Videos and Webinars


Human Dimensions in Bird Conservation Webinar Series: 

The bird conservation community has increasingly recognized that conserving birds fundamentally involves humans. However, how and when these human dimensions should be integrated in conservation efforts is less clear. Luckily, the number of success stories where social science has been utilized to conserve birds has been steadily increasing along with social science capacity and expertise. In order to continue this social science integration, The Bird Conservation Plans Partnerships' Unified Science Team (UST), has partnered with Human Dimensions (HD) representatives from North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a human dimensions in bird conservation webinar series. The goal of this series is to increase awareness and understanding of HD within the bird conservation community by providing an overview of current human dimensions efforts.


Introduction to Human Dimensions in Bird Conservation. (Part 1 of 3) 

                • Recorded February 2018
                • Duration 56:01
                • Part 1 of the Human Dimensions in Bird Conservation Webinar Series
                • Webinar #1: Introduction to HD in Bird Conservation - Learn more about why HD is important to bird conservation and current efforts to increase HD knowledge, capacity, and integration within the bird conservation community.

Incorporating HD into Conservation Planning (Part 2 of 3)  

                • Recorded March 2018
                • Duration 1:03
                • Part 2 of the Human Dimensions in Bird Conservation Webinar Series
                • Webinar #2: Incorporating HD into Conservation Planning - Discover how HD can be integrated into bird conservation planning efforts through a discussion of two recent efforts: the Central Valley Joint Venture Implementation Plan HD Chapter and a discussion of an HD guidance document for integrating HD into implementation plans (many of the tips can be used for all planning documents)

Incorporating HD into Conservation Delivery (Part 3 of 3)  

                • Recorded April 2018
                • Duration 45:05
                • Part 3 of the Human Dimensions in Bird Conservation Webinar Series
                • Webinar #3: Incorporating HD into Conservation Delivery - The Playa Lakes Joint Venture has implemented several HD efforts to understand landowner motivations for engaging in playa conservation and how to foster continuation of conservation behaviors on private lands. This webinar will provide a practical example of how HD science can be used to inform and implement conservation delivery in Joint Venture partnerships.

Relating Human Dimensions to Conservation – Why Does It Matter? 

  • Recorded May 2012
  • Duration 54:42
  • Part of the 2012 National FWS Communications & Outreach Workshop
  • The concepts of human dimensions in conservation date back to Aldo Leopold, one of the fathers of conservation and land ethic. More recently, though, there has been greater emphasis on integrating the human dimensions science into natural resources management. This integration includes the important work of communicating conservation science and activities. This session will provide an overview of human dimensions concepts (the toolbox) and the tools and methods that can be applied to natural resources communication and outreach. The session will also provide results from the recently completed national wildlife refuge visitor survey.

Addressing the Human Dimensions of Conservation 

  • Recorded May 2014
  • Duration 57:10
  • Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC Technical Team Webinar
  • Natalie Sexton with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service discusses the role of human dimensions in natural resource conservation.

Randy Olson: Communicating a Message Through Storytelling 

  • Duration 01:07:36
  • Why is storytelling so important when communicating? Randy Olson will give you the plain truth behind what captures audiences and makes them remember. He is a scientist-turned-filmmaker, from academia to Hollywood, and the perfect person to ask how to communicate our science.

Tools for Understanding Audiences 

  • Recorded January, 2014
  • Duration 46:46
  • From the Communicationa, Outreach, and Visitor Services (COVS) Webinar Series
  • Have the demographics in your area changed recently, thus changing your target audiences? What are the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of your visitors? Who are the nontraditional or underserved audiences in communities near your refuge? What are the visitation trends to the refuge over the last 5 years? What recreation activities have the highest demand in the area, region, and state? In a changing America, the answers to these and more questions are important for planning our Visitor Services activities and to efforts like the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative. We'll discuss the importance of understanding audiences and context at local, regional, and national levels for your refuge and provide information on tools and resources for you to begin to find the answers. 

Communicating Science - We're All in this Together 

  • Recorded May, 2012
  • Duration 57:08
  • From the 2012 National FWS Communications & Outreach Workshop - A classroom presentation by Dr. Gabriela Chavarria, Science Advisor to the Director for the USFWS
  • In the Fish and Wildlife Service, we are all communicators for conservation - in all our different jobs and from all Program Areas. Good overall science communication helps to connect with people, where they are - in their "backyards". Our audience is not always on the same page with technology, not all are scientists; we need to relate our critical messages with a relationship to people in their daily lives. This harks back to our mission--- for the continuing benefit of the American people. Dr. Chavarria will cover the essence of good science communications, from her experience as a leading expert in pollination biology, studying under the direction of Edward O. Wilson and as our Science Advisor.

Communicating Climate Change: Perspectives from Working with Federal Agencies 

  • Recorded February 14, 2013
  • Duration 01:21:20
  • Part of the Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series
  • The potential impacts of climate change are serious challenges to the management of public lands. The success of policy and action aimed at addressing these challenges is often linked to support of both internal (within agency) and external (public) audiences. During this seminar, we will discuss the efforts of the National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program to communicate climate change within the agency, and the Climate Change Education Partnership's work on implementing informal climate change education programming in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. Finally, we will investigate ways to communicate about climate change with different audiences using message frames explored as part of a nationwide survey of visitors to the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Social Implications of Selecting Focal Species to Guide Conservation 

  • Recorded January 30, 2014
  • Duration 38:30
  • Part of the Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series
  • Surrogate species approaches have been applied in various contexts in attempts to simplify or focus conservation efforts. Foud different types of surrogate species have been identified: indicators, umbrellas, keystones, and flagships. This seminar focuses on flagship species, which are "popular, charismatic species that serve as symbols and rallying points to stimulate conservation awareness and action." Flagship species are particularly valuable for their potential to impact conservation behaviors, including increasing support for fundraising. However, like with any surrogate species, there are multiple social implications of using flagship species to garner support for conservation. In this seminar, we first outline the different surrogate species approaches, describing the distinct objectives and social implications of each approach. We then explore the relationship between flagship species and social conflict, exampling how we might preempt the potentially negative consequences of conflicts for both people and flagship species. Lastly, we present research of potential flagship species for a Tanzanian National Park as a case study and discuss the lessons learned.

Integrating spatial data: Mapping social values in relation to energy and water resources in the western U.S

  • Recorded March 7, 2013
  • Duration 01:09:050
  • Part of the Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series
  • Efforts to place human beliefs into geospatial representations of landscapes are increasingly being used to inform natural resource planning and management. In this seminar, we investigate ways in which mapping of social data can help to address issues stemming from people’s dependence on energy and water resources in the western U.S. First, we explore The Nature Conservancy’s work on mapping human preferences for energy development in Wyoming in relation to other values, participants' homes, and existing development. We then investigate the Colorado Water Institute’s mapping techniques for identifying locations where new initiatives for water use, sharing, and conservation may be implemented. Inherent to these two projects is a greater need for integration of social and biological data when addressing complex resource issues.

Collaborative Conservation: Examples from the United States and Australia 

  • Recorded March 28, 2013
  • Duration 1:23:17
  • Part of the Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series
  • Presented by Peter Williams, PhD, Collaborative Plannin and Multiparty Monitoring Specialist, USDA Forest Service.

Citizen Science: Engaging Public Participation in Environment Research to Meet Shared Conservation Goals 

  • Recorded April 11, 2013
  • Duration 50:15
  • Part of the Interactions of Society and the Environment Seminar Series
  • Presented by Carolyn Enquist, US-Nat'l Phenology Network and the Wildlife Society & Jana Newman and Janety Ady, USFWS.

Climate Change: A Wicked Problem Wrapped in a Communicator’s Conundrum  video temporarily unavailable

  • Recorded June 5, 2013
  • Duration 55:29
  • Part of the FWS Communications, Outreach, and Visitor Services Webinar Series
  • Presented by Dr. Theresa Coble, Stephen F. Austin State University. Analysts suggest that a wicked problem is a “social mess” that is conflict-laden and resistant to resolution. Many place global climate change squarely in the wicked problem camp. For communicators, climate change is a wicked problem on multiple levels.

The Use of Economic Information in the USFWS: Resources, Rationale, and Applications  video temporarily unavailable

  • Recorded October 18, 2012
  •  Duration 01:00:43
  • Part of the Science Applications Web Conference Series

Communicating Climate Change  video temporarily unavailable

  • Recorded October 19, 2011
  • Durations 01:21:33
  • Part of the Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change - NWF/NCTC Web Conference Series
  • Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change - NWF/NCTC Webinar Series. Presented by Connie Roser-Renouf, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University. Connie Roser-Renouf will discuss audience segmentation research on Americans’ beliefs, attitudes and behaviors related to climate change. She will describe the relationship between parents’ and children’s attitudes toward climate change, and explore communication strategies for reaching six distinct audience groups, Global Warming’s Six Americas.