LEARN: Our workshops feature leading professionals and thinkers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and elsewhere.
Tuesday EARLY AFTERNOON Workshops | 1:30 – 3:00 pm
National Wildlife Refuges in the Ocean – Challenges and Opportunities
The panel will present examples of the unique challenges that they experience managing marine areas within the National Wildlife Refuge System and discuss how the National System of Marine Protected Areas is helping us to build partnerships to face these issues. The workshop will conclude with an open forum where the audience will share their marine-related issues and ideas for solutions.
Lead by: Bret Wolfe, Lauren Wenzel, Susan White, Anne Morkill, Steve Delehanty
Madison Ballroom A, Tuesday 1:30–3:00pm
Read the report: Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge – The Most Amazing Place You’ll Ever See
Read the report: Florida National Wildlife Refuge – The Challenges and Opportunities of Managing a Marine Refuge
Read the report: National Wildlife Refuges in the Ocean – Challenges and Opportunities
Read the report: Toward a Common Vision for Marine Conservation
Read the report: An Unprecedented Marine Conservation Initiative at Pacific Islands National Monuments
Challenges of Fire in the Urban Interface
The ability to use fire as a tool to protect and enhance crucial habitats near urbanized areas is becoming increasingly complex. Fire managers will share their perspective on the challenges, successes and lessons learned from prescribed fire activities on Refuges across the country. What are the errors that lead to failure and the keys to success in managing fire in the Wildland/ Urban Interface?
Lead by: Chris Wilcox, Glen Stratton, Lee Nelson
Madison Ballroom B, Tuesday 1:30–3:00pm
Read the report: Challenges of Fire in the Urban Interface
Learn how to set up a citizen science project on your Refuge including strategies for managers to market and create awareness of these projects. Overview of successful citizen science projects at local and national scales including BudBurst at the Refuges, which is a national citizen science project being customized for implementation at individual Refuges. Participants will leave with the tools needed to implement a citizen science project at their Refuge.
Lead by: Sandra Henderson, Barbara Volkle
Madison Ballroom C, Tuesday 1:30–3:00pm
Read the report:Citizen Science Programs – Connecting
People with Nature at the National Wildlife Refuges
Refuges Geospatial: Supporting the Mission
The panel will provide an overview of the major Refuge System geospatial initiatives – “geospatial” referring to data that is geographic and spatial in nature. This will be followed by a discussion with workshop attendees.
Lead by: Ron Salz, Todd Sutherland, David Drescher
Madison Ballroom D, Tuesday 1:30–3:00pm
Read the report: Birding Initiative Workshop
Read the report: Refuges Geospatial – Supporting the Mission
Tuesday LATE AFTERNOON Workshops | 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Friends: Advancing the Vision
Friends give an extraordinary amount of passion, energy, and resources to the National Wildlife Refuge System. How can the Refuge System tap into that passion and energy to help Advance the Vision? This interactive session will give participants the opportunity to help identify the role of Friends in advancing the Refuge System’s Vision and what’s next for Friends organizations.
Lead by: Greg Siekaniec, Evan Hirsche, Joanna Webb, Joan Patterson
Madison Ballroom A, Tuesday 3:30–5:00pm
Read the report: Friends: Advancing the Vision
Land Protection in the 21st Century
This workshop will help attendees define the principles of successful collaborative land protection and conservation strategies for the National Wildlife Refuge System and beyond, including methods of implementation for defensibly, objectively, and strategically achieving conservation and management objectives for the Refuge System and the USFWS.
Lead by: Heather Abbey, Grant Harris, Kris Metzger
Madison Ballroom B, Tuesday 3:30–5:00pm
Read the report: Land Protection for the 21st Century
Hiring the Next Generation
Participate in a discussion about the benefits of recruiting and building our next generation of conservation leaders. Participants will learn about upcoming policy changes giving you more efficient and effective ways to hire and retain youth, working effectively with partners, how to effectively market your youth programs to diverse audiences, and practical “on the ground” tips for hiring youth. Most importantly, there will be time for participants to offer their ideas on improving our youth hiring program policies, regulations, and support and training programs.
Lead by: Jay Slack, Jessie Cheek, Flip Hagood, Lamar Gore, Kevin Kilcullen
Madison Ballroom C, Tuesday 3:30–5:00pm
Read the report: Hiring the Next Generation
Green Tools for Refuges
Interested as to how you can be more “green” every day at your Refuge or in your community? Learn how to implement sustainable processes in your Refuge and some “take home” tips and tools for everyday “green” practices.
Lead by: Coby Bartram, Greg Owens, Kevin Cobble
Madison Ballroom D, Tuesday 3:30–5:00pm
Read the report: Solar and Wind Energy for Refuges
Read the report: Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems