Mountain Pine Beetles

This lesson plan has students working in small groups to research the Mountain Pine Beetle in Colorado and other inter-mountain Western states. Students identify the factors that control pine beetle population and research how warmer winters and decreasing spring snowpack allow the population of pine beetles to expand.

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Melissa Barker
Jim Moulton
Barbara Keith
Cheryl Manning
Learnmoreaboutclimate, University of Colorado, Boulder
Activity takes approximately one week. Computer and Internet access is necessary.

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Well-designed, easy-to-follow lesson plan.

Students need access to computers.

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