The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).
March 22, 2017 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific
Explore Your Own Watershed with Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)
Sarah Waters, NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Building your own ROV is not as complicated as you think! Find out how students near Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary are designing and building their own ROVs to explore the Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron, as well as participate in environmental stewardship projects. This webinar will showcase how ROVs are used to explore our national marine sanctuaries and provide a basic overview of designing and building ROVs with students for your own explorations!
April 12, 2017 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific
Lake Huron Red Tails! The Tuskegee Airmen Project
Stephanie Gandulla and Wayne Lusardi of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
During World War II, Michigan was home to several African American air combat units including many graduates of the Tuskegee pilot training program. As with many similar training programs during the war, dozens of accidents occurred that resulted in the loss of both aircraft and crewmen. Two Tuskegee airplanes have been discovered in Michigan waters near Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Learn about these submerged aircraft and a project where members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and Diving with a Purpose participated to document one of the aircraft wrecks in Lake Huron.
May 23, 2017 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific
Forty Years of Conserving Hawai`i's Native Seal
Charles Littnan, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
In honor of 2017 Year of the Monk Seal, join Dr. Charles Littnan on a four decade journey that tracks the history and challenges of monk seal conservation in Hawai`i. This presentation will highlight a number of threats to the species and the evolution of a rag tag research program into the most proactive marine mammal recovery program on the planet.
September 20, 2017 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific
Manta Rays: Studying an Ocean Icon
Joshua Stewart, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Manta rays are one of the most iconic marine megafauna in the ocean, reaching wingspans of over 20 feet and delighting divers and snorkelers with their gregarious behavior. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar Joshua Stewart will give a presentation on the biology and ecology of manta rays, current threats and conservation action, including his latest research on mantas, and how new technology is providing insights into these mysterious creatures' lives.