Scientists say that the annual migration journey of the Porcupine caribou is thousands of years old. These magnificent animals, sometimes called the deer of the north, are the North's wild spirit. The Porcupine Caribou herd in northern Yukon, Alaska and Northwest Territories is the one of the largest herd of North America's barren-ground caribou.
In February the caribou will be in their winter feeding grounds. They will have endured the deepest part of winter, when darkness prevails and temperatures commonly drop far below zero. How are caribou adapted to this climate? What do they eat? Of equal concern, what eats them? Where do they find food and shelter in the mountainous terrain? Why do they travel deep into this territory each winter?
finally arrives, it will be an urgent time for the females. Leaving before
the males, they migrate to the Alaskan coastal plain where each year more
than 129,000 caribou gather to calve and raise their young.
Using maps and other information from the Internet follow the migration this year through a cooperative project with scientists using satellite telemetry to study migration patterns and seasonal range use of the Porcupine Caribou herd in northern Yukon, Alaska and Northwest Territories.
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