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Welcome to the homepage of the National Biodiversity Teach-In!

We are the students and teachers of the Environmental Science classes at Elgin High School, and this is our class project. Our Goal is to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity and inspire our participants to take action in it’s protection.

We became passionate about biodiversity through the story of Martha, the last known living Passenger Pigeon who died on September 1st, 1914. Our first #NBTI was organized to honor the significance of Martha’s passing over 100 years ago.

We will be hosting a series of webinars with professionals from all over the country. These webinars will take place each Friday in February of 2016 (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th). We are finalizing our presenters and will be posting registration information at some point this summer.


If you are interested in learning about Biodiversity….we want you!

Times for ocean day not confirmed unless noted.

9-10am Melissa Stewart  “No Monkeys, No Chocolate”                                                                                     To register http://goo.gl/forms/mzT2ULQEyl
Quick register for the webinars on the 5th by using links below

10-11am Corey Romberg  “Biodiversity of Madagascar”                                                                                    To register http://goo.gl/forms/wCb0vV5Q1T

11-12pm  Bill Graham  “We are all connected”                                                                                                     To register http://goo.gl/forms/1XHujOJEnK

12-1pm Charles Margulis  “GMO’s & their threat to Biodiversity”                                                                    To Register http://goo.gl/forms/ZMF3bM9Klz

1-2pm Dr Katharine Hayhoe “The Science of Climate Change”                                                                         To register http://goo.gl/forms/cTwyr2OYNe

2-3pm Ann Froschauer  “Batty for Bats”                                                                                                                 To register http://goo.gl/forms/u48SPx1aJY

3-4pm Carol Bliese  Population Education Workshop”                                                                                       To register http://goo.gl/forms/22gXVzszkD

4-5pm University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences                       To register http://goo.gl/forms/kZ5DSLlstw    


Quick Register for the webinars on the 11th by using the links below

10-11am  Sue Fisher Whale Conservation                                                                                      To Register http://goo.gl/forms/HWvtT9S9uH

11-12pm  Rick Wood, Documentary Filmmaker                                                                           To register  http://goo.gl/forms/cNknlNUV6k

12-1pm  Dr Naomi Rose, Marine Mammal Scientist                                                                    To register  http://goo.gl/forms/cAf1Q0011s

1-2pm  Deborah Giles & Elizabeth Seely, Conservation Canines                                                To register  http://goo.gl/forms/usM38cxHEa

2-3pm  Michael Harris, Emmy Winning Documentary Film Maker                                          To register http://goo.gl/forms/oVlGjUqklf

3-4pm Carter & Olivia Ries, One More Generation                                                                      To register  http://goo.gl/forms/MaIXyu3fc8

4-5pm  Jacques White, Long Live the Kings                                                                                 To register http://goo.gl/forms/UpwNJXxNRP


Quick Register for the webinars on the 12th using the links below

8-9am Alan Lewitus– NOAA Oceanographer, “Dead Zones”                                                          To register http://goo.gl/forms/07aAiZH28Q

9-10am Lindsay Hirt- Marine Biologist , “The Whales of New England”                                       To register http://goo.gl/forms/GHCfFi99jx

10-11am Laura Faye Tenenbaum- NASA, “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet”    To register http://goo.gl/forms/0IRcLJIFFx

11-12pm Dave Shiffman– University of Miami, “Why Sharks Matter”                                           To register http://goo.gl/forms/kbTl8Hv0a4

12-1pm Philippe Cousteau- Filmmaker, EarthEcho International                                                   To register http://goo.gl/forms/qXdcohrhGU

1-2pm  Alex Dempsey, M.Sci. – Coral Reef Ecologist, Living Oceans Foundation                         To register http://goo.gl/forms/Tps1t8PSq3  

2-3pm NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary                                                                     To register http://goo.gl/forms/mdT5VZJQAK

3-4pm Patricia Newman, Award Winning Children’s Author,  Pacific Garbage Patch                         To register  http://goo.gl/forms/8zTXUPnmrJ

Quick Register for the webinars on the 19th using the links below

8-9am Dorie Stolley- Wildlife Biologist, “The magnificent Osprey”                                                         To register http://goo.gl/forms/p6Si2TZlEW

9-10am Jennifer Hopwood- Pollinator Conservation, The Xerces Society                                            To register  http://goo.gl/forms/kN29JYe9F1

10-11am David Krabbenhoft– USGS Mercury Research Lab                                                                     To register http://goo.gl/forms/PozxRmnKju

11-12pm Sandra Postel– Global Water Policy Project                                                                                  To register http://goo.gl/forms/sZ1ikYp5b3

12-1pm Ed Begley Jr – Environmental Activist and Actor                                                                           To register  http://goo.gl/forms/avqFQVrjlI

1-2pm Peggy Doty – University of Illinois Extension, “The Big Terrestrial Predators”                       To register http://goo.gl/forms/gHbcsSJM6O

2-3pm Tricia Bethke– Morton Arboretum,” Oak Woodland: identification and protection  what every citizen should know to protect forest health and biodiversity”                                                                                                                                                                            To Register  http://goo.gl/forms/2GjltqFpMI

3-4pm Dan Tefft– Founder, Clime-IT, “Funding Climate Change Solutions”                                          To register http://goo.gl/forms/wpzv6amoT9


Quick register links for the webinars on the 26th using the below

9-10am  Dr. Timothy Mousseau– “The Ecological & Evolutionary Consequences of the Radioactive Contaminants”

                                                                                                                                                                           To register  http://goo.gl/forms/t8r97Lz1EV

10-11am Carl Stenoien– “Chemical warfare, mind control, & extreme evolution: The bizarre creatures we call parasitoids “

                                                                                                                                                                          To register http://goo.gl/forms/qq4W4neK02

11-12pm Kimberly Wasserman– Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient                                            To register http://goo.gl/forms/6Z3N9Nxyor

12-1 pm Pam Otto– Hickory Knolls Discovery Center                                                                                   To register  http://goo.gl/forms/KClX2hRsVX

1-2 pm Mike Fleming &Valerie Stein  Soundview School’s 8th grade science class “Lessons from Pond Scum: Ecojars!”

                                                                                                                                                                           To register http://goo.gl/forms/6WtTVz1gu2

2-3 pm LoriAnne Barnett– USA National Phenology Network                                                                 To register  http://goo.gl/forms/u0eTlJhqYE

3-4pm Amanda Dworak-Rowland– Ranger, National Park Service                                                        To register  http://goo.gl/forms/zphSkjNIZx

Special Thanks to:

The Elgin Technology Center, whose mission is to create sustainable job and business opportunities for tech professionals and companies located in the greater Elgin area and Illinois, for assisting our class by helping us create the website and with continued assistance and support as we progress through our class project.

EarthEcho International , whose mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.

Yo Ocean’s, whose mission is to encourage both advocacy and education, so that we can create a large community of individuals devoted to promoting better lives for both marine mammals in captivity and the wild.

New Science 101 A free education resource supplement library to  Helping you understand the latest in all areas of Science & Technology!

Also, to Project Passenger Pigeon, Joel Greenberg and all of the members of Project Passenger Pigeon for inspiring us to take on this HUGE project to honor Martha and all biodiversity.

And, School District U-46 Laptop Mini-grant program. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Vincent for helping us secure 30 laptops and webinar equipment. We also need to thank our entire Informational Services Department for your continued Tech Support in our daunting project!

More information on partnering organizations can be found on our “Partners” page.

There are  those people and companies out there who will do what ever it takes to help a group of high school students become successful. Shout out to omNovia for agreeing to host our webinars and make our dream a reality!

Click below for information on our wonderful partner!



  1. Sure, of course you can. The time difference may be a little bit challenging BUT your students can email our teacher questions for presenters and we will ask them on your behalf ( debbieperryman@u-46.org). We are recording all of the presentations and loading them to youtube- so then your class can watch the sessions and also for the answer to their questions. Also, we are on twitter @NatBioTeach so we can communicate that way. Are you guys doing any projects now? We would love to learn what you guys are learning about biodiversity AND maybe you can host a Teach In for people in your time zone! We hope to hear from you soon!

  2. Thank you so much! We are really excited about you returning. We have an even better line up this year.

  3. We are on a half-day in Friday, but I sure would love to have access to the Jacques Cousteau webinar that is scheduled at 12:00. Will this be archived? If so, how do I access it? Phillipe came to our school – we still talk about it! Thank you so much – it meant so very much especially to the 4th Grade Science Teacher and her class. Looking forward to a reply.

  4. Being an outdoor education teacher and Elgin High alum, this makes me so proud of my high school.

  5. Thank you Miss Shannon- that means so much to us! We hope that you signing up for some of our webinars!

  6. Hi Ms Saied,

    You are welcome to register for a link to watch it yourself, we don’t require a class. But yes, we are also recording these and will have them loaded to our YouTube channel “National Biodiversity Teach In” . In fact, we have the webinars we had last year loaded there now.

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