Journey North: Spring, 1996

Engaging Students in a Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change

Who: Students Across North America
What:Track Wildlife Migration and Spring's Journey North
When:Groundhog's Day Until Summer Vacation
Where:On the Internet
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How: Join Journey North's Internet Field Team!

Students Track Spring's Journey North

Announcing Journey North, an annual Internet-based learning adventure that engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Beginning on Groundhog's Day (Feb. 2nd) students will travel northward with spring as it sweeps across the continent of North America. With global classmates and state-of-the-art computer technology, they'll predict the arrival of spring from half a world away.

Up-to-the-minute news about a dozen migrations will be exchanged between classrooms as students report observations from their own home towns. Migrations to be tracked by Journey North this spring include:

Monarch Butterflies, Robins, Bald Eagles, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Peregrine Falcons, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Loons, Orioles, Whooping Cranes, Caribou and migratory Bats of the Sonoran Desert!

The dramatic journeys of several animals will be tracked by satellite. News will travel from the animals' transmitters to an orbiting satellite and then directly into the classroom via the Internet. This revolutionary technology will give students a bird's-eye view of the remarkable challenges faced by individual animals as they travel.

Signs of Spring
Linked to classrooms from the tropics to the tundra, students will conduct interactive, comparative studies of the natural world. In addition to following migrations, they will observe the local emergence of spring through studies of changing daylight, temperature and other signs of spring.

For example, students will proclaim the official arrival of spring when tulips bloom in their communities. In this and other "Spring Fever" projects, classrooms investigate the relationship between geography, temperature and the arrival of spring. Together students gather, organize and analyze their own data. Using the Internet they can fit their local observations into a global context--essentially seeing that their small part of the world is part of a large, natural system.

How To Participate in Journey North

There are 2 levels of participation available this year:

Journey North News Reporters (Free)

Become a Journey North News Reporter and share your wildlife observations over the Internet. Follow these steps to register your school as an official observation post:

Register via Journey North's World Wide Web registration
Send an E-mail message to:

Registration is free and all are invited to participate! In exchange for your help you'll receive the Journey North News. News reports provide daily updates about wildlife and other signs of spring as collected by fellow reporters across the continent.

Journey North's Internet Field Team ($39)
(Includes all LEVEL 1 services.)

New for 1996, the Internet Field Team is an enhancement designed to help you bring this project to the center of your science, math and geography curriculum. As part of the Internet Field Team you will receive printed materials and special online services.

Printed materials include a 150-page Teacher's Manual with 54 interdisciplinary lessons that can be used throughout the 4-month program. The manual is complete with reproducible student worksheets and graphs. Schedules and classroom organization techniques used by participating teachers will show you how to integrate the program fully. Published as a 3-ring binder, teachers can add additional lessons and information as they are delivered online. The Journey North Migration Map (34" x 29") provides a visual overview of the program--real birds and butterflies, feathers and flowers surround a colorful map of North America, and each migratory species is pictured "down south" where its migration begins.

As part of the Internet Field Team students engage in coordinated interactive projects with classrooms across the Hemisphere. Weekly Ask the Expert interviews connect students with Journey North scientists. Regular on-line data exchange, surveys, opinion polls and lesson plans make the most of your classroom's Internet connection.

Registration for the Internet Field Team is available for $39 per class. All benefits of the Journey North News Reporter service (Level 1) are included. To order call 1-800-965-7373 or complete the Internet Field Team Order Form.

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