Wild Migrations Atlas:
The book you should consult when thinking about how to teach ecological lessons in your classroom is Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates There is a copy of Wild Migrations in every community library and middle and high school library in Wyoming. We invite teachers to explore the atlas for examples of how science and the humanities explain the migration corridors and wildlife that are so important to our state’s culture. Most of our lessons and activities detailed below reference the Wild Migrations atlas. View atlas >
Our photographers have created a series of photo albums that capture the landscapes and the migrating animals that inhabit them. View photos >
Our research scientists have created a series of videos and playlists exploring migration science. These materials share the stories of wildlife encountering Interstate 80, the longest-documented mule deer migration in the world (Deer 255), elk migration in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and more. View the channel >
- We also have gathered Youtube playlists of world migrations for many terrestrial, avian, and aquatic species: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf14a0UX8AU2yes2clcZ9Wx2bQefAb5S5
- And this playlist features Wyoming migrations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf14a0UX8AU18sOALgrOaXBMpFohcKsnr
- All Youtube playlists are visible here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-1qijz4SUdhdv3_ucXwQEQ/playlists
This database enables teachers and students to explore the migrations of Wyoming's big game ungulates through a free, map-based interface that can animate wildlife movements. In 2018, we developed the viewer as an online platform for managers and the public to view, interact with migration data with maps of public lands, habitat type, roads, etc. Explore viewer >
Western Migrations Viewer:
This web viewer that WMI scientists contributed to can be used to teach lessons about big game herds across the American West. The migration viewer is an online platform where you can interact with migrations and even download data. There is also a report that details each migrating herd.
Social Media Channels:
The Wyoming Migration Initiative is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, though this content is geared toward adults and the general public, rather than K-12 students.
Separate channels for the new Global Initiative on Ungulate Migration, which the Wyoming Migration Initiative participates in, are available at: @migratinghooves on Facebook and Twitter, and, with more information on the GIUM website.
Accessible summaries of research publications by WMI scientists can be used as an introduction to the publications themselves, or part of reading assignments connecting with other learning resources. Explore research >
Wild Migrations Atlas and its associated web-database is a resource unlike any that I
have ever used. It’s focus on Wyoming, our 2 National Parks and our most important
resource – wildlife is stunning and engaging. Initially, I learned of the Wyoming
Migration Initiative through photographer Joe Riis’ research on the migration corridors of
Yellowstone. He and a past student of mine, Emilene Ostlind, were frontrunners in the
effort to understand migration and protect important migration corridors. I have proudly
shared this information with my students here at Big Horn High School and with our
community at large. There are so many aspects to this work that a student could get
interested in; GIS, technology, wildlife conservation, history, archeology, nutrition, social
engineering, communication, hunting, art, and the list goes on. If you are looking to
integrate a place-based, multi-disciplinary unit into a science class (or any class for that
matter) – this is a perfect initiative.
- Mila Stender
Wild Migrations Atlas was an amazing resource for my 4th and 5th graders as they
explored the ecological connections within our area. While my students are uniquely
situated with classroom windows that view many of these migratory pathways through
Grand Teton National Park, Wild Migrations grounded student observations in the
science they needed to understand the ecological causations and implications of
migration. Students used graphs and data from Wild Migrations to build simple
ecological stories of the life cycles and needs of our local ungulates. This exercise not
only contributed to building a stronger ecological literacy for my students, but also
helped bring a level of authenticity and excitement to their work.
- Lisa Lowenfels
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