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Climate Change Here and Now: U.S. Forest Service Research Websites Which Model Potential Future Climate Change and Changes to Bird and Tree Species Distribution

This Web Seminar took place on April 26, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Vicki Arthur, Conservation Education Specialist at the U.S. Forest Service Conservation Education Office. In this Seminar, Ms. Arthur discussed three web-based research tools that teachers can use to engage students with local climate change issues.

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.

During this program, Ms. Arthur introduced participating educators to three websites developed by the U.S. Forest Service that offer access to data on the impacts of climate change on tree and bird species. Ms. Arthur shared information on the Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO), the Climate Change Atlas, and i-Tree. Participants learned about the features of each tool, and they had the opportunity to try out the Climate Change Atlas for themselves. U.S. Forest Service GIS Technician Matt Peters, who helped create the models for the Atlas, provided his expertise by answering questions on the chat.

Thirty-four (34) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington. In addition, two participants joined the presentation from a location outside the United States: Germany and Turkey.

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:

  • “This web seminar provided useful tools that can help me to demonstrate to students the potential impact of climate change locally.”
  • “I loved the websites and the possibility of integrating with math and graphing.”
  • “I plan to expand the study of trees and birds in my 5th grade science classes...these maps will help students understand.”
  • “I love these programs because they will allow my students to manipulate data and draw conclusions from this data.”

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

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