All three of our classes have been discussing how scientists are trying to help wildlife around the world. One of the biggest problems as we know is how people and animals coexist together when space is limited. In order to get a better understanding for just how animals and humans can live side by side, we need to take a look not in articles and web pages, but rather outside in the wild! Mr. Dudar’s class has been observing animals on the nature trail all fall, and then took some time off to create our webpage. We currently started up again, and realized; we need help.
For the next two months we are going to check the camera every Friday, and record the data we can pull from it. Our first goal is to get a good estimate of the population of animals. This is going to be done by keeping track of how many individuals we see in relation to the “area” of our field of study. Of course this means we have to find the area! When the weather permits, we will be going outside to measure the field of study and find an accurate measurement of the area. We will be using our knowledge of math doing lots of measuring, multiplication, and addition to find this out. When we do, we will have to do lots of multiplication and division again to find the population using the same formulas which scientists in Africa, Asia, and even right here in the United States use to study the animals we always read about.
We will also being doing a study on their behavior. We will be recording the time of day they visit the area, the temperature, the weather conditions, and what it is that they are doing when they are recorded! Finally, we will put together a comprehensive report to upload onto our website of all of our findings. Look for this at the and of April... With this information we can then come up with hypothesis as to how we Cold Springers live right alongside with these animals. We can then use what we've learned to come up with ideas on how to help scientists in other areas of the world teach people how to live alongside the animals in their region.