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2016-2015 Human Dimensions Broadcast Recordings

Click here to download video!A Dose of the Outdoors: The Connection Between Nature and Human Health (00:43:10)

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 Centerand 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.

Click here to download video!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 humanwildlife 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 humanwildlife 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.

2014 Human Dimensions Broadcast Recordings

Click here to download video!Landscape Conservation Design: Conserving Sustainable Landscapes for Natural Resources and People (01:12:19)

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. February 12, 2014.

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.

Click here to download video!Visitor Use Management: Balancing Societal Benefits with Resource Protection and Conservation (01:18:17)

Host: Mike Carlo, USFWS, Nat'l 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.

2013 Human Dimensions Broadcast Recordings

Click here to download video!Land Ethic Leaders: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic for Today (01:18:13)

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.

Click here to download video!What does it Matter? Attitudes and Values Make a Difference for Conservation (01:15:58)

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.


2012 Human Dimensions Broadcast Recordings

Click here to download video!Embracing the Cultural Diversity of our Visitors and Stakeholders (01:13:31)

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. December 2012

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.

Click here to download video!Engaging with Urban Communities: Connecting People, Conservation & Public Land Agencies (01:09:10)

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 broadcast@fws.go ) asking the panel specific questions about linking public lands programs with conservation and urban communities.

Click here to download video!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. 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. February 2, 2012

Click here to download video!The Social Aspects of Natural Resource Conservation (01:10:24)

Presented by Shawn J. Riley, Michigan State University, Associate Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife, Scientist, Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management; Natalie Sexton, USFWS, Natural Resource Program Center, Chief, Branch of Human Dimensions; Aaron Mize, USFWS, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Acting Refuge Manager. Host: Mike Carlo, USFWS, National Wildlife Refuge System. 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.

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.


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Click here to download video!Citizen Science: Engaging Public Participation in Environment Research to Meet Shared Conservation Goals (50:15)

Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series (ISESS). Presented by Carolyn Enquist, USA-Nat'l Phenology Network and the Wildlife Society; Jana Newman and Janet Ady, USFWS. April 11, 2013.

Click here to download video!Collaborative Conservation: Examples from the United States and Australia (1:23:27)

Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series (ISESS). Presented by Peter Williams, PhD, Collaborative Planning and Multiparty Monitoring Specialist, USDA-Forest Service, Washington Office (based in Ft. Collins, CO) March 28, 2013.

Click here to download video!Communicating Climate Change (1:21:33)

Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change - NWF/NCTC Webinar Series. Presented by Connie Roser-Renouf, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University. October 19, 2011

Connie Roser-Renouf will discuss audience segmentation research on Americans’ beliefs, attitudes and behaviors related to climate change. She will describe the relationship between parents’ and children’s attitudes toward climate change, and explore communication strategies for reaching six distinct audience groups, Global Warming’s Six Americas.

Click here to download video!Communicating Climate Change: Perspectives from Working with Federal Agencies (1:21:20)

Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series (ISESS). Presented by Shawn Davis, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University. February 14, 2013.

Click here to download video!Communicating Science – We’re All in This Together (57:08)

2012 National FWS Communications & Outreach Workshop - Classroom presentation presented by Dr. Gabriela Chavarria; Science Advisor to the Director for the USFWS. May 2012.

In the Fish and Wildlife Service, we are all communicators for conservation - in all our different jobs and from all Program Areas. Good overall science communication helps to connect with people, where they are – in their “backyards.” Our audience is not always on the same page with technology, not all are scientists; we need to relate our critical messages with a relationship to people in their daily lives. This harks back to our mission…for the continuing benefit of the American people. Dr. Chavarria will cover the essence of good science communications, from her experience as a leading expert in pollination biology, studying under the direction of Edward O. Wilson and as our Science Advisor.

Click here to download video!Connecting to Our Changing Communities (53:24)

2012 National FWS Communications & Outreach Workshop - Classroom presentation presented by Flo McAfee, President, Summerland Studio. May 2012.

Based on the 2010 Census, America’s communities are changing colors and changing the role of women. The numbers reveal substantial increases in Latino and Asian populations and more people identifying as multiracial. Women now fill the majority of jobs in the country. Eighty-five percent of net population growth has been of people of color. Trends point toward continued growth in ethnic and racial diversity and continued change across the landscape throughout the 21st century. How does the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service connect with our changing communities and engage their thoughts about conservation and nature?

This session will (1) provide an overview of the changing demographics from majority minorities to modern families; (2) explain how to connect to changing communities through multicultural media relations; and (3) offer examples of media outlets specifically targeting diverse populations.

Click here to download video!Integrating spatial data: Mapping social values in relation to energy and water resources in the western U.S. (00:09:50)

Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series (ISESS). Presented by Amy Pocewicz, The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Chapter; and Max Nielsen-Pincus, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University. March 7, 2013.

Click here to download video!Randy Olson: Communicating a Message through Storytelling (1:07:36)

Why is storytelling so important when communicating? Presented by Randy Olson, scientist-turned-filmmaker.

Click here to download video!Relating Human Dimensions to Conservation – Why Does It Matter? (54:42)

2012 National FWS Communications & Outreach Workshop - Classroom presentation presented by Natalie Sexton, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). May 2012.

The concepts of human dimensions in conservation date back to Aldo Leopold, one of the fathers of conservation and land ethic. More recently, though, there has been greater emphasis on integrating the human dimensions science into natural resources management. This integration includes the important work of communicating conservation science and activities. This session will provide an overview of human dimensions concepts (the toolbox) and the tools and methods that can be applied to natural resources communication and outreach. The session will also provide results from the recently completed national wildlife refuge visitor survey.

Click here to download video!Valuing environmental goods and services: Learning from Real Markets and Experimental Methods (1:10:32)

Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series (ISESS). Presented by Nicholas Flores, Department of Economics, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado-Boulder. February 28, 2013.