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Spring's Journey North
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When ruby-throated hummingbirds return to nest in the U.S. and Canada this spring, they will have just completed
a remarkable round trip journey to Mexico & Central America and back! You can pilot the hummingbirds' return
journey and learn what it takes for these - and other species of "neotropical" migrants - to successfully
complete this amazing trip.
Report the FIRST hummingbird you
see this spring to Journey North!
Wintering and Breeding Range of the
Map by D. Bojar and U. McKinney
For the first time this year, we will also track a western hummer: the Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus).
This species over-winters primarily in Mexico and many travel all the way to Alaska to breed, the most northerly
of any hummingbird. Watch for this hummingbird if you live in northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western
Montana, Alberta, British Columbia or southeast Alaska.
Unpave the Way for Hummingbirds
In addition to tracking their migration this spring, we hope you'll help hummingbirds along the way by creating
habitat for them. Many helpful people and resources can be accessed through this WWW site. When your habitat project
is complete, report back to Journey North. We'll add your site our "Unpave the Way for Wildlife" map,
showing where you've helped make life better for the wildlife that shares your home.
This story will begin with a report from the neotropical migrants' wintering grounds in Central America. As
songbirds cross the Gulf of Mexico on their annual nonstop flight, a scientist will give students real-time weather
lessons and explore the effect of weather on migration. As the journey continues, students across North America
will report backyard sightings when the hummingbirds and orioles return. Student activities will run the spectrum,
from geography and math to the physical and life sciences. They will explore the physiology of flight, analyze
banding data, learn about population dynamics, and participate in an on-line opinion poll surrounding conservation
Neotropical Migratory Songbirds
The Journey North project tracks the migration of 4 species of Neotropical migrantory songbirds: Ruby-throated
and rufous hummingbirds, and Baltimore and Bullock's orioles. Neotropical migrants are birds that breed in North
America and winter south of the U.S. border. An amazing 333 bird species migrate according to this pattern. As
the habitat along their long trail is broken into fragments, people are noticing a significant decline in the number
of songbirds that return each spring. Students will meet members of an international network of scientists and
conservation professionals who have united to preserve songbird habitat and they'll discover imaginative conservation
strategies at work.