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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Broadcast Schedule

December 3, 2020 Time: 1:00-1:30pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Connect Series: Fishing

Dying to get out of the house?  Even in the cold of winter, the fish are still biting!  Join us as we discover some beautiful places around the National Wildlife Refuge System that you can wet a line, and potentially catch a healthy dinner.  There is probably one near you.  Whether it is fly fishing a mountain stream for trout...catching catfish on the bayou or ice-fishing for perch on a frozen lake, we'll tell you how to take advantage of several fishing opportunities this winter.

Host: Brett Billings

Presenters: Denise Wagner, Holly Richards - Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation

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December 9, 2020 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Visitor Estimation: Current Practices, Barriers, and Opportunities to Accurately Counting Your Visitors Broadcast

Accurately estimating the number of visitors to National Wildlife Refuges is important to the NWRS, yet a number of factors can make accurate and reliable estimation a challenge. Regions 2, 4 and 8, the Human Dimensions Branch, and the Division of Visitor Services and Communications, have partnered with Clemson University and the University of Washington on a study that examines both existing visitor estimation practices and innovative new approaches. This broadcast will feature findings from the first phase of the study, which included a literature review and interviews with visitor services staff. Researchers and Service staff will present key insights and discuss recommendations, which include a working list of different estimation methods and key attributes for FWS staff to consider in choosing between them. Presenters will also preview future research efforts and field questions from the audience.

Host: Michelle Reilly, USFWS

Presenters: Chantel Jimenez and Kevin Lowry, USFWS; Matthew Brown and Danielle Dagan, Clemson University; Spencer Wood and Sama Winder, University of Washington


By the end of this broadcast, you will have a better understanding of:

  1. The importance of visitor estimation to the NWRS and the entire Service;
  2. Existing visitor estimation techniques, as well as innovative methods being researched in the literature;
  3. Current barriers and opportunities to accurately estimating visitors;
  4. Key recommendations for improving visitor estimation in the field.

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December 17, 2020 Time: 1:00-1:30pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Connect Series: Bird-Watching

As Christmas gets ever closer there are more things in the sky to watch for than just flying reindeer.  It is almost time for the annual Christmas Bird Count.  We'll be talking with some experts about how to get involved in identifying the birds that live near you.  Up for a good walk outside?  Don't forget the binoculars and the field guide to birds.  We'll get your bird-watching efforts off on the right foot.

Host: Brett Billings

Presenters: Kristin Alexander, Chris Deets, Christmas Bird Count, Audubon Soc.

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January 7, 2021 Time: 1:00-1:30pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Connect Series: Outdoor photography 

One of the best social distancing activities you can do is outdoor photography.  We'll have several professional photographers join us to clue you in to the best techniques and places for capturing your own stunning winter nature images.  Need advice on a new camera?   Want to learn the tricks to getting stunning wildlife pictures and videos?  Our guests will have the secret info that will make your shots the best ever!

Host: Brett Billings

Presenters: Refuge Photographers - TBA

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During this time of Covid, please email all questions to

  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-876-7666 (currently not available)
    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,; 304-876-7325
  • Melissa Gonzales, Studio Assistant,; 304-876-7368
  • DOI Learn Registration Support;; 304-876-7709

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