Arctic Biodiversity

This integrated unit investigates the Arctic food web and the inter-relationships of species in the Arctic. Individual studies of the plants and animals will enhance understanding of Arctic biodiversity and our role in protecting these unique species.

Lesson Plan 

  • Extreme Ecosystems - A Biodiversity Lesson: The Arctic Food Web is made up of fewer species and is more fragile than those in other regions of the world. This lesson plan explores the biodiversity of this extreme ecosystem.

All About Polar Bears

Other Resources

  • Arctic Food Web:
    Arctic Food Web
    This illustration depicts organisms that eat other organisms in the Arctic ecosystem. A food web is a network of energy that flows in and out of the ecosystem. A food chain is one particular route through a food web.
  • Arctic Animals: A slide show of arctic animals.
  • Google Earth Tour – Arctic Tern: The Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) makes an incredible migration each year. These small birds travel more than 50,000 miles, from pole to pole, crossing through temperate and tropical regions along the way. Carsten Egevang used geo-locator tags to track ten of these terns, and he shares their story with us in this tour.


The Polar Bear Song: This fun, catchy tune by Tom Rugg stars Bjorn the Polar Bear. It contains a gentle message about climate change, with footage by Emmy Award-winning videographer Daniel Zatz of

Become Inspired

Join the Tundra Connections® live webcasts during the fall polar-bear migration. See polar bears, meet scientists, and ask questions!