Showing posts with label animal migrations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label animal migrations. Show all posts

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.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Learn About Reindeer With This Collection of Media

BBC Nature has a collection of video clips, images, and articles about reindeer (or caribou). In the collection you can learn about how caribou have adapted to their cold environments, their range, and how they differ between continents. You'll also be able to learn about how some caribou have been semi-domesticated and herded by humans.

Unfortunately, not all BBC media is available for viewing in all regions of the world.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuna and Terns - View Their Migrations in Google Earth

I've featured some resources from the Encyclopedia of Life in the past (here and here) and today I'd like to point out a couple of new things from EOL that I learned about through the Google Earth Blog. The Encyclopedia of Life has offered Google Earth files for a while. Two new (to me anyway) files that could be useful for science teachers are tours of Bluefin Tuna and Arctic Tern migration patterns.

The video below is of the Bluefin Tuna tour.

Applications for Education
The Encyclopedia of Life tours could be good supplements to your textbook information about migratory animals. Rather than just looking at the migration patterns students can learn a little about how the patterns are studied and why those animals migrate.