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  • February 09, 2022 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    This two-part lecture will take place on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education Auditorium, Shepherdstown, WV.

    The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia will present two talks on actions for climate resiliency and forest conservation in West Virginia and the Appalachians. The lectures are as follows: "Restoring an Iconic West Virginia Ecosystem: Status and Outlook for High Elevation Forests in West Virginia with Mike Powell" (5 p.m. EST) and "Resiliency in Appalachia: Conservation, Climate and Community Actions with Thomas Minney" (7 p.m. EST).

    Both presentations are free and open to the public (masks required) at the Robert C. Byrd Center Auditorium or you may RSVP to receive a link for virtual attendance.

    Mike Powell is director of lands for The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, where he manages a portfolio of conserved lands, including a network of nature preserves and conservation easements. He has been principally interested in restoration of the red spruce ecosystem since joining the Conservancy in 2006.

    Thomas Minney, a Shepherd graduate, has been the state director of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia since 2015. He has worked closely with private landowners, industry, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, researchers, scientists, energy industry partners, and others to identify, prioritize, protect, and restore the Central Appalachians and West Virginia’s natural resources.

  • February 02, 2022 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    Join NCTC host, FWS Historian Dr. Mark Madison, and his guests; Maime Parker, Ariel Elliott, and Lois Johnson-Mead for this special Martin Luther King Day broadcast, from the NCTC studio.

    Throughout "Working Towards the Dream - Past, Present & Future", the panelists will be taking a look at Dr. Martin Luther King's contributions to the civil rights movement, as well as his conservation efforts. They'll also discuss the legacy of other African American conservationists using original film clips and archival objects to enhance their discussion.

  • January 31, 2022 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    Take a moment to listen to USFWS/NCTC Thoughts From Home: Your Conservation Podcasts from the National Conservation Training Center. 

    Located along the Potomac River in historic Shepherdstown, WV and home to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, follow each episode as they talk with experts, authors, and a variety of other guests to bring you the most up-to-date information, events, and happenings at the National Conservation Training Center. 

  • January 31, 2022 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    This website documents the rich history of conservation in the United States. The Conservation History Timeline offers an interactive journey into that important history, beginning in 20,000 B.C. and stretching into the modern era. The Conservation Heroes page pulls highlights from that timeline to present multimedia biographies of several icons of the American conservation movement. The Conservationists in Action page includes YouTube videos of past interviews about Wildlife, Environmental History, Environmental Arts, and Environmental Education.

  • January 13, 2022 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    On Thursday February 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) Author and wildland firefighter Kevin Brown will present “The Devils Hole Pupfish: Survival, Extinction, and Environmental History in the US West” online on the National Conservation Training Center Livestream at

    The Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is an endangered fish species confined to one small habitat east of Death Valley, in southern Nevada. Despite its small range and population size—which has never been more than a few hundred individuals—this species has been a frequent subject of scientific study since the early twentieth century. The Devils Hole pupfish also became one of the first controversial endangered species of the modern environmental era, with “Save the Pupfish” and “Kill the Pupfish” bumper stickers circulating around Nevada in the 1970s. Kevin Brown uses tools from environmental history to examine the pupfish’s past and explore what the species’ recent history can tell us about survival and extinction.

    Kevin C. Brown is the author of Devils Hole Pupfish: The Unexpected Survival of an Endangered Species in the Modern American West (University of Nevada Press, 2021). He earned his PhD in history at Carnegie Mellon University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Brown first began writing about the Devils Hole pupfish while working as a researcher for the American Society for Environmental History and Death Valley National Park. He currently works as a wildland firefighter in California.

    This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is cosponsored by The Friends of the NCTC ( 

    For more information, please contact Mark Madison (304-876-7276; or visit

  • January 27, 2021 8:12 PM | Anonymous

    The NCTC Conservation Lecture Series

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    Author, naturalist and Clemson University Wildlife Ecology Professor J. Drew Lanham gives an overview of his book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.
    Professor Lanham’s presentation describes a black naturalist’s improbable journey in a largely white field.
    A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall. 

  • November 17, 2020 8:05 PM | Anonymous

    The NCTC Conservationists in Action Series

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    Join guests Katie Julian, Ed Britton, John Howe and NCTC host Randy Robinson for a discussion on how webcams have become a new and important tool for wildlife conservation. Partnerships and Friends Groups are key to keeping thirty webcams running on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sites nationwide. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge stretches over 200 river miles and has six webcams that offer many different views of nesting and migrating wildlife. This refuge is a great example of the power of partnerships to enhance public enjoyment and appreciation of wildlife through innovative technology. During the first hour, we’ll meet Katie, Ed, and John as we discuss some of the history and background of their webcam projects. In the second hour, we’ll take a visual tour of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge to learn how friends' groups and partnerships have made wildlife viewing more accessible to all.   
    Katie Julian is Visitor Services Specialist at the La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
    Ed Britton is Wildlife Refuge Manager for the Savanna District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
    John Howe is Executive Director of the Raptor Resource Project and has developed nest cam programs worldwide.

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