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Dan Majka: The Nature Conservancy, University of Washington


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, South and Central America

Migrations in Motion

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  • This interactive map illustrates the possible migration movements of mammals, birds, and amphibians due to climate change. 
  • It takes into account the natural and human-made barriers that could prevent their migration to more suitable locations.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive map has a key where additional information given.
  • The "What Can We Do?" section lists ways that conservationists can maintain habitat connectivity to improve the ability of species to move to more suitable habitat.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The map data is currently only available for the Western Hemisphere.


  • Advanced students could be asked to brainstorm reasons why animals might follow the patterns identified.
  • Students who need additional support could read the map key with teacher guidance and discuss the "What Can We Do" section with a partner.
  • Other resources about the effects of climate change on animals include this news article, this StC lesson plan, this NASA article, and this video.
Scientist Notes

This data visualizes the pattern of migration of mammals, amphibians, and birds on a global scale. The model becomes unfit when it tries to represent the localized migration patterns of animals and species. However, students can explore to see the impact of climate change on animal migration. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
      • HS-LS2-8 Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.
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