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unit explores the natural resource management of Dall's sheep in
the national parks of northwest Alaska. Students will learn about
Dall's sheep, where they live, how they have adapted to their environment,
and how wildlife biologists study them to understand how to protect
their populations within national parklands.
unit is designed for grades K-12. Many of the activities included
in the unit, and the earlier concepts are appropriate for younger
grades, although the later part of the unit and the final activity
are geared towards middle and high school. High school math and
science teachers can focus on the last guiding question and the
thanks to the WILD Education Office (Ministry of Environment, Lands
and Parks and Ministry of Forests, Canada) from which much of this
material was adapted.
Wildlife managers need to understand the natural and human-induced
factors that determine the population size of a species, so
that they can make informed decisions to protect them.
You are a researcher who has been studying the Dall
sheep of Noatak National Preserve for several years. Managers
in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve need
your help in understanding their sheep.
science and geography standards