June 2011

Archived R5 Science Seminar Series 2011

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Science Seminar Series, May 9th, 2011 - 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
June 9, 2011, 1:07 pm New York Time
53 mins

WHAT: Science Seminar Series - Archived webinar accessible using the link above
WHEN: June 9, 2011 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
WHO: Dr. Gabriela Chavarria
TITLE: The Truth about the Birds and the Bees

ABSTRACT: Overview of Pollinators, the unheard heroes of nature. Will highlight the role of bees and why they are the best pollinators. A journey into Chavarria's work ON and FOR bees. The importance of protecting native pollinators and the role of the introduced honey bees.

BIO: Dr. Gabriela Chavarria has served as Science Advisor to the Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since July 2010. As Science Advisor, Dr. Chavarria serves as counsel to the Service Director and provides leadership on science policy and scientific applications in resource management. This includes leading agency efforts to respond to changes in the global climate system; shaping the Service's agenda for change toward a science-driven landscape conservation business model; expanding Service capacities to acquire, apply and communicate scientific information; promoting active involvement of the Service and its employees in the larger scientific community; strengthening and expanding partnerships between the Service and other scientific organizations, particularly states and the U.S. Geological Survey; and cultivating the next generation of Service scientists.


Science In Action Series 2011 Archived Recording

WHAT: Science in Action Seminar - Archived webinar accessible using the link above
WHEN: June 23, 2011 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
WHO: Cynthia Boettner, Coordinator, Invasive Plant Control Initiative, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
TITLE: Invasive Plant Control at a Watershed Scale: What's Happening in the Connecticut River Watershed

ABSTRACT: With a responsibility to conserve natural species in the Connecticut River watershed, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is taking the threat of invasive plants seriously. Only by working in partnership with others can a problem like invasive plants be addressed. State agencies, nurseries, non-profits organizations, universities, and citizen volunteers among others are all pitching in to stem the tide of invaders. This presentation will describe successes and challenges and the role the Conte Refuge has played in these partnerships. Projects include thwarting the spread of the aquatic water chestnut within the watershed, protecting rare plants from pale swallowwort on refuge property on Mt. Tom, evaluating and listing plants that were later banned in Massachusetts, establishing a region-wide atlas and education network, and a new initiative to promote the development of sub-watershed partnerships throughout the Connecticut River watershed.

BIO: Cynthia Boettner is the Coordinator for the Invasive Plant Control Initiative for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge based in Sunderland, MA. She has a MA in Environmental Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design and a BA from the University of Michigan in Environmental Studies with a focus on Biology. Before coming to the refuge she worked for the University of Massachusetts, conducting a survey for purple loosestrife and implementing field research projects on gypsy moth population dynamics and butterfly conservation. In Flint, Michigan, she coordinated community urban gardening and recycling programs for a non-profit organization, the FEAT Foundation.

Topic: Science in Action Series, June 23rd, 2011 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time: 11:30 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 749 694 468
Meeting Password: 12345

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