Join the herd.
You thought your thru- hike was far? These critters put in distances that make our walks seem pedestrian— and every year is a yo-yo.
Every summer, these ungulates make the 600- mile trek from Alaska’s Brooks Range to the coastal plains of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the longest land migration in North America. See it July through August in Denali National Park, AK
The king of butterflies flutters as many as 3,000 miles from all across the U. S. to Mexico every year. The out- and- back is so taxing that it can span up to five generations of the insects.
See it August through October in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Small, but not out of shape: This 5- inch shorebird travels 5,000 to 10,000 miles from the far northern reaches of Canada to Mexico and South America every year.
See it May and September in Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, NC
Massive animal = massive distance. Gray whales have the longest- known migration of any mammal, some 6,000 miles from their breeding grounds in Mexico to the Arctic Lagoons north of Alaska. See it January in Pt. Reyes National Seashore, CA