Caribou Watching

Spot caribou as they wander the island grazing.

Berry Season - Spring

Follow the caribous' paths that are ‘their way’ – which often intersect with ‘our way.’

 

The caribou herd of Fogo Island can be elusive. While they’re often spotted in fall and winter snacking along roadsides and in open fields, during the warmer months, they typically hide inland.

Fun Facts about our Fogo Island herd

  • Did you know caribou are excellent swimmers? Swimming between the neighbouring islands is a way of life for the Fogo Island herd. The caribous’ large hooves, which act as snowshoes on land, make excellent paddles in the water; and their hollow hair shafts, which keep them warm in winter, help them stay buoyant while swimming.
  • Caribou are an endangered species in Canada. However the populations in Newfoundland are doing relatively well. The wild and relatively untouched areas of Newfoundland mean they face fewer pressures than elsewhere.
  • Caribou are an iconic migratory species, with some herds in the Arctic travelling over 1,000 km, during the migration period. However, on Fogo Island, the caribou are sedentary and do not make the same kinds of seasonal movements..
  • Within the Fogo Island herd, females greatly outnumber males. And each May, many of the females return to the same area to give birth.

Source: Fogo Island Caribou Ecology Project, Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab (Quinn Webber, Eric Vander Wal, Jack Hendrix)