Conservation Connect LIVE!

Freshwater Mussels


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! 

Broadcast Air Date: May 17, 2018

The General Sturgeon

sturgeon 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.

Broadcast Air Date: March 15, 2018

Eagles: Bold is Beautiful!

eagle Join Conservation host Tiana Jones on February 15th.  She will talk with an American Bold Eagle expert and give you a chance to ask questions!

Broadcast Air Date: February 15, 2018

Without a Paddlefish

paddlefish 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!

Broadcast Air Date: January 18, 2018

Passion for Pollinators

Birds fly south in the winter, but what do butterflies do?  Find out what pollinators do on the next Conservation Connect Live:  Passion for Pollinators!  Join host Tiana Jones and a pollinator expert.

Broadcast Air Date: November 16, 2017

Batty for Bats

Did you know that bats are important to people and our planet for many reasons? From eating hundreds of mosquitos, to pollinating plants, and spreading seeds, bats are not only important ecologically, they are also important to our economy.

Join Conservation Connect host, Louie Ocaranza and bat expert, Brian Fuller from our Oklahoma Field Office to discuss myths about bats and learn more about these fascinating and beneficial flying mammals.

Conservation Connect helps middle school students learn about wildlife, conservation careers, and the technology used to study and protect wildlife. 

Broadcast Air Date: October 19, 2017


Educator Resources for Bats

Living with Bears

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.

Broadcast Air Date: September 21, 2017


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