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Biological monitoring, the Incredible Life of Brant

This Web Seminar took place on March 16, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Maynard Axelson, president of the Washington State Brant Foundation, Glen Alexander and Charlie Huddleston of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. In addition to talking about the life cycle of the Brant goose, the trio talked about research activities and resources for teachers.

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.

The program was opened by Glen Alexander who gave some background on the National Estuarine Research Reserve in the United States. Maynard Axelson followed by giving information about the natural history and migration patterns of the lesser known Brant goose. Finally, Charlie Huddleston talked about projects that involve school children and educational resource related to migration and study of the Brant as well as other migratory species.

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 Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. In addition, one participant attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: 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:

  • "I've been interested in Brant and the International Brant Monitoring Project for 5 years and enjoy cooperating with Padilla Bay to further the knowledge of Black Brant."
  • "I'm glad to get some life science content."
  • "I didn't know what Brant were or how vulnerable they are. I want to study birds and get my students involved."
  • "Relevant because of the area in which I live and teach. Good resources."

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

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