Free App Connects Students, Naturalists Across the Continent as Birds and Butterflies Go North

News Date: 
April 2012

Annenberg Learner makes Journey North, the nation’s top citizen science project for children, available on iPhones, iPads and Androids.

See it, snap it, report it. Citizen scientists and budding naturalists can now use their iPhone or iPad to report sightings of birds, butterflies and other migrating species from the field to the Journey North website.

The new app, www.learner.org/jnorth/mobile provides tools including maps, a geographic locator and a function to record and send field notes. App users can take and send photos of their quarry using their iPhone or iPad and connect to a growing database of field observations used by both students and scientists. An Android version of the app will be available by summer 2012.

Journey North is an award-winning educational website dedicated to the study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Over 900,000 K-12 students and members of the general public contribute data on this site, which has created a network of reported sightings, observations and changes in animal behavior and in the ecosystem.

The website, www.learner.org/jnorth features migration maps dating back to 1997, images and photos of wildlife, video, standards-based lesson plans, classroom activities and information from scientists about specific species and the seasons. Journey North is a winner of the Webby award as a top educational site.

Journey North is accessed through and made possible by Annenberg Learner, the Washington, D.C. office of the Annenberg Foundation. FlickerLab is the developer of the Journey North apps.

For information: Michele McLeod, mmcleod@learner.org, 202-783-0500 x102