What We Know about Walrus and Sea Ice: The Sea Ice for Walrus
Outlook (SIWO) Project
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.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized
under the My Resource Collections tab.
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
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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Underwritten by: NOAA