Reef Environmental Education Foundation offers Fishinars.
(Dive Travel Business News - June 18, 2012) -- The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is now offering free online education. These "fishinars" are short webinars presented by experts that teach the finer points of identifying fish and invertebrates underwater.
The Fishinars are open to divers, snorkelers, and devout landlubbers alike. The online education is designed to be simple to understand and participate in. Common names, not scientific names, are used and the learning focuses on how to ID each critter. Participants don't need a microphone or a webcam. The webinars use online GoToMeeting technology that works with a standard computer with an internet connection.
The primary reason for the Fishinars is to help divers learn how to become citizen scientists and help monitor marine life on their recreational dives. Data gathered goes into REEF's online database to help students, researchers, scientists, etc.
Upcoming webinars include;
The Wrasse Class: The Top 12 Wrasse of the Greater CaribbeanJonathan Lavan, REEF Expert and fish geek will help with those rascally wrasse.
DATE: Thursday, June 21st at 8pm EDT
Sculpins Under Scrutiny: Sculpins have been given some pretty bad names over the years. Author, biologist and Sculpin Master Guru, Dr. Greg Jensen will help participants master the art of identifying the little buggers.
DATE: Thursday, July 19th at 7pm PDT
The Blenny Watcher: Learn all about the little fellas from award-winning videographer, naturalist, REEF Board Member and true blenny lover Anna DeLoach who also hosts a blog about marine life at http://blennywatcher.com/.
DATE:Tuesday, July 31st at 8pm EDT
Non-members must join REEF to register for fishinars. REEF membership is free. Once registered for the webinar, participants will receive a confirmation email with details on how to log on. Please log on at least 5-10 min prior to the session start time if possible.
Archived copies of the fishinars will be posted for general viewing for one week only after the Fishinar ends. After that point, REEF members may request to view a fishinar from the list below. Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and REEF member number.
Fishinar archives are intended for individual viewing only, not for groups. Contact Janna if you'd like to show a Fishinar to your group. A listing of archived fishinars can be found here.
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