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Monday, April 11, 2016

Animal Migrations in Yellowstone National Park

National Geographic recently published a great video containing remarkable footage of elk, pronghorn antelope, and mule deer migrations in Yellowstone National Park. The short video describes the length and direction of the migrations made by these beautiful animals. Make sure you turn up the volume to hear the sounds of the elk, mule deer, and pronghorn bleats.


Further National Geographic information on elk. More National Geographic information on pronghorn antelope.

Applications for Education
This video could be a great introduction to a lesson on animal behavior and habitat. Ask your students to investigate why the animals migrate, when they migrate, and how political boundaries constructed by humans can affect animal migrations.

On a personal note, ten years ago I went off the beaten paths backpacking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It was an amazing solo experience that I'll never forget. Even though I was there I wasn't able to the animals in the way that is captured in the footage in the video above.

H/T to The Adventure Blog.