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Migration

Migration is crucial to the survival of many species. Birds, butterflies, whales, sharks, caribou, and countless other animals travel to find food, breed, give birth, raise young, or hibernate. And there are other reasons behind these epic journeys, some of which are thousands of miles long.

Start exploring some amazing animals' migrations.

New Hampshire Public TV
Mission Migration Game

Mission Migration Game

Guide your flock safely through a dangerous migration. Play this game to learn about the threats to migratory birds — and what you can do in real life to support them. More...

Game
Audubon
Adaptations and Behaviors: Migration

Adaptations and Behaviors: Migration

Animals migrate to find food, mates, and suitable weather. Watch birds, eel, caribou, whales, butterflies, and other migrating creatures in action. More...

Video
BBC
Animal Magnetism

Animal Magnetism

Migrating sea turtles and other creatures rely on the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way across great distances. So what happens when a magnetic reversal occurs? More...

Article
NOVA/PBS
Animal Migration

Animal Migration

It’s one of the great wonders of the natural world. Investigate why animals migrate, how they survive the treacherous journey, and some record-breaking migrations. More...

Article
Natural History Museum, London
Animals on the Move

Animals on the Move

To understand migrating animals and help them survive, scientists are tracking them by satellite. Learn more and get facts on the creatures they’re following. More...

Article
NASA
Caribou Migration

Caribou Migration

What could possibly force Canadian caribou to abandon prime feeding grounds and trek 6,000 miles in 1 year? Hint: It’s a tiny pest that loves blood. Take a look. More...

Video
Discovery
Cuckoos Tagged with GPS Trackers

Cuckoos Tagged with GPS Trackers

Can cuckoos wear backpacks? Find out how and why U.K. scientists are attaching tiny traceable devices to these migratory birds. More...

Article
BBC Nature
Great Migrations

Great Migrations

Have a blast exploring amazing animal migrations though videos, articles, activities, migration maps, and even a migration game. It's all here! More...

Interactive
National Geographic
How Animal Migration Works

How Animal Migration Works

What triggers an animal’s migration? How do they find their way without a map? Get the facts on migratory patterns, cues, navigation, and evolution. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
Lost in Migration

Lost in Migration

This fun game is all about response speed. See how fast you can press the arrow key that corresponds to the direction of your flock’s central bird. More...

Game
Luminosity
Migration of the Monarch

Migration of the Monarch

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies make an epic flight to a tiny patch of land in Mexico — a 2,000-mile trip for some. More...

Video
NOVA/PBS
Monarch Butterfly Winter Migration

Monarch Butterfly Winter Migration

It’s a mystery how monarch butterflies find the same trees to hibernate in year after year. See what threats they face each winter. More...

Video
Discovery
Photos: Migration

Photos: Migration

Click on a photo to begin a stunning slideshow of migrating animals: flamingos, blue wildebeest, red crabs, narwhal, salmon, butterflies, and more. More...

Images
ARKive
Shark Migration

Shark Migration

A blue shark holds the long-distance record for traveling more than 3,000 miles. Learning about shark migration starts with tagging these creatures... carefully. More...

Video
Discovery
Snow Goose

Snow Goose

This mesmerizing video captures huge flocks of migrating snow geese. Don’t miss their beautiful aerial patterns and honking cacophony. More...

Video
ARKive
Tired Travelers

Tired Travelers

Thanks to radar, scientists can find out where birds rest during their long migrations. Find out why this information is so important. More...

Article
NASA

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