On August 15, Journey South–a web site sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting–opened its doors to begin tracking the migratory patterns of birds and other species as they head south for the winter. Students who participate in this annual program are encouraged to go out into the field and record their observations regarding the migration of different species. Once they have recorded their findings, they are encouraged to log back onto the web site to share their observations with students from across the hemisphere. Real scientists also are available online to provide expertise and offer feedback related to student findings and classroom hypotheses. Migrations are tracked by satellite, providing live coverage on the site of animals as they travel. In observing the migratory patterns of animals, it is hoped that students will gain a better understanding of the effects that seasonal changes have on living creatures.
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