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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 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

Celebrate World Fish Migration Day with TNC

Thursday, October 22 | 1 pm

Join us for a virtual celebration of World Fish Migration Day—a one-day global celebration to raise awareness about the importance of free flowing rivers and migratory fish. The Nature Conservancy’s Chief External Affairs Officer Lynn Scarlett will be a part of panel discussion about the importance of migratory fish ecology, economy and people, hosted by Rivers Full of Fish.

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Plant Diversity Symposium (in partnership with The Native Plant Trust)

Thursday, October 29 | 9 am - 1 pm

Join us for the first-ever virtual symposium to unveil a new analysis of plant diversity in New England. It will delve into goals and strategies for conserving plant diversity in the face of development and climate change. Through multiple interactive digital formats, we will address what the new data analysis tells us about the current status of plant diversity, how it guides priorities for plant conservation and what approaches are being used to meet conservation goals. The Plant Diversity Symposium sheds new light on the intersection between plant conservation, land management and land protection. There is a fee for this event and all proceeds will go to support The Native Plant Trust. The fee is $48 for Native Plant Trust members and $60 for non-members. Spaces are limited.

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Global Land Protection Strategy with Dr. Jeffrey Parrish

Thursday, November 12 | 12 - 1 pm

Dr. Jeffrey Parrish, The Nature Conservancy’s Global Managing Director for Protect Oceans, Lands and Water, is responsible for TNC’s vision, ambition, and direction on efforts across all our geographies to protect terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity. Jeff will share TNC’s global strategy for protecting habitat, and discuss how innovative financing, radical partnership, and TNC’s work to collaborate with Indigenous people and communities can ensure resilient durable protection of nature on a warmer and more crowded planet. After his presentation, Jeff will answer your questions live.

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A Climate Conversation with WBZ-TV's Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher

Thursday, November 19 | 12 - 1 pm

Join us for a special Nature Connects webinar with WBZ-TV's chief meteorologist Eric Fisher. Eric says all the best science and research that we have indicate the globe is warming, and that humans are the main driver. He’ll discuss climate trends, the relationship between weather and climate, and the changes we’ve seen in Boston and New England weather and what they mean. 

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A Conversation with Mothers Out Front Co-founder Kelsey Wirth

Thursday, December 3 | 12 - 1 pm

Join us for a Nature Connects webinar with Mothers Out Front Co-founder Kelsey Wirth. Kelsey was inspired to start Mothers Out Front after becoming a mother and feeling despair about how climate change will impact her children’s lives. Struck by how few opportunities people had to meaningfully engage in addressing the problem, she set out to change this. Join us for a special conversation with Kelsey and the chance to ask your questions.

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Thaidene Nëné—How North America's New 6.5 Million Acre Protected Area Became a Reality

Thursday, December 10 | 12 - 1 pm

Join us for a Nature Connects webinar with Tracey Williams, Nature United's Northwest Territories Conservation Lead. Learn how The Nature Conservancy, along with its Canadian affiliate, Nature United, helped Thaidene Nëné become a reality by providing the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation with strategic, financial and technical support for over a decade. This support provided the First Nation with the resources to manage the land according to their values, a true gamechanger that enabled indigenous leadership to protect the 6.5 million-acre Thaidene Nëné, which includes Canada's newest national park.

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A Fundamental Strategy for Tackling Climate Change

Thursday, December 17 | 12 - 1 pm

Join TNC in Massachusetts’ Alison Bowden, conservation director of rivers, coasts and oceans, and Sara Burns, water resource scientist, for a conversation about nature-based solutions. In this webinar, Alison and Sara will discuss the types of nature-based solutions we’re working to implement and why they’re an important strategy for tackling climate change. You’ll hear about recent local projects and how we can make nature-based solutions a scalable strategy for the future.

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Past Webinars

Mental Health and Nature: A Conversation with NBC Sports' Trenni Kusnierek (10/15/20)

Trenni Kusnierek is an NBC Sports Boston anchor, nature lover and mental health advocate. She joined us to talk a bit about her day job covering Boston area sports, why she supports The Nature Conservancy and how she uses her platform to champion mental health awareness. The candid discussion also touched on how nature and mental health intersect and how industries and workplaces can better support mental health.

Recording coming soon. 

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

The Age of Nature is a three-part PBS documentary series that brings together inspirational contributors, rare archive material and stunning imagery from around the world, to give us a deeper understanding of nature and our place within it. It premiered on October 14, and TNC gave audiences a chance to be the first to watch an episode of Age of Nature, followed by a panel discussion in partnership with New England Public Media. Moderated by TNC in Massachusetts State Director Deb Markowitz, it featured TNC in Massachusetts' Alison Bowden and Executive Director of the Connecticut River Conservancy, Andrew Fisk, Ph.D.

Panel recording coming soon.

A Conversation on Ocean Protection with Vikki Spruill (10/8/20)

The New England Aquarium’s president and CEO Vikki Spruill is an advocate for the environment and believes we still have a chance to protect the ocean from the threats of climate change and biodiversity loss. Hear her thoughts on why climate change is the most important issue for our time and how it impacts on our oceans. Vikki also gives us an inside look at the Aquarium’s groundbreaking research and how their scientists are finding practical, science-based solutions to mitigate human impacts on our ocean. 

Recording coming soon.

Investing in Nature (8/13/20)

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. Andrew Tingley, director of communications for NatureVest, shares 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.

View recording here.

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

Hosted by TNC in Massachusetts State Director Deb Markowitz, Author Fred Rich and TNC's Chief External Affairs Officer Lynn Scarlett 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.

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

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody is Talking About (7/30/20)

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. Hear from TNC’s Senior Scientist and Strategy Advisor, Stephanie Wear about some of the innovative, out-of-the-box ways in which we can sustain ocean ecosystems for generations to come.

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

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