Summary for the 2011 NASBR Teacher Workshop,
by Patricia Morton, NASBR Teacher Workshop Coordinator:
Toronto's world famous Royal Ontario Museum (the ROM) was the location of the 2011 NASBR Teacher's Workshop in association with the annual meeting. Never before have we had such a visually stimulating site for this important event. Burton Lim and Judith Eger, NASBR members and scientific researchers, are both employed at the ROM and made all arrangements to accommodate 35 teachers for the 6-hour workshop.
Presentations were given on the ROM bat exhibits, Ontario bats and their biology, live bat demonstrations, an identification key exercise using museum study skins, and classroom activities using "Year of the Bat" education resources. This year's faculty included: Burton Lim, Judith Eger and Dave Ireland from the ROM; Erin Fraser, University of Western Ontario; Paul Faure, McMaster University; Andreas Streit, UNEP/Eurobats; James Eggers, Bat Conservation International; and Jacqueline Miller, University of Toronto. While faculty and teacher participants enjoyed a lovely private lunch at the ROM, they were treated to a book reading and signing, Burton & Isabelle Pipistrelle: Out of the Bat Cave, presented by the author and artist.
The workshop could not happen without the support of sponsors, most of whom have been helping to fund the workshop for many years. This year our much appreciated sponsors were: Bat Conservation International, Lubee Bat Conservancy, North American Society for Bat Research, Organization for Bat Conservation, Royal Ontario Museum, Speleobooks and donations to the workshop made with online registrations.
Next year the NASBR Teacher's Workshop will be in Puerto Rico and conducted in Spanish. It's likely that the local committee will be developing new educational materials for this event and I'm doing some early "promotional fundraising" by inviting you to consider making an online donation for the teacher workshop when you register for next year's meeting. Thanks so much for your interest and support over the years.