Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | October 17, 2010

Fall Caribou Migration

For the past month the caribou have been bunching up and traveling through the mountain passes.  Last Monday we awoke to a fairly large herd camping out between Shungnak and the foothills. We estimated that we could see 6,000 from the classroom windows. Try competing for students’ attention with that going on outside!

So, after school Hans said he was going to take a walk and see if he could get some pictures, “…’cause this might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and they may be gone tomorrow.”

Here’s a sampling:

 

Bull with "white cape"

 

 

Bull bellowing

 

 

Caribou in front of "Sleeping Lady Mt."

 

 

Looked like this for 270 degrees

 

 

Bambi

 

 

Some bulls were sparring and thrashing the willows

 

A plane flew in that evening and reported there were actually some 20,000+ caribou in the herd. A truck drove up and down the runway beeping its horn, trying to scare the caribou back so they wouldn’t cross the runway while the plane was landing.

Just like Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf — except Hans kept his clothes on (thank God!).

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  1. WOW, What a sight. Can’t imagine what you’d have for a lesson plan that could compete with that sight. You lost me to the window. Noisy? I’m looking for a follow-up on what happened. Leave right away. Go as one compact unit or stagger out small groups at atime?


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