The High Tech High San Diego Bay Study has, over the course of ten years, introduced over 600 high school students to original research in biological assessment and engagement in science writing and reflection regarding their urban ecology. Currently, the students of Dr. Vavra’s Biology class are making a book about invasive species. Invasive species are very bad for a native environment because they take over areas and deter native plants from growing. This is causing the levels of biodiversity to decrease all around the globe. There are methods of preventing invasive species, the first being to not bring it from wherever it originated. Other prevention methods include the eradication of vectors (means of transportation) and bringing awareness about the topic at hand.
The Calendar is Here!
The San Diego Bay Biodiversity Calendar is created by the students of High Tech High. San Diego's climate, topography, and proximity to the ocean makes the region able to support a variety of different ecosystems, from tidal marsh to coastal sage scrub. This calendar features native plants that can be found locally in San Diego. Learn about the native species and their ecosystems in the new 2012 Biodiversity Tide Calendar. Learn More.
We are working on a project about invasive species. Invasive species effect bay life and health. To help bring awareness to this issue, we will be documenting a new invasive species each week.
To keep up with Marine Invasive Species click here.
High Tech High has been developing a completely sustainable native plant garden, and we hope that many other schools do as well. Information on this and other high school Native Plant Gardens can be found here.
High Tech High Students volunteering at the San Diego River Garden Archive
High Tech High's fourth book on the bay is still in stores.
Through essays, photographs, poetry and illustrations, coupled with months of research and interviews, “San Diego Bay: A Call for Conservation” focuses on the bay's health and 18 species that live in and around the bay, including the green sea turtle, california brown pelican, black skimmer, peregrine falcon and burrowing owl.
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An upcoming book on biodiversity is coming out, so check back here for updates!