Hope For Conservation
Hope For Conservation Series
At Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants we get to feature some of the world’s leading conservationists working to protect species and habitats around the globe. There is so much good being done to ensure a future for wildlife, and in the Hope for Conservation series we wanted to showcase that in conjunction with two of the world’s leading organizations working to do the same.
The IUCN Red List has long been the principal tool scientists use to detail the status of species fighting extinction. In 2020, the IUCN created the “Green Status of Species” to instead detail all the work being done to save species and to note and celebrate those animals and plants that have shown noteworthy gains due to the action of dedicated and passionate conservationists!
At Conservation Optimism, Julia Migne and her team work to share inspiring stories of regeneration and positive change with nature making a difference in people’s lives, and people valuing and nurturing their natural environment.
There are no better champions of the planet than these two organizations, and we wanted to partner with them and a bevy of scientists working on the front lines of conservation to share some of the best stories on earth of how single people and small teams can really change the world for the better!
Come join us for one or for all and be inspired to take action to help save these iconic creatures or others near you!
How to Join
The events will be 45-50 minutes long and feature a 15-20 minute presentation from a speaker, followed by a live Kahoot! quiz and then Q&A with the speaker. These live events are free for classrooms to join and educators can choose to join in one of 3 ways:
1) Camera spot
Your class will appear on camera in the event and get a chance to interact directly with the speaker during the Q&A. There are a limited number of camera spots, 6 for each event.
2) Watch the live stream
Your class can tune in live via the YouTube stream during the event and still participate in the live Kahoot! quiz and send in some questions via the live chat.
3) Tune in later
These events will be recorded and placed in a playlist that can be viewed at anytime afterwards by the classrooms.
Check out the events below and use the links to register. We’ll reach out and set you up with all the details you need to join the live events!
Hope for Penguins with Grant Humphries
October 31st @ 11:00am eastern
With their tuxedo attire, funny walks and incredible life stories penguins have captured our hearts. With a changing world however they still face many threats, and so in this program Dr. Humphries will highlight all that is being done to save penguins and ensure that we have a future with this unique feathered friends!
Hope for Condors with Claudia Hermes
October 31st @ 1:00pm eastern
California Condors are one of the all time icons of conservation. Brought back from the very brink of extinction through a concerted and very public push to save them, Dr. Hermes will explore this story and detail all that went into saving this incredible bird – one of the largest on the planet!
Hope for Sharks with Julia Spaet
November 1st @ 10:00am eastern
Join Dr. Spaet as she dives in on sharks in this engaging talk! Sharks are among the most misunderstood and important groups of animals on the planet, and Julia will detail what makes them so extraordinary, some of the threats they face from mankind and what we’re doing to help ensure a future where oceans are teeming with these apex predators!
Hope for Crocodiles with Merlijn van Weerd
November 1st @ 11:00am eastern
Dr. van Weerd leads the Mabuwaya Foundation, a Conservation NGO working to protect both the critically endangered Philippine Crocodile and the other incredible animals in North East Luzon in the Philippines! He’ll detail the work his team has done to help bring back one of the world’s rarest crocodilians from the brink!
Hope for Whale Sharks with Gonzalo Araujo
November 2nd @ 11:00am eastern
Dr. Araujo is a founder and director of the Marine Research and Conservation Foundation (MARECO) where he works to help marine megafauna thrive through collaborating with people who love the oceans and the wildlife within in. In this talk, he’ll detail the incredible work he and a global community have done to help save the Whale Shark, the biggest fish in the ocean and one of its most iconic!
Hope for Coral Reefs with Tim Lamont
November 3rd @ 10:00am eastern
Dr. Tim Lamont listens in on coral reefs. His early work helped us learn more about the incredible soundscapes on the rich and biodiverse reefs, and nowadays he’s leading the charge to help rebuild these amazing ecosystems to ensure a future for the many thousands of species that call them home.
Hope for Bison with Luke Rogers
November 3rd @ 1:00pm eastern
Bison are the iconic species of the plains of North America, inextricably linked with the land and the Indigenous people across the continent. They are also increasingly an exemplar of conservation done well – growing in numbers through many successful reintroductions and reclaiming lost territory. Luke will highlight some of his amazing work in Alaska helping bring back the Bison and detail why that success is so important to so many.
Hope for Tigers with Abishek Harihar
November 4th @ 11:00am eastern
Dr. Harihar is the deputy director of the Tiger program at global big cat conservation organization Panthera where he helps oversee their efforts to protect the greatest of the big cats in India and around the globe! In this talk he’ll highlight some of the amazing conservation work that has been done over the last few decades to bring this icon of the wilderness back from the brink.
Kid’s Corner Resources
Our Hope For Wildlife series partner Conservation Optimism has been hard at work creating amazing additional resources to help inspire your kids to learn more and take action to save species! Check out these infographics, worksheets, fun games and more featuring all of the stellar scientists who will be joining us live for the broadcast series!
Check out some examples below and download the full PDF’s at the link below!