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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum PennsylvaniaFrank Miles/USFWS

An array of technologies will be in place to bring people across the country into the Conserving the Future conference from their own homes and offices.

The Web site www.AmericasWildlife. org will be the primary online avenue for nationwide participation. For instance, live streaming video of selected sessions will be aired at

You also can participate remotely at the following sites:

Teams of Service employees and Friends acting as roaming journalists are scheduled to produce daily news feeds, stories, interviews and on–thespot videos for the Web site. Social media writers are lined up to post news from the conference to Facebook and Twitter pages. Photos will be shared regularly on Flickr. Employees, partners and youth interns with the Conserving the Future process are scheduled to blog about their impressions of the conference at

“Coverage of this conference is a huge technological advance for the Fish and Wildlife Service.”

During the general sessions on July 12– 14, individuals participating online will be able to submit their thoughts via Twitter or Facebook while speakers such as oceanographer Sylvia Earle and author Douglas Brinkley address the floor. Just put “@americaswild” in your tweet from your Twitter profile and it will become part of the conference Twitter feed.

With youth engagement being a conference hallmark, student and youth delegates brought to the conference are scheduled to share what they see and hear through the conference’s social media, too.

“Coverage of this conference is a huge technological advance for the Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Refuge System Chief Greg Siekaniec.

“We are excited to expand beyond the walls of the conference to allow individuals to connect online with the conference’s content,” said Michael Gale, the Conserving the Future communications coordinator. “Using social media and the Web, we will bring thousands of people into the ratification process as the Service minimizes its carbon footprint while expanding the circle of people engaged with the vision.”