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Conservation Lecture Series

The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work with a broad and interested public.

These talks are a part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC.  For more information, please email

The Land We Share: A Love Affair Told in Hunting Stories

Details: This program was previously recorded in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV on April 3rd with authors Christine Cunningham and Steve Meyer who presented their new book The Land We Share: A Love Affair Told in Hunting Stories.

Welcome to The Land We Share, where relationships and connections are forged through experiencing the migration of caribou, the winged movement of waterfowl, and misty mornings in the field. Here the too-short lives of good dogs intersect those of the people with whom they hunt for elusive birds and inspiration in the wild public lands of Alaska and the Dakotas. These essays are written by Steve Meyer, a lifelong hunter, and Christine Cunningham, a lifelong Alaskan who embraced hunting later in life. Accompanied by a family of bird dogs, the two authors delve into how hunting on public lands nurtures the human spirit, sustains physical health, and deepens appreciation for the natural world. Although most stories are set in Alaska and the Dakotas, their messages and themes resonate across the nation, appealing to both hunting advocates and those with a profound connection to the outdoors. The 61 short stories about a large family of bird dogs take place in beautiful settings with a resonant core of day-to-day appreciation for the natural world that nurtures the spirit, sustains health, and connects us to the land we share.

Date of Broadcast: April 18, 2024

Duration: 90 minutes

Illuminating the Beleaguered Endangered Species Act for it's Public

Details: Author and Professor of Law Zygmunt Plater will discuss and present Illuminating the Beleaguered Endangered Species Act for Its Public.

Presenter: Zygmunt J. B. Plater is an author and also a law professor emeritus at Boston College. Plater has taught on eight law faculties in the U.S. and abroad, teaching and researching environmental law, property, land use and administrative agency law. Over the past 30 years he has been involved with multiple issues of environmental protection and land use regulation, including service as petitioner and lead counsel in the extended endangered species litigation and congressional battles over the Tennessee Valley Authority's Tellico Dam. He was chairman of the State of Alaska Oil Spill Commission’s Legal Task Force after the wreck of the M/V Exxon-Valdez.

Date Recorded:  March 11, 2024

Duration: 75 minutes

Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

Details: Discussion with author Ben Goldfarb, on his new book Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet, named one of the best books of 2023 by the New York Times.

Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ubiquitous, they’re practically invisible to us, wild animals experience them as entirely alien forces of death and disruption. In Crossings, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb travels throughout the United States and around the world to investigate how roads have transformed our planet. A million animals are killed by cars each day in the U.S. alone, but as the new science of road ecology shows, the harms of highways extend far beyond roadkill. Creatures from antelope to salmon are losing their ability to migrate in search of food and mates; invasive plants hitch rides in tire treads; road salt contaminates lakes and rivers; and the very noise of traffic chases songbirds from vast swaths of habitat.

Yet road ecologists are also seeking to blunt the destruction through innovative solutions. Goldfarb meets with conservationists building bridges for California’s mountain lions and tunnels for English toads, engineers deconstructing the labyrinth of logging roads that web national forests, animal rehabbers caring for Tasmania’s car-orphaned wallabies, and community organizers working to undo the havoc highways have wreaked upon American cities.

Today, as our planet’s road network continues to grow exponentially, the science of road ecology has become increasingly vital. Written with passion and curiosity, Crossings is a sweeping, spirited, and timely investigation into how humans have altered the natural world—and how we can create a better future for all living beings.

Presenter: Ben Goldfarb

Bob is an independent conservation journalist and author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Orion Magazine, High Country News, Outside Magazine, Smithsonian, Audubon Magazine, Scientific American, and other publications. Goldfarb's non-fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Science & Nature Writing and Cosmic Outlaws: Coming of Age at the End of Nature. 

Date Recorded: February 13, 2023

Duration: 58 minutes

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Quantifying the Threat Posed by and Developing Sustainable Solutions for Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Details: Dr. Leskey will present the spotted lanternfly life history and invasion patterns, current research on the host plants that are at injury risk (wine grapes) and those likely not to be impacted, how scientists monitor for their presence (traps and eDNA), and some sustainable solutions for their management (biological control, entomopathogenic fungi).

Presenter:  Tracy Leskey 

Tracy holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, a MS in Ecology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a BS from Wilson College. Dr. Leskey has been employed by the USDA-ARS, Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville for over 20 years where she serves as Station Director and Research Entomologist. Her research has focused on the development of behaviorally based management tools for invasive and persistent native pests of fruit crops. She has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and several patents. Dr. Leskey has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR on numerous occasions. Appeared live on Fox News and C-SPAN and has done several stories with National Geographic. She has served on the Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Wilson College.

Date Recorded: January 18, 2024

Duration: 47 minutes

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Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Great Environmental Awakening 

Details: New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed presidential historian Douglas Brinkley will chronicle the rise of environmental activism during the Long Sixties (1960-1973), telling the story of an indomitable generation that saved the natural world under the leadership of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

In Silent Spring Revolution, Douglas Brinkley pays tribute to those who combated the mauling of the natural world: Rachel Carson (marine biologist and author), David Brower (director of the Sierra Club), Barry Commoner (environmental justice advocate), Coretta Scott King (antinuclear activist), Stewart Udall (Secretary of the Interior), William O. Douglas (Supreme Court justice), Cesar Chavez (labor organizer), and other crusaders are profiled with verve and insight.

Carson’s book Silent Spring, published in 1962, depicted how detrimental DDT was to living creatures. The exposé launched an ecological revolution that inspired such landmark legislation as the Wilderness Act (1964), the Clean Air Acts (1963 and 1970), and the Endangered Species Acts (1966, 1969, and 1973). In intimate detail, Brinkley extrapolates on such epic events as the Donora (Pennsylvania) smog incident, JFK’s Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Great Lakes preservation, the Santa Barbara oil spill, and the first Earth Day.

Dr. Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He has received seven honorary doctorates in American Studies. He works in many capacities in the world of public history, including for boards, museums, colleges and historical societies. Six of his books were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year” and seven became New York Times bestsellers.

Presenter: Douglas Brinkley, Author

Recorded: December 14, 2023

Duration: 67 minutes

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Ripple of Hope: 50 Years of the Endangered Species Act and Triumphs in Freshwater Mussel Conservation

Details:  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and learn more about freshwater mussel conservation innovations. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of one of the most endangered groups of animals in the U.S. and share success stories about how the ESA has helped protect these rare animals. Recent technology advancements with 3D scanning and printing of freshwater mussel shell replicas will be demoed! 

To learn more about the 3D scanning technology and applications at NCTC and beyond, check out Preserving our Underwater Animal Heroes story.

Recorded: December 7, 2023

Duration: 113 minutes

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The National Geographic Atlas of Wild America” with author and National Geographic Explorer Jon Waterman

Details: Author and National Geographic Explorer Jon Waterman will present his just-released book National Geographic Atlas of Wild America.

From the deep forests of the Canadian Northwest to the red-rock deserts of the American Southwest, North America offers a myriad of opportunities for hiking, camping, trekking, and simply enjoying the abundance of the natural world. The Atlas of Wild America highlights 41 of those wilderness locations. Waterman explores the fascinating history of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, fossil remains on the Upper Missouri River, the rainforest canopy of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, and Grand Canyon Parashat’s Dark Sky Park. Waterman also explores the joys and impacts of humans on these last wild places. 

Waterman is the author of 14 books, including several award-winning titles. Over the last 40 years of his unique writing career, he has specialized in first-person immersion during arduous adventures; environmental reportage on subjects ranging from Arctic oil development to the Colorado River; and scores of in-depth profiles. He has worked as an editor, a filmmaker, and a photographer.  

Presenter: Jon Waterman, Author

Recorded: October 12, 2023

Duration: 75 minutes

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Diving Palmyra Atoll: A photographic journey to one of the most isolated islands in the World

Details: The first part of the recording is an interview with photographer Ryan Hagerty.  He will then present "Diving Palmyra Atoll: A photographic journey to one of the most isolated islands in the World". 

Halfway between Hawaii and American Samoa lies the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Palmyra consists of a circular string of about 26 islets nestled among several lagoons and encircled by 15,000 acres of shallow turquoise reefs and deep blue submerged reefs. It is the northernmost atoll in the Line Islands of the equatorial Pacific.
Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge was established in 2001, by the Secretary of the Interior. In 2009, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument was established. Palmyra Atoll is one of seven National Wildlife Refuges within the Marine National Monument. Only Palmyra is open for public visitation.

The Monument represents one of the last frontiers of scientific discovery in the world and is a safe haven for Central Pacific biodiversity. The Monument and the national wildlife refuges within it protect entire ecosystems – from coral reefs to deep seamounts, abyssal plains, and volcanic features.

Presenter:  Ryan Hagerty, USFWS Photographer

Ryan is a West Virginia native and works as a photographer and videographer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ryan is a Senior Video Producer at the National Conservation Training Center and serves as the Regional Diving Safety Officer. He has been documenting fish and wildlife species around the country for the past 25 years. His specialty is underwater photography and videography in Appalachian rivers and streams.
In April of 2023, Ryan worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dive team on a pilot project to control the invasive "crown-of-thorns" starfish and prevent an outbreak on the remote Palmyra Atoll.

Recorded:  October 5, 2023

Duration:  Interview 20 minutes/Presentation 42 minutes

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Climate Change & Appalachian Stream Fishes: Where Are the Resiliencies and Risks

Details: Dr. Nathaniel (Than) Hitt is a local fish biologist who studies freshwater fish ecology and conservation from a landscape perspective, focusing on stream ecosystems in the Appalachian highlands. Appalachian streams support some of the most biologically diverse fish communities on the planet, and new research is underway to anticipate the effects of climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

Learn more about climate change
on these important ecological, cultural, and economic resources. Dr. Hitt will highlight the importance of groundwater for stream fishes in a changing climate and the importance of brook trout conservation for future generations.

Presenter(s): Dr. Nathaniel (Than) Hitt

Date recorded: September 7, 2023

Duration:  68 minutes

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"Mexican Wolves: Back from the Brink" with Maggie Dwire

Details: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Maggie Dwire will discuss "Mexican Wolves: Back from the Brink".  

This is an online rebroadcast from the live version held in the Entry Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Once extirpated from the wild and reduced to within 7 animals of extinction, the Mexican wolf is staging a remarkable comeback. A binational captive breeding program saved the subspecies from extinction and has grown to become one of the most reputable of its kind. Populations have been reintroduced into the wild in both the United States and Mexico, and the U.S. population reached more than 240 wolves in 2022. Once perilously close to extinction, the Mexican wolf is now in full pursuit of recovery, perhaps becoming known as one of the greatest success stories ever told under the Endangered Species Act.

Maggie Dwire is the Deputy Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With degrees in Biological Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Maggie started her career with the Service more than 20 years ago already focused on recovery of the Mexican wolf. Maggie’s responsibilities as Deputy Recovery Coordinator include recovery and management of the Mexican wolf both in the wild and as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's liaison to the bi-national captive breeding program.

Recorded:  May 26, 2023

Duration: 92 minutes

A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps

Details: FWS historian Mark Madison hosts a recorded interview with producer/director Alana DeJoseph and screenwriter Shana Kelly on their documentary film "A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps". This interview is part of the NCTC Conservation Lecture series.

Narrated by Annette Bening, A Towering Task tells the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 200,000 Volunteers have traveled to more than 140 countries to carry out the organization's mission of international cooperation. Nearly 60 years later, Americans - young and old alike - still want to serve their country and understand their place in the world; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community. Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change. More than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now - between pandemics, climate change, and a rise in nationalist sentiment - the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: What role should it play around the world and in the lives of engaged citizens?  For more information, please visit:

Recorded: May 4, 2023

Duration: 40 minutes

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“A Road Running Southward: Following John Muir's Journey through an Endangered Land” With author Dan Chapman

Details:  In 1867, John Muir set out on foot to explore the botanical wonders of the South, keeping a detailed journal of his adventures as he traipsed from Kentucky southward to Florida. One hundred and fifty years later, on a similar whim, veteran Atlanta reporter Dan Chapman, distressed by sprawl-driven environmental ills in a region he loves, recreated Muir’s journey to see for himself how nature has fared since Muir’s time. Channeling Muir, he uses humor, keen observation, and a deep love of place to celebrate the

South’s natural riches. But he laments that a treasured way of life for generations of Southerners is endangered as long-simmering struggles intensify over misused and dwindling resources. Chapman seeks to discover how Southerners might balance surging population growth with protecting the natural beauty Muir found so special.
Chapman delves into the region’s natural history, moving between John Muir’s vivid descriptions of a lush botanical paradise and the myriad environmental problems facing the South today. A Road Running Southward paints a picture of a South under siege. It is a passionate appeal, a call to action to save one of the loveliest and most biodiverse regions of the world by understanding what we have to lose if we do nothing.

Dan Chapman is a longtime writer, reporter, and lover of the outdoors. He grew up in Washington D.C. and Tokyo, the son of a newspaperman and an English teacher. He worked for Congressional Quarterly, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Charlotte Observer, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also reported from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He currently writes stories about conservation in the South for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He lives in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and their two boys. This is his first (published) book.

Recorded: February 23, 2023

Duration: 72 minutes

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"Compelled: The Evolution of Natural Resource Conservation and Law” with author Dale Hall

Details:  author and former Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, H. Dale Hall, will present a lecture on his new book “Compelled: The Evolution of Natural Resource Conservation and Law” at the National Conservation Training Center, Byrd Auditorium, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV.

“Compelled” unfolds the journey of a young U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist being thrust into the controversial world of national conservation issues and the methods used to resolve them. The evolution of conservation history is told through the eyes of a first-hand witness to the first court challenge to the U.S. Clean Water Act and its protection of Waters of the United States, the introduction of expertise in environmental contaminants to unveil the harm of environmental pollutants in federal water development projects, the history of how conservation in the United States was championed by hunters and anglers, the often painful history of the northern spotted owl and the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), western water wars, and the complete story of the listing of the polar bear as America’s first threatened species under the ESA as a result of global warming. This epic journey also identifies the only real pathway to solving these complex issues: by opening the door for cooperative efforts and building trust between seemingly opposing interests.
H. Dale Hall has more than forty years of professional experience in fish and wildlife resource management in both the federal and private sectors. He served over thirty years in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with duties reaching across the U.S. In the course of those assignments, Hall worked on nearly every high-profile environmental issue in America. A fisheries and wetlands biologist by training, Hall spent significant time working on the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. In his last three and a half years with the FWS, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Following retirement from federal service, Hall was CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., for over nine years. During that time, the organization raised more than $2.3 billion and conserved more than two million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and waterfowl habitat.

At the end of this presentation, Historian Mark Madison interviewed Dale Hall.

Recorded: January 23, 2023

Duration: 78 minutes

Injurious Wildlife Under the Misunderstood Lacey Act

Details:  What is the “Lacey Act” and how can it prevent invasions of injurious wildlife?

How can a conservation law from 1900 still be so relevant today?

The law commonly known as the “Lacey Act” has diverged over the years into two provisions, one of which is the Federal designation of injurious wildlife species. That purpose has always been to protect the United States from the introduction of invasive and otherwise harmful wildlife. Injurious listing prohibits the importation of wild vertebrates and some invertebrates that can cause harm to wildlife resources, humans, and other U.S. interests. However, most natural resource biologists and managers are more familiar with the more prominent provision of the “Lacey Act,” which tackles the trafficking of wildlife and plants. What the “Lacey Act” is and isn’t and the difference between the injurious and trafficking provisions will be explained. The presentation will emphasize how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service focuses on adding high-risk wildlife species to the Federal injurious list before they become established and how effective that has been in preventing the establishment of those injurious animals. Finally, the relevance of injurious wildlife listing to the COVID-19 pandemic may surprise you.

Presenter: Susan (Su) Jewell

Susan is the Injurious Wildlife Listing Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, based in the headquarters in northern Virginia. She coordinates the regulatory listing of harmful wildlife species as injurious, which prohibits their importation. She is an authority on the 122-year history of injurious wildlife listing, known as part of the “Lacey Act”. Prior to her 12 years working on injurious wildlife, she spent 11 years with the Service’s Endangered Species program, and 12 years in the Everglades studying alligators, wading birds, fisheries, and ecosystem health. Su holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut.

Host:  Randy Robinson, NCTC, USFWS

Recorded:  January 5, 2023

Duration: 63 minutes

Silent Spring at 60 with author Linda Lear

Details: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental contaminants and to inspire a powerful environmental movement that would alter the course of American history. Join us online from the NCTC Studio where Dr. Mark Madison hosts an interview with author Linda Lear to discuss "Silent Spring at 60" and recall Rachel Carson’s 16-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Linda Lear is the author of the acclaimed biography, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature (1997), She is also the editor of Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson (1998) - a collection of Carson’s writings over the course of her life. Linda Lear is the author of numerous academic and popular articles on Carson, as well as the author of introductions to the 40th and 50th-anniversary editions of Silent Spring. (2002, 2012). 

Lear's biography of Carson was awarded the prize for the best book on women in science by the History of Science Society in 1999. Chatham University (Carson’s alma mater) conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters on Linda in 2008 for her research and writing on women in the environment. Lear’s research papers and adjunct collections dealing with Carson’s life, Carson’s friends and colleagues, and the controversy over Silent Spring form the core of the Lear/Carson Collection at The Linda Lear Center for Archives and Special Collections at Connecticut College in New London, CT. Lear is also the biographer of the English author, artist, and naturalist Beatrix Potter. Her prize-winning book, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (2007) was published in the UK as Beatrix Potter: The Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Genius. (2008).

Recorded: December 8, 2022

Duration: 35 minutes

"Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration” with author Laura Martin

Details: Wild by Design examines how in our age of biodiversity crisis, many wild species will not survive without acts of human care. What should that care look like? And how can ecological restoration be made socially just? In her new book, historian and ecologist Laura Martin ask what we can learn from the past century of ecological restoration, including the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from predator eradication to captive breeding to assisted migration. 

Presenter(s): Laura J. Martin
Laura is a historian and ecologist who studies how people shape the habitats of other species. She is the author of Wild by Design and articles in journals including Environmental History and Science. Her writing and research have been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is an environmental studies professor at Williams College and is working on a global history of hormonal herbicides. 

This talk is part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series and co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC ( 

Recorded:  November 17, 2022

Duration:  72 Minutes

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This Land Was Saved for You and Me with author Jeffrey Ryan

Details: This Land Was Saved for You and Me follows the arc of the creation and protection of America’s parks, forests and wilderness areas through a series of rather remarkable inter-generational handoffs that began in the 1860s and continue to this day. In fact, the genius of these conservation giants was in both identifying the need to establish and manage lands for the public good and identifying those most capable of nurturing and growing the concept in the decades to come.

Presenter: Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer, and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His books are known for weaving a deep appreciation for history into walks across contemporary landscapes that give readers the feeling they are hiking right alongside. When Jeff isn’t trekking, chasing down a great story, or spinning yarns from his keyboard, he enjoys sharing his adventures with audiences who love the outdoors. The author will sign copies of his book after the event

Date Recorded: October 14, 2022 in Bryd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center.

“Nature's Best Hope” with author Douglas Tallamy

Details:  The award-winning author and entomologist will discuss his new “Homegrown National Park” initiative.

Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, “Bringing Nature Home”, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives.

In “Nature's Best Hope”, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard.

If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature’s Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife—and the planet—for future generations.

Presenter(s): Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

His books include Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller and, The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award. In 2021 he cofounded the “Homegrown National Park” program with Michelle Alfandari. His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.  

For more information on the “Homegrown National Park” initiative and Tallamy’s books visit:

Date Recorded:  September 14, 2022

Duration:  76 minutes

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The Bald Eagle The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird

Details:  The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will discuss his sweeping cultural and environmental history of the bald eagle in America.
The Bald Eagle forces us to reconsider the story of America through the lens of our relationship with the natural world. As Davis reveals, no other animal in American history, certainly no avian one, has been the simultaneous object of such adoration and cruelty as the bald eagle – first beloved and hailed as an emblem of the rarefied natural environment of North America, then hated, and, finally, revered and protected.
Taking us from before the nation’s founding, when Indigenous peoples lived peacefully beside the eagle, through two nearly inconceivable resurgences in the 20th century when it was – not once, but twice – nearly brought to extinction by hunting and DDT, Davis recounts a panoramic history of the bird and the icon, through nearly five centuries.

In resurrecting the voices of environmental prophets who warned against DDT; the efforts of a remarkable cast of bird advocates and rescuers who – state by state, nest by nest – climbed trees, rescued eggs, and reintroduced fledges into the wild; and finally, charting the ecological redemption born from bipartisan legislation, Davis reveals the glimmer of a potential path forward as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale. The Bald Eagle is, too, Davis notes, a tale of American values and while patriotism and environmentalism may seem at odds today, “in the American historical context they are complementary at their core.”

Presenter:  Jack E. Davis
Jack is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. The Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida, he lives in Florida and New Hampshire.

Date Recorded:  June 16, 2022

Bird Collisions With Communication Towers: How We Can Reduce the Risks and Save Money

Details:  Every year an estimated 6.6 million birds collide with communication towers in the U.S. Fortunately, cost-saving methods can reduce the number of bird collisions by as much as 70%. Together, tower owners and bird conservation enthusiasts can embrace this win-win and save both money and birds. Dr. Joelle Gehring is a Biologist in the Division of Bird Conservation, Permits, and Regulations in the Migratory Bird Program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (2020 – present). Prior to joining the Service she worked for the Federal Communications Commission (2012-2020) where she conducted environmental reviews and worked with tower operators to minimize bird collisions with communications towers and adverse effects on protected species. From 2005 – 2012, Dr. Gehring was a Senior Conservation Scientist at Michigan State University (MSU) where she designed and supervised a multi-year, landscape-scale study of the variables associated with bird collisions at communications towers. While with MSU she also studied wildlife interactions with wind energy facilities and used those data to improve turbine siting. Throughout her career, Dr. Gehring has used science and stakeholder input to develop and disseminate information on mainstreaming and cost-effective methods to reduce wildlife-human conflicts. Dr. Gehring completed her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at Purdue University, M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University, and her B.S., in both Biology and Wildlife Management at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Dr. Gehring has a wonderful son who is studying conservation biology at Central Michigan University.

Presenter:  Dr. Joelle Gehring, Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Recorded:  May 12, 2022

Duration:  58 minutes

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Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice

This talk is part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC. 

Details: Author Finis Dunaway will talk about his recent book, “Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice” (2021). Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most contested lands in all of North America. Considered sacred by Indigenous peoples in Alaska and Canada and treasured by environmentalists, the refuge provides life-sustaining habitat for caribou, polar bears, migratory birds, and other species. The potential presence of oil and gas resources beneath the refuge's coastal plain has made this land the focus of ongoing controversy. "Defending the Arctic Refuge" reveals how unlikely activists, diverse alliances, and grassroots visual culture helped build a political movement that transformed the issue into a struggle for environmental justice. The talk will share stories from the book, feature images from Arctic lands and communities, and trace the history of a movement that is still alive today.

Presenter(s) and Affiliations: Finis Dunaway, Author and Historian

About Our Presenter: Finis Dunaway is professor of history at Trent University. He is the author of “Natural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform” (2005) and “Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images” (2015). “Seeing Green” received the John G. Cawelti Award from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the History Division Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. His writings have also appeared in American Quarterly, Environmental History, and other scholarly journals and in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Hill, Truthout, and the Globe and Mail.

Contact: Mark Madison (304-876-7276;

Recorded: March 2, 2022

Duration:  63 minutes

The Devils Hole Pupfish: Survival, Extinction, and Environmental History in the US West

Details:  Author and wildland firefighter Kevin Brown will present “The Devils Hole Pupfish: Survival, Extinction, and Environmental History in the US West”. The Devils Hole pupfish (cyprinodon diabolis) is an endangered fish species confined to one small habitat east of Death Valley, in southern Nevada. Despite its small range and population size—which has never been more than a few hundred individuals—this species has been a frequent subject of scientific study since the early twentieth century. The Devils Hole pupfish also became one of the first controversial endangered species of the modern environmental era, with “Save the Pupfish” and “Kill the Pupfish” bumper stickers circulating around Nevada in the 1970s. Kevin Brown uses tools from environmental history to examine the pupfish’s past and explore what the species’ recent history can tell us about survival and extinction.

Kevin C. Brown is the author of Devils Hole Pupfish: The Unexpected Survival of an Endangered Species in the Modern American West (University of Nevada Press, 2021). He earned his PhD in history at Carnegie Mellon University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Brown first began writing about the Devils Hole pupfish while working as a researcher for the American Society for Environmental History and Death Valley National Park. He currently works as a wildland firefighter in California.

Devils Hole pupfish is one of the world’s rarest fishes, spending most of its life in the top 80 feet of the 93 degree waters of cavern in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Its habitat is one of the smallest natural ranges known for any vertebrate.

Date Recorded: February 2, 2022

Duration:  62 Minutes

Environmental Historian Char Miller on “Biology, Conservation, and the Administrative State in Late 19th and early 20th C America"

Details:  Pomona College Environmental Historian Char Miller will explore the links between federal scientists, economic development and the emergence of a more powerful nation-state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Inside government, the cadre of researchers in the Biological Survey, such as C. Hart Merriam, Vernon Bailey, and Florence Merriam Bailey, identified, cataloged, and mapped the nation’s flora and fauna with an eye to ascertaining its economic value. In the academy, botanists like JM Coulter and his student William L. Bray—among many others—collaborated with the Biological Survey and other Bureaus to contribute to this larger project of marrying the scientific enterprise with the country’s growth and development. Their collective activism expanded the range and reach of these agencies, and was particularly propelled by the energetic TR who did not just establish the first wildlife refuges and vastly expand the number and size of national forests, but in doing so constructed what Brian Balogh calls the Administrative State.

Presenter: Char Miller, Author

Char Miller is the WM Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College and is author most recently of Hetch Hetchy: A History in Documents, co-editor of Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist in the Arena and the Nature of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Political Change. Forthcoming is West Side Rising: How San Antonio’s 1921 Flood Devastated a City and Sparked a Latino Environmental Justice Movement and a biography of botanist/ecologist William L. Bray.

Recorded:  June 24, 2021

The Tie that Binds: Rosalie Edge, Conservation, and Women's Suffrage

 Details:  Author Dyana Furmansky presents a lecture on her book "Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy." Rosalie Edge, well-known for creating the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, challenged early 20th century conservationists to protect endangered birds. This progressive New York socialite and suffragist-turned-environmentalist became known as a “Joan of Arc” and a “hellcat” in defense of nature. This lecture comes to us 100 years after the U.S. Congress ratified the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.   

Presenter:  Dyana Furmansky coauthored These American Lands: Parks, Wilderness, and the Public Lands. Her articles on nature and the environment have appeared in the New York TimesAmerican HeritageAudubonHigh Country NewsSierraWilderness and many other publications.    

Recorded: June 8, 2021

Duration:  43 minutes 

Celebrating American Wetlands Month and the Ramsar Convention

Details:  Kick off your American Wetlands Month celebrations by learning about the variety of ways that the Wisconsin Wetlands Association is working to raise the visibility of wetlands in their state. Wisconsin has lost half of its wetlands in the past 200 years, making those that remain are more important than ever and making wetland restoration critical to solving our state's water challenges. WWA is creating tools to help people better understand how wetlands are key to providing cleaner water, flood storage, wildlife habitat, and other natural benefits. WWA is also raising the visibility of wetlands through two special designation programs: Wetland Gems® and Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. Both of these programs illustrate the diversity of wetlands found in Wisconsin and connect Wisconsinites with places where they can see high-quality wetlands right in their own state.

Presenter:  Katie Beilfuss

Katie is the Outreach Programs Director for the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, where she oversees the organization's communications, plans our annual Wetland Science Conference, supports private wetland landowners with publications, workshops, and communications, and coordinates our Ramsar initiative. Katie has a Master’s degree in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She has more than twenty years of nonprofit and environmental experience with organizations including the Gorongosa Restoration Project (Mozambique, Africa), the International Crane Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Recorded:  May 5, 2021

Duration: 50 minutes

Reintroducing Bald Eagles with FWS Biologist Craig Koppie

Details:  Craig will discuss his long-term work with Bald Eagle reintroductions and current research on Eastern Golden Eagles.

Craig had an early fascination for wildlife, photography, climbing, and aviation, all of which helped to establish a 38-year career with the Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has worked most of his federal career as an endangered species biologist and eagle/raptor coordinator at the Chesapeake Bay Field Office in Annapolis, Maryland. Integrating science, education and public outreach into his life’s work has culminated in hundreds of acres of permanently protected lands for eagles through conservation easements or deed restrictions. In part, these contributions helped to support the Service’s Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagle Recovery goal of long-term habitat protection.

Recorded:  April 22, 2021

Duration: 75 minutes

Return to Us: Restoring Alaska’s Eklutna River 

Details:  This powerful documentary film describes the effort to restore the Eklutna River. Produced by Ryan Peterson, award winning filmmaker of Super Salmon, this 8-minute film reveals the intertwined histories of the Eklutna Dena’ina Native people and Pacific salmon. The beauty and tragedy of the Eklutna River, the dreams of the Eklutna people, and the tenacity of salmon are revealed in this film and the discussion to follow with Meiklejohn.

The Eklutna River near Anchorage, Alaska, is the scene of the most ambitious river restoration project ever attempted in the state. First dammed for hydropower production in the 1920’s, the Eklutna is now the subject of a major recovery effort to establish a free-flowing river to benefit salmon and the Eklutna Dena’ina tribe. Beginning in 2015, The Conservation Fund launched a $7.5 million project to remove the Lower Eklutna River dam. As described in the film “Return to Us” the project was completed in 2018 to open the river to salmon once again after 90 years.

According to Meiklejohn: “Removing the Eklutna River dam was easily the highwater mark of my 30 year conservation career. We have done a lot of good here in Alaska since 1994, but nothing else has generated anything close to the excitement, attention and eagerness to help that we found on this dam project. This project united people across all boundaries and persuasions to the task of fixing a broken river. People love fixing things, and especially now there is a thirst for helping Nature in real, tangible ways. At the Eklutna we are putting Humpty Dumpty back together after 90 years of being broken.”

Presenter:  Brad Meiklejohn, The Conservation Fund

Brad has been with The Conservation Fund in Alaska since 1994. The Conservation Fund is a national land trust based in Arlington, Virginia. Brad has served on the Board of Directors of the Murie Center and the Alaska Avalanche School, is past president of the Patagonia Land Trust and the American Packrafting Association, and is the recipient of the Olaus Murie Conservation Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

Recorded:  March 4, 2021

Duration: 52 minutes

150 Years of Women's History in the Service: Revisiting Our Past to Prepare for the Future

Details:  In recognition of Women’s History Month, we hope you will join our virtual event on March 4th featuring opening remarks by Principal Deputy Director Martha Williams, profiles of pioneering women conservationists by the National Conservation Training Center, and a moderated roundtable discussion among women leaders in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).

During the employee roundtable, Anna Munoz, Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs in the Mountain-Prairie Region, will moderate a discussion about the experiences of women working for the Service.

Presenters:  Naimah Aziz, Supervisory Wildlife Inspector, Office of Law Enforcement in Valley Stream, New York; Danielle Fujii-Doe, Manager, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Plush, Oregon; Dr. Nicole Hams, Fish Biologist and Science Communication Specialist, Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Vancouver, Washington; Crystal Leonetti, Native Affairs Specialist, Alaska Region, Anchorage, Alaska

Recorded:  March 4, 2021

Duration: 57 minutes

The Home Place

Details:  Author, naturalist, and Clemson University Wildlife Ecology Professor J. Drew Lanham gives an overview of his book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Professor Lanham’s presentation describes a black naturalist’s improbable journey in a largely white field. 

Presenter: J. Drew Lanham, Author

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.

Recorded:  January 27, 2021

Duration: 60 minutes

Glory of the National Parks with Jon Waterman

Details:  Author and explorer Jon Waterman presents a lecture and slide show on his new book Atlas of the National Parks, published by National Geographic.

Presenter:  Jon Waterman

Jon Waterman has worked as a wilderness guide and as a national park ranger, exploring—in boats, on foot, or on dogsleds—remote places and many of the 62 national parks. He has received numerous grants from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council, and his award-winning writing and photography have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.  He has written 14 books on adventure and the environment, including the National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks (November 2019) and Chasing Denali (November 2018).

Recorded:  September 15, 2020

Duration:  51 Minutes

Duration:  53 minutes

Howard Zahniser: "Champion for the Wilderness" Film Screening

Details:  Author and filmmaker Jeffrey Ryan will screen and discuss his new film, Howard Zahniser: Champion for the Wilderness. Howard Zahniser (1905-1964) was the primary author and lobbyist for the Wilderness Act. A writer, researcher, and radio scriptwriter for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1930-1942, he also served as Executive Secretary of The Wilderness Society, starting in 1945. For the next two decades, he was an eloquent advocate for America’s wilderness lands, dying just a few months before the Wilderness Act became law. 

Presenter:  Jeffrey Ryan

Maine-based author, filmmaker & speaker Jeffrey Ryan has a passion for exploring the outdoors on foot and along the dusty paths of history. His travels on thousands of miles of America’s most famous and lesser-known trails have inspired several books including Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year Hike on America’s Trail and his 2019 historical novel entitled, Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte. Ryan’s interest in the history of America’s conservation movement led him to create a video series entitled Voices of the Wilderness, that showcases the enormous contributions of those who have advocated for the creation and protection of our wild lands. When he is not researching and writing, Ryan can be found exploring the backroads of the United States and Canada in his vintage 1985 VW camper.

Recorded:  July 7, 2020

Indigenous Connections Series

This series consists of educational videos focusing on Indian Country and fostering tribal connections. 

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Empowering Co-Stewardship and Collaboration within the National Wildlife Refuge System

In this broadcast, we’ll hear from Amy Coffman about the work the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) is doing regarding the national Co-Stewardship effort.

The Refuge System is working toward improving relationships that respect the sovereignty of Tribes, Native Hawaiian Communities, Alaska Native Corporations, and Alaska Native Organizations (Indigenous peoples). By acknowledging the sovereign rights and responsibilities of our Indigenous partners and working with them government to government, the Refuge System is better able to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for current and future generations. We must move beyond the lens of compliance and take a more holistic view of Tribal collaboration to steward lands with our Indigenous partners. To help answer your questions regarding Refuge System engagement in the lens of Co-stewardship please send us your questions in advance using this form.

About Our Presenter, Amy Lankford-Coffman: Amy Lankford-Coffman has a diverse background in fieldwork and has worked in many different roles in wildlife refuge locations, regions, and now headquarters. Amy has developed long-term collaborative land management plans with incredibly important Tribal partners and has been a part of many great projects that have shaped her as a conservationist. She was born in Montana, raised on the Flathead Reservation, and was able to come back to it after a long period of being away working around the Nation. Previous positions included Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Superintendent of the Flathead Agency in Montana, then as a Native American Amy Lankford-Coffman Liaison for the Mountain-Prairie (Region 6) in the Service’s Office of Communications, and now as the Refuge System Tribal Co-Stewardship Coordinator. 

Date Recorded:  April 17, 2024

Duration:  45 minutes

Remembered Earth, with John Grabowska

Details: In honor of N. Scott Momaday, we will look at the film Remembered Earth: New Mexico's High Desert, in which Momaday and Irene Bedard, Iñupiat/Cree, present a vision of hope for the natural world by interpreting the myth, beauty, and power of a scarred but sacred landscape in the American West. Momaday's legacy lives on, a testament to the power of stories to connect us and inspire action, reminding us that nature and heritage are two sides of a precious coin. After the film, we will speak with documentarian John Grabowska.

Presenter: John Grabowska
John makes award-winning films. He has lectured on natural history filmmaking at The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution, led environmental media workshops in Argentina and Panama, cofounded the American Conservation Film Festival, and is a Smithsonian Journeys Expert. The Washington Post calls him “one of the virtuoso environmental filmmakers in the country.”

Date Recorded: March 13, 2024


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Residential Schools and the Generational Impact

Details: What does generational impact mean? In our upcoming session, we will hear from Mazie Countryman, Northern Arapaho, as she bravely recounts her experience with the generational impact of residential schools and the profound repercussions of residential boarding schools in her community. We’ll briefly explore how this understanding of generational impact resonates within the Department of the Interior’s work and the relationships we strive to build with tribes and Indigenous communities.

Presenter: Mazie Countryman
Mazie Countryman is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho tribes and affiliates with Eastern Shoshone, Shoshone Bannock, and Navajo. She is a full-time student at Idaho State University working towards her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. After, she plans on receiving her doctorate in Pharmacy. While working on her degree, Mazie devotes her time to the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Executive Committee serving as the 2023-2024 Northwest Representative, representing Native youth in Idaho, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon! 

Mazie was a Girl Scout for 8 years, earned her Bronze and Silver awards, as well as gave 500+ hours of community service hours to her community. She still proudly carries the values of the Girl Scout motto in her everyday life, which is being honest, fair, considerate, helpful, and kind. She is an active community member and committed to making a difference each day. Whether she is volunteering at community service events or school, she is always giving back to others. Mazie has always been passionate about climate justice and advocacy for Native youth. She loves to excel in every opportunity that comes her way. One of those was Mazie certified as a pharmacy technician for the state of Idaho when she was a senior in high school. Throughout her many achievements, she has stayed positive and persevered to get the job done. Mazie believes that everyone deserves equal opportunities and access to resources, regardless of their background.

Date Recorded:  February 21, 2024

Duration: 51 minutes

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Fulfilling the Trust Responsibility to Tribes, the Native Hawaiian Community, and Alaska Native Corporations and Organizations

Details: What specific obligations do Tribal trust responsibilities entail? How do these responsibilities contribute to the co-stewardship of federal lands and waters? Melissa Castiano will share her tangible experiences with Tribal trust responsibilities as an Indigenous person and federal employee.

Presenter: Melissa Castiano

Melissa is from northwest New Mexico. She is of the Mexican Clan, born for the Salt Clan. Her maternal grandfather’s clan is Red Running into Water Clan, and her paternal grandfather’s clan is the Mexican Clan. Melissa was born in Shiprock, New Mexico, and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. She began her career with U.S. Fish and Wildlife in 2002 as part of the Student Career Employee Program and became a permanent biologist in the Division of Ecological Services at the Southwest Regional Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She spent her expansive career with the Service providing leadership in tribal engagement and relations and supporting the next generation of Native youth conservation leaders through Service programs with partner agencies and organizations. In 2022, Melissa joined the National Park Service to serve as the National Park Service Intermountain Region’s Native American Affairs Liaison. In her free time, Melissa enjoys all things outdoors - snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, and running. She also enjoys working out, horror/sci-fi movies and books, and most of all, hanging out with her dog, Lt. Ripley (yes, from Aliens).

Recorded: January 17, 2024

Duration: 63 minutes

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Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in the Alexander Archipelago Wolf: Part 1
Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in the Alexander Archipelago Wolf Species Status Assessment: Part II

Details: This is a 2-part series describing Service and Indigenous perspectives on the collection and incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) into the Alexander Archipelago Species Status Assessment (SSA). Over the next 2 months, you’ll hear from a series of presenters who were involved in this process. In the first webinar, we will present the more technical aspects of initiating an IK effort concurrently with developing an SSA and reflect on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from this process. In the second webinar, we will host a panel-style discussion with some of the Knowledge Bearers interviewed, focusing on the Indigenous perspective on this SSA process.

Link to Draft Report 

Recorded:  October 25, 2023 (Part 1) November 15, 2023 (Part 2)

Duration: 59 minutes (Part 1) 66 minutes (Part 2)

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Indigenous Regenerative Food Systems and the Excavation of Hidden History

Details: Dr. Lyla June Johnston, a historical ecologist of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages will share her research on ancient sustainable Native American food systems and how they can inform our system today.

Presenter: Dr. Lyla June Johnston

Dr. Lyla June Johnston (aka Lyla June) is an Indigenous musician, author, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages. Her multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe toward personal, collective, and ecological healing. She blends her study of Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives, and solutions. Her doctoral research focused on the ways in which pre-colonial Indigenous Nations shaped large regions of Turtle Island (aka the Americas) to produce abundant food systems for humans and non-humans.

Date Recorded:  July 19, 2023

Duration: 52 minutes

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Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into Federal Research and Management: Tribal Policies around Indigenous Knowledge | U.S. Geological Survey (

This is part of a previously recorded series through the U.S. Geological Survey designed to explore what it means to ethically engage with Indigenous Knowledge in resource management and conservation spaces. We will learn from Tribal and Indigenous communities about the frameworks they use to protect and share their knowledge, and from Federal agencies about how they navigate their responsibility to foster respectful, mutually beneficial relationships with knowledge holders. This session may be of particular value to Federal employees seeking to build partnerships with Indigenous peoples and to Tribal citizens and Indigenous peoples seeking to understand resources and opportunities for collaborating with Federal partners. 


  • Aaron Jones (Tulalip Tribes) 
  • Ann Marie Chischilly (Northern Arizona University) 
  • Bobby Saunkeah (Chickasaw Nation) 

The visual to the right was created by Coral Avery (BIA Tribal Climate Resilience, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center) with the support of the webinar series planning team. The image depicts a green snapping turtle within a circular medicine wheel (offset four quadrants colored white, yellow, red, and black), encircled by a wreath of plants significant to Indigenous cultures from across the US, Alaska, and the Pacific Islands (kelp, clams, yucca, corn, cedar, & fireweed) and a watercolor blue border.

Recorded by USGS May 4, 2023

Indigenous Recruitment & Retention

Details: Join us for this discussion-based presentation where presenter Toni Jefferson, Lummi, will address participant questions around the recruitment and retention in working with Indigenous community members. She will discuss the differences in policies and values and how those can be approached at a level where all values are better understood and appreciated. 

About Our Presenter, Toni Jefferson:
Toni is the Director of Human Resources for the Silver Reef Casino Resort. She is an enrolled Lummi Tribal member and a lifelong resident of the Lummi community. Toni has progressively advanced her professional career within the casino gaming industry possessing over twenty (20+) years’ experience serving in employment jobs as: Cage Shift Supervisor, Surveillance Observer, Table Games Dealer, Poker Shift Supervisor, Casino Accountant, Tribal Gaming Director, Tribal Gaming Commissioner and Lummi Commercial Company Board Member.

In addition, Toni has worked with the tribal government operations to secure over twelve (12+) years of executive management and leadership experience employed as Human Resources Director, Deputy General Manager, and General Manager. As the Lummi Indian Business Council General Manager, she supported the tribal council to ensure administration systems and executive department management functions, policies and services met the needs of Lummi people and families while complying to federal and tribal laws, codes, and ordinances. She was responsible for exercising lead executive authority and decision-making providing oversight to LIBC operations with 18 Department Director(s), 620+ employees, and an annual budget of $75+ million dollars.

Her educational background consists of a two-year transfer degree from Northwest Indian College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA (major in Management Information Systems with a minor in accounting). Her graduate-level education is the attainment of an Executive Leadership master's in business from Seattle University.

Toni values and practices servant-based leadership while integrating the principles of the Three P’s: People, Place, and Profit. Her unique experiences, in-depth expertise of the casino industry, direct knowledge of the Lummi Community values, and executive experience in tribal government put her in an excellent position to lead Human Resource management and services such as recruiting, assessing, developing, and maximizing Silver Reef Casino team members at all levels throughout the organization.

Who Should Attend:
We welcome any Department of the Interior staff and partners and anyone else who may be involved with tribes or who wishes to learn more about working with tribes. 

Date Recorded: April 19, 2023

Duration: 57 Minutes

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Environment for the Americas

Details: Ever wonder how to best support diverse youth in conservation fields? Hear about examples and success stories of Environment for the Americas (EFTA) doing just that! EFTA works to connect and inspire the next generation of conservationists by connecting diverse people to nature and to the protection of birds and their habitats.

Carina Ruiz will share how EFTA strives to meet their goal of increasing diverse representation in conservation fields, through established partnerships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to create successful internship programs for underrepresented participants to grow future conservation professionals and leaders.

About Our Presenter, Carina Ruiz:

Carina Ruiz (she/ella) is the Associate Director of Internship Programs with Environment for the Americas and holds 23 years of youth development experience in formal and nonformal education environments. As a former Chicago high school and early childhood educator, she transitioned into the field of Conservation as an urban wildland firefighter in 2007. Combining her experience in education/youth development and natural resources, she gained 16 years of experience and expertise in program design and partnership development.

Carina has provided support to a variety of national environmental organizations, government agencies, and a museum institution with bridging connections to underrepresented, multigenerational community groups through the co-development, with community, of science and nature programs that are accessible and culturally resonant.

Date Recorded: March 15, 2023

Duration: 36 Minutes

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Indigenous Science Discussion Continued

We welcome any Department of the Interior staff and partners and anyone else who may be involved with tribes or who wish to learn more about working with tribes. 

Details:  Join us for the second of a two-part series, as we continue discussions with Indigenous community leaders as they share about Indigenous science, or in the European context, known as Indigenous Knowledge or Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The goal of the series is to help others better understand Indigenous communities in understanding, experiencing, and feeling the natural world. 
There’s always room for improvement, and by better understanding the sciences Indigenous communities hold, we can all improve our conservation efforts. Long before the term “scientific method” was coined, Indigenous communities were, and continue to be, front-line scientists. The differences between the Indigenous use of science and western science paradigms can’t be explained in 2 hours. These broadcasts will create space for Indigenous community leaders to share stories and examples as they illustrate their knowledge so that we may hear about conservation work from Indigenous experts. By increasing our awareness and understanding, we may all seek to partner with Indigenous communities to better guide our conservation efforts. 

This month’s panelists include Ciarre Greene, Nez Perce, and Joanne Bryant, Gwich’in Athabascan. Lonyx Landy, Nor Rel Muk Wintu, will facilitate discussions as he guides the panelists through story sharing while incorporating participant questions. 

In order to best prepare our presenters, we asked interested participants to submit questions in advance of the broadcast.

Recorded: February 14, 2023

Indigenous Science Discussion

Details:  Join us for the first of a two-part mini-series for January and February, to hear from Indigenous community leaders as they share about Indigenous science, or in the European context, known as Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The goal of this mini-series is to help others better understand Indigenous communities in their way of understanding, experiencing and feeling the natural world. 

There’s always room for improvement, and by better understanding the sciences Indigenous communities hold, we can all improve our conservation efforts. Long before the term “scientific method” was coined, Indigenous communities were, and continue to be, front-line scientists. The differences between the Indigenous use of science and western science paradigms can’t be explained in 2 hours. These broadcasts will create space for Indigenous community leaders to share stories and examples as they illustrate their knowledge so that we all may hear about conservation work from Indigenous experts. By increasing our awareness and understanding, we may all seek to partner with Indigenous communities to better guide our conservation efforts. 

Panelists range in location from Alaska to Hawaii, include elders and youth, and our esteemed partner and colleague, Lonyx Landy, Nor Rel Muk Wintu, will facilitate discussions as he guides the panelists through story sharing while incorporating participant questions. 

Participants we asked to submit questions in advance of the broadcast.

Recorded:  January 19, 2023

Duration:  59 minutes

Full Moon Rising: From Land Conservation to Land Justice

Details: This presentation, featuring First Light and the Wabanaki Commission on Land and Stewardship Nil yut ktahkomiq nik (the whole earth is our home), will explore one of the most ambitious efforts in the conservation movement in our country to relearn history, repair relationships, and return the land. 

We will look at the work of First Light, now in its fifth year, sharing and returning land and resources to Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and Maliseet First Nations. We will explore what is at stake and what is to be gained through these efforts to engage differently and to share perspective and power. We will explore tools that other land conservation groups are using to share power and land, and how these tools are changing who they are and what conservation means. We will do a deeper dive into what land justice asks of us and our organizations.

Presenter: Peter Forbes
Peter’s life work is about the courageous convening of people across differences of race, class, and ideology to resolve matters of consequence to their shared future. Peter is the co-founder of First Light, an ambitious effort among 65 organizations in Maine and the Wabanaki people to increase their presence and sovereignty on the land. He is the author of four books on people and place and the owner of Knoll Farm, an organic fruit farm and community gathering place in the mountains of Vermont where he and his partner, Helen, raised their family. 

Recorded: November 16, 2022

Duration: 61 minutes

InterTribal Buffalo Council

Details:  In this broadcast, we’ll hear from the InterTribal Buffalo Council’s Executive Director, Troy Heinert. Intertribal Buffalo Council (ITBC) is a federally chartered Indian Organization under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act. ITBC’s mission is to restore buffalo back to Indian Country, and to preserve historical, cultural, traditional, and spiritual relationships with buffalo for future generations. ITBC was formed in 1992 after a gathering by Tribes in the Sacred Black Hills of South Dakota. Currently ITBC consists of 79 member Tribes in 20 States and is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Please join us to learn more about the work ITBC is doing!

Date Recorded:  September 21, 2022

Duration:  57 Minutes

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Highlights of the Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress

Details: We will share highlights of the Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress. A place where students from across the country come together to discuss community adaptation and related environmental issues impacting Native peoples. The mission of the Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress (NYCALC) is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address environmental change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and home communities.

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Recorded:  July 20, 2022

Duration:  28 Minutes

Perspectives of a Tribal Liaison

Details: Join us as we hear two perspectives of life as a Tribal Liaison, serving for both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Discover what being a Tribal Liaison means to our presenters and how this important role plays out in the field.

Presenter:  Crystal Leonetti, FWS and Melissa Castiano, NPS 

Dorothy is a member of the Sicangu (See-chan-guu) Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) Tribe of South Dakota. In October 2020, Ms. FireCloud became the Native American Affairs Liaison, Assistant to the Director, in the National Park Service (NPS). She is responsible for ensuring the NPS meets the requirements of the DOI Policy on Consultation with Tribal Nations, developing service-wide guidance, reviewing proposed policy and legislation to advise and support the Director on issues impacting Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. From 2012 to 2020, she served as Superintendent at two Puebloan NPS sites, Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument in the Verde Valley of Arizona. She first joined the National Park Service in 2006, as Superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument, a site of significant spiritual connection to her tribe. Ms. FireCloud has a Juris Doctorate from the New Mexico School of Law and has been a member of the New Mexico State Bar since 1991.

Recorded:  May 25, 2022

Duration: 61 minutes

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Music, Nature, and NYCALC

Description: In this session, we hear from Sicangu Lakota artist, Frank Waln, on how nature has shaped his music career. Frank shares songs, stories, and their cultural significance with the audience. 

Presenter(s): Sicangu Lakota artist and music producer, Frank Waln. 

Recorded: April 20, 2022

Duration: 62 minutes

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Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Advance Greater Opportunities to Work Effectively With Indigenous Peoples in a Changing Climate

Details: The session shares collaborative and respectful approaches to engage with communities and stakeholders to incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into both assessments of the impacts of climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

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as well planning to enhance community resiliency in anticipation of those changes.

Presenter(s): James Rattling Leaf, Principal at the WoLakota Lab LLC

About our presenter: James Rattling Leaf is the Principal at the WoLakota Lab LLC whose vision is to advance greater understanding and to build effective relationships with Indigenous Peoples. He has more than 25 years of experience serving as a cross-cultural/broker resource to the federal government, higher education institutions, and non-profits to develop and maintain positive ongoing working relationships with federally and non-federally recognized Indian tribes, Tribal College and Universities and Tribal Communities. He specializes in developing programs that utilize the interface between Indigenous People’s Traditional Knowledge and Western Science. He was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Recorded: March 16, 2022

Duration:  63 minutes

National Park Service – Tribal Programs and Funding Opportunities

Details: Dorothy FireCloud, Native American Affairs Liaison, will speak about the role of the National Park Service Office of Native American Affairs and various funding opportunities available for Tribes and other initiatives going on within the National Park Service. We welcome any Department of the Interior staff and partners, and anyone else who may be involved with tribes or who wish to learn more about working with tribes.

Presenter(s): Dorothy FireCloud, Native American Affairs Liaison, NPS

About Our Presenter, Dorothy FireCloud: Dorothy FireCloud is a member of the Sicangu (See-chan-guu) Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) Tribe of South Dakota. In October 2020, Ms. FireCloud became the Native American Affairs Liaison, Assistant to the Director, in the National Park Service (NPS). She is responsible for ensuring the NPS meets the requirements of the DOI Policy on Consultation with Tribal Nations, developing service-wide guidance, reviewing proposed policy and legislation to advise and support the Director on issues impacting Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. From 2012 to 2020, she served as Superintendent at two Puebloan NPS sites, Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument in the Verde Valley of Arizona. She first joined the National Park Service in 2006, as Superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument, a site of significant spiritual connection to her tribe. Ms. FireCloud has a Juris Doctorate from the New Mexico School of Law and has been a member of the New Mexico State Bar since 1991.

Recorded: February 23, 2022

Duration:  50 minutes

Tribal Treaties

Details: Most Americans learn about the Founding Fathers but are told very little about equally important and influential Native diplomats and leaders of Indian Nations. Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. Understanding the importance of treaties is an essential step in understanding the history and legacy of U.S.–American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present.

Presenters: Kevin Gover (Under Secretary for Museums and Culture in 2021)

Kevin Gover is a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.  He received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1978. He then earned his juris doctor degree from the University of New Mexico College of Law in 1981. Following law school, Kevin established a small Native American-owned law firm that specialized in federal Indian law. Gover, Stetson, Williams & West, P.C. grew into the largest Indian-owned law firm in the country and represented tribes and tribal agencies in a dozen states.

In 1997, President Clinton nominated Kevin to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. As the senior executive of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), he won praise for his efforts to rebuild long-neglected Indian schools and expand tribal and BIA police forces throughout the country.

In 2003, he joined the faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and served on the faculty of the university’s Indian Legal Program, one of the largest such programs in the country.

Kevin was Director of the National Museum of the American Indian from 2007 to 2021. He became Under Secretary for Museums and Culture in 2021.

Recorded: November 18, 2021

Duration: 55 Minutes

Developing Land Acknowledgements | Audio Description Version

Details: What is the purpose of, and how do you go about developing, a land acknowledgement? We’ll learn this and more in the next series of the Tribal Broadcast Connections!

Presenters: Crystal (Ciisquq) Leonetti (USFWS) | Melissa Shaginoff

Crystal (Ciisquq) Leonetti is Yup’ik and a citizen of Curyung Tribal Council, born and raised in Alaska. As Native Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she represents the Regional Director regarding Alaska Native interests, including government-to-government relations with Alaska’s 229 Tribes.

Melissa Shaginoff is part of the Udzisyu (caribou) and Cui Ui Ticutta (fish-eater) clans from Nay'dini'aa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village, Alaska). She is an Ahtna and Paiute person, an artist, a social activist and the curator of Alaska Pacific University’s Art Galleries. Her work is shaped by the  structure structure
Something temporarily or permanently constructed, built, or placed; and constructed of natural or manufactured parts including, but not limited to, a building, shed, cabin, porch, bridge, walkway, stair steps, sign, landing, platform, dock, rack, fence, telecommunication device, antennae, fish cleaning table, satellite dish/mount, or well head.

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 and processes of the Dene ceremony of potlatch. She has been published in the Alaska Humanities FORUM Magazine, First American Art Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly, and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Learning Lab. She teaches about land acknowledgement concepts and other Indigenous leadership attributes.

Recorded: September 16, 2021

Duration: 65 Minutes

Federal Native Trust Lands

Details: Did you know taking land into trust is one of the most important functions the Department of the Interior undertakes on behalf of Tribes, as 2% of the United States is held in Federal Trust status for Native American Tribes? Please join us to learn more about the history of Native American lands!

Presenters: Frank Rollefson (BIA)

Frank Desmond Rollefson, or Desi, has 15 years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He has experience as the Rangeland Manager for the Northern Cheyenne Agency, Natural Resource Officer for the Crow Agency, Water Rights Specialist for Rocky Mountain Regional Office (RMRO), and Cartographic Technician and Wildlife Biologist, both for RMRO. Desi has participated with post wildlife assessment crews, or the Burned Area Emergency Response team for regional reservation trust lands. Desi is of German, Norwegian and Northern Cheyenne descent. He is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne, and his families are from Minnesota and Montana. Desi received his Bachelors in Biology from the University of Montana in 1997, and his Masters in Resource Management from Central Washington University in 2003.

Recorded: August 26, 2021

Duration: 53 Minutes

Subsistence Hunting, Fishing & Gathering in Alaska

Details:  According to our guest speaker, Orville Lind, this simply means when we spend quality time outdoors, deep within our souls, we learn to listen and observe when Mother Nature speaks to us. Hear more from Orville as he discusses subsistence hunting, fishing and gathering in Alaska.

Presenters: Orville Lind (USFWS)

Orville was born and raised in the Village of Chignik Lake on the Alaska Peninsula. He is the son of Fred and Annie Lind, and his grandparents are Dora and Fred Lindholm. He has six brothers and two sisters. Orville has fours sons, one daughter and a wife of 41 years. His father founded Chignik Lake and was long-time Village Chief until his passing in 1968. Later on, Orville, was chosen by this village to become Chignik’s youngest chief at the age of 18. Orville has an extensive background ranging from Village Chief to marine mammal tagger. He has more than 28 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Recorded:  June 21, 2021

Duration: 60 minutes

The Significance of Feathers to Native American Cultures

Details: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the only National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository in the United States. This month we’ll hear from Liza Roman on the significance of feathers to Native American cultures.

About Our Presenter, Liza M. Roman:
Liza Roman, Wildlife Repository Specialist at the National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository, has worked on the Eagle Program for more than 8 years. Mostly, Liza works on the administrative side of the Program, processing orders and entering data for 1000s of applicants of enrolled members of Federally Recognized Tribes for feathers. Occasionally, she gets into the lab to help count feathers for shipments of 100s of feathers a month. Liza was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico where the Taos Pueblo exposed her to the cultural and religious significance of eagle feathers and how they play a role in Native American lives. As a young girl she frequented seasonal ceremonies held by the Taos Pueblo and grew to love the culture and respect the foundation of which is still practiced there today. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated as a   National Historic Landmark National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark is a nationally significant historic place designated by the Secretary of the Interior because it possesses exceptional value in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. More than 2,600 places bear this designation, 10 of them on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands.

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  and a World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It has been inhabited continuously for more than 1000 years.

Presenter: Liza M. Roman (National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository)

Recorded: May 20, 2021

Duration: 44 Minutes

Importance of USFWS Cultural Resources to Native American Heritage

Details:  Did you know that the National Wildlife Refuge System contains thousands of Native American archaeological sites? These places represent thousands of years of Indigenous heritage and offer unique opportunities for connection with today’s living Native American and Alaska Native descendants.

We welcome any of the Department of the Interior staff and partners who are involved with tribes or who wish to learn more about working with tribes.

Eugene Marino is Chief Archaeologist/Federal Preservation Officer and National Museum Curator for the USFWS. He serves as the National cultural resources and museum collection subject matter expert for the USFWS responsible for advising USFWS Leadership on issues relating to historic preservation, archaeological compliance and museum curation and management. He is also the National liaison with the USFWS Regional Archaeologists and Curators. Since 2007 Mr. Marino has been an Adjunct Professor for Shepherd University, teaching Anthropology and Archaeology courses.

Timothy Binzen’s professional background is in archaeology and anthropology. Tim has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for eleven years, first in the Northeast Region’s Cultural Resources program, and then as Regional Tribal Liaison since 2017. Before joining the Service, Tim worked for more than two decades in archaeological consulting and gained a wide range of field experiences in Idaho, New Mexico, and New England. Tim has had many opportunities to work in consultation with Tribal members.

Presenters: Eugene Marino (USFWS) and Timothy Binzen (USFWS)

Recorded: April 15, 2021

Duration: 57 Minutes

Reintroduction of Black-footed Ferrets on Tribal Land

Details:  Did you know the black-footed ferret was once thought to be extinct? Today recovery efforts are in place to restore this critically endangered species. Join us for this special presentation where we will discuss the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret on tribal lands.

Presenter:  Shaun Grassel

Shaun is an enrolled member of and a wildlife biologist for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He has worked for his Tribe for more than 20 years on the conservation and management of wildlife species. Shaun’s work includes monitoring population trends of game species and focal non-game species, conducting research, and assisting in the development of policy. Shaun has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University and a Doctoral degree in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho.

Recorded:  March 18, 2021

Duration:  47 minutes

Application of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Details:  Join us for a special presentation where we will discuss how to merge Traditional Ecological, or Indigenous Knowledge, with western science. ​This presentation is a follow up to "An introduction to Traditional Ecological, or Indigenous, Knowledge" presented in July of 2020, which can also be found on NCTC's ​Tribal Connection Webinars.

Presenter:  Henry Huntington, Artic Researcher.

Henry lives in Eagle River, Alaska. His research includes documenting Indigenous knowledge of marine mammals, examining Iñupiat and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities. Huntington has been involved in several international research programs, was co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences committee on emerging research questions in the Arctic and a member of the Council of Canadian Academies panel on the state of knowledge of food security in the North. He also works on evidence-based conservation of the Arctic marine environment. Huntington has made long trips in the Arctic by dog team, small boat, and snowmobile.

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Recorded:  February 18, 2021

Duration: 51 minutes

Celebrating Our Native American Heritage: Partnering with Tribes to Manage Natural Resources (Broadcast)

Details: We welcome any Department of Interior staff and partners who are involved with tribes or who wish to learn more about working with tribes. This webinar qualifies for one hour of diversity credit.

Mr. Sonny Myers will speak about the Inter-Tribal Natural Resource Management organization’s role in protecting and implementing off-reservation hunting, fishing, and gathering rights for the Bois Forte and Grand Portage Bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa.

This Inter-Tribal natural resource management agency is known as the 1854 Treaty Authority.

Presenter: Sonny Myers

Recorded: November 19, 2020

Duration: 60 Minutes

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Monarch Butterfly Webinar Series

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Monarch Joint Venture co-developed the following educational webinar series on monarch biology, monitoring and conservation.

Stay connected with the latest monarch conservation topics. This series is a unique opportunity to hear from experts across a wide range of interdisciplinary fields related to monarchs, other pollinators, their habitats, and the threats and pressures that make conservation urgent. Bring your questions and get ready to discover how you can get involved to protect monarchs.  Sign up for our next webinar
Community Engagement in Monarch Conservation through the Arts

Details: Today will include two presentations.

Crochet and Conservation presented by Yesenia Juarez, Fiber artist and founder of Little Village Busy Bees: How do you get the public excited about Monarch conservation? You make it fun!

Monarch Caterpillars into Butterflies, Children into Scientists, & Parents into Participants! presented by Carolina Benitez, El Valor Education Manager, and Veronica Nieto, El Valor Health, Nutrition, and Safety Manager: The monarch is used in classrooms and home-based programs, as well as a way to engage parents in their child’s education and as a way to promote community engagement and nature conservation in communities of Chicago. Through this tool, we have successfully increased parental participation and improved science instruction for both Early Head Start and Head Start, while assisting the US Forest Service with its conservation mission. This project has implications for diverse audiences and has served as a way to encourage vocabulary acquisition, foster an understanding of geography, and spatial reasoning, and stimulate observation, and investigation. Participants will learn how El Valor has utilized and encouraged parents to explore nature in urban communities while supporting their child’s learning and awareness of nature conservation through the Monarch Butterfly.

Date Recorded: January 23, 2024

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Monarch Conservation: Past, Present, and Future

Presented by:  Wendy Caldwell, MJV Executive Director

Recorded: December 19, 2023

Duration: 59 minutes

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Climatic change impacts on the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve Abies religiosa (Sacred fir) forest 

Presenter(s): Dr. Cuauhtémoc Sáenz-Romero & Dr. José Arnulfo Blanco Garcia

Recorded: November 14, 2023

Duration: 57 minutes

Insights from 50 years of Data on Monarch OE Infection

Presented by: Ania Majewska

Recorded:  October 24, 2023

Duration: 60 minutes

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Western Monarch Trail: Path to Collaboration, presented by Kristin Howland of Central Coast State Parks Association

Details:  Learn about how the Western Monarch Trail follows the migration route of the western monarch butterfly.

Date Recorded:  September 26, 2023

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Implications of Movement Ecology in Conservation Planning for Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus)

Description: Dr. Kelsey Fisher is an Assistant Agricultural Scientist II at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT. Kelsey earned her Ph.D. in Entomology from Iowa State University in 2021, MS in Entomology from the University of Delaware in 2015, and BS in Biology from Widener University in 2013. In this presentation, Kelsey will discuss the collaborative work on monarch butterfly conservation, conducted at Iowa State University and provide examples of how her research informs conservation strategies.  

Kelsey's research focuses on insect movement ecology, as population dynamics, persistence, and distribution are emergent properties of animal movement behavior and the spatial configuration of resources. Kelsey employs multiple research methods in the field, greenhouse, and lab to address research questions related to monarch butterfly conservation in agroecosystems, including radio telemetry, population, genetics, stable isotope analysis, geospatial analyses, and spatial modeling. Most notably, evidence from this work suggests milkweed and nectar resources be planted within 50 meters of established habitat to create a functionally connected landscape that facilitates monarch movement.

Presenter(s): Dr. Kelsey Fisher of Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Recorded: June 27, 2023

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Monitoring the Overwinter Colonies, Conservation of Monarchs in Mexico

Presenter: Adriana Valera of WWF Mexico

Recorded:  August 22, 2023

Duration: 55 minutes

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Pollinator-Friendly Ground Cover for Solar Sites

Presenter: Rob Davis

Date Recorded: July 25, 2023

Duration: 60 minutes

Wóawaŋyaŋke: Protecting Sacred Land in Urban Areas

Presenter(s):  Gabby Menomin and Maggie Lorenz of Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyaŋkap

Date Recorded: May 23, 2023

Duration: 56 minutes

Monarch Research Review

Presenter(s): Jennifer Thieme and Laura Lukens of Monarch Joint Venture

Recorded: April 25, 2023

Duration: 19 minutes

Planning Small-Scale Native Pollinators Habitat

Details:  Learn about creating pollinator-friendly gardens in small spaces.

Presenter: Amanda Barth, Jennifer Ehlert, and Jacqueline Nguyen

Date Recorded: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Duration:  52 minutes

Using Community Science to Track Monarchs in the West

Presenter: Dr. Emily Erickson

Date Recorded:  February 28, 2023

Duration: 60 Minutes

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Preserving Our Past Series

Learn how to preserve, catalog, and exhibit historic Service artifacts, documents, and photos.

Introduction to the Service's Diverse historic Collections

Details: Explore the work that is done at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) museums and archives to preserve, catalog, and exhibit important historic Service artifacts, documents, and photos. Viewers will also learn how to properly identify, protect, and store historic items at their own sites. This episode is an introduction to the diverse collections of historic artifacts, documents, and photos found at Service museums and archives. A Service historian, museum curator, and archaeologist will show you some of these items, describe why they are important, and explain what our obligations are to preserve them. A short question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Presenter(s): Mark Madison, Service Historian, USFWS | Steve Floray, Museum Curator, USFWS | Eugene Marino, Service Archaeologist, USFWS

Recorded: April 13, 2022

Duration:  31 minutes

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