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 conservation and decide on appropriate courses of action sometimes difficult to predict. Science and the scientific process are never "done."
What Is CPW Doing?
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.