Conservation Training Network Broadcasts

Live Broadcasts

Broadcasts are delivered online via the Livestream platform from the Conservation Training Network studio located
on the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) campus near Shepherdstown, WV.

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Please use the Livestream chat room for content questions to the instructor, (Instructions for using the chat on Livestream),
or email your questions to broadcast@fws.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: All broadcast times listed are  EASTERN TIME. (adjust for your time zone)

If you have technical problems, e-mail broadcast@fws.gov or call 304-876-7666. Provide your name and location.

Broadcast Schedule

October 21, 2020 Time: 6:00-6:50 PM Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservationists in Action Series: Mark Madison interview Larry Nielson

Join Historian Mark Madison as he interviews Larry A. Nielsen, Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. A past president of AFS, Nielsen is a highly regarded public speaker and author, whose most recent book is titled Nature’s Allies: 8 Conservationists Who Changed Our World.

October 21, 2020 Time: 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Lecture Series: Larry Nielsen's public lecture "Nature's Allies"

Stay tuned! More information coming soon!


October 26-30, 2020 Time: 12:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time Each Day-- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Retirement Planning for Federal Employees

NCTC is offering on-line training in retirement & financial planning, at your desktop.

This training receives very high ratings, and we are pleased to bring it back to you this year.  It is free and accessible from your office or home computer. Again we are offering retirement & financial planning for "newer" employees, ie 0-10 years of service. During this week, we'll cover all phases of your federal career with the valuable information you need to stay financially fit.

These retirement broadcasts are made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. 

The training consists of three separate classes (New Employees/CSRS/FERS) You must register using the appropriate registration link below to receive the participant guide and link to view training.

October 26, New Employees Agenda - (may also join Livestream on October 28, 29, & 30 for additional mid-career information. You do not need to register for the FERS session - only register for the “New Employee” session.)

October 27CSRS only - Agenda

October 28, FERS only - Agenda New Employees optional.

October 29 & 30, both the CSRS and FERS training are combined into joint sessions.  New employees optional. 

October 26 - Retirement Planning for “New” Employees (Course Description)

This is a one-day 5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It will provide an Overview of Federal Benefits and Introduction to Financial Planning for employees who are newer to federal service.

Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day.   (Adjust for your time zone)

DOI Talent - New Employee Retirement Training Registration

Workbook/Participant Guide:  Will be available via email one week prior to attending.

October, 27, 29, & 30 - Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees (Course Description)

This is a three-day 15 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform.  It will provide a detailed discussion of credit for service and retirement calculations for CSRS and CSRS Offset employees.

Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day.  (Adjust for your time zone)

DOI Talent - CSRS Retirement Training Registration

Workbook/Participant Guide:  Will be available via email one week prior to attending.

October 28, 29, & 30 - Retirement Planning for FERS Employees (Course Description)

This is a three-day 15 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It will provide a detailed discussion of FERS Retirement Benefits for mid-career employees and employees nearing retirement. FERS Transfer employees should also register for these sessions.

Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day.   (Adjust for your time zone) 

DOI Talent - FERS Retirement Training Registration

Workbook/Participant Guide:  Will be available via email one week prior to attending.

Interaction:

  • Livestream chat room -- During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via chat room built into the Livestream video player.
  • Instructions for chat room.
  • E-mail -- broadcast@fws.gov 
  • Listen-Only Phone Line -- Use this only if you do not have online access. Toll free number and code will be posted day of event.

**Please note: Per contract, recording of these presentations are not permitted. Real time attendance is the only option.  

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November 5, 2020 Time: 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Native American Heritage Broadcast: Native American perspective on Native American Heritage month and what it means to our presenters

Join us for a special presentation as we learn about the Native American perspective on Native American Heritage month and what it means to our
presenters.

Who Should Attend: We welcome any Department of Interior staff and partners who are involved with tribes or who wish to learn more about working with tribes.

This webinar qualifies for one hour of diversity credit. To self-certify for credit please visit the following:

To Learn More about our presenters:

Devon Parfait is the future chief of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw; a tribe that is feeling the effects of climate multiplied land loss. Devon has centered his life around his community by diversifying his life experiences, learning as much as he can, and trying to become the best leader he can be. Devon has a pretty unique college experience, first going to a community college and then chasing after a dream education at Williams, which he eventually was able to get when truly dedicating himself to his goal. He uses the skills and knowledge gained to benefit his tribe as much as possible. Devon has used the opportunities given to him at Williams to start his own independent research that uses GIS to analyze how
coastal land loss is disproportionately affecting the tribes in southern Louisiana.

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. She received her Ph.D. in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Literary Research from San Diego State University. She also has her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Her first book We Are Dancing For You: Native feminisms and the revitalization of women's coming-of-age ceremonies addresses gender inequality and gender violence within Native communities.

Dr. Risling Baldy is Hupa, Yurok and Karuk and an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California. In 2007, she co-founded the Native Women's Collective, a nonprofit organization that supports the continued revitalization of Native American arts and culture. Marie Meade is Yupik. Marie was raised traditionally on the tundra, travelling with the seasons, and eventually their family settled in the village of Nunapitchuk. She now lives in Anchorage, where most of her children and grandchildren live. She fishes and gathers traditional foods, teaches the Yupik language,
and Yupik songs and dance. She is part of the International Council of Thirteen Grandmothers and has traveled around the globe with her elder Rita Pitka Blumenstein to pray and hold ceremony for healing of ancestors and Mother Earth.

Native American Heritage Training Announcement.

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November 19, 2020 Time: 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Native American Heritage Broadcast: Tribal Treaty Hunting

Join us for a special presentation where we will hear about Tribal Treaty Hunting rights and what this means in the modern era.

Who Should Attend: We welcome any Department of Interior staff and partners who are involved with tribes or who wish to learn more about working with tribes.

This webinar qualifies for one hour of diversity credit. To self-certify for credit please visit the following:

To Learn More about our presenting group, 1854 Treaty Authority:

The 1854 Treaty Authority is an Inter-Tribal natural resource management agency that protects and implements the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Bois Forte Band and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in the lands ceded under the Treaty of 1854.

Since the 1970s, tribes have been successfully reasserting hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the ceded territories of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan in both federal and state courts. These efforts, which corresponded with a similar line of favorable court rulings in the Pacific Northwest, have led to the creation of five inter-tribal treaty commissions in the two regions, that serve 41 tribes.

These inter-tribal commissions assist their member tribes in the implementation of off-reservation treaty rights. One of these commissions, the 1854 Treaty Authority, implements the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in the five and a half million acres of ceded lands under the Treaty of 1854. The treaty-reserved rights to harvest natural resources on the 1854 ceded lands are protected property rights under the United States Constitution. In this regard, the 1854 Treaty Authority plays a critical role in ensuring that the federal government, as a treaty signatory, upholds its treaty obligations, which includes an obligation to protect the natural resources on which the 1854 Treaty agreement is based.

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  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-876-7666
    Please Note: The studio control room is staffed only on scheduled broadcast days. If you need assistance, call one of the staff listed below.

  • Rhonda Miller, Studio Manager, Video and Web Support, rhonda_miller@fws.gov; 304-876-7325
  • Melissa Gonzales, Studio Assistant, melissa_gonzalez@fws.gov; 304-876-7368
  • DOI Learn Registration Support; nctc_training@fws.gov; 304-876-7709

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