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We are the Environmental Science students of Elgin High and we invite you to participate in our movement to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity.

We are the Environmental Science students of Elgin High and we invite you to participate in our movement to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity.

First and foremost, 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 project to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity.

We became passionate about biodiversity through the story of Martha, the last known living Passenger Pigeon who died on September 1st, 1914. In honor of Martha, we are  hosting a National Biodiversity Teach In to mark the 100th anniversary of Martha’s death.

We are hosting a series of webinars with professionals from all over the country on September 22 through 26, 2014.

If you are a classroom teacher….we want you!

TO REGISTER for the webinars- rollover the “Events” tab at the top of the page- Click on “Meet our Webinar Presenters”. Once you are on this page you will find a registration link under the bio of each presenter. Open the link and submit the requested information.

If you’d like to get involved, feel free to reach us at our email address, biodiversityteachin@gmail.com, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MissMarthaThePassengerPigeon?ref=bookmarks  or Twitter https://twitter.com/MissMartha1914 .

The following are the faces of just a few of the students who are participating in this project:

A high school student enrolled in Environmental Science shows 4th graders several bird skulls to get the students thinking about why birds have different beaks.

A high school student enrolled in Environmental Science shows 4th graders several bird skulls to get the students thinking about why birds have different beaks.

Meet Alex, one of our project webmasters. The job of webmaster is huge. Alex does all of the updates to the website and calendar and also corresponds with most of the email inquiries.

Meet Alex, one of our project webmasters. The job of webmaster is huge. Alex does all of the updates to the website and calendar and also corresponds with most of the email inquiries.

Sarah, Karla, Alondra, Abbey and Taylor make up our PR Team. These ladies also wrote a children's book  called "Miss Martha".

Sarah, Karla, Alondra, Abbey and Taylor make up our PR Team. These ladies also wrote a children’s book called “Miss Martha”.

Diana is our copy and form editor. She is responsible for making sure everything looks professional.

Diana is our copy and form editor. She is responsible for making sure everything looks professional.

Steven, Dan, and Ben spent endless hours communicating with Universities. Many of our partnerships were a result of their hard work.

Steven, Dan, and Ben spent endless hours communicating with Universities. Many of our partners were a result of their hard work.

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.

Also, to Project Passenger Pidgeon, 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!

For more information about this wonderful company go to our Partner’s Page.

omNovia

16 comments on “Home
  1. Craig Williams says:

    Deb Perryman told me about your Web site. It looks great!

  2. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    Thank you. We are working to up date it further in the next few days. Be sure to check out our “Upcoming Events Page” as we list our webinar speakers. These speakers are still finalizing their presentation but you can still learn about them. We have some great speakers lined up and are very proud.

  3. Marsha Perryman says:

    What an amazing project. Good luck!!!

  4. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    Thank you again, it has been a ton of fun! We would love the link to your osprey cam if you would like to share.

  5. Jen Vincent says:

    Hi everyone! I love this entire project and am so proud to know you all. You are definitely bringing awareness to this important topic. I was at the Peggy Notebaert Museum over the weekend and as I walked through the exhibits I noticed a passenger pigeon and saw the story of how they became extinct (which I already knew from all of you!). I’m also so much more conscious of balloons and making sure they don’t fly away. I’m excited to experience the Teach In!

  6. Donna Nuger says:

    We would love to partner with your group. We have an 4-H Environmental Science Special Interest Club. Part of our mission is to do 4-H Citizen Science doing stream monitoring. Are you interested?

  7. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    Yes, we are interested. In fact if you have a program scheduled for 9/21 or 9/27 we can advertise it for you. We will be trained on stream monitoring in October so we can help after that time.

  8. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    Hi Mrs. Vincent! We are so glad we taught you about the pigeon and about the impact of releasing balloons. You should check out the movie “The Lost Bird” it is related to the exhibit at Peggy Notebaert. We hope you will join us in our classroom to watch the webinars with us!

  9. gary swick says:

    great project. looking forward to learning…

  10. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    Thank you Mr. Swick, it is an honor to have your approval! If the “Friends of the Fox” are hosting any events on 9/21 or 9/27 please let know, we would love to add that to our website.

  11. Hi and Congratulations on moving forward with this project! I teach science and coordinate a Green Team at Larsen. I am eagerly reading your material. I would like to participate with my Green Team students. Please let me know if we can be of any assistance to you!

  12. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    Hi Green TEAM! Awesome! All we need for you to do at this point is to register for the event s you are interested and then help us spread the word! So excited to have you guys on board. Sign up for all of them you have interest. We will be adding more through July so keep checking them out!

  13. Rob Ridley says:

    Eager to participate & promote from the other side of the Great Lakes

  14. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    Thank you so much Mr. Ridely. We are very excited to have you join us. I guess this means we are not just “national” any more.

  15. Ms. Cindy Wendt says:

    I am the outreach educator from Friends of the Fox River Monitoring Network. (Formerly U-46 teacher at Sheridan/O’Neal school. My students were mentored in Mighty Acorns at EHS for more than a decade.)I will be leading u-46 elementary schools in stream water quality monitoring 9/22-9/26. Anyway that can be a part of the teach in?

  16. Biodiversity Teachin says:

    I got this Stuart! Hi Mrs. Wendt- it is Mrs. Perryman- sorry this took so long to get back to you. I would love to figure out a way to do that! We just might be able to make this work- especially on 9/22. Do you have an internet hotspot that you could bring with you to the monitoring site? Email me at school and lets see what we can do?

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