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Expanding Science
Expanding Science

​​​​​Hands holding tilled soil.

​​​​​How Expanding Science Can Be A Challenge

Although the body of scientific knowledge is incredibly robust, science is the process of asking questions - it is about knowledge and a process. CPW continually conducts research studies to learn more about wildlife, to further our understanding of the natural world and determine best practices for conservation action. This process requires our researchers, staff and leadership to continually ask tough questions, review practices and be adaptable to changing environments.

What Are Some Examples? 

  • Conducting inventories to understand wildlife distribution throughout the state

  • Conservation of species and habitat through holistic approaches

  • Monitoring human-wildlife interaction as Colorado’s population continues to grow 

  • Studying genetic relationships with other subspecies 

  • Researching wildlife responses to change, disturbance and other challenges

What Are The Effects?

Science is constantly evolving. We must expand and refine practices based on many factors affecting the outdoors, wildlife and human interaction. Natural resources and the environment are always changing and it makes our ability to identify and interpret potential challenges to con​servation​ and decide on appropriate courses of action sometimes difficult to predict. ​Science and the scientific process are never "done." 

What Is CPW Doing? 

A girl touches golden eagle feathers at a Castlewood Canyon event.CPW conducts multiple monitoring projects to compile baseline information about species in Colorado. This survey information informs CPW’s wildlife management decisions.

CPW’s mission to inspire environmental stewardship​ involves engaging and effective environmental education. The agency implements educational and interpretive environmental programs in Colorado’s state parks​ aimed at growing the public’s body of knowledge.