Conservation Connect Series Video Gallery

The overview broadcast for teachers and visitor services specialists gives a preview of the 6-8 minute episodes, and illustrates how these videos can supplement the use of existing EE curriculum, citizen science projects and STEM content. Our introductory episode highlights the American Bald Eagle, one of conservation’s biggest success stories. 

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Conservation Connect "LIVE" Programs run from 30-60 minutes and have been recorded with online student audiences or with classes that have visited the NCTC Studio. These episodes allow time for student questions and a "chat room challenge" that tests student understanding of the featured species. Wildlife or Fisheries Biologists were in the studio to discuss their work and answer student questions.

Conservation Connect Series Description

Conservation Connect Overview (00:22:31)

Host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS describes NCTC's Conservation Connect series. February 5, 2014.

Conservation Connect Series: American Bald Eagles (00:08:23)

Chelsea interviews Jim Siegel, Wildlife Biologist, on the success story of the American Bald Eagle.

Conservation Connect Series: Bats (00:09:24)

Connecting with bats and the careers of people who study and try to help them. Hosted by Chelsea McKinney with Ann Froschauer, Science Communicator and Bat Specialist, USFWS and Leslie Sturges, Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Conservation Connect Series: Black Bear (00:05:51)

Host Tiana Jones talks with bear expert, Harry Spiker with the Maryland Natural Resource Department to learn some interesting things about black bears.

Conservation Connect Series: Black-Footed Ferrets (00:07:30)

Chelsea McKinney visits the National Black Footed-Ferret Conservation Center and talks with Kimberly Frazer, USFWS Education Specialist. April 20, 2016.

Conservation Connect: Bog Turtle (00:07:41)

Host Chelsea McKinney talks with Christine Peterson, Bog Turtle Researcher, in rural Maryland learning about the habitat of the bog turtle.

Conservation Connect: Brook Trout (00:08:16)

Join host Chelsea McKinney and Dr. Nathaniel Hitt, Scientist, USGS as we learn about the coolest fish you could ever imagine, the brook trout. These gorgeous fish are native to the cool, clear-flowing streams of the Appalachian Mountains.

Conservation Connect Series: Cheat Mountain Salamander (00:06:44)

Dawn Washington, and her kids, as they search of the secretive Cheat Mountain Salamander, and learn how they can track this critter in the spruce mountains of West Virginia at Canaan Valley NWR.

Conservation Connect Series: The Condor (00:07:09)

Meet Supervisory Biologist, Joseph Brandt, from Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, and discover the amazing California Condor success story and the latest technology that is used to track this huge and unmistakable endangered bird.

Conservation Connect Series: Delmarva Fox Squirrel (00:09:00)

Chelsea interviews Dr. Carol Bocetti, Professor, California University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Cherry Keller, Geneticist, USFWS Chesapeake Bay Field Office. September 2014.

Conservation Connect: Earth Day (00:29:51)

Join host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS and student co-hosts for this Earth Day special event. April 22, 2014.

Conservation Connect Series: Electrofishing (00:07:24)

Chelsea McKinney interviews fisheries biologist Alan Temple, USFWS explaining all about electrofishing.

Conservation Connect Series: Humpback Chub (00:08:15)

Join host Chelsea McKinney and USFWS biologist, Mike Pillow as they helicopter into the Grand Canyon to learn about the endangered Humpback Chub fish.

Conservation Connect Series: Junior Duck Stamp Competition (00:07:29)

Join Chelsea McKinney and Lionel Grant, USFWS, MI Junior Duck Stamp Coord. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles to share what they have learned with others.

Conservation Connect Series: Law Enforcement (00:07:09)

Learning about special professional officers who work to protect the lives of animals by ensuring people do not illegally kill or poach them. Hosted by Chelsea McKinney, USFWS with Officer Gabe Harper, USFWS.

Conservation Connect Series: Migratory Bird (00:07:03)

Louie Ocaranza, host, USFWS's Conservation Connect, will be talking about Northern American birds with expert Rachel Levin, Migratory Birds Program, USFWS. September 2016.

Conservation Connect Series: Monarch Tagging (00:07:17)

Chelsea meets up with biologist Tracy McCleaf at the National Conservation Training Center to learn all about Monarch Butterfly migration. Youth host, Travis Weller, assists them with tagging a monarch butterfly.

Conservation Connect Series: Monarchs (00:06:38)

Meet Dr. Francis Villablanca, a professor at Cal Poly University, and learn about the amazing migration and life of the Monarch Butterfly, and the technology that is used to track these butterflies over thousands of miles.

Conservation Connect Series: Mussels (00:06:42)

Every wonder about the biology of mussels? Meet Matthew Patterson a Mussel Biologist and learn about the exciting life that exists at the bottom of rivers and streams.

Conservation Connect Series: Paddlefish (00:09:28)

Join Conservation Connect Host Louie Ocaranza as he discusses a prehistoric fish, the paddlefish!  He will talk with Sam Stukel, USFWS Fisheries Biologist, Gavin's Point National Fish Hatchery.

Conservation Connect Series: Pilot Biologist (00:06:42)

Meet Steve Earsom, a Pilot Biologist from our Migratory Birds Program.

Conservation Connect Series: Small Mammals (00:06:39)

Join us at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico where Chelsea McKinney interviews Ariel Elliot a small Mammal Biologist and see what animals the desert provides habitat for.

Conservation Connect Series: Spoonbills (00:06:40)

Meet Toni Westland from Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida as she discusses the Roseate Spoonbill and the latest technology that is used to study wildlife at the Refuge.

Conservation Connect Series: Sturgeon (00:08:26)

Prehistoric creatures still swim below the surface of our nations rivers!  We get to meet one of those living dinosaurs, the pallid sturgeon, in this month's Conservation Connect Live broadcast.  Host, Louie Ocaranza, and fisheries biologist, Chris Hooley, take us into the world beneath the waves as we learn startling facts about a group of fish over 70-million years old.

Conservation Connect Series: West Indian Manatee (00:07:58)

Chelsea interviews Ivan Vicente, Education Specialist, Crystal River NWR on their resident manatees.

Conservation Connect Special Event – National Wildlife Refuge Week Broadcast (00:20:04)

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.

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, home-schoolers, 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.