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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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 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

February 15, 2018 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Conservation Connect LIVE: Eagles: "Bald is Beautiful" Promo

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the “Eagles” this winter!  Now, you can learn about the real and original eagles – the American Bald Eagle.  Join Conservation Connect host, Tiana Jones and wildlife biologist Jim Siegel as we learn about this amazing bird! You’ll get the story on how bald eagles have staged a major comeback of their own after being on the endangered species list for many years. We’ll take an up-close look at the NCTC eagle nest and other eagle nests as we talk about these beautiful and fascinating creatures. You’ll also be able to ask questions via chat room to our eagle expert and play our eagle “brain bender” game. 

Join us February 15 at 2 pm ET for the next online broadcast of Conservation Connect Live! 

Conservation Connect helps middle school students learn about wildlife, conservation careers, and the technology used to study and protect wildlife. To view other episodes and educator resources visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect

Live broadcast from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV.

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February 27, 2018 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Monarch Conservation Series: On the Wings of Monarchs: A 10,000 foot view of species conservation

Welcome to 2018 and the continuation of the Monarch Conservation Webinar Series by the Monarch Joint Venture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center.

Please join us on February 27th for the first webinar as we begin with a big picture perspective on monarch conservation by MJV Coordinator, Wendy Caldwell. Wendy will describe the conservation goals for monarchs in North America and a broad scale approach for engaging partners to help achieve those goals. From the perspective of the national Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan, she will illustrate how efforts across scales and topics are integrating for improved success in species recovery. Creating habitat for monarchs, other pollinators, wildlife and ecosystem services is a primary outcome of a broader strategy to engage, educate, and inspire new conservationists. Everyone has a role to play in protecting the monarch migration. This webinar will cover how MJV’s implementation pillars (habitat creation, research/monitoring, and education/outreach) work together to help us achieve our monarch and habitat targets.

REGISTER:  On the Wings of Monarchs: A 10,000 foot view of species conservation

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March 15, 2018 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Conservation Connect LIVE: "The Sturgeon General"

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March 19-22, 2018 Time: 12:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time Each Day -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Retirement Planning for Federal Employees - Agenda

We are pleased to bring retirement training back to you again 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 21st & 22nd, both the CSRS and FERS training are combined into joint sessions.

March 19, 21, & 22 only (NOT 20th) Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees

This is a live three-day,13.5-hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is designed for Civil Service employees and CSRS Offset employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help employees better understand their federal benefits to make informed decisions regarding retirement and insurance. However, all employees are encouraged to attend. 

Objectives:  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify retirement eligibility and amount of annuity payable;
  • Review e-OPF to ensure that all creditable service has been documented and take action to pay any necessary deposits to receive credit for service;
  • Consider survivor benefit options and impact on FEHB coverage for surviving spouse;
  • Determine insurance needs and identify requirements and costs for continuing insurance into retirement;
  • Review Social Security estimates payable and consider best time to begin receiving benefit;
  • Determine the role that TSP will play in total retirement income and consider withdrawal options; and
  • Identify financial goals and methods to help achieve those goals.

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

DOI Learn CSRS Registration: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=326882#

Participant Guide/Workbook: will be sent via email to registered participants the week prior to training

March 20, 21, & 22 (NOT 19th) Retirement Planning for FERS Employees

This is a live three-day,13.5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is designed for FERS employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help employees better understand their federal benefits to make informed decisions regarding retirement and insurance. However, all employees are encouraged to attend.

Objectives: At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify retirement eligibility and amount of annuity payable;
  • Review e-OPF to ensure that all creditable service has been documented and take action to pay any necessary deposits to receive credit for service; Consider survivor benefit options and impact on FEHB coverage for surviving spouse;
  • Determine insurance needs and identify requirements and costs for continuing insurance into retirement;
  • Review Social Security estimates payable and consider best time to begin receiving benefit; and
  • Determine the role that TSP will play in total retirement income and consider withdrawal options.

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

DOI Learn FERS Registration: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=326884#

FERS Participant Guide/Workbook: will be sent via email to registered participants the week prior to training

FERS Transfer Supplement Guide: will be sent via email to registered participants the week prior to training

Notes for All Participants:

NCTC online broadcasts delivered via the Livestream platform are available on any internet connected computer – home or office, no downloads required. For "Livestream Viewing Tips" ​visit: https://nctc.fws.gov/topic/online-training/broadcasts/llivestream-tips.html

Interaction:

Livestream -- During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via chat room built into the Livestream video player. Instructions for chat room. Confidential, or complicated questions can be emailed to broadcast@fws.gov.

Listen-Only Phone Line -- To be used if only you do not have online access. (Phone audio will not match video content.) The number will be posted here, 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 March 26-April April 6, 2018. 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, 2018 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Conservation Connect LIVE: "Freshwater Mussels"

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Support

Contacts

  • 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, randy_robinson@fws.gov; 304-876-7450
  • Rhonda Miller, Video and Web Support, rhonda_miller@fws.gov; 304-876-7325
  • DOI Learn Registration Support; nctc_training@fws.gov; 304-876-7709

Broadcast Archive

Resources

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.
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