The Watch. News You Can Use From NOAA Planet Stewards - 17 November 2020

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"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go."



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Join Us for Planet Stewards Bookclub in December!


Join us on Monday  December 21 at 8pm ET to discuss   Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals   Find Their Way by David Barrie

Animals plainly know where they’re going, but how they know has remained a stubborn mystery—until now.  David Barrie consults animal behaviorists and Nobel Prize–winning scientists to catch us up on the cutting edge of animal intelligence—revealing these wonders in a whole new light.

Find the entire book schedule for 2020/2021 and information on how to join each meeting. Check out our Book Club Archives with book selections and discussion questions from previous Book Clubs. Everyone is always welcome!


FIVE: NOAA Live! Webinar Series: Science on the Half Shell: Behind the Scenes at the Milford Fisheries Laboratory –

Wednesday, November 18, 4 p.m. ET


Have you ever wondered what kind of science is conducted at a fisheries laboratory? Meet NOAA scientists from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Laboratory in Milford, CT, who study shellfish and investigate questions that help shellfish growers around the world. You will learn about what oysters eat, how they are helping make a cleaner Long Island Sound, and see, through real fish surveillance, how shellfish farms can become habitat for other species. The webinar will last about 45 minutes with moderated questions and answers  and live American Sign Language interpretation. This webinar will be recorded and posted afterward with English captions and Spanish subtitles. (Grades 2-8 but all ages will enjoy)

Register Here!

FOUR: NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Webinar

Reframing wahi kūpuna: The tangibles and intangibles of cultural heritage in Papahānaumokuākea – Thursday, Nov. 19 | 2pm PT, 5pm ET


Join a Native Hawaiian Program Specialist as he provides a brief history of research on cultural resources, and examples illustrating how the concept of cultural resources is (re)framed and implemented in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument management. Register here.

The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinars provide educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series is designed for formal and informal educators, students (high school through college), as well as members of the community, including families. 

THREE: NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Webinar

Bioluminescent Blooms – Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 6 pm PT, 9pm ET


Brought to you by the National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series, join a senior scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and its nature photographer to explore the phenomenon of Bioluminescence or "glowing waves". The event will be a pairing of science and art, focusing on plankton blooms in Monterey Bay in a changing climate, and the light producing organisms that spark the firework blooms we witnessed in the crashing waves at night. Register here.

TWO: NOAA Marine Debris Student Art Contest Now Open!

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Are you a student or teacher that’s passionate about marine debris? Then get your art supplies ready, because this year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest is officially open! Students in grades K-8 from the United States and U.S. territories can submit their artwork now through December 15.. Learn More

ONE: OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Love to learn about NOAA, its science, and programs? Check out these upcoming webinars from the OneNOAA Seminar Series - the most complete and integrated summary of NOAA science and climate seminars across the nation. The OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar can be viewed here.  All seminars are posted in Eastern Time and subject to change without notice; Seminars are open to the public via remote access.

Register for the weekly list of upcoming NOAA science webinars here. Future seminars include, but are not limited to:

Seminar recordings, and sometimes PDFs of the PowerPoints are available thru the point of contact listed for each seminar.

Educator opportunities

Webinar from Oregon Science Teachers Association: Integrating Science Learning, Language, and Computational Thinking for All

Wednesday, Nov 18, 4-5 pm PT, 7-8pm ET

OSTA brings you a Webcast on Integrating Science Learning, Language Learning, and Computational Thinking with All Students, Including English Learners  These emerging forces are shaping the landscape of STEM education: growing student diversity, increasing academic rigor of content standards, and advancing technological innovations. Join OSTA and register here!


Webinar: Sea Level Rise Models: Why So Many?

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2 pm ET

Learn about sea-level rise models and gain some useful skills for determining which ones are appropriate for you! The presenter will walk us through the different types of sea-level rise models, providing practical guidance on how to spot the differences between models, which types are best suited for different situations, and describe outputs from commonly used models. This webinar has been approved for 1 AICP credit and 1 CFM credit. Register Here.

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Earth Day Live webinar series: Breaking Free from Plastics Dependence

Thursday, November 19th, 11am ET 

Plastic pollution is a widespread, complex environmental and health emergency that requires global changes in policies, corporate sourcing, innovation and consumer behavior to solve. Grassroots action and restoration technologies are also needed to clean up plastic pollution wherever it is found. Like other environmental scourges, plastic impacts the poor among us most. Join Earth Day live for this free upcoming webinar.


Webinar: Practical Approaches to Teaching Outside in Cold Weather

Dec 2, 7:30 pm ET

Outdoor teaching and learning have taken on a larger role during this present reality of physical distancing. Falling temperatures are a source of concern as winter approaches. Join this Green Teacher interactive webinar with four Saskatchewan-based teachers in Canada, each from a different age group, to ask questions and hear insights about practical approaches to teaching outside in cold weather. Get tickets for a small fee here to attend.

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Free Webinars: East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District 


Discover ways to save time, money and energy through  FREE webinars from naturescaping to livestock management. These live webinars help you care for the land in ways that benefit people, water and wildlife and are a great way to attend a presentation with opportunities to ask r questions! However, webinar recordings are also available.

Register for live upcoming events or archived recordings here.

White House & EPA Announce Environmental Education Award


The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding K-12 grade educators who integrate environmental, place-based experiential learning into school curricula and school facility management across the country. The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with EPA, administers the PIAEE awards program.

Check out past winners at: Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PIAEE page.

Partners in Science from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust 

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Partners in Science pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with another nonprofit institution. Find out more here. Deadline: Dec 1.

Green Careers from Climate Generation

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We cannot transition to a sustainable economy without people power! More than 10% of U.S. jobs support the green economy, and we’re only going to see more growth in the future! Green Careers for a Changing Climate builds context, motivation, and hope for climate solutions.


Student opportunities

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA)

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The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects from Kindergarten through 12th grade by promoting environmental awareness and encouraging community involvement. 

EPA is seeking 2020 PEYA and PIAEE award applications for projects on a variety of environmental topics, including (but not limited to)

  • Reducing food waste and loss 
  • Reducing contributions to ocean and marine litter
  • Solutions in recycling.
  • Using STEM to teach environmental education.
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Sustainable agricultural practices
  • Healthy school environment

Check out past President's Environmental Youth Awards here and the EPA’s PEYA page.

Applications are due no later than February 19, 2021. 

Webinar: Black Inventors and Innovators: New Perspectives

Daily week long webinar series from November 16-20 at 1:00-2:30pm ET


The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation - part of the National Museum of American History, brings you strategies for building a more equitable innovation ecosystem. Through presentations by an interdisciplinary group of thought leaders and engaged discussions with an online audience, this “state of the field” workshop will identify critical questions, seek out new case studies, and articulate theories, concepts and themes to inform the next generation. (Apologies for the tardiness but we felt many could still benefit from attending 11/17-19th. We hope you do!)

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Water Wednesday Webinar Series for Learners and Educators

November 18th at 7pm ET and all subsequent Wednesdays

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Join Bow Seat’s new Water Wednesdays Webinar Series! Meet and learn from artists, scientists, community leaders, and activists working at the intersection of water and climate, health, justice, and culture. This monthly educational series for educators and secondary learners dives into complex water issues around the globe, and offers opportunities to explore actions we can all take to rise up and protect water resources.

Unless otherwise noted, all webinars will take place LIVE at 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST. Recordings will be shared and posted after the event. View all recordings >

Registration is free, but required to attend the live webinar!

FREE webinar on hurricanes offered to grades 4 through 6 

Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 9am ET

This webinar is presented by the Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS) Team at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) in partnership with NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC). It will feature NHC experts who will share their knowledge and experiences about hurricane science, hazards, preparation, and forecasting. The broadcast will last approximately 1 hour, and allow participants to ask questions in real time. This webinar is sponsored by the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island
Schools/classes wanting to participate MUST REGISTER in advance. To register please visit the HSS website:

Ocean Cafe Webinar: Exploring Eels With Chris Bowser

from Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids (OPAK)


Join OPAK for an exciting talk on Eels by Chris Bowser this Thursday, Nov. 19th from 7-8pm ET and learn more about this oddly charismatic creature and the lessons they can teach us. The webinar is part of OPAK's Virtual Ocean Cafe Webinar Series. Register for the webinar, then check out other events especially for students here. 

Since 2008, Chris Bowser has led the Hudson River Eel Project, which has trained community members to catch, count, and release young glass eels when they enter Hudson River tributaries in New York State. This program has proven to be a great education tool, and volunteers are able to contribute to needed science on a species in decline. Join us to learn more about this oddly charismatic creature and the lessons they can teach us.

Sea Turtle Webinar - 10 Ways To Help Save Sea Turtles

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 8 pm ET


This kid friendly webinar focused on what people can do in their daily lives to protect sea turtles. The webinar will also have a live Q&A with the president of the SeeTurtles.ORG. The webinar will be recorded. A llnk to join the event will be send out to everyone who registers  Just fill out this form.

One Earth Student Competition for Ages 13 and Up


The One Earth Award offers $1,000 scholarships for four students whose art and writing address human-caused climate change. All students in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. The deadline for art submissions is Jan 7, 2021 and writing submissions is Dec 4, 2020. Learn more>

Ed Resources


Earth science is emerging as a demanding high-school science course that prepares learners for college admissions and informed citizenship. EarthLabs for Educators and Earth Labs for Students offers a host of modules that support this transformation by providing a model for rigorous and engaging Earth and environmental science labs. Check out the Labs here, including:


"The Bridge" Brings You Exception Ocean Educational Resources!

"The Bridge" - ocean educational resources website of the National Marine Educators Association has been supported by NOAA for over 20 years!

Check out these modules:

  • Plate Tectonics: Recycling the Seafloor - Since the days of Leonardo da Vinci, people have pondered over the fact that the continents' edges seem to fit together like puzzle pieces. With advances in technology, especially during World War II, more clues to the earth's geologic history were unearthed. Scientists were better able to map and study the ocean floor and discovered the presence of an underwater mountain range chain called the mid-ocean ridge system and deep-sea trenches

The Bridge's own DATA Series is made up of lesson plans (DATA Tips) on many ocean science topics that explore the world of water using the language of science: mathematics. Learn more about the DATA Series.

UCAR Hurricane Resilience Curriculum


With 2020 being one of the busiest Hurricane seasons on record, this curriculum will come in handy! Hurricane Resilience is a high school environmental science curriculum for use in coastal locations where hurricanes are common. Through 20 days of instruction, students make connections between the science of hurricanes, how they affect their community and region, and how we can plan for a more resilient future.  The curriculum aims to empower high school students to have a voice in resilience planning and understand the relationship between the science of hurricanes and the local impacts these storms have on people and places.

This curriculum has been included in the NOAA educational resource collection on Hurricanes (see top right of the list of links).

Activity from the CLEAN Portal: How Much Energy is on My Plate?


This activity leads students through a sequence of learning steps that highlight the embedded energy that is necessary to produce various types of food. Students start by thinking through the components of a basic meal and are later asked to review the necessary energy to produce different types of protein.

Audience: High School, College Lower

Browse the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network portal for more activities on Food and Climate.

Activity: Winged Ambassadors Ocean Literacy


Prior to leaving the nest, albatross chicks regurgitate a mass of indigestible material called a bolus. Boluses provide clues as to the types of food and trash eaten by albatross parents at sea. In this lesson and activity, students will use photographs of boluses to perform a “virtual dissection” and analysis. Winged Ambassadors – Ocean Literacy through the Eyes of Albatross is available free online courtesy of NOAA, Oikonos, and other partners. 

Learn more

Conference Reports

New report: Accelerating Energy Innovation for the Blue Economy

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In a new report, The Economist Intelligence Unit examines the past, present and future of energy innovation for the blue economy. The report looks at the energy needs of different ocean economy sectors, assesses groundbreaking innovations and outlines an enabling environment for energy innovation within the blue economy. Based on three case studies and in-depth interviews with 30 energy and blue economy experts, this report provides valuable insights for all stakeholders working to develop new, clean solutions for the blue economy and beyond.


Grants, Contests

Jobs, Internships and Opportunities

  • Graduate students: apply by December 4 for the Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) Fellowship Program with ORISE. Participants submit research plans and conduct research at their school as well as a hosting facility selected by the DOE Water Power Technologies Office, spending at least six months on their projects
  • NOAA is pleased to announce the 2021 call for applications for NOAA’s Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (C&GC) program. C&GC fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary. For more information go here or email! 




Scientists Give Thumbs Up to New Leader of Climate Report

The government’s largest and most comprehensive report on climate change, AKA the National Climate Assessment, is moving forward, and the scientific community is feeling encouraged by who will be running it. Atmospheric scientist Betsy Weatherhead, currently a senior scientist at Jupiter Intelligence, has been picked to lead. — via The Washington Post 

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Especially for Educators

  • Teachers forced to “MacGyver” their own tech solutions
    When states don’t reimburse teachers for supplies, they have to figure out ways to make remote teaching work and how to pay for it. Read more>>

  • Overcoming Isolation by Joining Professional Learning Communities (from NSTA)
    New York chemistry teacher Sarah English discusses why now more than ever, educators need the tools to learn how to join or build learning communities that provide positive emotional-support structures while also serving as content resource providers and sounding boards. Read more.>>

  • Discovering Community and Learning (from NSTA)
    Veteran science educator Wanda Rodriguez shares how she found support for teaching online interactive science all around her through like-minded community groups. By sharing ideas, experiences, and hopes for the future, Rodriguez is learning how to “keep the boat afloat and navigate the waters together.” Read more.>> 

  • Building Community to Create Your STEM Ecosystem (from NSTA)
    California STEM teacher Andy de Serière provides tips for building a STEM community. While challenging, de Serière notes, “Your greatest reward could be the human connections you will make through building community.” Read more.>>



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