Summer Solstice Is a Month Away

May 20, 2021 by Team Journey North

An early reminder that the summer solstice is just a month away. Please report and share your daylight length and signs of the season. What changes have you noticed this past month?

Photo by: Mary in Pickett, WI


Report your photoperiod on the 20th of every month, and on each equinox and solstice. Track changes in daylight over the course of the year on the daylight map. Explore how daylight length changes in your part of the world as the Earth revolves around the Sun.

Signs of Spring

A splash of yellow here. A fleeting blur of blues and reds over there. Signs of spring are appearing everywhere across North America. What are you observing? 

Steve in Muncie, IN: “Arrowwood viburnum has begun to leaf out with small flower buds joining them.” (04/26/2021)

Tom in Norway, ME: “Young sugar maple leaves.” (05/05/2021)

Pat in Madison Heights, MI: “Another Life List Bird for me — the Palm Warbler. I was excited to see it at the beautiful Red Oaks Nature Center in Madison Heights, Michigan on May 7th. (05/07/2021)

Jennifer in Lawrence, KS: “Painted Buntings were hanging out around Clinton Lake last weekend.” (05/15/2021)

How to Participate

  • Report you daylight length for May 20, 2021.
  • Report seasonal signs of spring.

How to Report your Day Length (Photoperiod)

Step 1: Look up your sunrise/sunset on the 20th of every month.

Step 2: Calculate the length of time between sunrise and sunset. 

Step 3: Report your daylight length on the 20th of every month.

Step 4: Explore the Daylight map and compare your part of the world with other locations as the Earth revolves around the Sun.