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!
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.
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.
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.
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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