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Global Warming Threatens Caribou
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ean08.sci.ess.watcyc.caribou/

National Film Board of Canada, WGBH Educational Foundation, Teachers' Domain

This video segment depicts how climate change is impacting the migration of Canada's barren-ground caribou. Changes in the plant community and tree lines will change the prime habitat for some herds of caribou. Caribou are faced with adapting to these barrens shrinking, often with serious consequences.

Video length: 4:56 minutes.

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Teaching Tips

  • Adapted from Arctic Mission: Lords of the Arctic, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Students could be encouraged, as a result of this video segment, to explore other animals faced with climate change-induced habitat challenges and plot them out on a map to see where climate change is having an impact and on what kinds of animals.

About the Science

  • Video is about impact of climate change on the migration of Canada's barren-ground caribou. Caribou migration routes are typically determined by weather factors. However as global warming continues, traditional migration timings and pathways are leading more and more caribou to their death.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Background information, discussion questions, and alignment with standards are provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Has closed-captioned text. Audio was not in sync with video. Text and bilingual approach good. Video slightly pixellated.

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