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This is a page dedicated to those who have given their support and stand by us in the fight to have the importance of biodiversity acknowledged.

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

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While Webinato is the name of our webinar platform, our company, founded in 2004 by Shahin Shadfar, is called omNovia Technologies. The name omNovia came from the composition of latin “omni” (everywhere, all the time…) and “novia” for novelty or innovation. In 2004 our first webinar platform was designed to enable live online training for hundreds of attendees with a simple interface and integrated audio. It was the first reliable solution for large webinars.

Since then we have been constantly innovating our webinar platform with interactive tools such as the unique and patented AutoPilot module, able to automatically run webinars. Indeed we are the inventors of Webinar Automation, that allows you to pre-record your webinars and run them in a fully interactive fashion as if they were live! We now often host webinars with thousands of attendees in the most complete and most reliable environment.

Michael S. Copeland

Michael is passionate about helping businesses start, launch, and grow. He is Executive Director of the Elgin Technology Center and is the Online Marketing Maestro at Edison Avenue Consulting. Michael is our technology and online goto guy and the graciously volunteers his time, expertise, and server for our project.

EarthEcho International

EarthEcho International’s mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future.  They are a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 2000 by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau.  Philippe Sr.’s belief in “a world where every single child can breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and walk on green grass under a blue sky” serves as our vision to this day. Their approach is simple; EarthEcho’s 21st century tools and interactive resources equip youth to identify and solve environmental challenges starting in their own communities.

Project Passenger Pigeon

– 2014 marks the centenary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Numbering in the billions in 1800, the last bird died on September 1, 1914; driven to extinction by human activity.

Project Passenger Pigeon is an international effort to commemorate this anniversary and use it not only as an opportunity to familiarize people with this remarkable species, but also to raise awareness of current issues related to human-caused extinction, explore connections between humans and the natural world, and inspire people to become more involved in building a sustainable relationship with other species.

The Goldenrod Foundation

– The mission of the Goldenrod Foundation is to conserve and protect the coastal environment in Southeastern Massachusetts for people and wildlife.

Support them on Facebook by liking their page here!

Biodiversity Professionals

Started in 2010 for the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity, the group has more than 15,000 members as of April 2014. It is the largest LinkedIn group for professionals engaged in biodiversity research, conservation, education and outreach.The group welcomes  anyone who has a professional interest in biodiversity including scientists, educators, students,  conservationists, resource managers, policy makers and the media industry.

LinkedIn group, Biodiversity Professionals.

 Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District and North Cook Count Soil and Water Conservation District

Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), established in 1937 under the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District Act, are local units of government. The Act gives SWCD’s the responsibility to provide technical information to individuals and groups on methods of soil and water conservation, and provide natural resource inventory information on properties slated for zoning changes.  Kane County Soil & Water Conservation District was formed in 1944 and later combined with DuPage County.  There are 98 SWCD’s in Illinois.

National Council for Science and the Environment

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking. NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration between the diverse institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations as well as governmental bodies at all levels. We work collectively to make science relevant to real world decisionmaking on critical environmental challenges.

Homeostasis Press 

Homeostasis Press began as a collaboration between brothers Ted and Bill Merrill. Ted had recently retired from his lifelong medical career, and Bill was years retired from a teaching career in public schools and university, with a PhD degree in geography. Both were published writers with a lot more to say.

As parents, both Ted and Bill told their children stories about their childhood adventures along the Salmon River, and those stories remained warm, lifelong memories for their adult children. This inspired Ted and Bill to collect those stories, and in 2002, after nearly 10 years of passing the manuscript back and forth and correcting or confirming each other’s memories, they self-published that collection in a book titled River Runts. It sold out quickly and went to a second printing the following year. In September 2005, the brothers added photos and drawings as River Runts went to a third printing.

By that time, each of the brothers had another book in the works, so Ted started Homeostasis Press to provide a consolidated publishing channel. He began a relationship with Lightning Source, a print-on-demand company associated with the Ingram Content Group, and published the third edition of River Runts in 2005. Homeostasis Press then published Ted’s I Only Dress the Wounds in 2005 and Bill’s Wisdom of the Tools in 2006. Also in 2006, Homeostasis Press published Woodspurge, a memorial book of poems by Bill’s wife Jo, who died in 2002. In 2009, Homeostasis Press published two books: A Quiet Calling, a book of poems written by Bill’s son Tim Merrill; and The Best of It by Ted’s daughter Valerie Stein, which intimately chronicles her experiences surrounding the 1983 death of her mother.

Yo Oceans!

YoOceans! is dedicated to improving the lives of marine mammals in both captivity and the wild. One of the ways we accomplish this by engaging our participants through a framework of educational materials focusing on animal welfare and conservation, as well as current events for classrooms, academic presentations for universities, community groups and student led organizations. Our 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.

We are committed to educating the public and empowering educators, students and parents everywhere to join in and advocate for improved welfare for captive and wild whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. We provide all the educational materials necessary to fully educate our classes, groups and student led organizations as well as encouraging leadership and advocacy in the community.

YoOceans! is committed to working with partners to develop innovative and forward-thinking ideas to redefine how humans relate to, and interact with, marine mammals. We are actively seeking collaborative relationships with individuals and corporations to further our goal of designing a better future for our ocean friends

University of Illinois Extension Office

– University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties – and far beyond.

Through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work, U of I Extension’s programs are aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for individuals and their communities.  U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas:

  • Healthy society
  • Food security and safety
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Sustainable and profitable food production and marketing systems
  • Enhancing youth, family and community well-being

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