Webinars and Telebriefings

2014 Archives

Cover Crops: Environmental Impact, Issues, NWF Strategy, and Opportunities for Affiliate Action

Cover crops present an opportunity for NWF affiliates to work alongside agricultural groups to improve water quality and habitat at the state and local level. However, there are important policy issues surrounding cover crops to be aware of before engaging in outreach. This presentation outlines these issues and opportunities—providing an overview of NWF network efforts to increase cover crop adoption.

Ray McCormick, Indiana Wildlife Federation board member
Ryan Stockwell, senior manager, NWF agriculture program
Trish White, senior policy specialist, NWF agriculture program
Lara Bryant, coordinator, NWF agriculture program

Watch a recording of the August 5 webinar.

View the presentation slides, which include links to related resources.

National Wildlife Week Kickoff Webinar

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

This webinar, recorded on February 19, highlights resources for educators, parents, students and others interested in wildlife. Learn from experts about this year's featured species and come away with ideas for celebrating wildlife during National Wildlife Week 2014.

View the webinar recording.

Making Resolutions Count

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

Did you miss the January 14, 2014, webinar presented to affiliate leaders on the 2014 resolutions process? You can still listen to the presentation, which featured a trio of speakers and a question-and-answer session. Doug Inkley, NWF senior scientist, reviewed how resolutions guide national policy, and cited lead shot, feral swine and big-game ranching as examples. Joe Wilkinson, board member of Iowa Wildlife Federation, explained how the Great Plains Working Group was shaped by the resolutions process and the group’s use of the process to help achieve policy goals. Joshua Saks, NWF legislative director, explained how the resolutions guide NWF’s policy staff almost daily. Doug also explained how the revised resolutions process for this annual meeting will work.

Listen to the audio recording. [MP3]

View a PDF of the webinar slides.

2013 Archives

State Power Building

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

What is power? On October 8, four NWF affiliate leaders shared their stories of power—and success. These speakers included Anders Gustafson of Renewable Resources Coalition and Foundation, Erin McDonough of Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Jacob Powell of Virginia Conservation Network and Manley Fuller of Florida Wildlife Federation. These presenters were joined by Bruce Wallace, NWF board member and chair of NWF’s State Power Building Task Force, and Andy Buchsbaum, interim executive director of the NWF Action Fund.

Listen to the "State Power Building" webinar recording. [MP3]

Check out the presentation slides. [PDF]

Diversifying the Environmental Movement

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

On September 25, Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity & the Environment, discussed the critical need to recognize diversity in the environmental movement and highlighted successful efforts and approaches to address this issue.

View Bonta’s bio and presentation description.

Read his article “Reflecting on his daughter’s future, a father says the green movement must diversify,” which appeared in Grist.

Network for Good and NWF Affiliates: A Partnership for Individual Giving Success

Presented by Network for Good

On July 10, Michael Garceau of Network for Good presented a webinar on the importance of individual giving and year-end fundraising. He also spoke about an online fundraising package available exclusively to National Wildlife Federation affiliates.

Check out the webinar recording.

View the presentation slides [PDF].

The Role of Faith in the Environmental Movement

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

On June 26, Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb talked about the role of faith in the environmental movement, with a particular focus on Judaism. He also discussed the nationwide interfaith effort to engage more congregations and people of faith on climate change and other environmental issues.

View Rabbi Fred's presentation slides [PDF]: "Jewish Life in a Warming World: Texts, Values, and the Realityof Climate Change"

Presenter Bio:
Rabbi Fred leads the Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland, which is working to certify their landscape as a wildlife habitat through NWF’s “Sacred Grounds” pilot program. He serves on the governance committee of Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and is the chair of Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, which is helping hundreds of congregations in metropolitan Washington, D.C., go green. A past president of the Washington Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Fred is involved with Religious Witness for the Earth, National Religious Coalition on Climate Change, and Interfaith Moral Action on Climate—a group led by NWF board member Lise Van Susteren.

Affiliate Telebriefing on Conservation Matters

Check out the "Resources: Conservation Matters" page for a synopsis of the June 6 call and related materials.

Gardening for Wildlife

Hosted by National Wildlife Federation

Recordings of the webinars presented in this four-part series are available in the "Gardening Tips" section of the NWF website.

Getting Started: Gardening with Wildlife in Mind
Designing for Beauty, Food and Wildlife
Sustainable Gardening: Ideas for Improving Your Garden
Gardening as Family Time: Exploring Your Garden with Your Children

Eco-Schools USA: Transforming Our Nation’s Schools

Hosted by National Wildlife Federation


Jennifer Hammonds and Laura Hickey, National Wildlife Federation
Jennifer Dowd, New Jersey Audubon

Find out how NWF’s Eco-Schools USA is working to green school buildings (inside and out!), make natural connections to the curriculum, and engage and enrich student experiences.

Providing young people with 21st century learning opportunities—as well as supporting schools’ integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is what Eco-Schools is about. Sponsored by the Foundation for Environmental Education, it is the largest green schools program in the world.

Some of your NWF affiliate peers are already taking part in Eco-Schools USA efforts. See how your organization can get involved too.

View the Eco-Schools USA webinar slides [PDF].

Listen to an audio recording of the presentation [mp3].

Related Resource:
Check out the February 2013 Eco-Schools USA update, which highlights programaccomplishments.

Modeling Potential Range Shifts Under a Changing Climate: A Case Study

Hosted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Federation


Scott D. Klopfer, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech
David Kramar, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech
Chris Burkett, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
Austin Kane, National Wildlife Federation

Climate change, and its potential impact on species distributions, has moved to the forefront of concerns among wildlife managers. Current speculation in Virginia centers on how species will respond to changing climate in the coming century. We used dynamically down-scaled climate models to generate change scenarios in the mid and late 21st century. We used that information, along with available species occurrence information, to build predictive spatial models for a select group of species. Our results suggested that the impact of climate change will vary across the landscape. The resulting species distribution models provide information for wildlife managers on how climate changes may result in shifting distributions in Virginia. We also provide some basic suggestions to managers in using the information produced and in incorporating climate change into their decision-making. View the recording.

Briefing on NWF’s New Report: Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

In January, NWF released a 40-page report titled Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis. This report highlights eight different regions from the Arctic to the Atlantic coast and offers tales of wildlife struggling to adapt to the climate crisis. As beaches succumb to sea level rise, fish die by the thousands during heat waves, and Arctic seal habitat melts away, it’s clear that now is the time to confront the causes of climate change and preserve our conservation legacy. <a href="http://nwfaffiliates.org/ht/d/sp/i/132507/pid/132507" title="View slides from the briefing and other report resources." target="_blank">View slides from the briefing (which may be adapted for your own use) and other report resources.

National Wildlife Week 2013 Webinar: Branching Out for Wildlife!

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

What do black bears, flying squirrels and cicadas all have in common? They all need trees! This year National Wildlife Week (March 18-24, 2013) is "Branching Out for Wildlife"—celebrating trees and their importance to wildlife and people. Check out this webinar to learn about the 45 featured species, as well as for suggestions of fun lessons, activities and community service projects to celebrate the week. View the National Wildlife Week webinar recording.

2012 Archives

10 Million More Kids Outdoors

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

To combat today's "indoor childhood" trend—and help restore kids' connection to the natural world—<a title="Find out mopre about the 10 million kids outdoors goal." href="http://nwfaffiliates.org/ht/d/sp/i/121109/pid/121109" target="_top">National Wildlife Federation has set a goal to get 10 million more kids outdoors for regular time in nature during the next three years. A key to achieving this will be to implement programs that help children have recurring weekly outdoor time. How will we do that? By working together to educate, inspire and partner with the major influencers of children's time: parents and caregivers, child-serving institutions (schools, YMCAs, park departments, etc.), and policy makers (federal, state and local).

During this webinar, Kevin Coyle, NWF vice president and education and training, and Meri-Margaret Deoudes, NWF vice president of strategic alliances and special events, detailed some initial outreach strategies and activities related to the goal—and how affiliates' existing and potential future efforts can support getting 10 million kids outside to explore, play, and learn for at least 90 minutes per week.

Check out the presentation slides [PDF].

Listen to an audio recording of the presentation [mp3].

Read the related feature: "Goal Set: 10 Million More Kids Outdoors in Three Years"

Requests for Bequests: Keys to Sustaining a Planned Giving Program

Presented by National Wildlife Federation

Donors who already give to your organization are the most likely to make a bequest in support of your nonprofit. Whether you already encourage people to "remember us in your estate plans" or want to start, this webinar will offer ideas for connecting with donors. Dana Schwertfeger, senior manager of NWF's gift annuity program, will highlight ways to reach out and respond to prospects, as well as describe methods for recognizing and stewarding donors once they share their bequest intentions. Listen and walk away with tips and resources to help you create or fine-tune your organization's planned giving program.

Check out the presentation slides [PDF].

What's Your Personal Asking Style? Find Out and Raise More Money

Presented by Network for Good

Do you get anxious asking people for gifts face-to-face? Not sure if you're cut out for that? You'd rather send a letter or a proposal or organize a gala than ask someone for a gift in person? Then this session is for you. You'll learn how to ask people for gifts in a way that is comfortable for you. You'll learn your asking strengths and how to use them. You'll find out that asking for gifts doesn't have to be so scary. 

Check out the webinar slides.

Find your asking style.

Engaging Millennials in the Conservation Movement

To ensure there is strong leadership for the continued growth and strengthening of the conservation movement, National Wildlife Federation is building pathways for young professionals (ages 21 to 35) to be leaders within NWF, our affiliate organizations and the broader conservation community. This webinar provides an overview of NWF's Emerging Leaders Engagement Initiative and discusses research and tips related to engaging millennials.

Related Resources

Webinar slides [PDF]

NWF Emerging Leaders Initiative page on Facebook

NWF Emerging Leaders group on LinkedIn

Running Effective Issue Campaigns: Lessons from the Field

Presented by NWF and SELP

When Governor LePage of Maine attempted to gut decades of state environmental protections in 2011, Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) launched a strong advocacy effort, defeating nearly all of Governor LePage's anti-environmental agenda. In this webinar, NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim will draw on real-life examples to show you how to create and implement a successful issue campaign, from designing campaign plans to organizing. Learn what tools and efforts work and how your organization can put together an effective campaign now—or lay the groundwork for next year.

Presenter: Pete Didisheim—For the past 15 years, Pete has been the advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). He provides strategic, legislative, and management direction across a broad range of environmental policy issues—including energy policy, climate policy, north woods protection, water quality, and toxic pollution. Pete is the lead lobbyist and spokesperson for NRCM's advocacy agenda, and he has served on several high-level policy panels that reported to the legislature. Prior to his current position, Pete worked in Washington, D.C., for 13 years, including serving as special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary; deputy chief of staff for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee; and chief of staff for Congressman George E. Brown, Jr. He also worked for three years as a research associate and lobbyist for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is a board member of Maine Conservation Voters and has been actively involved in electoral politics in Maine. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology and environmental studies from Williams College and his master's degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Climate Change and Extreme Weather: What the Conservation Professional Needs to Know

Presented by NWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

From heat waves, wildfires, and droughts to floods, snowstorms, and derechos, record-setting extreme weather events are becoming more commonplace. In 2012 alone, more than 40,000 hot temperature records have been set across the United States. Climate change is fueling these new extremes. This webinar will summarize the latest scientific understanding of how climate change is affecting weather extremes today, projections for extremes under future climate scenarios, and the implications for ecosystems and biodiversity. It will also explore how considering more intense extremes, in addition to shifting baseline conditions, affects how we assess vulnerability of ecosystems to climate change and approach natural resource management. Finally, increasing extremes will be one of the most apparent manifestations of climate change in the lives of many people. For conservation professionals, it provides an important opportunity for engaging diverse audiences about how climate is changing, the impacts on people and wildlife, and options for addressing these growing risks. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of communicating about climate-driven weather extremes. View the webinar recording.

Presenter: Amanda Staudt, senior scientist, climate and energy program, National Wildlife Federation

View Amanda's recent blog posts.

A Changing Power Dynamic: How Nontraditional Environmentalists Led the Charge to Defeat California's Proposition 23 and What it Means for the Future, the Environmental Movement and Your Organization

Presented by NWF and SELP

In 2006, California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) was signed into law. Four years later a measure to suspend its implementation, Proposition 23, was introduced onto the state ballot. This is a story of how that measure was soundly defeated. It involves a changing population, a changing power dynamic, and a changing way we as environmentalists do our work. Hear from Catherine Lerza, author of the report A Perfect Storm, on lessons learned from the defeat of Proposition 23 and what it means for the future of environmentalism and your organization's work today.

Presenter: Catherine Lerza—For more than three decades, Catherine Lerza has been a grantmaker, advocate, organizer and writer, working with progressive nonprofit organizations and foundations on issues including the environment, economic policy, food and agriculture, racial justice and women's rights and reproductive justice. Cathy was the editor of Environmental Action Magazine; helped found the National Family Farm Coalition, and was associate director of the Rural Coalition in Washington, D.C. She was executive director of the San Francisco-based Shalan Foundation for nine years, and of the Washington-based Beldon Fund. She directed Defining Sustainable Communities, a groundbreaking effort to build bridges between the environmental, community development and health communities, which culminated in a major national conference in 1994. Between 2001 and 2010, Cathy was a senior philanthropic advisor at Tides Foundation, helping lead its environmental, civic participation and reproductive justice programs. She is now a consultant working with progressive philanthropists and nonprofits. Cathy has a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from UC Berkeley.

Supersize My Online Savvy: Surefire Steps to Fundraising and Social Success

Presented by GuideStar

If you have few resources but big goals, you need to think smart when it comes to online fundraising and social media. Learn 10 ways to make your efforts more effective—all while saving time and headaches. 

Presenters: Katya Andresen, chief strategy officer at Network for Good, and Lindsay Nichols, PR and social media marketing manager at GuideStar USA, Inc.

Bat Education in Your Class and in the Field

Presented by BatsLIVE, in partnership with National Wildlife Federation

Designed for teachers, nonformal educators and others, this webinar offers activities, resources and lesson plans for use in field and classroom settings. Learn how to put together a bat education trunk, how to take students and adults on a bat walk, how to build and erect a bat house—and more. Presenters include Rob Miles, executive director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, and Dennis Krusac, endangered species specialist with the USDA Forest Service.

Assessing Your Organization's Power

Hosted by National Wildlife Federation and State Environmental Leadership Program
Presenter: Bill Davis

Power commonly comes in three forms: money, relationships and knowledge. Which forms of power does your organization wield? Most environmental/conservation groups can't compete with business interests on money and are already good at wielding information. The greatest gain to be made is in relationships—people. In this introductory webinar into power assessment, we will discuss how your organization can assess its power and leverage it for more environmental and conservation wins. We'll describe why power is important, how to measure it, how to build it and how to integrate power building into all of your organization's systems.

About the presenter: Bill Davis has worked in the environmental movement since 1987. He has an undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology and a law degree both from the University of Wisconsin. He has served as the executive director of three environmental advocacy organizations: Wisconsin's Environmental Decade (now Clean Wisconsin), Citizens for a Better Environment and State Environmental Leadership Program. Bill has also worked as the Great Lakes specialist for the Environmental Defense Fund and as water program director for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. In his various positions, Bill has been responsible for all aspects of an organization's operations, as well as program work such as litigation, legislative and administrative lobbying, and provision of internal legal counsel. He has worked on a wide variety of issues, including water and air toxics, nonpoint pollution, contaminated sediments, solid waste, and pollution prevention.

Election-Related Activities for Nonprofits

Hosted by Alliance for Justice in partnership with National Wildlife Federation

Election years provide nonprofits with a fantastic opportunity: Public policy issues are debated and explained in the context of voters deciding which policies and candidates they prefer. Although 501(c)(3) organizations must be careful to remain nonpartisan, there are many activities they can participate in. This webinar will cover the federal tax rules regarding electoral activities for 501(c)(3)s, including voter registration drives, candidate questionnaires, candidate forums and legislative scorecards. Find out how you can engage both candidates and constituents on the issues that matter most to your organization.

Preview the webinar slides [PDF].

View a previous recording of this webinar.

Conservation in a Rapidly Changing Climate: Problems, Pitfalls, and Proactive Management

Presenter: Dr. Camille Parmesan

View the webinar announcement for complete details [Word doc].

View recording.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Wildlife Federation have developed a series of web conferences to increase communication and transfer of technical information between conservation professionals regarding the increasing challenges from climate change. This program is being facilitated by the USFWS's National Conservation Training Center Applied Landscape Conservation Team.

Health Care Reform, HIRE Act and Payroll Tax Holidays: A Short Course on Federal Policies That Will Affect Your Organization This Year

Hosted by State Environmental Leadership Program and National Wildlife Federation

Are you up to date on the federal tax policies that will affect your organization? An extended employee tax holiday and changes to health care credits and tax reporting are among those that may impact nonprofits in new and potentially big ways. What do these changes mean for your organization? How much can you earn from the health care credit? How much will you spend on new reporting requirements? What resources are out there for tracking these changes? Get answers to all of these questions and your own from Kim Ruef, CPA, of Wegner CPAs.

See Kim's presentation slides [PDF].

Prediction Maps from Climate Envelope Models: What Can They Tell Us?

Presenter: James I. Watling, research professor, University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Climate change is among the most pressing conservation challenges of the twenty-first century because it has the potential to reconfigure the spatial distribution of species and their habitats. Development of predictive models of biological responses to climate change is key to responding to climate change impacts and developing fish and wildlife adaptation strategies. To meet the need for robust models of species response to climate change, our team is producing predictive models (climate envelope models) for 26 federally listed threatened and endangered species occurring in peninsular Florida. In addition to development of individual species models, we also are developing a flexible protocol for climate envelope modeling that is applicable to other species and geographic locations, and using a variety of media to place this information in the hands of natural resource managers. In this webinar, we will introduce participants to some of the decision support tools we are developing, present preliminary insights from species models, and outline a quantitative and spatially-explicit approach to describing uncertainty in climate envelope models. View recording.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Wildlife Federation have developed a series of web conferences to increase communication and transfer of technical information between conservation professionals regarding the increasing challenges from climate change. This program is being facilitated by the USFWS's National Conservation Training Center Applied Landscape Conservation Team.

Achieving Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

Do you live in a community that is working towards becoming a certified Community Wildlife Habitat? Or are you thinking of registering your community's project to become certified? Listen as Roxanne Paul, senior coordinator of community and volunteer outreach at NWF, and team leaders from certified communities around the country detail how to achieve certification. <a title="View the Achieving Community Wildlife Habitat Certification webinar." href="http://www.screencast.com/t/6HFvrpymm" target="_blank">View the webinar recording.

"Kids and Nature" Education Policy Webinar

In the past 15 years, American childhood has moved indoors. Along with that, young people are losing the formative childhood experiences that create an abiding affection for nature. How can we start to reverse the decline in kids' connection to the natural world? By working together.

On January 18, Allen Cooper, National Wildlife Federation's state policy director, provided an overview of state and national policies focused on environmental education and kids and nature. He described how groups can use current policies to get kids outdoors and protect funding for much needed federal environmental education programs. View Allen's presentation slides [PDF].

2011 Archives

"Remember Us in your Will!" Planned Giving Basics from an Estate Planning Attorney

Presented by State Environmental Leadership Program

If your organization uses the following words—"Remember us in your will"—this is the webinar for you. And if your organization doesn't, this is definitely the webinar for you. In this online training, you'll hear from estate planning attorney Melinda Gustafson Gervasi about the various types of planned giving options and what organizations like yours need to know before embarking on a planned giving program. You'll get an update on the federal estate tax, which may affect donor giving in the future, and learn how to make the process smoother and less cumbersome for both your organization and your supporters (read: how to save your supporters money so they can put more money into your organization). Listen and walk away with tools, tips and resources to help create or beef up your organization's planned giving program.

View an outline of the <a title="View an outline of the 'Planned Giving Basics' presentation [PDF]." href="http://nwfaffiliates.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/112357" target="_blank">"Planned Giving Basics" presentation [PDF].

Social Media Webinar

Want to actively engage constituents using a mixture of online tools and social media sites? Danielle Brigida, National Wildlife Federation's social media manager, has suggestions for doing just that. At this webinar, Danielle talked about how nonprofits are using these resources as well as tactical ways to integrate social media into your work. View Danielle's slide presentation.

Keeping Up with Facebook's Changes (and 'Liking' It!)

Get up to speed on Facebook's recent changes and find out how you can take advantage of these enhancements to adjust your nonprofit's course. NWF's Danielle Brigida was be among the presenters. Check out the Facebook webinar recording.

Communicating Climate Change

Connie Roser-Renouf of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication discusses audience segmentation research on Americans' beliefs, attitudes and behaviors related to climate change. She describes 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. View recording.

Pre-Reading Materials: Introducing Global Warming's Six Americas

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Wildlife Federation have developed a series of web conferences to increase communication and transfer of technical information between conservation professionals regarding the increasing challenges from climate change. This program is being facilitated by the USFWS's National Conservation Training Center Applied Landscape Conservation Team.

Donor Research on a Shoestring

Building out useful information about donors and members is an important process for any organization. And while it can be a significant investment of time, it doesn't have to be an expensive investment of money. Information that is readily available through the Internet's major search engines can help to determine a donor's capacity and interests.

On September 29, National Wildlife Federation's Dan Gifford—an 18-year veteran of nonprofit development and fund-raising—described the tools and techniques that can turn a random name in your database into a more fully realized picture of a donor's assets, employment, giving history, and more. He shared some of his favorite websites and research methods for developing a donor biography, and for generating strategic data that can be used for donor cultivation and engagement.

View a list of free research resources [PDF].

Protection from "SLAPP" Challenges

Because organizations are vulnerable to SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation) and other legal challenges, NWF Board Member Dave Hargett recently asked if National Wildlife Federation could offer affiliate partners some information resources on how to insure themselves against such liability claims and related defense costs.

On September 26, Meghan Mullee of Alliant Insurance Services, NWF's insurance broker, hosted a webinar on this topic. She shared basic information about the types of coverage her company provides, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

View Meghan's slide presentation [PDF].

One thing Meghan mentioned is that insurance coverage is not one size fits all. She recommended each affiliate organization review its structure, programmatic offerings and so on in advance of talking to any insurance agent, as this information will help determine the types of coverages needed.

Meghan is available to answer questions. She may be reached at 703-547-6292 or MMullee@alliantinsurance.com.

Grant-Writing Basics

View the webinar presentation by Janice Bezanson, executive director of Texas Conservation Alliance.


For questions related to Social Media, please contact Danielle Brigida at 703-438-6534 or brigidad@nwf.org.

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