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The J.T. Nickel Preserve comprises 17,000 acres of exceptional beauty and environmental value.
J.T. Nickel Family Preserve The J.T. Nickel Preserve comprises 17,000 acres of exceptional beauty and environmental value. © 2015 David Joshua Jennings

Overview

Join us at lunchtime for an interactive, virtual gathering at our Nature Connects Us webinar series. It’s a chance to hear from our leading scientists and conservation experts about tackling climate change and protecting land, water and oceans to create a sustainable future for people and nature.

Register for upcoming webinars at the links below. All webinars are at 12 pm central time. You must register to attend—information for joining the webinars via Zoom will be provided upon registering. 


Upcoming Webinar Dates & Topics

Myths & Truths: Let's Talk Sssnakes!
June 30, 2021 | 12pm CT

You likely either love them or fear them. But whether you avoid them on the trail or have one at home, snakes provide a valuable service to nature on land and even in the water.

On this episode of the Nature Connects Us webinar series we’re talking with Jeanine Lackey, Preserve Manager for the Arbuckle Plains and resident snake expert, to bust myths and dispel misconceptions about our shifting, slithering friends.

Don’t understand snake behavior? We’re talking about it. Curious about their species history and habits? We’re covering it. Join us to get up close with a few snakes that call Pontotoc Ridge Preserve home.

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A Tale of Two States and A Love for Sea Turtles
August 18, 2021 | 12pm CT

Yes, they’re cute. Especially when they’re tiny and waddling from sand to sea where they begin their long life (up to 50 years) riding the currents of the ocean. But the journey down the beach can be perilous. Habitat fragmentation, climate change and ocean pollution are threatening sea turtle’s ability to thrive and maintain healthy populations. In fact, most species of turtles, Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley and Green sea turtles are federally listed as threatened or endangered.

To protect these majestic creatures, The Nature Conservancy in Florida began the Sea Turtle Rescue Program in the 1980s. In this webinar you’ll meet Sarah Martin, Program Lead for the rescue program at Blowing Rocks Preserve, who knows that when it comes to sea turtles, a little bit of help can make a big difference. And that’s where Pam O’Halloran comes in. Pam is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and each year she spends several months in Florida assisting in sea turtle research, education and conservation.

From the expansive Great Plains to the pristine shores of Florida, see what one Oklahoman and The Nature Conservancy are doing to save sea turtles!

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Great for classrooms and watch-parties with family and friends, see the recordings of these in-depth webinars straight from the conservation experts by clicking on the topic titles below.

Man sitting on a horse atop a hill looking over a prescribed fire with overlaid text that reads "1 Million Acres Burned."
Nature Connects Us Prescribed fire is a critical conservation tool for grasslands management. © Kevin Sink

1 Million Acres Burned in Osage County with Bob Hamilton

Since 1993, The Nature Conservancy has been utilizing “good fire” as a conservation tool to restore the tallgrass prairie ecosystem at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska, OK. Utilizing a “patch-burn” model approach, staff have burned over one million acres in Osage County by conducting prescribed burns on the 40,000-acre preserve, as well as partnering with neighboring landowners to assist in the burning of their property. Meet Burn Bob and learn how prescribed burns on and off the preserve are helping Osage County thrive!

Key Take-Aways

  • Since 1993, The Nature Conservancy has burned more than one million acres in Osage County, OK at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and on neighboring lands helping to restore a fully functioning portion of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. 
  • Known as “good fire," prescribed burns not only help increase biodiversity, but they also help mitigate the negative impacts of wildfires by reducing fuel load on the prairie. 
  • Want your property to flourish from prescribed burns? Great news! There are funding and technical assistance programs out there to help you burn. Contact your local county conservation district and your local prescribed burn association.
Close-up of bison herd beginning to stampede into the corrals with overlaid text that reads "Bison Roundup at Tallgrass."
Nature Connects Us The bison herd is roundup each fall to receive vaccinations and a general health check-up. © Going West Productions

Bison Roundup at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve with Harvey Payne

Live from the corrals at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska, OK, take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to roundup over 2,500 bison. Each fall, the bison herd receives annual vaccinations, weight checks and are treated for a variety of parasites and disease. Not only is this event an opportunity to check the adult animals, it is also the first look at all the bison calves that were born earlier in the spring. Listen to our very own bison expert Harvey Payne and learn how the annual Bison Roundup ensures a healthy herd and a healthy prairie.

Key Take-Aways

  • Bison and fire shaped the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Because of this, bison serve a critical role in restoring and protecting the tallgrass prairie – one of the most endangered and threatened landscapes on the planet.
  • The Nature Conservancy has 12 bison herds in the U.S., totaling more than 6,000 bison - 2,500 of which are at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska, OK, the largest TNC bison herd.
  • We can’t build more land. We can’t grow more water. We need your voice to help speak up for nature. Take action to help save our planet and ensure bison and other wildlife continue thriving at protected places like the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

Binge Watch Past Episodes

Did you miss a webinar? Have no fear! You can watch a recording of all past webinars on our Youtube channel.