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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.

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Broadcast Schedule

********Due to a technical problem, we were unable to broadcast the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Series on May 26. This program will be rescheduled for broadcast on June 1 at 2:00 pm ET. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please join the program on June 1 at 2:00pm Eastern Time.

June 1, 2016 Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Series: Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

Monarch conservation will require the involvement of the governments, non-government organizations, and citizens of all three North American countries. It will also require that limited resources are spent in ways that are most likely to help monarchs. Monarch biologists, habitat conservation practicioners, and landscape scientists have been meeting for over two years to create a blueprint for ensuring that monarch conservation strategies are based on our best available science. This group has worked to create a target for monarch population numbers that will minimize risks of extinction, develop regional priorities for habitat protection and restoration, and identify the most important risks to monarch populations. In this webinar, we'll summarize the work of the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, ending with concrete suggestions for local, regional, and continental action.

Presenters: Dr. Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota Monarch Lab; Ryan Drum, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Wayne Thogmartin, United States Geological Survey.

Karen Oberhauser is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. In 1996, she and graduate student Michelle Prysby started the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which engages hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. In 2013, Karen received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science.

Ryan Drum is a Landscape Ecologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. His work is focused on linking biological planning, conservation design, on-the-ground delivery, and monitoring to guide landscape-scale adaptive management in the Midwest-Great Lakes Region and beyond. Ryan serves as the USFWS co-lead for the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership and is also the Service lead for Trinational Monarch Conservation Science Partnership.

Wayne Thogmartin is a research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His research is generally focused on the statistical and mathematical ecology of rare and declining species. Current work involves developing continental-scale energetic-based models of migratory waterfowl, half-life and extinction risk calculations as a means of prioritizing species for conservation action, and calculating the value of a subpopulation to system dynamics to better understand the flow of ecosystem services as a function of migration. He is co-lead of the USGS Monarch Conservation Science Partnership.

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June 7-10, 2016 Time: See below. -- LiveStream Broadcast Link

Climate Change Practitioners Forum

Live broadcasts from the National Conservation Training Center, Byrd Auditorium. Hosted by USFWS Science Applications. Please refer to the agenda below for speaker topics and times. All listed times are Eastern.

Tuesday, June 7,       8:00am - 5:30pm Eastern
Wednesday, June 8  1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern
Thursday, June 9,      8:00am - 10:00am and 3:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern
Friday, June 10,        10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern

Agenda to be posted next week!



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