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The Case of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
The Scientific Process and How it Relates to Everyday Life
Kathrin F. Stanger-Hall
Ruth Ann Greuling
Based on the disputed rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in April 2005, this interrupted case study tells the story of a fictional character, "Brad Murky," a student and research assistant who must decide whether the current evidence is sufficient for him to accept the bird's existence. Brad and his sister debate the issue through a series of emails leaving him to wonder whether the press conference to announce the rediscovery of the bird was scheduled in haste. Designed for an introductory biology course, this case would also work well in an ecology, environmental science, environmental public policy, ornithology, or science and society course.
|Keywords:||Ivory-billed woodpecker; Campephilus principalis; birds; Cache National Wildlife Refuge; Arkansas|
|Topical Area:||Policy issues, Scientific method, Science and the media|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Subject Headings:||Biology (General) Environmental Science Natural Resource Management Science (General) Ecology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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