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!
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.
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.
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.
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.