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ILMS students track spring with hummingbirds

Indian Lake Middle School students are tracking the arrival of spring through the migration of hummingbirds… and they are getting close.

Seventh grade science teacher Jana Core and her 101 year-old grandmother have enjoyed feeding and watching ruby-throated hummingbirds together for many years.

“Grandma will have so many hummingbirds in her trees because of her huge flower garden. Sometimes they dive bomb you.”

Core decided to incorporate that interest into her classes nine years ago with a giant migration map. Each year about this time, Core puts up her giant map of the United States in the hallway at ILMS. She and her students then monitor learner.org/jnorth/, which tracks the tiny birds as they make their way from South America and Mexico, then on to Texas, Florida, and finally up to Ohio.

As a science lesson, seventh graders learn how the birds follow blooming flowers along their migratory path. Core says the exercise falls into studies of photosynthesis and biomes that are curriculum standards in 7th grade science.

Core says former students and other teachers are always excited to see the giant map hung up because it signifies the countdown to spring and the return of beautiful creatures to our area.

Core says, “The weather has been so horrible this year, with this map you can see the end in sight. The hummingbirds are coming and spring is, too.”

Experts predict hummingbirds will be back in our part of Ohio in the next two weeks.

(Pictured top: Mrs. Core and several ILMS 7th graders check out the hummingbird migration map)

(Pictured bottom: Close-up of the migration map at ILMS that show hummingbirds returning to Ohio)

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