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  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America

"Dwindling Migration"

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  • This watercolor by scientist and artist Jill Pelto depicts the migration of caribou herds and uses scientific data to illustrate the rapid decline of the George River caribou population. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students will have the opportunity to interpret the data in the artwork.
  • The artistic visualization of information will make the discussion of these topics more interesting and lively.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may want to review the following concepts with students: animal adaptation, animal migration, biodiversity loss, group behavior, habitat destruction, endangered species, and extinction.


  • In art class, students could discuss how artists can use their artwork to educate people about topics like climate change.
  • A math teacher could share this resource with students and ask them to calculate the percentage of the George River caribou herd that has been lost since 1984.
  • In social studies class, the teacher could ask students to create a slideshow presentation describing the migration of a group of animals and incorporating scientific data, charts, and pictures.
  • Other resources on this topic include this watercolor by Jill Pelto that shows the salmon population's decline and this interactive map that shows the potential for climate-induced migration for different animal species.
Scientist Notes
This resource depicts the trends in the changes in the caribou population. This resource would be good for telling climate stories in the context of fauna migration, extinction, and biodiversity loss. It is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 7.LS2.1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • HS.LS2.1 Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
      • HS.LS2.6 Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS.LS2.8 Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.
  • Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 5 - Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
      • VA.5.PR2.8 2. Summarize and analyze why and how an exhibition or artworks may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
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