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NCEP Exercise - Models and Endangered Species Management: the Case of California Condors

This hypothetical population modeling exercise for the California condor, a highly endangered species, allows students to predict the outcome of different management options based on modifications employed by students. Using the provided excel program, students will act as "virtual managers" to evaluate the effect and costs of different management options for condor recovery. Additional teaching materials on topics relating to biodiversity conservation and ecology can be obtained free of charge by registering at the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners’ website (
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Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords NCEP, population modeling, endangered species, California condor
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Pedagogical Use Description This exercise aims to introduce students to population modeling and discover how population models can help inform management actions for endangered populations.
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Primary Author Affiliation American Museum of Natural History
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Submitter Name NCEP
Rights Reproduction of this material is authorized by the recipient institution for non-profit/non-commercial educational use and distribution to students enrolled in course work at the institution. Copyright 2010, by the authors of the material, with license for use granted to the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History. All rights reserved.
Date Of Record Submission 2011-11-15

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