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Nature Connects Webinar Series


Join TNC in Massachusetts for bi-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

Stewarding a Unique Habitat on Martha's Vineyard

Thursday, June 4 | 12 - 1 pm EDT

Did you know that Massachusetts—and specifically the island of Martha’s Vineyard—is home to some of the last remaining sandplain grassland habitats in the world? Journey to this unique ecosystem with Mike Whittemore, land steward for TNC in Massachusetts, for a closer look at what makes these grasslands so special and rare. You’ll learn 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.

Register today!

Helping Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Thursday, June 11 | 12 - 1 pm EDT

Sara Burns, water resource scientist for TNC in Massachusetts, and Adam Whelchel, director of science for TNC in Connecticut, will 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. 

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Can Nature Help Us Fight Climate Change?

Thursday, June 18 | 12 – 1 pm EDT

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, joins 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.

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A Day in the Life of Turtle Tracking

Thursday, June 25 | 12 – 1 pm EDT

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, will share stories about days spent wading through bogs in search of nesting, basking and foraging turtles. She will be joined by Mike Jones, state herpetologist at MassWildlife, to answer your questions about this umbrella species.

Registration link coming soon.

Past Webinars

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