Conservation Training Network Broadcasts

Live Broadcasts

Broadcasts are delivered online via the Livestream platform from the Conservation Training Network studio located
on the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) campus near Shepherdstown, WV.

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Click here to view NCTC Live Broadcast - Channel 1.

Please use the Livestream chat room for content questions to the instructor, (Instructions for using the chat on Livestream),
or email your questions to broadcast@fws.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: All broadcast times listed are  EASTERN TIME. (adjust for your time zone)

If you have technical problems, e-mail broadcast@fws.gov or call 304-876-7666. Provide your name and location.

Broadcast Schedule

August 10, 2017 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
World Elephant Day Broadcast on Asian Elephants

Get Ready! World Elephant Day 2017 is almost here. Please join us on August 10th at 11AM (EDT) to hear from 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. Again, please join us August 10th at 11AM (EDT) for a lively discussion on Asian elephant conservation.

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August 10, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservationists in Action Series: The Genius of Birds

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.

http://www.jenniferackermanauthor.com/genius-ofbirds

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August 17, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Broadcast Series
- The Nature of Americans: Disconnection and Reconnection

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.

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
Tylar Green, Public Affairs Specialist, Northeast Region, External Affairs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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August 31, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Monarch Conservation Series
: There and Back Again: Compasses Monarchs Use, To and From Mexico

How do monarch butterflies orient southwards during the fall migration in order to reach the overwintering sites in Mexico? How do monarchs re-orient during the spring remigration in order to return northwards? This webinar will provide an overview of how monarchs use various sensory-based orientation mechanisms for directionality. In particular, the webinar focuses on describing how monarchs employ two types of compasses that they can use to help guide them during migration, namely a time-compensated sun compass and an inclination-based magnetic compass. In addition to reviewing our basic knowledge of monarch navigation, this webinar will also describe how the use of these compasses by monarchs is potentially now under threat due to contemporary environmental stressors, such as climate change and sensory noise pollution. 

Biography: Dr. Patrick Anthony Guerra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, at the University of Cincinnati. Patrick and his research team investigate how animals use sensory cues to facilitate ecologically important movement across broad spatial and temporal scales, as exemplified by monarch butterflies during their annual long-distance migration.


September 25-28, 2017 Time: 12:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
FWS and NPS Retirement Planning Broadcast for Federal Employees - CSRS & FERS

We are pleased to bring retirement training back to you again this year. It is free and accessible from your office or home computer. These broadcasts are made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

The training consists of two separate classes (CSRS or FERS). However, on September 27th & 28th, both the CSRS and FERS training are combined into joint sessions.

September 25, 27, 28 only (NOT 26th) Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees

This is a live three-day,13.5-hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is designed for Civil Service employees and CSRS Offset employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help employees better understand their federal benefits to make informed decisions regarding retirement and insurance.  However, all employees are encouraged to attend. 

Objectives:  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify retirement eligibility and amount of annuity payable;
  • Review e-OPF to ensure that all creditable service has been documented and take action to pay any necessary deposits to receive credit for service;
  • Consider survivor benefit options and impact on FEHB coverage for surviving spouse;
  • Determine insurance needs and identify requirements and costs for continuing insurance into retirement;
  • Review Social Security estimates payable and consider best time to begin receiving benefit;
  • Determine the role that TSP will play in total retirement income and consider withdrawal options;
  • Identify financial goals and methods to help achieve those goals.

Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone).

DOI Learn CSRS Registration: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=312774#

Participant Guide/Workbook - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training and will be emailed to registered participants.

September 26, 27, 28 (NOT 25th) Retirement Planning for FERS Employees

This is a live three-day,13.5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is designed for FERS employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help employees better understand their federal benefits to make informed decisions regarding retirement and insurance.  However, all employees are encouraged to attend.

Objectives:  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify retirement eligibility and amount of annuity payable;
  • Review e-OPF to ensure that all creditable service has been documented and take action to pay any necessary deposits to receive credit for service;
  • Consider survivor benefit options and impact on FEHB coverage for surviving spouse;
  • Determine insurance needs and identify requirements and costs for continuing insurance into retirement;
  • Review Social Security estimates payable and consider best time to begin receiving benefit;
  • Determine the role that TSP will play in total retirement income and consider withdrawal options.

Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone).

DOI Learn FERS Registration: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=312772#

Participant Guide/Workbook - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training.

FERS Transfer Supplement Guide - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training and will be emailed to registered participants.

CSRS and FERS Participant Guides - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training and will be emailed to registered participants.

Notes for All Participants:

NCTC online broadcasts delivered via the Livestream platform are available on any internet connected computer – home or office, no downloads required. For "Livestream Viewing Tips" ​visit: https://nctc.fws.gov/broadcasts/llivestream-tips.html

Interaction: Livestream -- During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via chat room built into the Livestream video player. Instructions for chat room. Confidential, or complicated questions can be emailed to broadcast@fws.gov.

Listen-Only Phone Line -- Available only if you do not have online access. The number will be posted here, prior to broadcast.

Please note: Recording is restricted. Viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during all or portions of the live broadcast times, a time-limited online video recording will be made available ONLY between October 2-13, 2017. You must be registered to receive this recording. Following the initial broadcasts, we will email a confidential link of the limited time recordings to all registered participants.

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Support

Contacts

  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-876-7666
    Please Note: The studio control room is staffed only on scheduled broadcast days. If you need assistance, call one of the staff listed below.

  • Randy Robinson, Instructional Television / Studio Coordinator, randy_robinson@fws.gov; 304-876-7450
  • Mark Chesna, Video Support, mark_chesna@fws.gov; 304-876-7342
  • Rhonda Miller, Web Support, rhonda_miller@fws.gov; 304-876-7325
  • DOI Learn Registration Support; nctc_training@fws.gov; 304-876-7709

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