Well, it's almost here. The Conserving the Future for the Next Generation Conference being held from July 10th-14th in Madison, Wisconsin is only days away. During the conference, a new vision for the Refuge System will finally be ratified. Learn more about the conference at http://americaswildlife.org.
All next week, scores of break–out sessions, workshops and lectures will be held, along with plenary sessions for the 1,200 people gathered at the Monona Terrace Community and Conference Center. The good news is that you don't have to be in Madison to participate. Using a variety of online and social technologies, we'll be working hard to bring the conference directly to you, no matter where you are.
So, can't make it to Madison? No problem, we've got your back. Here are some key links that will help you stay in the know about everything that's going on:
How do I know What's Happening at the Conference?
Where can I watch the Conference Online?
http://americaswildlife.org/live/ will be your best source for live streaming video throughout the conference. This handy program guide will tell you the schedule of everything airing throughout the conference.
Where can I get news about the Conference?
In addition to video, the live page will also have a daily newswire to keep you up to the moment on everything you need to know when you need to know it. Blogs will be routinely updated from the conference and posted at http://americaswildlife.org/blog/.
How Can I Participate in the Conference?
So, what if you want to ask a question or tell us what you think about the conference events? We've got that covered too. During plenary sessions, submit your questions using your mobile phone. Just text any question to 1-781-REF-UGEV and we'll do our best to answer it. From your desktop, laptop, or mobile device, you can also tweet at us anytime by mentioning @americaswild or using our custom hash tag #visionconf. Also, If you haven't done it already, head over now to Twitter and follow @americaswild for live tweeting throughout the event. You may also want to "Like" America's Wildlife on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/americaswildlife to get regular updates there too.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees will be camped out all week, reporting on events from the conference. They'll be creating videos and writing blogs, sending tweets and Facebook updates about plenary sessions and workshops. You can get a full listing of USFWS social media at our social media hub that now features a pretty cool map of our social media sites. You can also stay tuned to the Open Spaces Blog for special conference content.
So, whether you're in in Madison, Wisconsin or Machias, Maine, we'll see you next week for this remarkable effort to plan the future of our amazing Refuge System.