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.

NCTC on LiveStream
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Click here to view NCTC Live Broadcast - Channel 1.

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

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

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

Broadcast Schedule

March 23, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Monarch Conservation Series: Monarch Parasitoids

Most parasitoids are tiny wasps and flies that reproduce by laying eggs on or inside of other insects. Those offspring develop by eating the host from the inside, eventually killing it. Parasitoids lead lifestyles that may seem alien to us, but they are an extremely diverse and important part of our ecosystems. Almost every species of herbivorous insect can become a host for at least one, but sometimes dozens, of species of parasitoids. Even chemically defended monarch butterfly caterpillars and chrysalides are not immune to parasitoids. PhD Candidate Carl Stenoien from the UMN Monarch Lab will discuss recent research on a tiny parasitoid wasp, Pteromalus cassotis, that preys on monarch pupae. Dane Elmquist, former assistant program coordinator for the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, will discuss new discoveries of interactions between monarch larvae and tachinid flies. Many of these findings were made possible by monarch citizen scientists. Register here!

Presenters: Carl Stenoien (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab) and Dane Elmquist (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab and Monarch Larva Monitoring Project).

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March 24, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Environmental Education Update: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative

This distance learning series, presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education and Outreach staff features current environmental education topics and/or highlights upcoming environmental education courses offered by NCTC and our partners. This series is also an opportunity to share the various environmental education resources and training opportunities that are available to FWS employees and to network with colleagues and partners.

Please join us on March 24 for a broadcast with NCTC Historian, Mark Madison, as he hosts an interview with author, Florence Williams, on her new book “ The Nature Fix; Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative.” The book offers an intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author. During the broadcast there will be opportunity for interaction with the author by submitting your questions using the built-in chat room on the Livestream video player or emailing to

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Training Announcement

March 28 - 31, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) Time: 12:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
FWS and NPS  Federal Retirement Planning Broadcasts

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

The training consists of two separate classes (CSRS or FERS). However, on March 30 & 31, both the CSRS and FERS training are combined into joint sessions.

March 28, 30, 31 only (NOT 29th)
Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees
- Course Description (pdf)

This is a three-day,13.5-hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform.

Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone).

DOI Learn CSRS Registration:

March 29, 30, 31 (NOT 28th)
Retirement Planning for FERS Employees
- Course Description (pdf)

This is a three-day,13.5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform.

Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone).

DOI Learn FERS Registration:

CSRS and FERS Participant Guides: Will be emailed and posted here prior to the broadcast.


Livestream -- During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via chat room built into the Livestream video player. Instructions for chat room.
E-mail --
Listen-Only Phone Line -- Available only if you do not have online access. This number will be sent via email prior to broadcast.

Please note: Recording is restricted. Viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during all or portions of the live broadcast times, a time-limited online video recording will be made available ONLY between April 3-14, 2017. You must be registered to receive this recording. Following the initial broadcasts, we will email a confidential link of the limited time recordings to all registered participants.

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April 19, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Connect LIVE: Bald Eagle / Earth Day Celebration

Join Conservation Connect host, Louie Ocaranza in our “Bald Eagle Exploration” broadcast. We’ll preview the 2017 nesting season of our NCTC resident Bald Eagles and help students understand some of the interesting action coming soon (we are expecting eggs to hatch around March 24-26). Joining us will be Bald Eagle Researcher, Lois Johnson-Mead, from the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).

We’ll learn about bald eagle biology, their history, and more about the nesting process. We'll help teachers understand how to use the NCTC eaglecam as an exciting classroom resource and we’ll talk about the bald eagle conservation success story. As always, we welcome student questions via our online chat room and will answer as many as time allows, during the program. Teachers can also e-mail class questions, any time prior to the broadcast to:

Conservation Connect is a web-based video series, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, that aims to connect youth, ages 10-15, with the great outdoors & conservation careers. To check out other episodes, resources, and lesson plans, visit:

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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.

  • Randy Robinson, Instructional Television / Studio Coordinator,; 304-876-7450
  • Mark Chesna, Video Support,; 304-876-7342
  • Rhonda Miller, Web Support,; 304-876-7325
  • DOI Learn Registration Support;; 304-876-7709

Broadcast Archive


Click here to go to Conservation Connect Conservation Connect is a web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), which aims to connect youth, ages 9-13 (although any age is encouraged to enjoy!), with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. Click to learn more.
Click here to see updates on the eagles.  

Click to see Eagle Nest Updates!