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1. Prior Learning.
2. Present Experience
3. Your Future
- What really gave me almost a head start in this project was the documentary project last year. The topic we chose for our documentary project was about wolf creek and what problems would arise if wolfcreek had development happen to it, and lynx was a big part mentioned by the person we interviewed.
2. Present Experience
- The most significant things I did in this where provide research on the lynx, and write up the entire Determine Possible Solutions section. These things I did I feel contributed to the project well being that without enough research we wouldn't have been able to finish our writeup. Also the section I wrote I but a lot of work into.
- For me a lot of the problem with this project was finding the inspiration to do the work. A lot of the work was very tedious and very independent for a group project. Maybe next time this project happens have the students do the same work but make it more group-work orientated.
- During this project I could completely do the work, it wasn't hard but my problem was that I slacked off and couldn't find the inspiration for the work for around the first half of this project, it was stressful having to do it all at once toward the end but I still put in the effort to make it an impressive writeup and a good art piece.
- I learned a lot of new stuff in this project, I learned more about how wolfcreek is an important geographical location for the population lynx to move. I also learned more about how the large snowpack of wolf creek is important for lynx and snowshoe hares (a big part of a lynx’s diet).
- If I was to do this project again i'd definitely try to go more in depth on more of the snowshoe hare instead of lynx. I'd do this because the lynx and it's range and population is completely dependant on it's prey, and it's main source of food is the snowshoe hare. What i'd also like to do differently in this project is research more on not a development's effect on the lynx population but the impact people have on the lynx (skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, etc.)
3. Your Future
- From what I learned in this project I can really take what I learned about trail fragmentation and apply that to future jobs or hobbies. I can actually apply it now since I constantly am snowboarding and I always go up to wolfcreek for backcountry riding, and now I know about trail fragmentation I will be more careful when i'm snowboarding outside of ski area boundaries. I can also take what I learned about writing up a science paper because it seems like a good skill If i want to pursue a job that revolves around science.
- For this project I wish I had come into this project with more prior knowledge about the snowshoe hare since I was already familiar with the lynx population crisis. I would have hoped to know about how the snowshoe hares are a huge part of the lynxes diet, and the range of snowshoe hare to know if they were a common or a rare animal to understand the lynx problem a lot better.
- I can learn both with an independant learning style and an on hands group style. In my opinion this project was a lot more of an independent work project than it was the typical animas style of a project. I am glad that this project was more of an independent project though, this allowed me to get back into the independent learning style so I could do my other school projects that at the time where very independant.
- This project has changed how I will view going up in the backcountry of wolfcreek, I will definitely be more aware of trail fragmentation and wildlife when I am snowboarding up their. I'm glad i've learned more about the wolf creek ski resort development issue. When I first researched this issue we focused a lot more on the marshland of wolf creek and how that would be affected by development.