Virtual BWB


We are please to announce Virtual BWB—a webinar series from NatureServe that will be a forum for important discussions related to the Network, our stakeholders and policy makers.

Virtual BWB begins Thursday April 30th from 2-3 pm eastern and runs weekly thereafter. The sessions are open to anyone who is interested in a topic and will be recorded and available online.

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday May 28th, 2-3 PM Eastern

Hear updates from various projects and efforts from all over North America. Speakers currently include:

  • Misty Nelson, Lead Scientist, California Natural Diversity Database
    • Natural quiet and dark night skies: emerging priorities for biodiversity conservation
  • Joshua Cohen, Lead, Ecologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
    • Invasive species treatment prioritization model
  • Joe Weber, Natural Heritage Information Manager, VA Division of Natural Heritage
    • ConserveVirginia: A data-driven strategy that identifies high value lands for conservation
  • Philippe Lamarre, Wildlife Biologist and EO Analyst, Department of Forests, Wildlife and Parks of Quebec
    • Defining spatial scale and interactions with conservation actions improves threat mapping and multispecies conservation planning

Click here to register

Past Sessions

Introducing iMapInvasives: A robust agency solution for managing invasive species including presence and not-detected data, treatments, and infestation management

  • Thursday, May 21st, - 3 PM Eastern
  • Shelley Cooke, Software Support Specialist, NatureServe
    • Introduction to iMapInvasives via a Storymap
  • Jason Denham, DEC Forester, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
    • New York State Foresters Use iMapInvasives to Support Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management
  • Sarah J. Wurzbacher, Forestry Extension Educator, Penn State Extension, Lycoming County
    • Penn State Extension uses iMapInvasives to search for Tree of Heaven in its efforts to prevent Spotted Lanternfly infestations in PA
  • Lindsey K. Wise, Biodiversity Data Manager, Oregon Biodiversity Information Center
    • Benefits of Using iMapInvasives as an Information Clearinghouse
  • Click here to see the recording (password: 6y?S+D36)
  • Session Questions & Answers sheet (PDF)
  • iMapInvasives StoryMap

What’s your status?  A look at the most recent results of ranking and status assessments from around the Network

  • Thursday, May 14th, 2 - 3 PM Eastern
  • Moderator, Patrick Comer, Chief Ecologist, NatureServe
  • Remi Hebert, Coordinator, General Status of Species in Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service
    • Wild species: The general status of species in Canada
  • Dustin Lynch, Aquatic Ecologist, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
    • Reassessment of Conservation Status Ranks of Arkansas Crayfish
  • Malissa Briggler, State Botanist, Missouri Department of conservation
    • An approach to plant species assessment by the Missouri Natural Heritage Program
  • Patrick Comer, Chief Ecologist, NatureServe
    • Red Listing terrestrial ecosystems in North America
  • Click here to see the recording
  • Session Questions & Answer sheet (PDF)

Advances in habitat suitability modeling and range-mapping to support conservation decisions

  • Thursday, May 7th at 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
  • Moderator:  Regan Smyth, Director of Spatial Analysis, NatureServe
  • NatureServe Canada ecosystem-based automated range (EBAR) mapping: creating reliable, accessible range maps for conservation
    • Christine Terwissen, National EBAR Coordinator, NatureServe Canada
  • Building from the Map of Biodiversity Importance: Advances in Habitat and Range Mapping within the NatureServe Network
    • Tim Howard, Director of Science, NY Natural Heritage Program
    • Chris Tracey, Conservation Planning Manager, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
    • Eleanor Gaines, Director, Oregon Biodiversity Information Center
  • Click here to see the recording (password: 5M^*68$5)
  • Session Questions & Answers sheet (PDF)

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