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Nature Connects Webinar Series


Join TNC in Massachusetts for weekly lunchtime virtual gatherings as part of our Nature Connects webinar series. It’s a chance to hear from our leading scientists and environmental experts about tackling climate change, protecting land and water, and providing food and water sustainably.

Register for upcoming webinars at the links listed under each event below. All webinars are at 12 pm EDT. You must register to attend—information for joining the webinars via Zoom will be provided upon registering. 

You can also watch previous webinar recordings at the links listed on the next tab!

Upcoming Webinars

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody is Talking About

Thursday, July 30 | 12 – 1 pm EDT

The ocean is vast. It is deep. Standing on the shore, it may seem to go on forever. This misconception has led to the ocean being used as a dumping ground. TNC in Massachusetts brings you the unique opportunity to hear from TNC’s Senior Scientist and Strategy Advisor, Stephanie Wear. She will share some of the innovative, out-of-the-box ways in which we can sustain ocean ecosystems for generations to come.

Register today!

*This webinar will also be live streamed on The Nature Conservancy's Facebook page.

Tackling Climate Change: A Conversation with Fred Rich and Lynn Scarlett

Thursday, August 6 | 12 – 1 pm EDT

Join us for a special conversation about advancing climate action in the next decade. Author Fred Rich and TNC's Chief External Affairs Officer Lynn Scarlett will discuss the need for dialogue and bipartisan support as we chart the course toward a sustainable planet. Nature plays a critical role in sustaining our health, our livelihoods, and our well-being. Nature needs a diversity of voices to care for it so it can care for us.

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Investing in Nature

Thursday, August 13 | 12 – 1 pm EDT

NatureVest, TNC’s conservation investing unit, seeks to transform the way we protect nature. Working with conservation collaborators around the world, the program helps source and structure investment products that support TNC’s mission. Join Andrew Tingley, director of communications for NatureVest, to learn how TNC is safeguarding biodiversity in the face of climate change by protecting 253,000 acres of central Appalachian forests and how upfront philanthropy is providing debt relief for island nations and unlocking $1.6 billion for ocean conservation.

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Additional webinars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Past Webinars

Why Shellfish Growers are Urging Climate Action (7/21/20)

The effects of climate change are touching down in communities around the world, including those of shellfish growers, who make their living farming from the sea, and whose businesses form the backbone of their coastal communities. Growers from across the United States have come together in partnership with TNC to form the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition. Steve Kirk, coastal program manager for TNC in Massachusetts, hosts a conversation with Sally McGee, New England marine program director, and a few members of the coalition, to explore the impacts on their industry and why that’s led them to urge climate action.

View recording here.

A Remarkable Restoration (7/16/20)

TNC and partners have spent the last three years restoring the natural floodplains along the Connecticut River at the Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge in Springfield, Massachusetts. TNC's Karen Lombard, director of stewardship, Markelle Smith, landscape partnership manager, and Christian Marks, floodplain ecologist, shared the ups and downs of restoration, from planting thousands of trees and managing invasive species, to improving water flow and enhancing wildlife habitat. They were also joined by Dave Sagan, wildlife refuge specialist for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, for a live virtual tour of the Stebbins Refuge.

View recording here.

Behind the Scenes: Conserving Iconic Lands (7/9/20)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the most important conservation program you haven’t heard of – conserving iconic federal lands like the Cape Cod National Seashore, Minute Man National Historical Park, and Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge; as well as countless state and local parks, ballfields, and playgrounds. We were joined by Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02), a champion of LWCF in Congress, for opening remarks, then, Emily Myron, government relations specialist, shared the story of the effort to make this program permanent, and Markelle Smith, landscape partnership manager, shared her work with a coalition of partner organizations who have used LWCF funding to help realize the vision of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

View recording here.

A Day in the Life of Turtle Tracking (6/25/20)

Hidden away in the wetlands of Western Massachusetts, a small-but-mighty bog turtle population is stabilizing—thanks to TNC and partners’ ongoing study of the endangered species and careful management of their habitat. Angela Sirois-Pitel, stewardship manager for TNC in Massachusetts, and Mike Jones, state herpetologist at MassWildlife, share stories about days spent wading through bogs in search of nesting, basking and foraging turtles.

View recording here.

Can Nature Help Us Fight Climate Change? (6/18/20)

How to solve climate change is not a mystery—we at TNC know that there are three actions we need to take to ensure our planet’s future: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, remove emissions already in the air, and adapt to the changes we’re seeing because of those emissions. When it comes to removing emissions, we have a great tool available: nature. Laura Marx, forest ecologist with TNC in Massachusetts, joined us to share the power forests, wetlands and farms have to pull carbon pollution from the air and how protecting, restoring and effectively managing these landscapes will put us on a path toward a more prosperous future.

View recording here.

Helping Communities Adapt to Climate Change (6/11/20)

Sara Burns, water resource scientist for TNC in Massachusetts, and Adam Whelchel, director of science for TNC in Connecticut, give an overview of the Community Resilience Building process and how it is being put into action across New England and beyond. They've been helping communities across both states identify potential hazards and climate change impacts to better prioritize their responses. 

View recording here.

Stewarding a Unique Habitat on Martha's Vineyard (6/4/20)

Journey to the unique sandplain grassland habitats of Martha's Vineyard with Mike Whittemore, land steward for TNC in Massachusetts, for a closer look at what makes these grasslands so special and rare. Mike chats about TNC’s work to restore native grasses to lands we manage, our research into best techniques for restoration (including controlled burns!) and how we work with conservation partners on the Island to make it all happen.

View recording here.

Creating a Better Future for Fish and Our Oceans (5/21/20)

Chris McGuire, marine program director for TNC in Massachusetts, discusses how he’s helping to pioneer electronic monitoring technology with local fishermen, tracking cod populations, and addressing climate change, and how collaboration results in better outcomes for both the fishing community's livelihood and the environment. 

View recording here.

The Wildness of New England (5/14/20)

Tom Rogers, wildlife biologist and associate director of philanthropy for TNC in Vermont, took us on an exploration of New England’s wild side—its beauty and its wildlife. Immerse yourself in images, sounds, and stories that shape our seasons via a photographic journey of nature that celebrates the birds, moose, frogs, rivers, mountains, and waterfalls that characterize our outdoor experiences. 

View recording here.

The Nature Conservancy in Asia-Pacific (5/6/20)

Jack Hurd, regional managing director for TNC's Asia-Pacific Division discussed TNC's conservation work in the region and how we are scaling from local to global to ensure a sustainable future, from aquaculture programs to climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. 

View recording here.

Why American Elms Matter (4/28/20)

 TNC forest ecologist Christian Marks discuss TNC’s quest to restore American elms in New England and why this is good news for our floodplain forests, as well as our urban communities.

View recording here.

The Nature Conservancy's Africa Program (4/23/20)

Matt Brown, regional managing director of TNC’s Africa program, gives an overview of TNC’s work across seven countries in Africa, from working alongside local communities to effectively manage grasslands to exploring new fisheries management strategies. He also discusses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region and conservation efforts.

View recording here.

Shellfish Aquaculture Could Help Both People and Nature (4/16/20)

Steve Kirk, coastal program manager for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts and Chris Sherman, president of Island Creek Oysters, discuss the ways in which shellfish aquaculture is a tremendous opportunity to provide sustainable seafood for people while also having a positive impact on the environment.

View recording here.

A Chat with New State Director Deb Markowitz (3/26/20)

Massachusetts State Director, Deb Markowitz, talks about her passion for nature, why she feels optimistic about tackling climate change and where she hopes to take the chapter going forward.

View recording here.


Forests Awaken (3/19/20)

Andy Finton, landscape conservation director for TNC in Massachusetts, shares what spring in New England's forests means for nature and human well-being. 

View recording here