9 Popular U.S. Animals That Migrate

Snowy Owls

Winter in Canada, New England, and the Great Lakes. Food fuels their trip. Snowy owls overrun Texas and Bermuda. This occurs when snowy owls have a successful nesting year and southern food.

 Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawks are migrants. One-third of the population lives in Alaska, Canada, and the Great Plains. In North America, this group winters. North, Central, and the Caribbean have two-thirds of the population.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds depart their northern breeding sites in the winter. They fly to the south of Canada and Central America. Eastern bluebirds can migrate 2,000 miles.


Caribou migrate in big groups. The Porcupine Herd migrates 400 miles each spring from Alaska's Brooks Range to the Arctic Coastal plain. Their zig-zag migration pattern covers roughly 3,000 miles.

Blue Whale

Large mammals migrate annually. Only the Arctic Ocean lacks blue whales. Summer is when they migrate to graze on zooplankton. Winter brings them to warmer equatorial waters.

Arctic Terns

Arctic Terns travel the farthest. Indeed. This bird annually follows the July sun. The arctic tern glides over large distances. Arctic terns migrate, so they're difficult to spot.

Leatherback Turtle

Migrating leatherbacks. 10,000 miles each year. They depart tropical waters to eat jellyfish. Pink spot on a leatherback turtle's pineal gland. Light and temperature variations trigger migration


Monarch butterflies travel from the north to the south each year. Eastern Monarchs migrate from the north to Mexico. Western Monarchs migrate from Canada to California and Nevada.


Pronghorns migrate the farthest. They pedal 300 miles between Grant Teton and Upper Green River Basin. Caribou is North America's longest trek. Pronghorns can go far since they're fast.

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