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Video Clip:
Animated Movements of the Porcupine Caribou

Want to see a sneak preview of the caribou migration? This animation, created with 10 years of satellite tracking data shows the annual migration of the Porcupine caribou.

Viewing Guide

As you watch the animation, you will notice that each day of the year is represented by one picture showing where the caribou are located. What else do you notice?

Porcupine Caribou Migration Animation

Video Clip


*Special Thanks

Journaling Questions

  1. What is going on when the music starts, pauses, when it starts again?
  2. Why do you think all the caribou are going to the same place along the coast in June?
  3. Critical habitat is defined as a specific geographic area(s) that is essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species and that may require special management and protection. After watching this animation, what do you think is the critical habitat(s) for the Porcupine caribou?
  4. In which month do you see the biggest migration movements with the herd?
  5. What month do the caribou arrive in the most southern part of their migration range?

* We offer special thanks to scientists Don Russell (Canadian Wildlife Service in Whitehorse, Yukon), Brad Griffith (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) and Dorothy Cooley (Government of Yukon in Dawson, Yukon) for the contributed data. Animations created by Wendy Wright and John A. Nagy (Government of Northwest Territories).