“This project is funded, in whole or in part, by a grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation.”
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.
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!