Conservation Training Network Broadcasts

Live Broadcasts

Broadcasts are delivered online via the Livestream platform from the Conservation Training Network studio located on the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) campus near Shepherdstown, WV. Channel 1 is our main Livestream player. Channel 2 is our backup player.

NCTC Channel 2

NCTC Live Broadcast - Channel 2

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If you have questions during a broadcast for your presenter, please use the Livestream chat room, or email your questions to broadcast@fws.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: All broadcast times listed are  EASTERN TIME. (adjust for your time zone)

If you have technical problems, e-mail broadcast@fws.gov or call 304-876-7666. Provide your name and location.

Please use the Livestream chat room for content questions to the instructor.

Broadcast Schedule - Channel 1

March 4, 2015 - Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Environmental Education Update: "Hands On The Land"

Our March 4th webcast will feature “Hands on the Land” (HOL), a network of 120 distinct partnerships between five Federal land management agency sites and local schools focused on promoting educational excellence. HOL provides students across America with hands-on learning in natural and cultural settings, and is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). USFWS currently counts 13 site-school partnerships among the total. Presenters include Josh Falk, Education Program Officer, NEEF and Maria Arnold, USFWS Youth Program Specialist, NCTC. Host: Michelle Donlan, NCTC.

Audience: Project managers, resource managers, visitor services professionals, park rangers, educators, outdoor recreational planners, and anyone whose resource management efforts would be enhanced or supported by youth initiatives.

The Environmental Education Update series (OUT8047), presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education Outreach staff, features current environmental education topics and highlights upcoming courses offered by NCTC and our partners. This is also an opportunity to share the various environmental education resources and training opportunities that are available to USFWS employees and to network with colleagues and partners.

View Training Announcement.

Contact: Michelle_Donlan@fws.gov


March 5, 2015 - Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

“The Power of One Voice” A Fifty Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson

Conservationists in Action Series- The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Mark Dixon, Filmmaker, "The Power of One Voice"; Linda Lear, Ph.D. Author, Rachel Carson Biographer; and Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D. Rachel Carson Scholar.


March 5, 2015 - Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Snows of the Nile: Uganda’s Equatorial Glaciers and Climate Change

Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Scientist & Filmmaker Nate Dappen, Ph.D.


March 11, 2015 - Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

From Billions to None: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with David Blockstein, Ph.D. Scientist, National Council for Science & the Environment; David Mrazek, Filmmaker “From Billions to None”; Joel Greenberg, Author “A Feathered River Across the Sky” 


March 11, 2015 - Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Mapping the Blue: The World’s Largest Marine Park

Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Alison Barrat, Filmmaker, Living Oceans Foundation and Sam Purkis, Ph.D. Oceanographer, National Coral Reef Institute


March 18, 2015 - Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Saving the Places We Love 

Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Ned Tillman, Author of “Saving the Places We Love” and “The Chesapeake Watershed”.


March 18, 2015 - Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Black-Footed Ferret Recovery: A Conservation Success Story
Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Pete Gober, the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Coordinator for the USFWS. 


March 19, 2015 - Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

The Monarch of the Americas: Chasing, Saving and Understanding our Most Iconic Insect

Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Butterfly Expert & Author, Robert Michael Pyle.

ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE was born on July 19, 1947 in Denver and raised in nearby Aurora, Colorado. His B.S. in Nature Perception and Protection (1969) and M.S. in Nature Interpretation (1973) from the University of Washington were followed in 1976 by a Ph.D. from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In 1971, during a Fulbright Fellowship at the Monks Wood Experimental Station in England, Pyle founded the Xerces Society for invertebrate conservation, and later chaired its Monarch Project. Bob has worked as an assistant curator at Yale's Peabody Museum, as a butterfly conservation consultant for Papua New Guinea, Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, and guest professor or writer at Portland State, University of Alaska, Evergreen State, and Lewis & Clark College. He has lectured for scientific, literary, and general audiences in many cities and countries, taught numerous field courses and creative writing seminars, been on the faculties of Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory as well as participating in the Port Townsend, Pacific Northwest, Sitka, and Desert writing conferences, and has appeared on NPR's E-Town. He received a 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. In 1979, Pyle moved from Portland, Oregon to the rural community of Gray's River, on a tributary of the Lower Columbia in far southwest Washington. It was a deliberate migration, in the Thoreauvian sense, toward the requisite setting for confronting life's bare essentials and to see what effect that may have on the creative act of writing. As Michael Pearsonhas commented: "For a man trained in natural history, science, and conservation much more than in literature, the transformation from scientist into full-time writer was a daring step into terra incognita, a metamorphosis reminiscent of the butterflies he studies." As a professional writer, Pyle has published hundreds of papers, essays, stories, and poems in many magazines and journals in addition to 14 books


Retirement Planning for Federal Employees -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

CSRS programsMarch 24, 26 & 27 (Tues/Thurs/Fri)
FERS programsMarch 25, 26 & 27 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
12:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Each Day

Training on Retirement Planning at your Desktop

NCTC is pleased to offer these excellent retirement planning training opportunities that are free and accessible from your office computer. These courses are made possible by a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service & the National Park Service. Please note: Recording is restricted, viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during the live broadcast times, a time-limited online video recording will be made available, between March 30 – April 6, 2015. We will e-mail a confidential link to registered participants on March 30, 2015.

March 24, 26 & 27 - Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees
This is a 3-day, 13.5-hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform.
Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone)
http://www.onlineconversion.com/timezone.php

This class is designed for Civil Service employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help them better understand federal benefits & make informed retirement & financial decisions.

Day 1 - Tuesday, March 24: CSRS Retirement Planning Benefits, 12:00-4:30 p.m. ET

Topics include Retirement Eligibility, Annuity Computations, Survivor Benefits, Credit for Civilian Service (Refunded Service/Non-deduction Service), Credit for Military Service/Post-56 Deposits, CSRS Offset Benefits

Day 2 – Thursday, March 26: Other Federal Benefits, 12:00-4:30 p.m. ET

Topics include Retirement Application Process, Annuity Commencing Dates, Insurance Programs (FEHB/Medicare/FEGLI), TSP-Withdrawal Options, Social Security Benefits

Day 3 – Friday, March 27: Financial Planning for Retirement, 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Topics include Assessing Retirement Readiness, Setting Goals, Appropriate Use of Debt, Housing Choices/Mortgage Considerations/Reverse Mortgages, Allocation of TSP and Other Assets, Traditional and Roth IRAs, Life Insurance, Long Term Insurance, Estate Planning Documents and Strategies.

DOI Learn Registration for CSRS: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=230897#

Last Day to Register: March 27, 2015 at 12:30 PM ET

Participant Guide: Will be posted one week prior to class start.

Interaction: During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via the chat room built into the Livestream video player. Or, e-mail questions to: broadcast@fws.gov

“Listen Only” phone line: 866-657-9049 Passcode: 7220998 (use this line only if you do not have online access)

March 25, 26 & 27 - Retirement Planning for FERS Employees
This is a 3-day, 13.5-hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform.
Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone)
http://www.onlineconversion.com/timezone.php

This class is designed for FERS employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help them better understand their federal benefits and make informed retirement and financial decisions.

Day 1 - Wednesday, March 25: FERS Retirement Planning Benefits, 12:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

Topics include FERS Overview& Retirement Eligibility, Credit for Service (Unused Sick Leave, Non deduction Service, Military Service), Annuity Computations/Retiree Annuity Supplement, Survivor Benefits, CSRS/FERS Transfer Benefits

Day 2 - Thursday, March 26: Other Federal Benefits, 12:00-4:30 p.m. ET

Topics include Retirement Application Process, Annuity Commencing Dates, Insurance Programs (FEHB/Medicare/FEGLI), TSP-Withdrawal Options, Social Security Benefits

Day 3 - Friday, March 27: Financial Planning for Retirement, 12:00-4:30 p.m. ET

Topics include Assessing Retirement Readiness, Setting Goals, Appropriate Use of Debt, Housing Choices/Mortgage Considerations/Reverse Mortgages, Allocation of TSP and Other Assets, Traditional and Roth IRAs, Life Insurance, Long Term Insurance, Estate Planning Documents and Strategies.

DOI Learn Registration for FERS:
https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=230497#

Last Day to Register: March 27, 2015 at 12:30 PM ET

Participant Guide: Will be posted one week prior to class start.

Interaction: During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via the chat room built into the Livestream video player. Or, e-mail questions to: broadcast@fws.gov

“Listen Only” phone line: 866-657-9049 Passcode: 7220998 (use this line only if you do not have online access)

Additional Information for both CSRS & FERS Retirement Planning Broadcasts:

Each individual should register, including those who will request the time limited recorded sessions for March 30 – April 6, 2015. You will get an e-mail when the participant guide becomes available, get transcript credit, and will be informed (by e-mail) of any last minute changes to the agenda. The participant guide will be posted one week prior to the broadcast. It will be 200+ pages, so we suggest pre-printing front/back. Pre-printing the participant guide is recommended as this will be a convenient way to take notes and jot down questions.

NCTC broadcasts delivered via the Livestream platform are available on any internet connected desktop computer. If more than two or three persons are participating from your office, we suggest that you work with your IT staff to setup a group viewing area or“distance learning classroom”. This will conserve your office bandwidth and result in a better viewing experience for all participants. For details, please see How to Create a Distance Learning Classroom and Livestream Viewing Tips.


April 16, 2015 - Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Monarch Research Update (working title)

Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Professor Lincoln P. Brower, Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College, VA.

Support

Contacts

  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-876-7666
    Please Note: The studio control room is staffed only on scheduled broadcast days. If you need assistance, call one of the staff listed below.

  • Randy Robinson, Instructional Television / Studio Coordinator, randy_robinson@fws.gov; 304-876-7450
  • Mark Chesna, Video Support, mark_chesna@fws.gov; 304-876-7342
  • Rhonda Miller, Web Support, rhonda_miller@fws.gov; 304-876-7325
  • DOI Learn Registration Support; nctc_training@fws.gov; 304-876-7692

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