During last year’s grant cycle 1% members funded Craighead Beringia South’s grant that was aimed at “integrating scientific wildlife studies into local high school classrooms” according to their grant proposal.
The plan was to “improve student access to ongoing research and, in turn, transform learning into informed decision-maing for the conservation and management of our natural resources.”
Students were able to use on-going tracking studies with Bald Eagles and Cougars and follow the animals in real time while they studied Raptors, migration, cougar ecology, conservation issues, and applied scientific study design.
According to Marilyn Cuthill at Craighead Beringia South, the program was a success and she’ll be meeting with teachers in the next two weeks to, “incorporate the program into additional Fall coursework such as Genetics and Forensics.
Here’s Marilyn’s summary of the activities for the Integrated Wildlife Education grant:
Summary of Activities:
The Integrated Wildlife Education Program lead students into the field to work alongside field biologists while setting traps for the capture of bald eagles and tracking mountain lions via snow-tracks and radio telemetry. In the classroom, students created graphs and maps from 4 years of raw data collected on the lead project to compare blood levels in eagles associated with Jackson Hole’s elk harvest data.
The program also directed students to scientific papers whereby they disseminated scientific language, wrote abstracts, and examined the literature to justify their personal positions on topics such as energy, biodiversity, land management and water conservation.
This summer, CBS has offered 3 internships in collaboration with Jackson Hole High Schools. Students will work with avian researchers, cougar researchers, photographers, and graphic designers as they develop new transmitters, track cougars, and create educational apps about local natural history.
The grant monies from 1% ensured a wide variety of activities in CBS programs’ pilot year and one that was supported by tremendous enthusiasm from both students and teachers. We are looking forward to enhancing our program in the future!