The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program Webinar Series

 The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP) webinar series is presented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).  The archived webinars are meant to be a resource for conservation professionals (i.e., biologists, educators, communicators, interpreters, law enforcement officers, and natural resource managers) in the USFWS and in partner organizations who seek innovative community-based solutions for wildlife conservation. As a whole, the series aims to support the diverse work of UWCP partners who work to establish and strengthen relationships with urban audiences to protect and conserve our wildlife resources. Webinars showcase successful approaches, tools, and resources used by partners to advance progress in reaching the goals established in the UWCP Standards of Excellence. This series also provides a venue to share experiences and connect with others in the UWCP community.

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The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program Webinar Descriptions

Building and Maintaining Strong UBT Partnerships in Albuquerque (00:56:17)

Presented by Jennifer Owen-White & Kristin Madden.  Recorded July 18, 2019.

Developing strong partnerships is critical to the creation of an effective and sustainable conservation program in any urban area. Since Albuquerque was designated an Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) City in 2014, the original partnership has grown into the Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition, that held a formal rededication to UBT goals in May 2019. "Through the power of partnerships, Albuquerque has risen to be one of the most successful UBT Cities in the history of the program," said Amy Lueders, Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Southwest Region. During this webinar, Jennifer Owen-White, Refuge Manager for Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and Kristin Madden, Deputy Chief, Division of Migratory Birds, USFWS, Southwest Region will share their strategies and tips for building and maintaining long-term partnerships that include diverse groups of people.  

GIS Mapping for Birds and People (01:03:01)

Presented by Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe and Genevieve Nuttall, Audubon Connecticut. June 24, 2019.

With increasing urbanization, and 90% of Connecticut’s population living in urban areas away from natural green spaces, there is an urgent need to re-acquaint communities with nature while creating more sustainable and healthy cities for people and wildlife. Presenters share their model for bridging the gap – community-based conservation through our Urban Oases and Schoolyard Habitat Programs. As part of the presentation, they highlight GIS technology they have developed and are using for urban habitat restoration and communication. They describe the GIS decision support tool used to identify urban communities in greatest need of healthy green spaces, while also addressing the need of restoring high quality habitat for migratory songbirds in urban and suburban areas. Further, they discuss best practices for engaging the community and stakeholders in the conservation planning process. A background in GIS is not required to understand and apply the concepts presented. This webinar was sponsored by the USFWS, Urban Bird Treaty program.

To learn more about the Schoolyard Habitat projects developed via partnership between New Haven schools, Audubon Connecticut, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Common Ground, the Long Island Sound Study, and others, please watch the following YouTube video. Growing Schoolyard Habitats in New Haven Public Schools (4:21)