NWRS Webinar Series


NWRS Webinar Descriptions

Avian Knowledge Network (00:44:06)

The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) is a partnership of people, institutions and government agencies supporting the conservation of birds and their habitats based on data, the adaptive management paradigm, and the best available science. AKN partners act to improve awareness, purpose, access to, and use of data and tools at scales ranging from individual locations to administrative regions (e.g., management areas, states, countries) and species ranges.

Tune in to hear more about the broader reasons the NWRS I&M Program has adopted the AKN platform for much of the marshbird, landbird and waterbird data currently collected on refuges. Also, we’ll present a demonstration of the online AKN including access to and use of the refuge-specific reporting and analysis tools.

Care For People. Care for Land: Working Toward an Inclusive Land Ethic (01:05:33)

Presented by Jennifer Kobylecky, The Aldo Leopold Foundation; Range Mapping: Blurring the Lines of Sustainable Co-existence Birds and People, presented by Drew Lanham, PhD, Clemson University; July 20, 2016.

Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuge and the Next Generation (00:58:13)

Presented by Marcia Pradines, Chief, Division of Visitor Services & Communications. Fall 2014.

Designing Monitoring - A Road Map (00:45:55)

Melinda Knutson, the Inventory and Monitoring Coordinator for Region 3
of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present a “Road Map” for designing monitoring projects. November 4, 2015.

This tool provides a step-by-step approach
to building relevant and useful monitoring projects through development of a conceptual model of the system and improving it over time through incorporation of information produced by the monitoring. The Road Map helps those designing monitoring projects to keep the “big picture” in mind and can be applied to all types of monitoring that commonly occur in resources management.

Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:
 Identify the basic steps in designing an inventory and monitoring program, from planning, through implementation, data interpretation, and data management.

How to be an Effective First Responder to Wildlife Disease Outbreak (00:35:38)

Presented by Samantha Gibbs, DVM, PhD, Wildlife Veterinarian, Wildlife Health Office, Natural Resource Progam Center, NWRS, USFWS. May 6, 2015.

NWRS Partnership and Agreement Basics for Refuge Biologists (00:40:27)

Doug Hobbs, USFWS, Acting Chief, Division of Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs, provides information on appropriate kinds of agreements and accompanying documents for various partnership activities on refuges. For example, when would it be appropriate to use a special use permit, cooperative agreement, memorandum of understanding, volunteer agreement, contract, etc. May 18, 2016.

Refuge biologists often reach out to various partners to initiate and complete important biological projects on refuges. Partners may supply assistance in the form of contracted services, volunteer work, materials and supplies, and expertise.

Protocols for Guiding Inventory and Monitoring (00:52:26)

Pat Ward, Ecologist with the FWS Inventory and Monitoring Program, describes the basics of information provided in survey protocols, how they are developed, approved and made available to potential users. Since 2014, the refuge system has been implementing official policy on how to conduct inventory and monitoring. A key requirement of the I&M policy is to have inventory and monitoring activities guided by an approved survey protocol that is available for reference by others through the recently FWS catalog of documents called ServCat.

Refuge Biology Online Resources (ServCat,PRIMR,WRIA) (01:12:17)

Presented by Todd W. Sutherland, USFWS. November 5, 2014.

Three integrated I&M information modules, ServCat, PRIMR, and WRIA, are currently available to Service employees. This webinar will describe the purpose and content of each of these online tools and how to access and use them.

Refuge Habitat Management Database: What It Is and Why You Need It (01:27:40)

Presenters:  Kevin Kilbride, Eric Stockenberg and Jess Wenick, USFWS, Inventory and Monitoring Team, R1.  June 14, 2017.

Topic: Have you been dreaming of an adaptive management tool that your refuge field staff can use? A tool so well designed it meets all the requirements for Habitat Management Plans and Annual Habitat Work Plans. The Refuge Habitat Management Database (RHMD) does this and so much more! Tune in to watch Kevin Kilbride, Erin Stockenberg, and Jess Wenick discuss an overview of the RHMD and all of the potential benefits to refuge staff.

Survey Design and Techniques for Sampling Native Bees (00:29:13)

NWR System Webinar Series. Presented by Wedge Watkins, USFWS Midwest Region Pollinator Coordinator. August 5, 2015.

Discusses and demonstrates field survey techniques that are being used to sample native bee populations. Learn the pros and cons of each technique and learn to ask appropriate questions related to what native bees can tell you about a site. Wedge will share some of the lessons learned during his six years of surveying for native bees on Midwest refuges.

Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the necessity to report wildlife morbidity and mortality events;
  • Describe purpose and organization of the Wildlife Health Office; and
  • Effectively respond to a wildlife mortality event.

The USFWS Phenology Network - A collaboration between the USFWS and the USA-National Phenology Network (00:50:45)

Presented by Erinosthumus, USA-NPN National Coordinating Office. February 4, 2015.

In response to the Strategic Plan for Climate Change and the proposed Action Plan for Climate Change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) is collaborating with the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) and its online phenology
monitoring program, Nature’s Notebook, to monitor phenology throughout the Refuge System. The organizations share common goals of understanding and communicating patterns in the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes, especially in response to climate change. This webinar will explain what phenology is, the goals of the USA-NPN, how refuges are conducting phenology monitoring with Nature's Notebook, and how you and your refuge can become involved. Presented by Erin Posthumus, USA-NPN Liaison to the USFWS. Erin has a background in wildlife conservation and management, and has worked for USA-NPN for over 4 years developing training and outreach materials to support Nature's Notebook observers. Since September of 2013, Erin has been working with Refuges around the country to implement phenology monitoring programs in pursuit of Refuge management and outreach goals.

Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain what phenology is and how it is being used to assess climate change and its effects on both natural and modified ecosystems;
  • Describe how refuges are using the phenology network, and;
  • Initiate implementing phenology monitoring on your refuge.

Using Good Graphics to Tell Your Story (00:57:56)

Presented by Mesha Wood, Ridgefield NWR. March 15, 2017.

Human beings have been doing it forever. Cavemen used pictures painted on walls of caves to tell stories. European painters used multiple canvases to advance a story. Even today, comic books and graphic novels combine words and graphics to tell a story. Each site has its own unique story. Using good graphics in your publications, signs and other media can help tell the story to the visitors and provide them connections to the site.

Water Resource Inventory & Assessment Program (01:05:28)

Presented by Mike Higgins, the Water Resources Coordinator at the Service's Natural Resource Program Center in Fort Collins, Co. February 3, 2016.

Water is sometimes called the lifeblood of the Refuge System. Maintaining sufficient quantities of clean, fresh water is vital to individual refuge purposes, as well as to the Refuge System Mission.

The Water Resources Inventory & Assessment (WRIA) enables staff to store and retrieve water resource information, streamlining the production of Water Resource Assessments and supporting refuge management.

Mike Higgins, the Water Resources Coordinator at the Service's Natural Resource Program Center in Ft. Collins, CO, will talk about the Water Resource Inventory & and Assessment Program and its relevance to refuge biology. Mike will also introduce and demonstrate a web-based database application developed for refuge and hatchery water resource information.