Division of Wildlife
Students Can Track Movements
of Moose in Colorado on the Internet
For the first time, students can
access satellite information via the Internet that
allows them to track the movements of wildlife in
Two female Shiras moose, captured in Utah
and released on the Grand Mesa in January, are fitted
with special telemetry collars. The collars send a
signal to satellites which use Global Positioning System
technology to determine latitude and longitude
coordinates of the animals' locations. The information
is sent back to computers on earth to allow biologists
and anyone who has Internet access to track recent
movements of the moose.
While anyone can access the information through our web
site, we believe this project will be especially
valuable to students and their teachers, said Stan
Johnson, education coordinator for the Colorado Division
of Wildlife's northwest region. "Now students can
explore moose movements just like biologists do."
The educational program is being funded by the DOW and
the Glenwood Springs Chapter of Safari Club
The tracking program provides a variety of learning
opportunities, Johnson said. Students can sharpen their
computer skills, work on reading comprehension, learn
about how technology is applied in wildlife biology and
develop skills for reading topographical maps.
To access the tracking information, go to the DOW's web
http://wildlife.state.co.us, click on the
Education button at the top of the page, then click on
Student Activities to go to the moose education page.
Numerous links on that page will provide students with
the information they'll need to track and learn about
the moose. Teachers will also find information that will
help them set up lesson plans.
Besides information about the moose, the Education
section of the DOW's web site presents information about
hundreds of wildlife species in Colorado, a game that
tests wildlife knowledge and a variety of educational
programs and activities.
Teachers who want to learn more about the moose
educational program and how to use it in their
classrooms can contact Johnson at (970) 255-6191.
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