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Noticing and appreciating seasonal changes in nature is one of the easiest ways for people to engage with the outdoors, and for over two decades the venerable citizen science project Journey North has helped many do just that. This project focuses primarily on animal migration patterns in North America, but other seasonal changes are also highlighted. From the home page visitors can check out and participate in Journey North's numerous projects, such as tracking sightings of Hummingbirds during their fall migration and reporting on Sunlight & Seasons, two projects that are active at the time of this write-up. Visitors can participate in these or other Journey North projects by registering for free to report their sightings of various species and phenomena. An upcoming event that educators may want to consider is Mystery Class 2020, which the organization describes as "a global game of hide-and-seek," in which "students track seasonal changes in sunlight and then investigate other clues to find ten secret sites around the world." Founded in 1994 by its director Elizabeth Howard and supported by Annenberg Learner for the past 25 years, Journey North's management was transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum in February 2019, where it is now coordinated by Nancy Sheehan.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-09-06
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