Look at a satellite imagery map of your county. Based on what you learned from studying the coyotes' habits in the Visualization Tool, predict where coyotes might live in your area or neighborhood. What travel corridors might they use? Where might they locate a den? Where would they find food? Water? Shelter? Has anyone ever seen coyotes in your county?
This website provides details on the Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project coordinated by Dr. Stan Gehrt. It includes a summary of research findings related to coyotes, population dynamics and management in Cook County, IL, with additonal links to scientific publications..
Urban Coyote Research: Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project
Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.