbird Migration Journals
to inspre learning and assessment.
North for Kids:
A simple, student-directed entry point to Journey North. It features
engaging hummingbird stories, photos, slideshows, booklets, and videos.
These build observation skills, inspire scientific thinking, and create
fertile ground for discussions and new questions! (Journey
North for Kids: Hummingbirds).
Hummingbird Resource Materials: Journey North has a rich resource
library of hummingbird activities
and lessons and frequently
North and Seasonal Change: Journey North explores the interrelated
aspects of seasonal change. The hummingbird migration is one example.
These background lessons,
which can be used with all Journey North species, help teachers integrate
the migrations into a broader context.
You can use these Assessment
Tools during and at the end of your Journey North Hummingbird project.