Return of the Mollusk: Snatching an endangered abalone from the brink of extinction
Here's the link to the program and lyrics!
Beneath the (sometimes) calm waters of coastal California lies an incredible diversity of marine life. This diversity includes seven species of a cryptic, yet historically, culturally, economically, and ecologically important snail called an abalone. One of these species, the white abalone, is critically endangered, and was actually the first marine invertebrate to be placed on the endangered species list. But Jenny Hofmeister Ph.D. at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says to fear not! Scientists all over southern California are working hard to save this charismatic animal from extinction; and the good news is we have a very, very good chance at being successful. Given the year we’ve had, we could all use a little good news, right?
The Zoom "doors" will open at 10:30, so folks can chat in breakout rooms with others before the assembly starts at 11. We will also use breakout rooms after the assembly so you can talk to the speaker, or chat with your fellow Earthlings until at least 1 PM, so please feel free to stay and chat in small groups!
The Zoom link and some pointers are below.
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You'll be muted right when you get to the meeting, but worry not, there will be smaller groups during and after the assembly that you can use to talk to your fellow Earthlings.
In the corner of the box with your face in it, you can choose to hide yourself from your view, so you won't find looking at yourself so distracting. Also, it'll make more space on your screen to see others.
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We can't wait to see you all!