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