Webinar Series

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The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators, students, and the interested public with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy. This series generally 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.). However, the series is open to anyone interested in the topics listed below.

For distance learning programs about marine mammals and other protected species in the wild, please visit our Wildlife Viewing Guidelines and the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources' Marine Life Viewing Guidelines to ensure you are aware of the regulations.

Upcoming Webinars

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Marine Debris in Papahānaumokuākea: A Shift in Thinking

November 18, 2021 at 12 pm Hawaiʻi / 2 pm Pacific / 5 pm Eastern

Kevin O'Brien, President/Founder, Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project, Hawaiʻi

How do you remove over 300,000 pounds of marine debris in one year? Join us as Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project President/Founder Kevin OʻBrien shares about the three large-scale debris removal efforts in Papahānaumokuākea over the last year that shifted the way we think about solving the problem of marine debris in the Monument. He will discuss public/private partnerships, grassroots community-building, and prioritizing Monument access to a diverse range of stakeholders as a solution for Monument stewardship. Marine debris is one of the top threats to the habitats and wildlife of Paphānaumokuākea with an estimated 52+ tons of debris entering Monument waters every year.

This presentation is part of the Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, which is the visitor center for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. This State of the Monument lecture series is also supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


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Telling the Story of Springer

December 9, 2021 at 1 pm Hawai`i / 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Panelists: Donna Sandstrom, author, Orca Rescue!, and founder, The Whale Trail; Lynne Barre, recovery coordinator, NOAA Fisheries, Southern Resident killer whales; John Ford, research biologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Lance Barrett-Lennard, Director, Marine Mammal Research Program, Ocean Wise; Robert Lohn, former Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries

Almost 20 years ago a young killer whale named Springer brought the Northwest together. The young orca first spotted alongside ferries in Puget Sound turned out to be an orphaned Northern Resident killer whale hundreds of miles from home. The new book "Orca Rescue: the True Story of an Orphaned Orca Named Springer," describes how she was rescued, rehabilitated, and returned to her pod on the north end of Vancouver Island. Today she is thriving, with two calves of her own. Hear the inspiring story from the people who lived it, and its lasting lessons for the recovery of Southern Residents.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and NOAA Fisheries.