Conservation Connect

Conservation Connect is a web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that aims to connect youth, ages 8-16, with the great outdoors & conservation careers. Check out episodes, resources, and lesson plans below.

Conservation Connect Overview

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Host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS describes NCTC's Conservation Connect series and uses the bald eagle and manatee episodes as examples.

 

American Bald Eagle

Eagles nesting at NCTC. Chelsea interviews Jim Siegel, Wildlife Biologist and Ornithologist, on the history and success of the American Bald Eagle.

 

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Bears

Host Tiana Jones talks with bear expert, Harry Spiker with the Maryland Natural Resource Department to learn some interesting things about black bears.

 

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Bats

White-nose bat syndrome Connecting with bats and the careers of people who study and try to help them. Hosted by Chelsea McKinney with Ann Froschauer, Science Communicator and Bat Specialist, USFWS and Leslie Sturges, Wildlife Rehabilitator.

 

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Black-footed Ferret

Black-footed ferret Chelsea McKinney visits the National Black Footed-Ferret Conservation Center and talks with Kimberly Frazer, USFWS Education Specialist. April 20, 2016.

 

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Bog Turtle

bog turtle Chelsea McKinney talks with Christine Peterson, Bog Turtle Researcher, in rural Maryland learning about the habitat of the bog turtle.

 

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Brook Trout

brook trout Join host Chelsea McKinney, USFWS to learn about brook trout with Fish Biologist and brook trout expert, Than Hitt, U.S. Geological Survey and expert stream conservation Keith Curley, Vice President, Trout Unlimited (TU). February 15, 2017.

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Cheat Mountain Salamander

Cheat Mountain Salamander Join ​Dawn Washington, and her kids, as they search ​for​ the secretive Cheat Mountain Salamander​. ​Learn how they track this ​endangered amphibian in the spruce mountains of West Virginia at Canaan Valley NWR.

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Condor

condor Meet Supervisory Biologist, Joseph Brandt, from Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, and discover the amazing California Condor success story and the latest technology that is used to track this huge and unmistakable endangered bird.

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Delmarva Fox Squirrel

Delmarva squirrel sitting on tree branch.

Chelsea interviews Dr. Carol Bocetti, Professor, California University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Cherry Keller, Geneticist, USFWS Chesapeake Bay Field Office. September 2014.

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Electrofishing

Students electrofishing Join host Chelsea McKinney interviewing fisheries biologist Alan Temple, US Fish and Wildlife Service explaining all about electrofishing.

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Humpback Chub

humpback chub Join host Chelsea McKinney and USFWS biologist, Mike Pillow as they helicopter into the Grand Canyon to learn about the endangered Humpback Chub fish.

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Junior Duck Stamp

duck stamps Join Chelsea McKinney and Lionel Grant, USFWS, MI Junior Duck Stamp Coord. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles to share what they have learned with others.

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Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement with confiscated items. Learning about special professional officers who work to protect the lives of animals by ensuring people do not illegally kill or poach them. Hosted by Chelsea McKinney, USFWS with Officer Gabe Harper, USFWS.
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Manatee

West Indian Manatee Ivan Vicente, Education Specialist, Crystal River NWR

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Migratory Bird

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Join host Louie Ocaranza along with Rachel Levin, USFWS Communications Coordinator as they talk about the birds, specifically the North American Migratory birds.

Milkweed

Monarch Butterfly with tag Join Conservation Connect Host Louie Ocaranza, Youth Host, Sarah Holley, and NCTC's Land Management, Casey Johnson while they discuss milkweed.  Why is it important?  Learn how you can plant and grow milkweed yourself!

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfies Meet Dr. Francis Villablanca, a professor at Cal Poly University, and learn about the amazing migration and life of the Monarch Butterfly, and the technology that is used to track these butterflies over thousands of miles.

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Monarch Tagging

Monarch Butterfly with tag Chelsea meets up with biologist Tracy McCleaf at the National Conservation Training Center to learn all about Monarch Butterfly migration. Youth host, Travis Weller, assists them with tagging a monarch butterfly.

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Mussels

hand holding mussel Every wonder about the biology of mussels? Meet Matthew Patterson a Mussel Biologist and learn about the exciting life that exists at the bottom of rivers and streams.

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Paddlefish

plane Join Conservation Connect Host Louie Ocaranza as he discusses a prehistoric fish, the paddlefish!  He will talk with Sam Stukel, USFWS Fisheries Biologist, Gavin's Point National Fish Hatchery.

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Pilot Biologist

plane Meet Steve Earsom, a Pilot Biologist from our Migratory Birds Program.

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Small Mammals

Small Mammals Join us at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico where Chelsea McKinney interviews Ariel Elliot a small Mammal Biologist and see what animals the desert provides habitat for.

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Sturgeon

West Indian Manatee Prehistoric creatures still swim below the surface of our nations rivers!  We get to meet one of those living dinosaurs, the pallid sturgeon, in this month's Conservation Connect Live broadcast.  Host, Louie Ocaranza, and fisheries biologist, Chris Hooley, take us into the world beneath the waves as we learn startling facts about a group of fish over 70-million years old.

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Wading Birds

pair of spoonbills Meet Toni Westland from Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida as she discusses the Roseate Spoonbill and the latest technology that is used to study wildlife at the Refuge.

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West Indian Manatee

West Indian Manatee Ivan Vicente, Education Specialist, Crystal River NWR

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