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

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Broadcast Schedule

August 31, 2016 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time-- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Series: Monarchs and Roadsides

Tremendous amounts of habitat have been lost throughout the monarchs' range, primarily due to development and changing agricultural practices. While it may not be possible to restore the habitat that was lost in its entirety, there are many opportunities to enhance and restore habitat for monarchs and pollinators in marginal areas, such as roadsides. While mortality of these insects by vehicle collisions is a concern for many, it is thought that the benefits of roadside habitats outweigh the costs. This webinar will include background information on monarchs and pollinators in roadside habitats, key findings from a study of milkweed and monarch surveys along roadsides, and case studies and opportunities for Departments of Transportation.

Presenters: Dr. Karen Oberhauser (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Kyle Kasten (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Jennifer Hopwood (Xerces Society), Ken Graeve (Minnesota Department of Transportation)

Ken Graeve works at the Minnesota Department of Transportation providing technical support for roadside vegetation management.  His work areas include rare plant reviews, vegetation establishment during construction, invasive species control, and prescribed fire.

Jennifer Hopwood is a Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservationand provides resources and training for pollinator and beneficial insect habitat management, creation, and restoration. Jennifer has authored a number of publications and articles, including a literature review about roadsides and their potential to act as habitat for pollinators. Jennifer has degrees in ecology and entomology from the University of Kansas and has experience in invertebrate field and laboratory research, identification, education, and outreach.

Kyle Kasten graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology. Starting as an AmeriCorps volunteer, he spent the summer of 2015 conducting a survey of milkweed species and monarch larvae use of roadside habitats in the upper midwest. Now working as a member of the Monarch Lab research team, Kyle collaborates with private companies, landowners, and government agencies to study the effectiveness of prairie restoration projects in creating monarch butterfly habitat in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dr. Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. Her research depends on traditional lab and field techniques, as well as the contributions of a variety of audiences through citizen science. Karen is also co-chair of the Monarch Joint Venture steering committee. 

Questions for presenters can be submitted via chat room on the Livestream video player. For chat room use, we suggest first time users “join” Livestream, prior to broadcast time. https://nctc.fws.gov/broadcasts/ChatInstructions.pdf

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September 26-29, 2016 Time: Noon – 4:30 pm Eastern Time each day-- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Retirement Planning for Federal Employees

This popular program sponsored by the FWS and NPS will be available online. The four-day presentation is designed for CSRS employees and FERS employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help employees better understand their federal benefits and make informed retirement and financial planning decisions. Please note separate presentations for CSRS employees and FERS employees on September 26 and 27.

Participant guides will be posted a few days prior to broadcast.

Noon – 4:30 pm Eastern Time each day

  • Monday, September 26: CSRS Retirement Benefits (CSRS Employees only) Instructor: Joanne McGehrin, Federal Benefits Specialist
    • Retirement Eligibility
    • Annuity Computations
    • Survivor Benefits
    • Credit for Civilian Service (Refunded Service / Non-deduction Service)
    • Credit for Military Service / Post-56 Deposits
    • CSRS Offset Benefits (CSRS Offset Employees only)
  • Tuesday, September 27: FERS Retirement Benefits (FERS Employees only) Instructor: Joanne McGehrin, Federal Benefits Specialist
    • FERS Overview & Retirement Eligibility
    • Credit for Service (Unused Sickleave, Non-deduction Service, Military Service)
    • Annuity Computations / Retiree Annuity Supplement
    • Survivor Benefits
    • CSRS / FERS Transfer Benefits (Transfer Employees Only)
  • Wednesday, September 28: Retirement Application Process / Insurance / TSP/ Social Security (All Employees) Instructor: Joanne McGehrin, Federal Benefits Specialist
    • Retirement Application Process
    • Annuity Commencing Dates
    • Phased Retirement
    • Insurance Programs (FEHB / Medicare / FEGLI)
    • Thrift Savings Plan - Withdrawal Options
    • Social Security Benefits
  • Thursday, September 29: Financial Planning (All Employees) Instructor: Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner
    • Assessing Retirement Readiness
    • Setting Goals
    • Appropriate Use of Debt
    • Housing Choices / Mortgage Considerations / Reverse Mortgages
    • Allocation of TSP and Other Assets
    • Traditional and Roth IRAs
    • Estate Planning Documents and Strategies
    • Life Insurance
    • Long Term Care Insurance

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Support

Contacts

  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-8756-7666
    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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