Wildlife Biology and Conservation
Giving students opportunities to interact with wildlife populations and professionals.
COURSE OVERVIEW: Wildlife Biology and Conservation (WBC) is a field-based, college preparatory course devoted to student participation in actual wildlife research and conservation projects. Through those activities and supported by supplemental readings students gain a broad understanding of the fields of wildlife and conservation biology as well as an understanding of each studied species’ natural history, its landscape and ecological context, as well as its relationship with humans. Students select one of the WBC research projects to take primary responsibility for managing and analyzing its data and preparing its annual technical report. Furthermore, during each semester, students participate in a substantial outreach activity related to a WBC research or conservation project with groups beyond the Bosque School community. Each quarter WBC students provide leadership and environmental education programs to younger students on several wildlife and conservation projects. Key areas of study in WBC projects include: the ethical and moral implications of live animal research; safety; wildlife management techniques and procedures; field research design and execution; data management; and the preparation of technical reports. WBC is an elective science class open to juniors and seniors (sophomores with instructor permission) and can be used once to meet a Bosque School science course graduation requirement. Furthermore, students enrolled in WBC can also enroll concurrently with NM State University’s
online wildlife biology class “WLSC 110 Introduction to Natural Resource Management.”
This class is taught by Dan Shaw
, Bosque School teacher and BEMP Co-Director.
Author & New Mexico Science Teacher's Association Presidential Award for Excellence Winner
Dan Shaw,Bosque School Wildlife teacher, river-enthusiast and BEMP Co-Director, has published his 2nd book in the "Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers"
entitled 'Southwest Aquatic Habitats: On the Trail of Fish in a Desert'
. This book conveys the enthusiasm and imagination of students who are learning about aquatic ecosystems, along with scientific information about watershed health. It's a great read for middle and high school students, as well as a resource for environmental educators or anyone who wants to learn about connecting students with their home watershed. This is Dan's 2nd book and features many Bosque School students and alumni. Both books were published by University of New Mexico press and can be found locally at Bookworks
(in Albuquerque) or on Amazon.com
Each year, Dan takes a handful of Bosque School Wildlife students to present original research on a variety of wildlife and watershed topics to the New Mexico & Arizona Wildlife Society/American Fisheries Society joint conference. In 2010 Dan was awarded the New Mexico Chapter of the Wildlife Society's Wildlife Professional of the Year
. Visit the halls of Bosque School's Upper School Science Building to view past and current student research posters!
In 2008, Dan was the winner of the New Mexico Riparian Council's Research Award
for continued leadership in promoting Science and Research at Bosque School.
- including: Tawny Bellied Cotton Rate Trapping, Meso-Carnivore Track Plate Study & Infrared Camera Trap Study