While plants are the easiest living
things to observe on the tundra, you should also be able to see animals above
the treeline. It is worth remembering that animals must consume plants or
other animals to survive. So don't just look for furry mammals on your visit-
keep an eye out for birds and insects, too!
Some insects, birds, and mammals
are common and very active and therefore easy to find. But to find some of
the secretive or rare animals you will have to be very observant and lucky!
You can increase your odds of
finding interesting animal life on the tundra if you are quiet, move slowly,
and are patient. A pair of binoculars can be very helpful for seeing distant
animals. Some of these animals are permanent residents of the tundra, and
others are seasonal visitors.
As you find animals on the tundra,
think about the special adaptations that allow them to survive the harsh conditions
Click on the photo below to begin
investigating some special adaptations of tundra animals.