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What We Know about Walrus and Sea Ice: The Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO) Project
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This Web Seminar took place on June 28, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Gary Hufford Regional, Scientist with the National Weather Service, and Peg Steffen, educational specialist at NOAA. In this Seminar, Dr. Hufford talked about the walrus and the impact of changing climate on this organism.

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This program was focused on the arctic walrus and the challenges faced by this organism due to changes in the climate. Dr. Gary Hufford talked about the changes in the arctic sea ice and how this impacts the Walrus migration cycle and ability to breed and search for food. Peg Steffen shared educational resources that show regional impacts of climate change on various species, including the walrus, which teachers can use in their classrooms.

Twenty-nine (29) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
  • "Lots of new info on polar ice via the walrus - saw good evidence of adaptation (modification of use of traditional knowledge) - lots of integration of physical and biological sciences."
  • "I would have liked to see data relating population size to temperature, salinity, something I could have students work with."
  • "It was useful to hear a different example of how Climate Change is altering the landscape and affecting species."
  • "In the NJ state Biology/Life Science curriculum, climate change and its effects on the ecosystem is heavily emphasized. This seminar gave me a concrete example to explore in class other than the polar bears when talking about the thinning arctic ice."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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