Animal Tracking


Overview:

Using actual satellite telemetry data from tagged animals, students will plot the coordinates on a tracking map and compare the movement of the animals.

Objectives:

Students will be able to…

Materials:

Datapoint Information for a Harbor Seal
Point No. Date Latitude Longitude
1
10/16/01
59,50N
149.51W
2
10/18/01
59.51N
149.50W
3
10/20/01
59.50N
149.50W
4
10/22/01
59.51N
149.51W
5
10/26/01
59.50N
149.51W
6
10/30/01
59.51N
149.00W
7
11/05/01
59.51N
149.33W
8
11/29/01
59.51N
149.52W
9
12/09/01
59.51N
149.51W
10
12/11/01
59.51N
149.51W
11
12/29/01
59.50N
149.49W
12
01/10/02
59.47N
149.46W

http://www.alaskasealife.org/master/animal_tracking/data_margarita.html

Procedure:

  1. Locate appropriate regional map.
  2. Have students plot data onto maps.
  3. Study the life cycle and habitat of a harbor seal. How does this compare to its movement?

Extensions:


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