- Do you want your students to analyze current research data, draw conclusions about the data, and apply them to real situations?
- Are you interested in providing students with an opportunity to explore the applications of science to real issues?
- Do you think it is important for students to develop critical reading and thinking skills?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, this module is for you!
One hundred years ago, Colorado had fewer than 2,000 elk, 7,000 deer, and 1,000 pronghorn. Through the efforts of involved citizens and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), our state now has more than 300,000 elk, 500,000 deer, and 60,000 pronghorn. Diminishing populations of river otters, ospreys, peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and greenback cutthroat trout have also been restored to healthy levels.
Now a historic and heroic project is underway to return the beautiful Canada lynx to its historic range in Colorado. This is only the second time in North America that a lynx reintroduction has been attempted. The first effort to establish lynx in Adirondack Park in New York in the late 1980s failed. There was no adequate monitoring plan and it was impossible to discern where the project went wrong. When Colorado decided to undertake this project, the state put in place stringent scientific monitoring. Not only does this experimental approach enhance the success of the reintroduction, it allows scientists to add to a growing body of knowledge about species restoration and allows your students to learn right along with them!
Return of the Snow Cat: the Reintroduction of Lynx to Colorado supports instructors in their efforts to provide the knowledge and skills specified in the Colorado Model Content Standards and the corresponding grade level frameworks. It is an eight-lesson module designed for two weeks of classroom instruction. Real research data from the lynx reintroduction effort serve as a context to present topics such as ecosystems, population dynamics, and more! The module is designed to supplement or replace the activities found in most high school biology, ecology, or environmental science textbooks that address these topics.
Any high school teacher who wishes to receive a copy of this module can request one by sending an e-mail to a CPW education coordinator. Please provide your name, the name and address of your high school, a work phone number, and your e-mail address. (This offer is for high school teachers, only, please.)
Colorado teachers receive the materials free of charge. If you do not reside in Colorado, but wish to obtain a copy of this module, please send a check for $25 made out to Colorado Parks and Wildlife to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Attn: Education Section, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.