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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 unless otherwise noted. 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

A Conversation with International Dark-Sky Association's Executive Director, Ruskin Hartley

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 12 - 1 pm

The sky and its daily rhythm of light and dark are essential to the ecosystems TNC is working hard to protect, and any stargazer can tell you about the awe-inspiring beauty of a clear night sky. Ruskin Hartley has spent his career directing and managing conservation programs that protect the nation’s land, water and ocean resources—from primeval forests to the iconic beaches of Southern California. In 2019, he became the Executive Director of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to bring his more than 20 years of conservation experience to guide IDA’s work to protect the night sky. Ruskin joins us for a conversation about the importance of dark-skies to wildlife, ecosystems, and human health, the actions IDA is taking to conserve the night sky, how it fits into the overall tapestry of conservation, and how you can help right here in Massachusetts.

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A Conversation with Secretary Katie Theoharides

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 12 - 1 pm

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Katie Theoharides has been a champion for bold climate change policies in Massachusetts. Thanks to her strategic vision, Massachusetts has played a nation-leading role in robust policies on climate change, conservation, and environmental justice. The Secretary and TNC have been uniquely aligned and collaborative in partnership fostering nature-based solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation. Secretary Theoharides joins us to chat about her top priorities as EEA Secretary, what inspires her passion for the environment, and what gives her hope for the future. 

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A Bold Experiment is Underway to Help the Desert’s “Skin”

Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 12 - 1 pm

Just centimeters off the ground, biocrust is the craggy, often dark or burnt-looking carpet stretching between shrubs and grasses in arid lands. It’s actually the desert’s skin—a community of lichens, mosses, and cyanobacteria that live on the soil surface of drylands. This complex community plays an astonishingly important role in sustaining the entire desert ecosystem, and also in protecting human health. Dr. Sasha Reed is a U.S. Geological Survey biogeochemist focused on understanding how Earth’s ecosystems work and how they respond to change.  She and the USGS, along with The Nature Conservancy, Northern Arizona University (NAU), and Rim to Rim Restoration, are attempting the world’s largest-scale cultivation of whole biocrust communities.  Dr. Reed will share an update on the project and answer all your questions about biocrust. 

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How to Sustain Healthier Forests in New England

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 12 - 1 pm

Our forests are our future. How we protect and manage them will have direct impacts on our air, water, and climate. Collective forest management decisions are one of the biggest opportunities to remove carbon pollution in the northeast, and a new guide released by TNC and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science details 10 ways we can increase the carbon benefits of hardwood forests in New England and New York. In this webinar, we’ll hear from TNC in Massachusetts forest ecologist Dr. Laura Marx and Richard Campbell of the American Forest Foundation about the science behind forest management, what to do if you’re a private landowner, and they’ll introduce a new program called the Family Forest Carbon Program.

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Recording Links for Past Webinars


1/20/22 | Recording coming soon: Offshore Wind Policy in New England with State Representative Jeffrey Roy

1/13/22 | Recording coming soon: A Conversation with Jen Benson, President of Alliance for Business Leadership

1/6/22 | Recording: An Update on TNC's Bog Turtle Research

12/9/21 | Recording: From Coast to Forest: A Journey to Mexico

12/2/21 | Recording: A Visit to Guatemala

11/18/21 | Recording: Salt Marshes on the Front Lines of Climate Change

11/4/21 | Recording: A Conversation with Conservation Law Foundation President Brad Campbell

10/28/21 | Recording: An Update on Martha's Vineyard

10/21/21 | Recording: Reptiles and Amphibians of Massachusetts 

9/30/21 | Recording: Building Relationships with Your Elected Officials

9/23/21 | Recording: Celebrating Latinidad Heritage Month

9/16/21 | Recording: Partnering to Preserve the Belize Maya Forest

9/9/21 | Recording: Ask Me Anything with Deb Markowitz

8/19/21 | Recording: The Emerald Edge and The Seacoast Trust: A Just and Equitable Transition from Old-Growth Logging

8/12/21 | Recording: Bristol Bay: A Natural Wonder in Peril

8/5/21 | Recording: A Not-So-Boring History of Conservation

7/29/21 | Recording: A Conversation with Jocelyn Forbush, Acting President and CEO of The Trustees

7/15/21 | Recording: A Conversation with Mass Audubon President David O'Neill

7/8/21 | Recording: A River's Report Card

6/24/21 | Recording: The Museum of Science and Northeastern Tackle Climate Change

6/17/21 | Recording: A Path to Clean Energy

6/16/21 | Recording: Conservation in Partnership with Indigenous Peoples 

6/3/21 | Recording: How Art Can Document the Impacts of Climate Change

5/27/21 | Recording: Living Shorelines - A Nature-Based Solution for Coastal Resilience

5/13/21 | Recording: Gaining Ground: Protecting Climate-Ready Landscapes 

4/29/21 | Recording: A Virtual Tour of Spring Ephemerals 

4/15/21 | Recording: Renewable Energy Siting in New England 

4/13/21 | Recording: Building a Workforce for Green Infrastructure 

4/8/21 | Recording: How TNC is Helping Oyster Farmers Impacted by the Pandemic 

3/25/21 | Recording: Nature and the Land with Art Curator Maggie North 

3/18/21 | Recording: How Photography Inspires Conservation 

3/11/21 | Recording: Soil Health Technology and Innovation 

3/4/21 | Recording: Forests are Essential for Meeting the Climate Challenge 

2/25/21 | Recording: A Conversation about the Amazon 

2/18/21 | Recording: Building a Roadmap for Climate Policy in Massachusetts 

2/11/21 | Recording: Boston's Emerald Necklace - Park System, Connector and Flood Protector 

2/10/21 | Recording: Preserving the Most Resilient Lands

1/21/21 | Recording: A Journey to Understand Climate Change

1/14/21 | Recording: How to Save Right Whales from Extinction 

1/7/21 | Recording: Moose and Bears in Massachusetts, Oh My! 

12/17/20 | Recording: A Fundamental Strategy for Tackling Climate Change

12/10/20 | Recording: Thaidene Nëné - How North America's New 6.5 Million Acre Protected Area Became a Reality

12/3/20 | Recording: A Conversation with Mothers Out Front Co-founder Kelsey Wirth (audio only)

12/1/20 | Recording: PBS' The Age of Nature Virtual Panel

11/19/20 | Recording: A Climate Conversation with WBZ-TV's Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher 

11/12/20 | Recording: Global Land Protection Strategy with Dr. Jeffrey Parrish

10/29/20 | Recording: TNC and the Native Plant Trust Present the Plant Diveristy Symposium

10/22/20 | Recording: Celebrate World Fish Migration Day with TNC

10/15/20 | Recording: Mental Health and Nature - A Conversation with NBC Sports' Trenni Kusnierek

10/13/20 | Recording: A Sneak Peek of PBS's Age of Nature with TNC and New England Public Media

10/8/20 | Recording: A Conversation on Ocean Protection with Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of The New England Aquarium

8/13/20 | Recording: Investing in Nature to Safeguard Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change

8/6/20 | Recording: Tackling Climate Change: A Conversation with Fred Rich and Lynn Scarlett

You can also watch the archived live stream on The Nature Conservancy's Facebook page

7/30/20 | Recording: The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody is Talking About

You can also watch the archived live stream on The Nature Conservancy's Facebook page

7/21/20 | Recording: Why Shellfish Growers are Urging Climate Action

7/16/20 | Recording: A Remarkable Restoration at Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge

7/9/20 | Recording: Behind the Scenes - Conserving Iconic Lands

6/25/20 | Recording: A Day in the Life of Turtle Tracking

6/18/20 | Recording: Can Nature Help Us Fight Climate Change?

6/11/20 | Recording: Helping Communities Adapt to Climate Change

6/4/20 | Recording: Stewarding a Unique Habitat on Martha's Vineyard

5/21/20 | Recording: Creating a Better Future for Fish and Our Oceans

5/14/20 | Recording: The Wildness of New England 

5/6/20 | Recording: Scaling from Local to Global in Asia-Pacific 

4/28/20 | Recording: Why American Elms Matter

4/23/20 | Recording: The Nature Conservancy's Africa Program

4/16/20 | Recording: Shellfish Aquaculture Could Help Both People and Nature

3/26/20 | Recording: A Chat with New State Director Deb Markowitz

3/19/20 | Recording: Forests Awaken in Spring