Live broadcasts produced in the NCTC Studio, Shepherdstown, WV.
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.
50 Years of Endangered Species Legislation (00:52:13) Will be broadcast August 11, 2016.
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. August 11, 2016.
Hear about research studies that prove how nature positively affects human health and well-being with host Danielle Ross-Winslow, USFWS, Social Scientist, Department of Human Dimensions (NRPC), Natural Resources Program Center and presenters Dr. Frances (Ming) Kuo, Georgia Jeppesen, and Robin Will. August 4, 2016.
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 to improve 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.
Presenters: 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 Host: Danielle Ross-Winslow, USFWS, Social Scientist, Department of Human Dimensions (NRPC), Natural Resources Program Center.
We are pleased to announce this forth presentation with Michael Young, former Department of Interior, Assistant Solicitor for Fish and Wildlife. Mr. Young has over three decades of experience with the DOI and has recorded this presentation for the monthly Conservation Policy Series. The Administrative Procedure Act covers virtually all administrative activity within the Department of the Interior. With 2016 having been the 70th anniversary of the regulations, Michael Young, the former Assistant Solicitor for Fish and Wildlife, will discuss the role this statute has had on Fish and Wildlife Service actions and the risks associated with non-compliance of the act.
Assessment of Exotic Milkweed (A. curassavica) and the Spread of Disease in Monarchs (00:59:59) June 16, 2016
Presented by Dr. Sonia Altizer, Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Affairs University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology; Ania Majewska, Ph.D. and Dara Satterfield, candidates University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology.
Monarch lovers know that planting milkweed in their gardens is a sure way to attract these familiar black and orange butterflies to their yards. Over 100 species of milkweed are native to the U.S. and Canada, yet the most commonly planted milkweed is a single, non-native species. Tropical milkweed (A. curassavica), also known as Mexican milkweed or blood flower, is attractive, easy to grow, and often the only milkweed available at garden centers and nurseries. Unlike most native milkweed species that enter dormancy in the fall, tropical milkweed persists longer and even grows year-round where temperatures remain mild, such as parts of the southwest and Gulf Coast, providing a continuous supply of nectar for adults and food for caterpillars. This can sustain year-round breeding of wild monarchs and lead to high transmission of a debilitating protozoan pathogen called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE). In this webinar, researchers who have studied monarchs, OE and tropical milkweed in the laboratory and field will discuss (1) how tropical milkweed leads to the formation of resident (non-migratory) monarch populations in the southern US, and (2) consequences of this behavior for pathogen transmission, monarch migration, and mixing between resident and migrant monarchs. The presenters will also explore options for managing tropical milkweed gardens, and other ways to support monarchs conservation.
Behold the Earth (00:52:30)
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with filmmaker David Conover on his new film “Behold the Earth”. David Conover was born and raised in a New England family with strong ties to the sea and a tradition of active storytelling. Both grandfathers were amateur filmmakers in the 1920′s and 30′s. Upon graduating with a degree in comparative religious studies from Bowdoin College, David worked as a professional seaman—and then as an outdoor educator with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine and in Florida. This was followed by a Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard, with a focus on moral development. His production company Compass Light has produced dozens of award-winning science and history programs for major broadcasters for 18 years, including the experiential series Sunrise Earth.
For more information, visit: http://www.compasslight.com
Behold the Earth provides an original opportunity to re-examine and expand the community of U.S. environmentalists, charting steps into the future that builds on Rachel Carson’s discussion of destructive trace toxicity in the 20th century, with the addition of a destructive climate in the 21st century. Carson inspired a wide range of rising young scientists of that time, people like E.O. Wilson and Cal DeWitt and Theo Colborn, to better understand how the natural world works, so as to better track human impacts within it.
At the beginning of the 21st century, a new generation of scientists and evangelicals is coming-of-age, people like Katherine Hayhoe and Ben Lowe and Corina Newsome. They are standing on the shoulders of Cal DeWitt and others inspired by Rachel Carson. Can these emerging leaders and the next wave of Creation Care conservationists reduce the human degradations of the living planet, wrought by trace toxins and a destructively warming climate? Along the way, can they revive the reach and relevance of both the environmentalist and the evangelical movements in America? Film Director and Conservationist David Conover began this highly original film 12 years ago, as an inquiry into America’s divorce from the outdoors, before-and-after the arrival of those known as the digital natives. He is neither scientist nor evangelical. He draws upon some of the same talented field staff behind the spectacular natural sequences in his series Sunrise Earth and Big Picture Earth. For information, visit: http://www.beholdtheearth.com
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (00:28:54)
In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Author & Marine Biologist, Carl Safina, on his new book "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel" . July 9, 2015.
Weaving decades of observations of actual families of free-living creatures with new discoveries about brain functioning, Safina brings us inside their lives and minds, breaching many commonly held boundaries between humans and other animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel the wilds of Africa to visit some of the last great elephant gatherings, and follow as free-living wolves of Yellowstone National Park sort out the aftermath of their personal tragedy. Then we plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in waters of the Pacific Northwest. We spend quality time, too, with dogs and falcons and ravens and dozens of other denizens; and consider how the human mind originated.
In this book readers explore astonishing new discoveries about the similarities in our consciousness, self-awareness, empathy, non-verbal communication, imitation, teaching, the roots of aesthetics and music, and a surprising capacity for grief widespread among elephants, wolves, whales, and even certain birds. Turns out, animals think and feel a lot like people do; after all, people are animals.
Carl Safina earned a PhD in ecology is from Rutgers University. He has published six books and many scientific and popular articles on ecology and oceans, including featured work in National Geographic and The New York Times, and a new Foreword to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us. His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection, and a Library Journal Best Science Book selection; it won the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction. He has been profiled on Nightline and in the New York Times; named by Audubon Magazine among “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century,” and featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special “Earth on Edge.”
More information on Safina and his work can be found at: http://carlsafina.org
Birds of West Virginia and Beyond (00:45:11)
Presented by WV Division of Natural Resources Ornithologist, Richard Bailey. Topics include raptors, songbirds, migratory birds, conservation issues and an overview of the WV Breeding Bird Atlas.
Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Pete Gober, the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Coordinator for the USFWS. March 18, 2015.
In 1979, the black-footed ferret was feared to be extinct. Fortunately, this presumption proved wrong in 1981 when a small population was discovered on a ranch near Meeteetse, Wyoming. Tragically, the wild population succumbed to disease a few years later, but not before biologists had taken 18 ferrets into captivity in an effort to save the species. Those remaining individuals formed the basis of a successful captive-breeding program that has brought the species back from the brink.
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NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts a studio interview with Jeff Ryan, author of “Appalachian Odyssey” and “Blazing Ahead”.
Author, speaker, photographer and avid hiker Jeff Ryan was born and raised in Maine. His love of the outdoors was evident early in life. He was skiing at the age of three and spending at least some summer nights in a canvas pup tent at the edge of the woods by the age of twelve. As an adult, Jeff adopted hiking as his favored mode of exploration. In 1983, he went on his first long distance hike, a 6 1/2 month adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Upon his return to Maine from the PCT, Jeff kept right on hiking. He and a hiking partner climbed Maine’s highest 50 mountains in one year. He then began “section hiking” the Appalachian Trail in 1985 (a journey that would take 28 years to complete and culminated in his first book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail, published in 2016).
During his research for Appalachian Odyssey, he became interested in the history of the AT, in particular the two larger than life personalities most responsible for the Trail’s existence. This led to his second book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, published in 2017 by Appalachian Mountain Club Books.
Jeff is a frequent speaker and enjoys inspiring others to get outdoors to enjoy all that nature has to offer to our emotional and physical health. For more information on Ryan's books visit: http://www.jeffryanauthor.com
Cerulean Blues (00:40:09)
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison hosts an interview with author and conservationist Katie Fallon. Katie’s first book, Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird. May 16, 2013.
Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird, was published in 2011. The book details the life history of the Cerulean Warbler, the fastest declining warbler species in the United States. Thirty-five percent of the world’s population of the species breeds in West Virginia. More information can be found at: http://www.katiefallon.com/24494.html
Katie teaches writing at West Virginia University and is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. ACCA is an all-volunteer organization located near Morgantown, WV. ACCA is licensed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to treat and rehabilitate injured, ill, or orphaned wild birds. The ACCA mission is: To conserve wild birds through scientific research; education and public outreach; rescue and rehabilitation.
Interview with author Lynne Cherry. She is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children. Her best-selling books such as The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild teach children to respect the earth.
Lynne is the founder and director of the non-profit Young Voices for the Planet , a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization dedicated to helping the voices of environmentally-concerned young people be heard. Lynne is also a movie producer. Her Young Voices for the Planet short films feature youth success stories: California kids helping to get a ban on plastic bags; Florida students saving their school $53,000 in energy costs; An 11-year old German boy planting a million trees... Young people reducing the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities.
Human Dimensions Broadcast Series. Hosted by Kaylin Clements, USFWS & presented by Lori Large, Dir. of Research Operations, Action Research & Susan Burks, Forestry Invasive Species Program Coord., MN Dept. of Natural Resources. November 17, 2016.
As conservationists, it seems we spend a lot of time encouraging people to “do” things like bring reusable bags when they go to the grocery store, pick up trash around campsites so wildlife isn’t attracted, remove mud from boots or clean gear to stop the spread of invasives. Sometimes, it may feel that these efforts aren’t working as well as we would hope. So, what really works to influence people’s behavior to act responsibly? How do we instill awareness and commitment to take environmentally responsible action? In this broadcast, we will explore the principles and strategies of community-based social marketing, an approach to behavior change based in behavioral psychology and general marketing principles. We’re not talking about Facebook, Twitter, or other social media marketing. We are talking about an approach that has been successfully applied across the U.S. and the globe, including nationwide efforts by USFWS and partners to eradicate invasive species. Learn from our expert panelists how you can use behavior change strategies that work.
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: email@example.com
Conservation Connect LIVE: Bald is Beautiful (00:36:04)
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.
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
Recorded February 15, 2018.
Conservation Connect LIVE - Bats and Mammals (00:56:32)
In our first segment, host Chelsea Mckinney talks with Jon Reichart, Bat Biologist, FWS Northeast Regional Office in Hadley, MA about how bats help humans, how we help bats and the terrible bat disease called "white nose syndrome". In the second segment, Chelsea talks with Ariel Elliot-Small Mammal Biologist from Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge near Albuquerque, NM. Areil and Jon talk about their wildlife conservation work and answer questions from students who participated in the live chat room discussion. Conservation Connect helps middle school students learn about wildlife, conservation careers, and the technology used to study and protect wildlife. October 21, 2015.
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
Join host Chelsea Mckinney and guests, Supervisory Biologist, Dawn Washington, from Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Christine Peterson, biologist at the National Conservation Training Center, and Nathan Byer, a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, for a look at two endangered animals: Bog Turtles and Cheat Mountain Salamanders. Learn about the fascinating world of these secretive amphibians. May 18, 2016.
Conservation Connect LIVE - Brook Trouts (00:52:30)
Join host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS to learn about brook trout with Fish Biologist and brook trout expert, Than Hitt, U.S. Geological Survey and expert stream conservation Keith Curley, Vice President, Trout Unlimited (TU). February 15, 2017.
We will dive in and learn about our Native Brook Trout. These beautiful fish are native to only the coldest and purest of our mountain streams. We'll learn about trout behavior, research techniques and the technology of backpack electrofishing with Fish Biologist and brook trout expert, Than Hitt from the U.S. Geological Survey. We'll also learn about stream conservation with Keith Curley from Trout Unlimited (TU). TU's Headwaters Youth Program helps foster a sense of respect for the natural world and engages young people in hands-on conservation projects in their home waters. "Trout in the Classroom" is a favorite of the TU Headwaters programs and we'll also enjoy a student produced video called "Interview with a Brook Trout" from the Wildwood Middle School, Trout in the Classroom program. We will answer brook trout questions from the online chat room.
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: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect
Our April broadcast will feature Black-Footed Ferrets and California Condors, two endangered species success stories. Do you know what an endangered species is? Do you know what role the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service plays in protecting these species? Join Conservation Connect Host, Louie Ocaranza in our Endangered Species Broadcast to ask questions and learn about what conservation professionals are doing to protect these species that are at risk of going extinct.
In the first half, we’ll talk with John Hughes, an Endangered Species Biologist, and a Black-footed Ferret expert from the National Black-footed Ferret Center in Colorado. John will tell us about all about the only North American species of ferret, and the efforts involved at the National Black-Footed Ferret Center to save these nocturnal prairie predators from going extinct.
In the second half we’ll learn about the California Condor. Joseph Brandt, California Condor Expert from the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California, will show us what technology the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is using to bring back a species that at one point in the 20th Century, had only 22 individuals in the wild. As always, we welcome student questions via our online chat room and we will answer as many as time allows. April 20, 2016.
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
Conservation Connect LIVE - Humpback Chub (00:43:43)
Join Chelsea McKinney, Conservation host, and Mike Pillow, USFWS Biologist as they talk about the endangered Humpback Chub fish! You will learn cool facts about careers, technology, and the Humpback Chub! November 16, 2016.
Join Conservation Connect host, Louie Ocaranza to learn about the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program, see some ingenious technology used to study waterfowl, and have a preview of the 2016 nesting season of our resident Bald Eagles.
In the first half hour we’ll talk with Suzanne Fellows, Program Coordinator for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program. This is a dynamic art and science based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others.
In our second half hour, we'll chat with Wildlife Biologist, Jim Siegel, to learn about bald eagle biology, behavior and their upcoming nesting season. Jim will give tips to help teachers use the NCTC Eaglecam in their classrooms, we’ll discuss the bald eagle conservation success story and we’ll check the nest for new eggs! As always, we welcome student questions via our online chat room and will answer as many as time allows. February, 17, 2016.
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
Do you ever wonder what lives beneath the surface of our lakes, streams and rivers? Join Conservation Connect Host, Tiana Jones, as we peek into the secret lives of those creatures who live below the surface. Freshwater mussels are a group as unique as they are mysterious and, they help keep our waters clean! Joining Tiana will be aquatic biologist Eric Tsakiris. You’ll be able to chat your questions to Eric and play our mussel trivia game. Join us as we explore the secret lives of mussels! Here’s a preview: https://fws.rev.vbrick.com/#/videos/e8682ec8-6c80-4af4-9082-e4023601db4f
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: https://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect
Live broadcast from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, May 17, 2018.
Join hosts Louie Ocaranza and Tiana Jones as they talk about living with bears with experts Dr. Cindy Driscoll, Wildlife Veterinarian and Harry Spiker, Bear Biologist. September 21, 2017.
Like birds and other animals, manatee must migrate to a warmer place during the winter. The favorite areas for manatee to migrate are the beautiful fresh water springs of Florida. Join host Louie Ocaranza and manatee expert Ivan Vicente, from Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, to answer all your questions about these fascinating mammals. Learn what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to protect this endangered species. You’ll learn about their biology, habits, and what you can do to help keep manatee out of harms way.
Conservation Connect Live: Migratory Bird (00:32:33)
Host Louie Ocaranza chats with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, Stacy Sanchez, from our Migratory Bird Program in Washington D.C.. September 21, 2016.
Our first LIVE Conservation Connect Broadcast of the season it's happening this month! We will be featuring our new Migratory Bird Treaty centennial episode with our Conservation Connect Host, Louie Ocaranza. Ask questions to one of our migratory bird biologists, Stacy Sanchez from headquarters in Washington D.C. And learn about migratory birds, and what the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to protect them. You will have the opportunity to chat and ask questions to learn more bird ecology, the history of the Migratory Bird Treaty, and about what you can do to help back home!
Join Conservation Connect Host, Louie Ocaranza in our aquatic conservation episode to ask questions and learn about what may be under the surface of our rivers and streams. In the first half, we’ll talk with Matthew Patterson, our freshwater mussel expert at the National Conservation Training Center. Matt will tell us about how these less obvious but important animals play a huge role in the health of aquatic ecosystems. You’ll also learn about the fascinating life cycle of mussels.
In the second half we’ll learn about electrofishing and American eels. Alan Temple, Fisheries Biologist at NCTC and expert on electrofishing will show us how this technology can be used to study and conserve wild fish populations. As always, we welcome student questions via our online chat room. March 16, 2016.
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
Conservation Connect LIVE: Paddlefish (00:43:26)
Did you ever wonder about what lives in some of our bigger rivers? Curious about critters that lurk in the murky waters?
You may be surprised to learn of a prehistoric fish, so primitive that it doesn’t have bones, but can grow to more than 100 lbs!
The paddlefish is a living “dinosaur” alive and well in many of our bigger rivers. But how did they get that name?
If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating fish, join host Louie Ocaranza and our guest expert, fisheries biologist Sam Stukel for our next Conservation Connect Live broadcast, January 18, 2018.
You’ll see paddlefish video from the “Big Muddy” Missouri River and Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.
Join our live chat and send us all your paddlefish questions. We’ll even have some “brain bender” questions for your classroom too!
Join Conservation Connect host, Chelsea McKinney with Amanda Bessler, Wildlife Biologist, Blackwater NWR to answer all your questions about the Delmarva Fox Squirrel. October 20, 2016.
Autumn is the time for squirrels to gather nuts for winter, but not all squirrels are as common as those you might see in your backyard or woods. The Delmarva fox squirrel is a subspecies of fox squirrel found on the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia). Learn more about the once endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel and how it recovered? As we travel to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to work with biologist, Dr. Carol Bocetti, from the California University of Pennsylvania, and biologist Cherry Keller, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as we learn about “mark recapture sampling” to understand population sizes and brush up on some genetic research by looking at squirrel hair.
Tune in with Conservation Connect host, Louie Ocaranza to learn more about the wonderful world of "Herps", also known as Reptiles and Amphibians. Jim Siegel, Wildlife Biologist with the USFWS National Conservation Training Center will help us learn about the interesting lives of these creeping and crawling critters that are now emerging with warmer weather. We will learn about special adaptations that have allowed them to survive on almost every continent, as well as learn more about some of the threatened and endangered species in the United States. We'll check out some new technology to help us study the threatened bog turtle, the smallest turtle in the U.S. You'll also learn about some simple things you can do at school or at home to help wild reptiles and amphibians.And, we'll show teachers the new bog turtle lesson plan to extend the learning outside the classroom. May 17, 2017.
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: https://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect
Join host Chelsea McKinney to learn about Wading Birds and Waterfowl. Meet Steve Earsom, a Pilot Biologist from our Migratory Birds Program and Education Specialist, Toni Westland at Ding Darling NWR To learn about Wading Birds and Waterfowl. Do you know how these birds have adapted to living around water? They are amazing! Today we meet Steve Earsom, a Pilot Biologist from our Migratory Birds Program. We’ll fly with Steve and learn about aerial waterfowl counts. Then we head to sunny Florida to meet Education Specialist, Toni Westland at Ding Darling NWR to learn about the Roseate Spoonbill. As always, you can chat LIVE with our conservation experts to ask questions about the wildlife they study, their career pathways, and the technology they use to protect and study wildlife! December 16, 2015.
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
Join host Chelsea McKinney to learn about Wildlife Law Enforcement. Guest today are USFWS Refuge Law Enforcement Officer, Gabe Harper, Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and Heidi Ruffler, FWS Office of International Affairs, Washington DC. November 18, 2015.
You may have seen news reports about criminals killing elephants and rhinos in Africa, but did you know that wildlife crime is also a problem in the U.S? Gabe and Heidi They will be with us to answer questions that YOU have about illegal wildlife trafficking, poaching of animals, technology that law enforcement uses to help protect animals and careers in wildlife law enforcement.
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
Conservation Connect Series: Earth Day (00:29:51)
Join host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS and student co-hosts for this Earth Day special event. April 22, 2014.
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
Conservation Connect Series: Overview (00:22:31) Host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS describes NCTC's Conservation Connect series. February 5, 2014.
Do you know that a prehistoric fish could be living in a river near you? Sturgeons predate many fish species, appearing in the fossil record approximately 200 million years ago. Join Conservation Connect host Louie Ocaranza and guest Chris Hooley, to learn more about these amazing fish. Chris is a fisheries biologist at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota where he works with sturgeon from the nearby Missouri River.
Live broadcast from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV. March 15, 2018.
This special edition of Conservation Connect will celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Join host Chelsea McKinney in a chat with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian, Dr. Mark Madison to learn how the Wilderness Act legislation all got started. To celebrate Refuge Week, we’ll take an electronic field trip to National Wildlife Refuges across the country - from Alaska to Florida. Students will discover why wilderness areas are important, meet conservation professionals working to protect our natural world, and get an up-close view of animals in the wild. October 15, 2014.
Conservation Connect is a new web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center, which aims to connect youth, ages 9-14 (any age group is encouraged to enjoy) with the great outdoors, wildlife, and conservation careers. Conservation Connect is available online to schools, youth groups, homeschoolers, nature centers, and other educational programs throughout the country. Formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to watch the introductory overview of Conservation Connect, which demonstrates how this video series can supplement the use of existing environmental education curriculum, citizen science projects, and STEM content (science, technology, engineering, and math). The overview will highlight a segment featuring the American Bald Eagle, one of conservation’s biggest success stories.
Conservation of Monarchs in the Western US (01:03:22)
Presented by Sarina Jepsen, Endangered Species Program Director, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. February 28, 2016.
Though most are familiar with the large populations of monarchs in the eastern US that travel to Mexico each fall, monarchs in the western US – including those that migrate annually to the California Coast – have received far less attention. In the western US, the Xerces Society is working to identify, protect, manage, and restore monarch breeding and overwintering habitat through conducting and engaging citizen scientists in applied research, developing habitat management technical guidance, and advocacy. This webinar will provide an overview of the biology, life history, and conservation status of monarchs in the western US, including factors that may be contributing to the observed population decline at California overwintering sites. The webinar will also review current conservation efforts of the Xerces Society and partners, including habitat management and enhancement efforts, applied research, and citizen science programs in monarch natal, migratory, and overwintering habitats of the West.
Sarina Jepsen directs the Xerces Society’s Endangered Species Program, where she works on the conservation of monarch butterflies, bumble bees, freshwater mussels, and other at-risk invertebrate species. Since 2007 she has developed, implemented an overseen numerous projects that address the conservation of monarch butterflies in natal, migratory and overwintering habitats of the western US. She has co-authored many publications about monarch butterflies including the report Conservation Status and Ecology of the Monarch Butterfly in the United States and the book chapter Understanding and Conserving the Western North American Monarch Population. She serves as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Bumblebee Specialist Group, where she works with bumble bee experts to evaluate the conservation status of bumble bees worldwide.
Presented by Rich Dolesh, National Recreation and Park Association, Angie Edwards, Fossil Industries, and Pete Carroll, MD National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Prince George's County Maryland. February 23, 2017.
Do you want to engage and educate the public about the value of your Waystation and pollinator gardens? Interpretive and educational signage is very valuable in communicating the importance of why it is important to create monarch and other pollinator habitat, but the task of designing, creating, and installing attractive and durable outdoor signs is daunting for many. This webinar will provide valuable information on how to design and create outdoor signs. Topics will cover sign types and styles, relative costs of types of signs, examples of effective sign layout and design, recommendations for materials choices, suggestions for how to work with a professional sign company, ideas for low-cost alternatives, and how to utilize in-house capacity and volunteer resources. Quality signage can make your waystation or pollinator garden appealing and interesting while serving the valuable purpose of educating the public on what your garden does and why it is important.
Designing Seed Mixes for Native Habitat (01:04:00)
Presented by Justin Meissen, Tallgrass Prairie Center Research and Restoration Program. February 16, 2017
A well-designed seed mix is an essential component of any native habitat restoration project. The seeds we use in each mix ultimately define the character of restored vegetation, and determine how well a restoration project can meet its goals. In this webinar, we’ll cover the basic principles of seed mix design, review some of the tools currently available for designing seed mixes, and walk through several design examples using the Tallgrass Prairie Center’s Iowa Prairie Seed Calculator. The Iowa Prairie Seed Calculator (http://www.jamess.com/IowaPrairieSeedCalculator-D2/) incorporates the core concepts of seed mix design with a user-friendly interface, taking seeding method, planting time, and planting site conditions into account to produce an ecologically appropriate seed mix ready to send to commercial seed producers.
Presented by Justin Meissen, Tallgrass Prairie Center Research and Restoration Program. Justin is responsible for implementing restoration research and demonstration projects, creating training seminars, giving presentations, and developing technical materials for multiple audiences including roadside managers and other conservation professionals. He has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Justin has worked professionally in restoration ecology and botany from North Carolina to California with The Nature Conservancy, The Audubon Society, and other non-profits and environmental contractors. His PhD research at the University of Minnesota evaluated the risks of repeated, intensive seed harvest from native tallgrass prairies to supply large-scale prairie restoration. Justin is also an avid nature photographer whose work can be found throughout the web, particularly on his Flickr page.
Presented by Myron Floyd, PhD, NCSU, Prof./Director of Graduate Programs, Depart. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Mgmt.; Iantha Gantt-Wright, MSA Founder and President of The Kenian Group; Lamar Gore, USFWS, NE RO, Chief, Diversity and Civil Rights.
An effective conservation strategy includes engagement of people within diverse populations. To be relevant, we need to be innovative, resourceful and also respectful of what’s important to the people we are attempting to reach. Welcoming all groups and individuals, including those who traditionally may not be as directly connected. In this broadcast, we will more clearly define what we mean by diversity which encompasses culture, ethnicity, economics, age, gender, ability, and explore ways to foster inclusion for conservation. The broadcast also includes an interactive round table discussion with the host and viewers asking the panel about their experiences with embracing diversity for conservation.
Presented by Flisa Stevenson, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Refuge Visitor Services; Gus Medina, Cornell University - Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education Project; Chantel Jimenez, San Diego NWR Complex. May 24, 2012.
This broadcast will focus on "place-based" urban conservation connections: who are some target audiences, why the environment matters to them and how we can become more involved with urban communities. In part one of the session, our presenters will introduce you to urban communities and how we can connect with them. Part two is an interactive round table discussion, with the host and viewers ( through email at firstname.lastname@example.org ) asking the panel specific questions about linking public lands programs with conservation and urban communities.
This distance learning series, presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education Outreach staff, will feature current environmental education topics and highlight 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. The October 21 session will feature NCTC staff: Chelsea McKinney, Kathy Sholl, Brett Billings and Randy Robinson. They will provide an overview of Conservation Connect, the new web-based video series produced by NCTC which aims to connect youth, ages 10-14, with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. You’ll be able to join in with your questions and comments on Conservation Connect via the Livestream chat room. October 21, 2014
For more information about Conservation Connect, visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect/
For more information about Environmental Education Updates, visit: OUT8043 Environmental Education Updates Series
Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day on May 9, NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with authors Paul J. Baicich and Margaret A. Barker. May 7, 2015.
Today, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than fifty million Americans feed birds around their homes, and over the last sixty years, billions of pounds of birdseed have filled millions of feeders in backyards everywhere. Feeding Wild Birds in America tells why and how a modest act of provision has become such a pervasive, popular, and often passionate aspect of people’s lives.
The book provides details on one or more bird-feeding development or trend including the “discovery” of seeds, the invention of different kinds of feeders, and the creation of new companies. Also woven are the worlds of education, publishing, commerce, professional ornithology, and citizen science, all of which have embraced bird feeding at different times and from different perspectives.
The authors take a decade-by-decade approach starting in the late nineteenth century, providing a historical overview in each chapter before covering topical developments (such as hummingbird feeding and birdbaths). On the one hand, they show that the story of bird feeding is one of entrepreneurial invention; on the other hand, they reveal how Americans, through a seemingly simple practice, have come to value the natural world.
PAUL J. BAICICH is a conservation writer and editor and an avitourism consultant. He lives in Maryland.
MARGARET A. BARKER, a writer and educator in the Chesapeake Bay area, coordinated the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch.
Additional Information: http://tamupress.com/product/Feeding-Wild-Birds-in-America,8161.aspx
Conservation in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with David Blockstein, Ph.D. Scientist, National Council for Science & the Environment; David Mrazek, Filmmaker “From Billions to None”; Joel Greenberg, Author “A Feathered River Across the Sky” . March 11, 2015.
Glorious Times: Adventures of the Craighead Naturalists (01:01:13) Available soon!
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts a studio interview with author Tom Benjey. June 28, 2018.
Glorious Times: Adventures of the Craighead Naturalists by Tom Benjey tells the fascinating, true, and important story of an American clan of Scots-Irish that settled in the early 1700s in Pennsylvania. From this clan came an astonishing number exceptional people, many of whom dedicated their lives to the study and conservation of nature. Glorious Times even poses the question as to whether this family had a special "Naturalist DNA" in their genetic heritage. Glorious Times covers many generations, but appropriately focuses most attention on the famous siblings Frank Jr., John, and Jean (Craighead George). Glorious Times will be of immense attraction to readers with an interest in the history of environmentalism and conservation in America. For more information on the book and author, visit: https://tombenjey.com
Growing Milkweed for Monarch Conservation (01:01:02)
As milkweed, the sole host plant for monarch butterflies, has diminished across the landscape, so have population numbers for the iconic butterfly. A broad scale effort involving many partners is needed to restore this habitat across North America to support monarchs and other wildlife. A key step in this process is increasing the availability of native milkweed plant materials, including seeds and plugs. In this webinar you will learn about regional native milkweed plant material needs, seed collection, processing, storage, stratification, germination, transplantation to plug cell, growing out, control of pests with biological control methods, site preparation, planting, watering and monitoring to determine survival rates. From backyard gardeners to large scale native plant producers, everyone has a role to play in supporting monarch habitat across North America. The focus of this webinar will be producing milkweed host plants, but other native nectar plants are also essential in supporting the monarch migration. March 23, 2016
Presented by Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder and Director, Monarch Watch. Dr. Taylor has a broad background in insect ecology. Starting in 1974, he established research sites and directed students studying Neotropical African honey bees in French Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Since then, the program has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. This program has produced many new insights into the dynamics of the monarch migration. In 2005 Monarch Watch created the Monarch Waystation program, in recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining at a rate of 6,000 acres a day in the United States. The goal of this program is to inspire the public, schools and others to create habitats for monarch butterflies and to assist Monarch Watch in educating the public about the decline in resources for monarchs, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats.
Hands on the Land (00:56:11)
Our webcast will feature “Hands on the Land” (HOL), a network of 120 distinct partnerships between five Federal land management agency sites and local schools focused on promoting educational excellence. HOL provides students across America with hands-on learning in natural and cultural settings, and is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). USFWS currently counts 13 site-school partnerships among the total. Presenters include Josh Falk, Education Program Officer, NEEF and Maria Arnold, USFWS Youth Program Specialist, NCTC. Host: Michelle Donlan, NCTC. March 4, 2015.
Audience: Project managers, resource managers, visitor services professionals, park rangers, educators, outdoor recreational planners, and anyone whose resource management efforts would be enhanced or supported by youth initiatives.
The Environmental Education Update series (OUT8047), presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education Outreach staff, features current environmental education topics and highlights upcoming courses offered by NCTC and our partners. This is also an opportunity to share the various environmental education resources and training opportunities that are available to USFWS employees and to network with colleagues and partners.
Hands on the Land Grant Program (00:57:09)
Environmental Education Update. Presenters: Josh Falk, Education Program Officer, NEEF; Maria Arnold, USFWS Youth Program Specialist, NCTC; and Derrick Baldwin, Cultural Heritage Program Specialist, BLM Hands on the Land Program. Sept. 2, 2015.
The NCTC Division of Education & Outreach will host a discussion on the Hands on the Land (HOL) network that connects schools with sustained hands-on learning in natural and cultural settings on public lands. Presenters will announce an HOL Mini-Grant Program. The mini-grants will support HOL sites comprised of a school partner and a participating federal public land management agency (BLM, FWS, NPS, USFS, and NOAA Marine Sanctuaries). Non-HOL members who join HOL are eligible for funding.
HOL is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).
Learn more at: http://www.handsontheland.org
Humans, Wildlife, and Their Shared Health (00:46:00)
Presented by Kirsten Leong, PhD, NPS, Human Dimensions Program Manger; Samantha Gibbs, DVM PhD, USFWS, Wildlife Veterinarian. September 23, 2015.
Human-wildlife interactions such as injuries and wildlife disease outbreaks can be economically, socially, medically, and environmentally costly. With the recognition that human, animal, and environmental health are interconnected, interdisciplinary fields and approaches like One Health have emerged to inform policy, expand scientific knowledge, and address sustainability challenges. In this broadcast, we will discuss some of the challenges for land management agencies to maintain wildlife health and manage human-wildlife interactions and the social considerations that impact this work. The broadcast also includes an interactive round table discussion with the host and viewers asking the panel about their experiences.
Upon completion of this series, you will be able to:
- Define human dimensions relative to maintaining wildlife health and managing human-wildlife interactions;
- Identify examples of social considerations that affect the management of human-wildlife,
- interaction on public lands, such as on a National Wildlife Refuges, and
- Locate resources related to human dimensions of natural resources conservation and for use in further research and application.
Presented by Jennifer Kobylecky, Education Coordinator, Aldo Leopold Foundation and Jeannine Richards, Communications Coordinator, Aldo Leopold Foundation. October 23, 2013.
In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold set forth his most enduring idea, the “land ethic,” a moral responsibility of humans to the natural world. Aldo Leopold’s land ethic idea is extremely relevant in today’s society, but it can be difficult to define, discuss, and implement. As Leopold himself suggested, a land ethic must evolve by people considering and discussing what it means.
During the hour-long broadcast, we will introduce you to the “land ethic” and the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Land Ethic Leaders program. We’ll explore Leopold’s ideas in greater depth and explain how environmental education containing observation, participation and reflection can lead to greater engagement in conservation. We will also provide an overview of the Land Ethic Leaders workshop and how you can participate in the future.
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (01:01:54)
Presented by Elsa Haubold, National LCC Coordinator; Jean Brennan, Appalachian LCC Coordinator; and Laura McClean, Science Applications Communications Manager. August 26, 2015.
This distance learning series, presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education and Outreach staff, features current environmental education topics and 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.
The August 26th broadcast will feature an update on Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and share information about great environmental educational resources available for use by educators. The broadcast also includes time for live interaction and Q&A with the presenters.
Learn more about the Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network at: http://lccnetwork.org
Human Dimensions Broadcast Series. Presented by Rob Campellone, USFWS, NWRS; Thomas Miewald, USFW S, N Pacific Landscape Conservation Coop and the NWRS; Charlie Pelizza, USFWS, Pelican Island NWR. February 12, 2014.
Hosted by Sarena Selbo, Chief, Branch of Conservation Planning and Design, USFWS, National Wildlife Refuge System. Presented by Rob Campellone, Landscape Conservation Design Policy Advisor, USFWS, National Wildlife Refuge System; Thomas Miewald, Landscape Ecologist, USFWS, North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the National Wildlife Refuge System; and Charlie Pelizza, Refuge Manager
USFWS, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Conserving sustainable landscapes in the 21st century is a significant challenge that requires a fundamental shift in thinking and action, addressing both social and ecological systems. "Landscape conservation design" involves intentional human changes to landscape patterns to sustainably provide ecosystem services that meet societal needs and respect societal values. This paradigm is innately interdisciplinary and partner-driven, involving diverse stakeholders, who plan, identify and implement strategies across the landscape to achieve diverse goals. In this broadcast, we will explore the "why," the "what" and the "how" of landscape conservation design, focusing on addressing both the ecological and human dimensions needed to achieve sustainable landscapes. The broadcast also includes an interactive round table discussion with the host and viewers asking the panel about their experiences with landscape conservation design and conserving sustainable landscapes.
Life Among the Monarch (00:59:10)
NCTC Historian, Mark Madison, interviews Lincoln Brower, Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology Emeritus at the University of Florida and Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College. May 21, 2015.
Lincoln Brower has been studying the North American monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, for more than 50 years, and for 30 years he has made preservation of the unique migration of this butterfly a personal mission. Brower first began studying monarch butterfly biology in 1954 when he was a graduate student at Yale University. He currently is Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology Emeritus at the University of Florida and Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College. His research includes conservation of endangered biological phenomena and ecosystems, the overwintering and migration biology of the monarch butterfly, chemical defense, mimicry, and scientific film making. He has authored and coauthored more than 200 scientific papers on the monarch butterfly. Since 1977 he has been deeply involved with conservation of the monarch's overwintering and breeding habitats, and especially with the imperiled Oyamel fir forests in Mexico which he considers the Achille's heel of the monarch. To track deforestation, he recently formed a Geographic Information Systems team including students and colleagues from the University of Mexico, NASA, and Sweet Briar College. He also has been involved with several conservation initiatives to educate and help local Mexicans in their quest to save the forests.
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison interviews Linda Fink on the early days of Lincoln Brower research (Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology Emeritus at the University of Florida. 05/21/2015
Making USFWS Video Conferencing Work for You (00:59:50)
Join IRTM Vidyo Specialist, Michael Schlitzer in our “Making USFWS video Conferencing Work for You” broadcast.
We’ll review a number of popular video and web conferencing applications, understand their key differences, and learn how you can get them to work together (without too much effort) to hold better, more productive meetings. We'll also look at some easy ways for you to understand and manage the inevitable problems that arise when you're using technology. We’ll learn about some of the underlying technology, its history, and what that means for you. We'll focus on getting you set up correctly so that you can use the technology that we have available to its fullest extent. Finally, we'll work through some real world operational scenarios so that you can see, firsthand, the critical differences that just a few small changes can make to your experience and the success of your meetings. As always, we welcome your questions via our online chat room and will answer as many as time allows, during the program.
Conservation in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Alison Barrat, Filmmaker, Living Oceans Foundation and Sam Purkis, Ph.D. Oceanographer, National Coral Reef Institute. March 11, 2015.
Meet the Monarchs (01:07:42)
Presented by Cathy Downs (Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas) and Karen Oberhauser (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab). October 4, 2016.
Join Dr. Karen Oberhauser, a scientist from the University of Minnesota, and Cathy Downs, a natural science educator from central Texas for this interactive webinar (for youth audiences). You will learn about the amazing monarch butterflies and their unique long-distance migration. From their milkweed host plants to parasitoids that ail them, we will explore the complex life history of the species. In addition, you will learn how to get involved in your own school or backyard to help monarchs, and benefit many other wildlife species at the same time! Listen carefully, and don't forget to take notes; we will have a few pop quiz questions throughout the webinar! Presenters: Cathy Downs (Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas) and Karen Oberhauser (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab) Bios: Cathy was born and raised in New England and retired to Comfort, TX in 2004 after a 30 year career owning and operating her own retail businesses. She is a Texas Master Naturalist with the Hill Country Chapter and a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch. She chairs the Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas program for Native Plant Society of Texas and is a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project educator. Cathy works with Texas Wildlife Association’s Distance Learning Program broadcasting “The Magic of Monarchs” and conducts Teacher Trainings for “Monarchs in the Classroom”. With these resources Cathy has provided over 65,000 children and teachers with monarch education. Dr. Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. In addition to the research component of her lab, Karen founded Monarchs in the Classroom, a program of the Monarch Lab which provides opportunities for formal and informal educators to be guided in instructing their students to learn science using the natural world. Karen is also co-chair of the Monarch Joint Venture steering committee.
Migratory Birds First Frontier (00:59:49)
Scott Weidensaul, Author, Ornithologist, Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds. May 2, 2012.
Bird migration is the world's only true unifying natural phenomenon, stitching the continents together in a way that even the great weather systems fail to do. Scott Weidensaul follows awesome kettles of hawks over the Mexican coastal plains, bar-tailed godwits that hitchhike on gale winds 7,000 miles nonstop across the Pacific from Alaska to New Zealand, and myriad songbirds whose numbers have dwindled so dramatically in recent decades. Migration paths form an elaborate global web that shows serious signs of fraying, and Weidensaul delves into the tragedies of habitat degradation and deforestation with an urgency that brings to life the vast problems these miraculous migrants now face. Living on the Wind is a magisterial work of nature writing.
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Ghost with Trembling Wings, about the search for species that may or may not be extinct; and Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. His newest book, The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America, will be published in February 2012.
Weidensaul lectures widely on wildlife and environmental topics, and is an active field researcher, specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds. He lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania, the heart of the old colonial frontier.
Milkweed Seed Collection (00:57:30)
Monarchs need milkweed! Collecting native milkweed seed is a cost-effective way to get local ecotype seeds for use in restoration projects. In this webinar, you’ll get an overview of milkweed seed collection, including a primer on native plants, tips and tricks for harvesting, storing and growing milkweed seed, and how you can participate in the Monarch Watch Milkweed Market to contribute to milkweed planting on a large scale. If you want to learn about how begin or improve your milkweed seed collection efforts, this is the webinar for you! June 26, 2018.
Hal Mann, President, Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Chapter.
Bob Huffman, Seed Manager, Prairie Restorations Inc.
Angie Babbit, Communications Coordinator, Monarch Watch.
Dena Podrebarac, Milkweed Grant Coordinator, Monarch Watch.
Monarch and Roadsides (01:03:46) August 31, 2016
Presented by Dr. Karen Oberhauser and Kyle Kasten (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Jennifer Hopwood (Xerces Society), and Ken Graeve (Minnesota Department of Transportation). August 31, 2016.
Tremendous amounts of habitat have been lost throughout the monarchs' range, primarily due to development and changing agricultural practices. While it may not be possible to restore the habitat that was lost in its entirety, there are many opportunities to enhance and restore habitat for monarchs and pollinators in marginal areas, such as roadsides. While mortality of these insects by vehicle collisions is a concern for many, it is thought that the benefits of roadside habitats outweigh the costs. This webinar will include background information on monarchs and pollinators in roadside habitats, key findings from a study of milkweed and monarch surveys along roadsides, and case studies and opportunities for Departments of Transportation.
Presenters: Dr. Karen Oberhauser (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Kyle Kasten (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Jennifer Hopwood (Xerces Society), Ken Graeve (Minnesota Department of Transportation)
Ken Graeve works at the Minnesota Department of Transportation providing technical support for roadside vegetation management. His work areas include rare plant reviews, vegetation establishment during construction, invasive species control, and prescribed fire.
Jennifer Hopwood is a Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and provides resources and training for pollinator and beneficial insect habitat management, creation, and restoration. Jennifer has authored a number of publications and articles, including a literature review about roadsides and their potential to act as habitat for pollinators. Jennifer has degrees in ecology and entomology from the University of Kansas and has experience in invertebrate field and laboratory research, identification, education, and outreach.
Kyle Kasten graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology. Starting as an AmeriCorps volunteer, he spent the summer of 2015 conducting a survey of milkweed species and monarch larvae use of roadside habitats in the upper midwest. Now working as a member of the Monarch Lab research team, Kyle collaborates with private companies, landowners, and government agencies to study the effectiveness of prairie restoration projects in creating monarch butterfly habitat in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Dr. Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. Her research depends on traditional lab and field techniques, as well as the contributions of a variety of audiences through citizen science. Karen is also co-chair of the Monarch Joint Venture steering committee.
Monarch Conservation Science Partnership (01:18:22) May 26, 2016
Presented by Dr. Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota Monarch Lab; Ryan Drum, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Wayne Thogmartin, United States Geological Survey.
Monarch conservation will require the involvement of the governments, non-government organizations, and citizens of all three North American countries. It will also require that limited resources are spent in ways that are most likely to help monarchs. Monarch biologists, habitat conservation practitioners, and landscape scientists have been meeting for over two years to create a blueprint for ensuring that monarch conservation strategies are based on our best available science. This group has worked to create a target for monarch population numbers that will minimize risks of extinction, develop regional priorities for habitat protection and restoration, and identify the most important risks to monarch populations. In this webinar, we'll summarize the work of the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, ending with concrete suggestions for local, regional, and continental action.
Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. In 1996, she and graduate student Michelle Prysby started the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which engages hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. In 2013, Karen received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science.
Ryan Drum is a Landscape Ecologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. His work is focused on linking biological planning, conservation design, on-the-ground delivery, and monitoring to guide landscape-scale adaptive management in the Midwest-Great Lakes Region and beyond. Ryan serves as the USFWS co-lead for the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership and is also the Service lead for Tri-National Monarch Conservation Science Partnership.
Wayne Thogmartin is a research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His research is generally focused on the statistical and mathematical ecology of rare and declining species. Current work involves developing continental-scale energetic-based models of migratory waterfowl, half-life and extinction risk calculations as a means of prioritizing species for conservation action, and calculating the value of a subpopulation to system dynamics to better understand the flow of ecosystem services as a function of migration. He is co-lead of the USGS Monarch Conservation Science Partnership.
Presented by Jason Rohweder, USGS-Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center and Dr. Holly Holt, Monarch Joint Venture Science Coordinator. December 20, 2016.
Join us for the second December 2016 Monarch Conservation Webinar: Monarch Conservation Science Partnership Desktop and Online Spatial Tools. You will receive additional details about participating in the webinar in a follow up email prior to the webinar and on the confirmation page after completing this form. This is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center. We look forward to your participation! The eastern migratory population of monarch butterflies has declined by more than 80% over the last two decades. In support of the USGS' Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, Jason Rohweder and Wayne Thogmartin developed desktop decision support tools to help in conservation planning for the imperiled monarch butterfly. Desktop tools were developed that allow users to prioritize counties within the conterminous United States according to multiple input criteria important for monarch butterfly conservation. Additional tools were developed to model the anticipated number of milkweeds on the landscape based upon underlying land cover/land use characteristics. The user can alter the composition of these land cover/land use characteristics using a separate desktop tool to model gains and losses of milkweeds on the landscape under various conservation scenarios. These tools were first developed as desktop tools downloadable from the internet and now the county ranking tool and milkweed calculator are available as online tools that do not require any GIS software, only a web browser. http://www.umesc.usgs.gov/management/dss/monarch.html
Presenters: Jason Rohweder has worked for the USGS-Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center for almost 20 years as a spatial applications biologist. He has interdisciplinary expertise in biology, geographical information systems and application programming. His work emphasizes landscape ecology and the creation of flexible tools and models to assess species habitat. Dr. Holly Holt is the Monarch Joint Venture Science Coordinator. She has been working closely with the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership to develop a National Protocol Framework for monitoring monarchs and their habitat. Information gained from this framework will help inform monarch conservation strategies. Holt has a background in pollinator health and biology and received her PhD in Entomology from Penn State University in 2015.
Monarch Overwintering Biology (01:07:40) January 26, 2017
Monarch overwintering experts from both eastern and western populations of monarchs will discuss the ins and outs of monarch overwintering behavior, biology and migration. Monarchs are unique in the insect world for their long distance multi-generational migration and their incredible numbers in the oyamel fir forests of Mexico and scattered groves along California's Pacific coast. Learn about the "Goldilocks" conditions which make these forests just right for overwintering and what monarchs need to survive this season. Also, learn about the threats that these important forests (and the monarchs who rely on them) face and the questions left unanswered about monarch migration. Plus take a sneak peek at all the different ways humans try to count thousands and millions of monarchs each year!
Presenters: Emma Pelton (Xerces Society) and Dr. Pablo Jaramillo (Monarch Butterfly Fund)
Monarch Parasitoids (01:03:26) March 23, 2017.
Presented by Carl Stenoien (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab) and Dane Elmquist (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab and Monarch Larva Monitoring Project).
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.
Monarchs and Climate Change (01:00:55)
Presented by Dr. Kelly Nail, University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Dr. Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, Monarch Joint Venture. December 15, 2016.
We know that monarchs are negatively impacted by many human activities, including habitat degradation and loss, pesticide use, climate change, vehicular collisions, invasive species, and pathogen spread. Due to this long list of factors that affect monarch populations, it is difficult to determine the contributions of any single factor to their dwindling numbers. In this webinar, we will summarize the ways in which climate affects monarchs during all stages of their annual cycle of breeding, migrating, and overwintering. We’ll then review potential impacts of climate change on monarchs, summarizing a combination of lab and field studies, and modeling efforts. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, and we’ll provide links to published and online resources that will allow you to dig deeper into the fascinating topic of monarchs, weather, and climate.
Presenters: Dr. Kelly Nail (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, US Fish and Wildlife Service) and Dr. Karen Oberhauser (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, Monarch Joint Venture).
Presented by Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medalist, Outdoor Adventurer, and Motivations Speaker. June 13, 2012.
This one-hour webcast is led by Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medalist, outdoor adventurer and motivational speaker. In three modules, Adam Kreek shares an overview of his background and philosophy of celebrating success; explores effective initiatives connecting young people to their environment and strategies for our organizations to build on these trends; and discusses key tools for success, including learning and teaching effective risk taking through outdoor experiences, and techniques for overcoming setbacks and failure.
Nature-Based Tourism and Economic Benefits (01:25:18)
This is the first program in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation series. Presenters: Nancy Milar, Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau; Ted Eubanks, Fermata; Toni Westland, FWS. February 2, 2012.
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation addresses the relationship of people to the land and wildlife. Through understanding matters such as human values, cultural ecology, sense of place and economics, we are better prepared to effectively manage and conserve our natural resources. The Fish and Wildlife Service mission speaks to this as we strive to protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
In this series we will introduce you to the subject of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation through educational broadcasts, offered quarterly. The broadcasts will provide up-to-date academic theory and on-the-ground Fish and Wildlife Service examples. This introductory series in 2012 will include: Nature-based Tourism and Economic Benefits, Engaging Urban Communities through Birding, Social Aspects of Conservation Biology and Cultural Diversity of Refuge Visitors.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
Define Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation;
Identify examples of the application of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation in the US Fish and Wildlife Service; and
Locate Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation resources for use in further research and application.
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.
February 27, 2018
Pathways to Our Sustainable Future (00:52:01)
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts a studio interview with Patty DeMarco on her new book, “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book explores positive pathways toward sustainability based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh. Examining the experience of a single city with all of its complexities allows a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in adapting to a changing world. Choices for more sustainable pathways for the future include transforming the energy system, restoring fertile ground, and preventing pollution through green chemistry production. Throughout the book, case studies responding to ethical challenges give specific examples of successful ways forward. This is a book about empowerment and hope.
Patricia DeMarco has spent a thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions, including Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and Demand Side Manager for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. She was the Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She is the Executive Producer of a documentary film, “The Power of One Voice - A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” and has served as technical advisor for a video series titled “Sustainability Pioneers”.
For more information on her book, visit: https://patriciademarco.com/book
PBS Filmmakers Discussion: "Rachel Carson" (00:45:25)
NCTC Historian, Mark Madison, hosts a studio interview with PBS filmmakers, Michelle Ferrari and Rafael de la Uz on their new film "Rachel Carson" which will premiere nationwide on the PBS American Experience, Jan. 24 at 8pm ET. Michelle Ferrari (Producer/Director) has been creating innovative, critically acclaimed documentary narratives for more than two decades. Her work as a screenwriter and story editor has been seen on PBS, HBO, and at film festivals nationwide, and has garnered honors from the Writers Guild of America, the Western Writers Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The writer of numerous American Experience episodes including The Perfect Crime, Silicon Valley, Roads to Memphis and Kit Carson, Ferrari is perhaps best known for the highly rated Seabiscuit, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing. She most recently wrote and directed American Experience’s Edison. Additional recent credits include the landmark PBS series Half the Sky and the Emmy-winning HBO documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. in American History from Columbia University.
Rafael de la Uz (Director of Photography) Born in Havana, Cuba, Rafael graduated from the University of Havana in 1996, then, in 1998, earned a degree in Cinematography from the world-renowned International School of Film and Television, in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. The following year, he shared credit as a Cinematographer on Spanish director Manuel Martín Cuenca's El juego de cuba (The Cuban Game), a feature-length documentary that won critical acclaim and garnered awards from film festivals around the world. In 2001, Rafael moved to New York, where he went on to direct the cinematography for numerous high-profile documentaries, among them Venezuela, Revolution in Progress, a production of Discovery/Times TV, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq for HBO, and Roads to Memphis for the prestigious PBS series American Experience.
"Rachel Carson" premieres on PBS American Experience, Jan. 24 at 8pm ET Local times may vary, for details visit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/rachel-carson
Pollinator Health and Land Use Economics (01:00:02)
Host Mark Madison, NCTC Historian interviews Claudia Hitaj, USDA, Economic Research Service Economist and Daniel Hellerstein, USDA, Economic Research Service Economist. May 25, 2016.
Project EduBat - Education Taking Flight (01:26:36)
Special appearances by live bats and bat experts, Cathy Johnson, U.S. Forest Service, Dianne Odegard, Bat Conservation International, Ann Froschauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Leslie Sturges, The Save Lucy Campaign. October 29, 2014.
Bats are amazing animals that are vital to the health of our environment and economy - eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that that grow new plants and even trees. This free broadcast will feature activities, resources, and lesson plans to help you teach both children and adults about bats. Learn how to use newly developed bat educational trunks that will be available across the country for your use!
To learn more: http://BatsLIVE.pwnet.org
When you create a PowerPoint, Word document, record a video conference session or add content to a website, did you consider everyone can read it. Did you know your creations could be viewed by people that you may never meet? What impact will that have on those who want to know more about what you are doing? How about when you want to purchase hardware, software or services? Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers to make opportunities available for persons with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.
As a DOI employee or contractor, we are all responsible for this law that aligns directly with our role in the organization as we have learned from our DOI Learn Records Management/Section 508 mandatory training.
Join us November 30th to identify:
What is Section 508…? When properly implemented, Section 508 improves the accessibility of government information and data and ensures government information is accessible to Federal employees and citizens with disabilities. Building an accessible infrastructure creates an environment for hiring persons with disabilities.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was amended in January 2017. The compliance date for everyone within the FWS to bring electronic and information technology up to the standard is January 18, 2018.
Section 508 applies to all procurement's of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) including: micro-purchases and purchases processed in FBMS; hardware, software, and support services and accessible documentation; accessible electronic documents and forms; and websites, multimedia, and databases. Anyone involved in the procurement process has responsibility to ensure 508 requirements are included.
What you can do right now…
Take part in this live training and any training available to you.
For more information and resources please click on the following link (FWS Employees only): https://fishnet.fws.doi.net/nt/FWSS508/SitePages/Home.aspx
In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, interviews with author Robert Musil to talk about women conservationists and his new book, "Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment". July 9, 2015.
In Rachel Carson and Her Sisters, Robert K. Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson, linking her work to a wide network of American women activists and writers and introducing her to a new, contemporary audience. Rachel Carson was the first American to combine two longstanding, but separate strands of American environmentalism—the love of nature and a concern for human health. Widely known for her 1962 best-seller, Silent Spring, Carson is today often perceived as a solitary “great woman,” whose work single-handedly launched a modern environmental movement. But as Musil’s book demonstrates, Carson’s life work drew upon and was supported by already existing movements, many led by women, in conservation and public health.
On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, this book helps underscore Carson’s enduring environmental legacy and brings to life the achievements of women writers and advocates, such as Ellen Swallow Richards, Dr. Alice Hamilton, Terry Tempest Williams, Sandra Steingraber, Devra Davis, and Theo Colborn, all of whom overcame obstacles to build and lead the modern American environmental movement.
More information on Musil’s book can be found at: https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/rachel-carson-and-her-sisters/9780813576213
Robert K. Musil, PhD, MPH is the President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, the legacy organization envisioned by Rachel Carson and founded in 1965 by her closest friends and colleagues. Dr. Musil is also a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University, where he teaches about climate change and American environmental politics.
Saving the Places We Love (00:44:30)
Conservation in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Ned Tillman, Author of “Saving the Places We Love” and “The Chesapeake Watershed”. March 18, 2015.
Ned Tillman is the creative and driving force behind the “Saving the Places We Love” online campaign. He wants to do whatever he can to give others the tools to save the places they love no matter where they are across the country and the world. His two books are full of ideas and examples of what it takes to accomplish these goals. He also speaks to and facilitates groups coming together to save places important to them. During his career, Ned has provided energy and environmental consulting services to governments and corporations across the U.S. and abroad. He has presented keynote addresses at national conventions, colleges, and for a range of businesses and non-profit organizations. He serves on local, regional, and national boards working to ensure the health and sustainability of our country. Proceeds from his books go toward watershed restoration and land preservation efforts. http://savingtheplaces.com
Conservation in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Scientist & Filmmaker Nate Dappen, Ph.D. March 5, 2015.
Presented by Shawn Riley, MSU, Fisheries and Wildlife Scientist, Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Mgmt.; Natalie Sexton, USFWS, Natural Resource Program Center, Branch of Human Dimensions; Aaron Mize, USFWS, Bosque del Apache NWR. August 2012.
Knowledge for effective conservation includes knowledge about organisms, knowledge about the environment and knowledge about humans. In this broadcast, we will more clearly define this human aspect, which includes the application of social psychology, economics, political science,
communications and more. In part one of the session, the presenters will introduce the theory and practical application of this social aspect to our conservation work. We will also introduce you to the recently created Branch of Human Dimensions at the Natural Resource Program Center. Part two
is an interactive round table discussion, with the host and viewers asking the panel specific questions about their experience linking the human dimension with conservation.
Objectives: Upon completion of this series, you will be able to:
- Define the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation;
- Identify examples of the application of the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation in the US Fish and Wildlife Service; and
- Locate Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation resources for use in further research and application.
This webinar will discuss the science and safety of photovoltaic solar and the growing trend of planting pollinator habitat under and around ground-mounted solar panels. In 2016 alone, nearly 2,500 acres of solar sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin were seeded with millions of native flowers and grasses including black-eyed susans, side-oats grama, purple prairie clover, butterfly milkweed, and calico aster.
Eric Udelhofen, development director from OneEnergy Renewables, will discuss site selection for large-scale solar arrays, including existing land use, utility interconnection, topography and other environmental factors. He will give an overview of what the development process looks like, discuss construction and provide insight into what an installation actually looks like. Rob Davis, of 501(c)3 nonprofit Fresh Energy, will discuss its pioneering work in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Monarch Joint Venture, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, and others to establish standards as to what constitutes “pollinator friendly solar.” Rob will delve into the history of how pollinator-friendly solar was imported from the UK, where it is a common practice. Rob will outline how Fresh Energy and Audubon Minnesota built a bipartisan coalition of support for a statewide standard for vegetation on solar sites, including support from prominent agricultural legislative leaders and advocacy organizations. Rob and Eric will both discuss the public and environmental benefits provided by pollinator-friendly solar sites as well as standard practices of pollinator meadow management on solar sites, and will describe some of the benefits to solar project owners over the long-term, including reduced maintenance expenses, improved stormwater infiltration, and greater community acceptance.
Southwestern Monarch (00:55:54)
Presented by Gail Morris, Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study. Gail Morris is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist and the Vice-Chair of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Central Arizona Butterfly Association. Gail is the primary author of "Status of the Danaus plexippus Population in Arizona" by G.Morris, C.Kline & S.Morris, 2015. April 28, 2016.
For many years the southwest United States was a monarch mystery, a place where monarchs were scarce and little known about their breeding and migration patterns. The Southwest Monarch Study opened new doors of understanding after tagging over 14,000 monarchs and monitoring breeding habitats across the region. This webinar will explore citizen science efforts primarily in Arizona but expanding to New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, the California deserts and western Colorado. Our results dispelled the earlier belief in a Rocky Mountain division in migration destination and also provided new information regarding abundant breeding habitats and small overwintering aggregations in the area. New monarch conservation partnerships working to expand habitats across the southwest will also be featured.
Success Stories in Engaging the Agricultural Community in State Monarch Conservation Planning (01:01:01) March 27, 2018
The Monarch Collaborative is working to identify how partnerships in the farming and ranching community can support and enhance habitat for a sustainable monarch population. This webinar, Success Stories in Engaging the Agricultural Community in State Monarch Conservation Planning, will feature speakers from the Monarch Collaborative, the Iowa Monarch Consortium, and Missourians for Monarchs to provide learnings and tips on how to build a successful state plan that brings together the agricultural community with conservation partners in informing state plans and supporting the monarch butterfly. This webinar will also communicate success stories and lessons learned from where states are engaging agricultural partners in monarch conservation planning efforts; show why it’s important for agriculture groups to be involved, where and how they are involved, what worked to get them involved, and how they are communicating with growers and driving action in their states; and point grower organizations toward additional resources for learning more and getting involved.
Facilitated by the Keystone Monarch Collaborative.
Steve Bradbury, Iowa State University
Wayne Fredericks, Iowa Soybean Association
Aimee Hood, Monsanto
Karen Kinkead, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Susan Kozak, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Brent Vandeloecht, Missouri Department of Conservation
Presented by Mike Young, Assistant Solicitor for Fish and Wildlife. December 7, 2016.
We are pleased to announce the third 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 has recorded this presentation for the monthly Conservation Policy Series. The consultation regulations within the Endangered Species Act have played a significant role in the implementation of the act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With 2016 being the 30th anniversary of the regulations, Mr. Young will discuss the statutory history and possible future of these regulations from his perspective as an attorney with the Department of Interior.
The Birds of WV (00:53:18) Presented by Richard Bailey, State Ornithologist, WV Department of Natural Resources. June 2012.
We are happy to announce the first of four presentations 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 monthly Conservation Policy Series topics this summer and fall.
His first presentation will cover the Centennial of the U.S. - Canada Migratory Bird Convention. This presentation has been pre-recorded. During the broadcast, Mr. Young will be available in the Livestream chat room to respond to questions or comments. July 14, 2016.
The Genius of Birds (00:23:20)
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with nationally acclaimed science and nature writer, Jennifer Ackerman, on her newest book “The Genius of Birds”. In recent years, science has discovered that birds are much, much more intelligent than we ever supposed, capable of abstract thinking, problem-solving, remembering, learning by example, recognizing faces and even conversing in a meaningful way.
Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for 30 years. Her most recent book, The Genius of Birds (Penguin Press, April 2016), explores the intelligence of birds. Her previous books include Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (Twelve Press, 2010), Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity (Houghton Mifflin 2001), and Notes from the Shore (Viking Penguin, 1995). A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, her articles and essays have been included in several anthologies, among them, Best American Science Writing, The Nature Reader, Best Nature Writing, Flights of Imagination: Extraordinary Writings About Birds, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. Jennifer’s work aims to explain and interpret science for a lay audience and to explore the riddle of humanity’s place in the natural world, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision.
Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Butterfly Expert & Author, Robert Michael Pyle. March 19, 2015.
ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE was born on July 19, 1947 in Denver and raised in nearby Aurora, Colorado. His B.S. in Nature Perception and Protection (1969) and M.S. in Nature Interpretation (1973) from the University of Washington were followed in 1976 by a Ph.D. from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In 1971, during a Fulbright Fellowship at the Monks Wood Experimental Station in England, Pyle founded the Xerces Society for invertebrate conservation, and later chaired its Monarch Project. Bob has worked as an assistant curator at Yale's Peabody Museum, as a butterfly conservation consultant for Papua New Guinea, Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, and guest professor or writer at Portland State, University of Alaska, Evergreen State, and Lewis & Clark College. He has lectured for scientific, literary, and general audiences in many cities and countries, taught numerous field courses and creative writing seminars, been on the faculties of Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory as well as participating in the Port Townsend, Pacific Northwest, Sitka, and Desert writing conferences, and has appeared on NPR's E-Town. He received a 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. In 1979, Pyle moved from Portland, Oregon to the rural community of Gray's River, on a tributary of the Lower Columbia in far southwest Washington. It was a deliberate migration, in the Thoreauvian sense, toward the requisite setting for confronting life's bare essentials and to see what effect that may have on the creative act of writing. As Michael Pearson has commented: "For a man trained in natural history, science, and conservation much more than in literature, the transformation from scientist into full-time writer was a daring step into terra incognita, a metamorphosis reminiscent of the butterflies he studies." As a professional writer, Pyle has published hundreds of papers, essays, stories, and poems in many magazines and journals in addition to 14 books.
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Broadcast Series - August 17, 2017.
What is the state of Americans’ connection to nature? How do we overcome disconnection? The Nature of Americans National Report: Disconnection and Recommendations for Reconnection reveals important insights from a study of nearly 12,000 adults, children, and parents, and provides recommendations to open the outdoors for all. Findings show that Americans from all backgrounds increasingly face barriers to spending time outside. More than half of adults reported spending five hours or less in nature each week and feeling satisfied with this amount, but also lamenting that children today are growing up with limited opportunities to experience nature. There is a disconnect here: just because people recognize the importance of nature, they do not necessarily actively seek ways to incorporate it into their lives. The key is to identify opportunities to help Americans overcome this gap between interest in nature and action. This broadcast will feature experts in public affairs, outreach, and social science who will share the findings of the Nature of Americans study and provide actionable recommendations for how you can use this information to bridge the gap between Americans and nature. To learn more about the Nature of Americans study before the broadcast, go to natureofamericans.org.
Who Should Attend this Series: Those working with natural resource issues and with the public, this includes conservation employees, biologists, managers, outreach specialists, outdoor recreation planners & partnership coordinators.
Host: Natalie Sexton, Chief, Human Dimensions Branch U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Presenters: Dave Case, President, DJ Case and Associates; Kristen Gilbert, Chief, Communications and Digital Services Branch, Division of Visitor Services and Communications, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: and Tylar Green, Public Affairs Specialist, Northeast Region, External Affairs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
NCTC Historian, Mark Madison, hosts an interview with author, Florence Williams, on her new book March 24, 2017.
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. The book offers an intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.
Conservation in Action Series- The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Mark Dixon, Filmmaker, "The Power of One Voice"; Linda Lear, Ph.D. Author, Rachel Carson Biographer; and Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D. Rachel Carson Scholar. March 5, 2015.
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts a studio interview with Smithsonian ornithologist Bruce Beehler on his newest book “North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring”. March 29, 2018
In late March 2015, Beehler set off on a solo four-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, bike, and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other Neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the U.S. heartland--the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies--and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale's landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this book--part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history--is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. The book revels in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.
Bruce Beehler is an ornithologist, conservationist, and naturalist. He is currently a Research Associate in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and is focused on research and writing about nature and natural history. Beehler has spent much of his scientific career studying and working to conserve birds and their forest habitats. After conducting doctoral fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Beehler worked for ten years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, followed by stints at the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Department of State, Counterpart International, Conservation International, and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. Beehler has published eleven books and authored scores of technical and popular articles about birds and nature. In 2007, Beehler was featured in a 60-Minutes piece highlighting an expedition he led to the Foja Mountains in the interior of New Guinea in which scores of new species of plants and animals were discovered. Today, Beehler carries out natural history studies and writing focused on wildlife and natural places in North America.
Presented by Peter Berthelsen, The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund, Partnership Coordinator. July 20, 2017.
Ever felt like you struggled to establish high quality pollinator habitat or achieve the results you envisioned? This presentation will cover the three most important considerations that will determine your habitat project success and the long-term benefits of the project. This presentation will provide specific habitat recommendations from start to finish that help you produce the best results from your habitat efforts.
NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison hosts an interview with scientist and author Cristina Eisenberg. April 19, 2012.
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.
Please join us on November 14th to revisit and learn more about the Standards of Excellence (SOE) for the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program. Urban areas present a strategic opportunity to reach new audiences who may not know about the Service and may be less likely to visit Service lands. The goal of the Program is to engage urban communities as partners in wildlife conservation. Excellence can be achieved through eight standards that serve as a framework for collaboration among the Service and urban communities.
In this broadcast, the national Urban Program Coordinator and the Refuge Manager at John Heinz NWR will distill how working to achieve the SOE is relevant and beneficial to the conservation mission and identify obstacles and opportunities associated with implementation on-the-ground in Philadelphia.
Who Should Attend
Project managers, resource managers, visitor services professionals, park rangers, educators, outdoor recreational planners, and anyone whose resource management efforts would be enhanced or supported by learning more about state-of-the art resources for environmental education.
- 1. List three current and relevant environmental education topics that can be addressed at their FWS site
- Identify at least two environmental education resources/lesson plans that can be used at their FWS site
- Identify at least two environmental education training opportunities available for FWS employees and other conservation professionals
Human Dimensions Broadcast Series. Host: Mike Carlo, USFWS, National Wildlife Refuge System Presenters Jeffrey Brooks, USFWS, Alaska Region; Jeffrey Marion, Natural Resource Recreation; and Bob Proudman, Appalachian Trail Conservancy. May 22, 2014.
Providing and managing visitor experiences in our parks, refuges and other natural areas can be both a challenge and an opportunity, as we strive to enhance the public's connection with the outdoors and balance it with conservation. In this broadcast we will explore the science and issues of visitor use management and how to integrate this with resource management. The broadcast also includes an interactive round table discussion with the
host and viewers asking the panel about their involvement with visitor use management.
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Conservation 2013 Broadcast Series. Presented by Jeremy T. Bruskotter, PhD, Ohio State University; Catherine E. Doyle-Capitman, Yale School; Michelle Potter and Natalie Sexton, USFWS. April 11, 2013.
How people think and feel about conservation holds clues for what people do about conservation. In this broadcast we will explore the science behind understanding the attitudes and values of stakeholders and how to integrate this knowledge into conservation. We will more systematically define these social influences and share methods to effectively measure them for use in natural resource management decisions. The broadcast also includes an interactive round table discussion with the host and viewers asking the panel about their experience working with attitudes and values for conservation.
NCTC Historian Mark Madison will host an interview with award-winning author William Souder. “On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson” is Souder's newly released biography. October 2012
Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her seminal book, Silent Spring, Souder’s just published book is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the environmental movement. She loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries, including the international bestseller The Sea Around Us. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world. Published in 1962, Silent Spring shocked the public and forced the government to take action-despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the EPA and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson's romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of her death from cancer in 1964. This extraordinary new biography captures the essence of one of the great reformers of the twentieth century.
William Souder has written for many prominent newspapers and magazines and is the author of A Plague of Frogs, a book about the investigation of outbreaks of deformed frogs across North America a decade ago, and Under a Wild Sky, a biography of John James Audubon and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce a training broadcast series to cover the voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines and other relevant topics. May 22, 2013.
The Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines are a tool for wind energy practitioners to minimize adverse effects of wind energy development and operation to wildlife and their habitats. The guidelines focus on collaboration of federal and state agencies, tribes, industry, and non-governmental organizations to develop environmentally responsible wind energy facilities.
The bimonthly broadcasts will cover emerging issues and provide direction for wind energy facility planning, development, and operations.
For additional information, click here!
Announcing the 2nd Broadcast of the Wind Energy Training Series for Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. Hosted by Christy Johnson-Hughes, USFWS. July 31, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently débuted a training broadcast series to cover topics associated with wind energy and other relevant topics, such as the voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines.
Host Christy Johnson-Hughes will be joined by several guests who will cover topics including the new Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance, Tier 3 bat surveys, and a study demonstrating the use of the Guidelines at an existing wind energy facility in West Virginia.
The bimonthly broadcasts will cover emerging issues and provide direction for wind energy facility planning, development, and operations.
The 3rd broadcast of the Wind Energy Training Series for Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. Hosted by Christy Johnson-Hughes, USFWS. October 30, 2013.
Host Christy Johnson-Hughes will be joined by guests who will discuss topics related to Tier 4 of the Wind Energy Guidelines (post-construction), including fatality estimation, reporting, and adaptive management. The Law Enforcement Perspective will be presented in the 2nd half of this program.
In May 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began a training broadcast series to cover topics associated with wind energy and other relevant topics, such as the voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. View previous broadcasts and related materials
These broadcasts cover emerging issues and provide direction for wind energy facility planning, development, and operations. This live broadcast will be available online at:http://distancelearning.fws.gov/ctn.html
The Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines are a tool for wind energy practitioners to minimize adverse effects of wind energy development and operation to wildlife and their habitats. The guidelines focus on collaboration of federal and state agencies, tribes, industry, and non-governmental organizations to develop environmentally responsible wind energy facilities.
To learn more about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wind Energy topics, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/windenergy
Host: Christy Johnson-Hughes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Presenters: Kathy Boydston, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Charles Newcomb, Endurance Wind Power; and Jennifer Norris, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. January 29, 2014.
Host: Christy Johnson-Hughes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Presenters Wally Erickson and Chad Le Beau, WEST, Inc. and Cris Hein, Bat Conservation International. April 23, 2014.
In May 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began a training broadcast series to cover topics associated with wind energy and other relevant topics, such as the voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. These broadcasts cover emerging issues and provide direction for wind energy facility planning, development, and operations. The Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines are a tool for wind energy practitioners to minimize adverse effects of wind energy development and operation to wildlife and their habitats. The guidelines focus on collaboration of federal and state agencies, tribes, industry, and non-governmental organizations to develop environmentally responsible wind energy facilities.
Hosted by Brendan Tate, International Affairs, Washington, DC. August 10, 2017.
World Elephant Day 2017. Join us with world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist, Ganesh Raghunathan, and a panel of experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ganesh and his team have developed a new and innovative approach to prevent human-elephant conflict by using something many of us probably have in our pocket--a cell phone. By working proactively with stakeholders, including private companies, local media outlets, and government officials, Ganesh is helping to protect animals and save human lives.
Human-elephant conflict is one of the biggest challenges faced by Asian elephant range countries today, threatening both people and elephants. There is no one size fits all approach to elephant conservation. What works in Africa may not work in Asia, but what does work is engaging with local communities early and often. Local people--those who may have to live with elephants literally in their backyard--are often overlooked when trying to find solutions and in fact they should be the first to engage.
International Affairs homepage https://www.fws.gov/international/
Asian Elephant Conservation Fund https://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/asian-elephant-conservation-fund.html