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

August 4, 2016 Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Human Dimensions Broadcast Series- A Dose of the Outdoors: The Connection Between Nature and Human Health

Millions of Americans are in poor health and most major health problems, including those related to physical, mental, and social well-being, may be attributed to environmental causes. By the same token, environmental factors may also enhance health. There are multiple studies that prove how nature positively affects human health and well-being. In this broadcast, we will hear about these research studies. We will also hear from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service practitioners who are working with health professionals and neighboring refuge communities on efforts toimprove human health by connecting people with nature. Promoting links between nature and health could play a critical role in growing support for conservation and the protection of natural areas for our health and enjoyment.

Dr. Frances (Ming) Kuo, NRES, Associate Professor & Director, Landscape and Human Health Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Georgia Jeppesen, USFWS, Team Lead, Career Awareness Branch, Division of Education and Outreach, National Conservation Training Center
Robin Will, USFWS, Supervisory Refuge Ranger, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Danielle Ross-Winslow, USFWS, Social Scientist, Department of Human Dimensions (NRPC), Natural Resources Program Center

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August 10, 2016 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Conservationists in Action Series: 40 Years from the Brink of Extinction: America's Bald Eagle

NCTC Historian, Mark Madison, hosts a studio interview with photographer and author John D. Chaney on his new book, “40 Years from the Brink of Extinction: America's Bald Eagle”

American bald eagles and their fight for survival ignited passion in award-winning photographer John D. Chaney. He began documenting America's national bird for future generations when he learned in college that the bald eagle might become extinct. A few years later the bald eagle was added to the Endangered Species list. His passion grew year after year as he captured more interesting photographs and finally witnessed first-hand the resurgence of our symbol of freedom. Chaney's images in 40 Years from the Brink of Extinction pay tribute to the eagles' survival and the people who helped them. Chaney’s talk will include his photographs of the majestic eagles in their natural habitat, interspersed with interesting facts he learned on his journey. 

Chaney has been an avid photographer for over 50 years. Chaney has won many international awards and has been in numerous publications. An award-wining image of an elephant mourning the death of her mate was displayed on the National Geographic home page and received over 2 million visitors with 16,000 posts which resulted in over twenty interviews and publications as far away as Poland, Brazil, Italy and New Zealand. At 25, he was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of TeleCheck Services in Houston. For the next two decades John lead a team that built TeleCheck into a national, multi-hundred million dollar company. In 2010 Chaney retired from traditional business to focus on his passion of photography.

Questions for presenters can be submitted via chat room on the Livestream video player.

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Course Announcement

August 11, 2016 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Conservation Policy Series: 50 Years of Endangered Species Legislation

We are happy to announce the second presentation with Michael Young, Department of Interior, Assistant Solicitor for Fish and Wildlife. Mr. Young has over three decades of experience with the DOI and will be providing a number of new presentations for the monthly Conservation Policy Series. The evolution of Endangered Species legislation will be the topic of today’s program. Mr. Young will detail the process by which Endangered Species legislation has gone from a primitive idea with little legal force in 1966, to the Endangered Species Act today, considered one of the strongest environmental regulations in existence.

During the broadcast, Mr. Young will be available in the Livestream chat room to respond to questions or comments. We look forward to your participation, August 11 at 2:00 pm ET!

Questions for presenters can be submitted via chat room on the Livestream video player.

For chat room use, we suggest first time users “join” Livestream, prior to broadcast time.

September 26-29, 2016 Time: Noon – 4:30 pm Eastern Time each day-- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Retirement Planning for Federal Employees

This popular program sponsored by the FWS and NPS will be available online. Please mark your calendars for the dates & times below. More information to follow.

Noon – 4:30 pm Eastern Time each day

Monday, September 26: CSRS Retirement Benefits
Tuesday, September 27: FERS Retirement Benefits
Wednesday, September 28: Retirement Application Process / Insurance / TSP/ Social Security
Thursday, September 29: Financial Planning



  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-8756-7666
    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


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