Lessons in Conservation
This exercise1 presents a scenario and raw data on a realistic conflict between parrot conservation and palm tree harvest. It requires that students analyze data very comparable to what would be gathered in the field, to: 1) construct a life tables for the palm and parrot, 2) extract vital statistics about both the palm and parrot population from the life tables, 3) estimate maximum sustainable yield for both species, and 4) make a decision about the sustainability of harvest intensity. It illustrates the importance of data analysis skills for conservation.
Gibbs, James P., J. Michelle Cawthorn, Adriana Bravo, Ana L. Porzecanski.
"Parrots and Palms: Analyzing Data to Determine Best Management Strategies and Sustainable Harvest Levels."
Lessons in Conservation, 8 (1): 21-28.