Hopping Ahead of Climate Change Reading Log

Hopping Ahead of Climate Change Reading Log


As you read through the book Hopping Ahead of Climate Change by Sneed B. Collard III, answer the questions on this sheet for each chapter. 

Chapter 1: Cheeseburger of the Forest

1. Why did biologist Scott Mills originally begin to study the hare population in Montana?


2. Why does the book refer to the snowshoe hare as the “cheeseburger of the forest"?


3. What happens to the population of lynxes when the population of hares increases?


Chapter 2: Hares in a Warming World

1. What causes climate change?


2. Which gas plays the most important role in climate change?


3. What are some of the effects of the increase in the Earth’s temperature?


4. What is the most obvious change in winters due to climate change?


5. What does it mean if a hare is mismatched?


6. What is the primary question Scott Mills and his colleagues are exploring?


Chapter 3: Studying Hares

1. What are the two main things that Scott and his team are looking for in each individual hare?


2. What percent difference between the hare's coat color and its environment is considered a mismatch? 


Chapter 4: White Hares, Brown Backgrounds

1. For how long did the team find hares to be mismatched?


2. Was there a difference in the number of hares that died during the periods they were mismatched? If so, what was the difference?


3. What influences when the hares begin to molt?


Chapter 5: Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow?

1. If climate temperatures continue to increase at their current rate, how many days out of the year will hares be mismatched?


2. How is the snowshoe hare population impacted by an increase in mismatch days?


Chapter 6: Hope for Hares

1. What is natural selection?


2. How does the concept of natural selection provide hope regarding the mismatch issue with snowshoe hares?


Chapter 7: Going Global

1. In what other places are scientists beginning to research the effects of climate change and molting time on a species’ survival?


2. What is the Bunny Chiller used for?


Chapter 8: A Risky Experiment

1. What would have the greatest impact on climate change?


2. What kinds of energy sources can be used as alternatives to fossil fuels?


3. In what ways can we protect the habitats of wild animals?


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