Conservation Connect Video Gallery

"Conservation Connect" is a web-based video series that aims to connect middle school students with the great outdoors & conservation careers. Produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, each episode will help students learn about wildlife species, careers, and new technologies that are utilized to study and protect wildlife. For example, students will learn about manatee behavior from a wildlife biologist and how law enforcement officers use high tech tools to arrest wildlife poachers. Students are encouraged to spend time outdoors, observe wildlife in their own communities, and learn more about local natural resource conservation.

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If you would prefer to watch the 5-7 minute episodes only, please go to our Conservation Connect Series Video Gallery.

Conservation Connect LIVE Recorded Videos


On the third Thursday of every month at 2:00pm ET, students have the opportunity to view a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Connect episode and chat with Conservation Professionals LIVE which we call Conservation Connect LIVE!

Conservation Connect LIVE - Bald Eagle / Earth Day Celebration (00:50:22)

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: broadcast@fws.gov

Conservation Connect LIVE - Bats and Mammals (00:56:32)

Host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS interviews wildlife experts, Ariel Elliot, Biologist, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, NM and Jon Reichard, WNS Nat'l Coordinator, Hadley, MA to get the real stories on bats and small mammals. October 21, 2015.

Conservation Connect LIVE - Bog Turtles and Salamanders (00:57:01)

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

Conservation Connect LIVE - California Condors and Black Footed-Ferrets (01:05:38)

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.

Conservation Connect LIVE - Recovering the Delmarva Fox Squirrel (00:41:13)

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).

Want to learn more about the once endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel and how it recovered? 

Watch our upcoming episode on October 19th 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. During the broadcast, you can chat LIVE with our conservation experts at NCTC and ask all of your burning questions.

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.

Conservation Connect LIVE - Junior Duck Stamps and Eagles (01:01:38)

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. January 17, 2016.

Conservation Connect LIVE - Manatees Migration (00:44:56)

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 - Manatees and Monarchs (01:16:50)

Join host Chelsea McKinney to learn about Manatees and Monarchs as we visit Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida and tag Monarch butterflies in West Virginia. What do Manatees and Monarchs have in common? You might be surprised!

Our guests this month will be Education Specialist, Ivan Vicente from Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge who engages with the public about the West Indian Manatee, and Tracy McCleaf, a Biologist at the National Conservation Training Center and our National Monarch Butterfly Coordinator. January 20, 2016.

Conservation Connect LIVE - Migratory Bird (00:32:38)

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!

Conservation Connect LIVE - Mussels and American Eels (01:01:42)

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.

Conservation Connect LIVE: The World of Herps (00:37:19)

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

Conservation Connect LIVE - Wading Birds and Waterfowl (01:06:24)

Join host Chelsea McKinney to learn about Wildlife Law Enforcement. 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? Chelsea's guests today will be USFWS Refuge Law Enforcement Officer, Gabe Harper, Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and Heidi Ruffler, FWS Office of International Affairs, Washington DC. 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. December 16, 2015.

Conservation Connect LIVE - Wildlife Law Enforcement(00:58:33)

Join host Chelsea McKinney to learn about Wildlife Law Enforcement. 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? Chelsea's guests today will be USFWS Refuge Law Enforcement Officer, Gabe Harper, Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and Heidi Ruffler, FWS Office of International Affairs, Washington DC. 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. November 18, 2015.