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
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
The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public.
Details: Every year an estimated 6.6 million birds collide with communication towers in the U.S. Fortunately, cost-saving methods can reduce the numbers 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 review and worked with tower operators to minimize bird collisions with communications towers and adverse effects to protected species. From 2005 – 2012, Dr. Gehring was a Senior Conservation Scientist with 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.
This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is cosponsored by The Friends of the NCTC.
Presenter: Dr. Joelle Gehring, Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Recorded: May 12, 2022
Duration: 58 minutes
This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is cosponsored 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; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recorded: March 2, 2022
Duration: 63 minutes
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 to 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
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
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 the recipient of the Olaus Murie Conservation Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
Recorded: March 4, 2021
Duration: 52 minutes
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. https://jdlanham.wixsite.com/blackbirder
Recorded: January 27, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes
This series is of educational videos focusing on Indian Country and fostering tribal connections.
For more information, please email email@example.com.
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 ofon 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.
If you have any questions regarding this series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 theand 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 16th, 2021
Duration: 65 Minutes
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
Details: Tribal connections goes beyond the land acknowledgement. Join the presenters in a conversation about aspects of engagement beyond the land acknowledgement.
Presenters: Jennifer Owen-White | Jennifer Heroux | Juliette Fernandez | Angelina Yost
Recorded: October 21, 2021
Duration: 61 minutes
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
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.
This recording has followed guidelines of creating an accessible (section 508 compliant) video.
Recorded: April 20, 2022
Duration: 62 minutes
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
Learn how to preserve, catalog, and exhibit historic Service artifacts, documents, and photos.
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 are our obligations 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