We know that some animals make amazing long-distance journeys called migrations. This article explores some of the technology scientists use to track the animals and their journeys.
The article briefly describes the migration patterns for southern right whales, longfin eels, North American monarch butterflies and humans. It explains how scientists track migrating animals by using the simplest of devices such as small stickers or more high-tech satellite transmitters.
The illustrations include maps, a life cycle diagram and images that provide multiple opportunities for students to develop the science capability ‘Interpret representations’.
Teacher support material
Check your school library for this article from the 2016 level 3 Connected journal ‘Picture this’, download it as a Google slide presentation or order it from the Ministry of Education.
The teacher support material (TSM) can be downloaded from TKI as Word and PDF files. (Look for the icons below the article abstract.) The TSM has two activities – Reporting on migration and Taking action as citizen scientists – that are designed to extend students’ content knowledge and science capabilities.
Instant Wild is an online citizen science project that uses hidden cameras to photograph or video animals in a range of worldwide locations. Citizen scientists label and categorise animals. The information helps the scientists who monitor the locations of different species.
The following resources provide additional information about animal migration and how scientists and citizen scientists track the animals.
- Monarch butterflies – article
- Citizen scientists – article
- Tagging monarch butterflies for science – activity
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