Will Robins Reach the End of the Trail?
Laying the Groundwork
1. Before making your predictions, look at annual temperatures in the NOP regions. (Unlike hummingbird migration, robin migration is tightly connected to weather. Robins move forward as the weather — and the availability of food sources — improves.) The map below shows average monthly temperatures throughout the year. Looking at it closely can help you make more accurate predictions about the arrival of robins at the Northern Observation Posts.
2. Use Your 2007 Prediction Log for the NOPs to record your predictions about when reporters at Journey North's Northern Observation Posts will (1) see the FIRST robins and (2) hear the first robin SONG.
3. Keep an eye on Journey North's Robin News updates and on weather maps that feature the Northern Observation Posts. How did your predictions turn out? You may want to revise them as the season unfolds!
Discussion or Journaling Questions
Digging Deeper: More Map Links