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WWF Conservation Insiders Series

Exclusive Conversations with WWF Experts and Leaders

As one of our closest supporters, we invite you to take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to participate in live conversations with WWF’s expert staff. These scientists and leading thinkers offer a behind-the-scenes view of WWF’s innovative work around the world to protect nature for the future of wildlife and humans. Hear their stories and contribute your own insights to the conversation.

Questions about the program? Contact Brie Wilson at or 202-495-4315.

Upcoming Webinars & Conference Calls

Conservation Insider Series – WIDE OPEN SPACES: Saving America’s Northern Great Plains

Monica Terkildsen, Tribal Liaison, Northern Great Plains Program (NGP), WWF
Kevin Ellison, Grasslands Ecologist, NGP, WWF
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 7 pm ET


Previous Webinars & Conference Calls

Conservation Insider Series – WIDE OPEN SPACES: Saving America's Northern Great Plains

With Monica Terkildsen, Tribal Liaison, Northern Great Plains Program (NGP), WWF and
Kevin Ellison, Grasslands Ecologist, NGP, WWF
March 2020

The Northern Great Plains is one of only four intact temperate grasslands left on the planet—and it’s threatened. Today, few bison roam the open plains. Grassland songbirds have suffered some of the steepest population declines of any birds in North America. And the black-footed ferret is the continent’s most endangered mammal. Watch this webinar to learn how, with your help, WWF is leading innovative work alongside tribal nations, ranchers, and other partners, on conservation solutions that bolster economic opportunities for communities while securing a sustainable future for nature in this iconic American region.

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Conservation Insiders Series – CLIMATE CRISIS: Mobilizing Action to Ensure a Livable Planet

With Genevieve Maricle, Manager, Global Strategic Opportunities, WWF Climate and Energy and
Melanie Gade, Manager, WWF Foundation Relations
November 2019

Last month, the urgency of the climate crisis made headlines around the world as thousands mobilized in the streets, reports revealed the severity of climate impacts, and the United Nations General Assembly featured an emergency Climate Summit. In this critical moment of humanity's response to climate change, we need action from all levels – governments, businesses, local communities, and individuals. Join us for a look at the progress made during the UN General Assembly Climate Week and how, with your help, WWF is helping to shape the agenda, promote nature-based solutions, strengthen government commitments, and drive the kind of action the world needs.

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Conservation Insider Series - Protecting Mangroves: Turning the Tide for a Critical Ecosystem
Michael Crispino, Communications Director, Oceans and
Laura Veverka, Program Officer, Resilient Coastal Ecosystems
May 2019

Almost two-thirds of the planet’s tropical coastlines contain mangroves. These watery, otherworldly forests constitute some of nature’s most dynamic and biologically complex ecosystems. They buffer coasts from storm surges, house an incredible amount of wildlife, and supply food and livelihoods for local communities. And they store carbon, which makes them one of the Earth’s best defenses against a changing climate. Yet, in the past 50 years, half of the world’s mangroves have been wiped out. Join us to learn how, with your help, WWF is leading the charge to safeguard these vulnerable habitats and build a future where both mangroves and people thrive.

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headshot of Crawford Allan headshot of Giavanna GreinSaving Species: A Global Coalition to End Online Wildlife Trafficking

With Crawford Allan, Senior Director, Wildlife Crime & TRAFFIC, and
Giavanna Grein, Program Officer, Wildlife Crime & TRAFFIC
October 2018

Over the last decade, growing global wealth and demand has fueled an international poaching and trafficking crisis that is jeopardizing the survival of species like rhinos, pangolins, tigers, and elephants. As enforcement agencies crack down on physical marketplaces, criminals are shifting their operations to the internet. In this webinar, Crawford and Gia discuss how WWF has responded by partnering with more than 20 of the biggest tech companies in the world to create the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online—and secure a future for threatened species.

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headshot of Michele ThiemeWild Rivers: A Sustainable Future for Wildlife and Communities

With Michele Thieme, Director, Freshwater Science & Ecosystems, and
Catherine Blancard, Director, Freshwater Communications & Advocacy
June 2018

Free-flowing rivers are the arteries and veins of the Earth. The natural flows of clean, fresh water are essential for the health of entire landscapes, millions of people, and diverse wildlife—from river dolphins in the Amazon, to elephants in Africa, to tigers in Asia and beyond. But, free-flowing rivers are disappearing. In this webinar, Michele and Catherine discuss how WWF is helping to keep rivers wild and protecting the species and communities that depend on them.

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headshot of Ginette Hemley headshot of Jan VertefeuilleHope for Elephants: Shutting Down Demand for Ivory

With Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President, Wildlife Conservation, and 
Jan Vertefeuille, Senior Director, Advocacy, Wildlife Conservation
February 2018

The world’s elephant populations are being decimated by poaching. Fueled by consumer demand for ivory, at least 20,000 elephants are killed each year, mostly for their tusks. In this webinar, Ginette and Jan discuss how WWF is leading a global effort to stop the crisis and ensure a future in which these majestic animals thrive for generations to come.

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headshot of Mariana Panuncio-FeldmanDelivering on the Promise of Paris

With Mariana Panuncio-Feldman, Senior Director, International Climate Cooperation, and 
Elan Strait, Deputy Director, Policy and Strategy
November 2017

Mariana and Elan discuss how WWF is building a movement toward a climate-resilient future, including bringing together more than 2,300 governors, businesses, and colleges and universities in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the historic Paris climate agreement.

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headshot of Eric Becker Headshot of Colby LoucksTech Solutions to Protect Wildlife

With Eric Becker, Conservation Engineer, Wildlife Conservation,
Colby Loucks, Senior Director, Wildlife Conservation
May 2017

Eric and Colby discuss how WWF is using innovative solutions like thermal cameras, acoustic detection software, and unmanned aerial vehicles to stop poachers in their tracks and keep ecologically important species—including elephants and rhinos—safe.

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headshot of Lou LeonardWWF’s Climate Strategy & the People’s Climate March

With Lou Leonard, Senior Vice President, Climate & Energy
April 2017
Lou provides a preview of what to expect at the People’s Climate March and how WWF is approaching climate policy in the current political environment. Hear how we can sustain the momentum toward a sustainable future that includes investments in clean energy.

headshot of Ginette HemleyBuilding on 2016 Wildlife Wins

With Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President, Wildlife Conservation
January 2017
Ginette discusses recent victories for some of Earth’s most iconic and beloved species, from tigers to elephants, rhinos, sharks and pangolins—and examines what these successes mean for the future of wildlife conservation and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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headshot of Rachel KramerPeople & The Island of Lemurs

With Rachel Kramer, Senior Program Officer for Wildlife Conservation and TRAFFIC, WWF-US
October 2016
Rachel discusses how growing demand for resources is driving deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade on the world’s fourth largest island—and how WWF is working together with Madagascar’s people to create a sustainable future.

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headshot of Shubash LohaniNepal: Small Country Big Impact

With Shubash Lohani, Director of Sustainable Landscapes, WWF-US
May 2016
Shubash discusses how this small Himalayan country is leading the fight against wildlife crime and spotlights how the lessons learned there are helping other countries protect not just rhinos, but also elephants, tigers and other vulnerable species.

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headshot of Carter RobertsProtecting our Planet in 2015

With Carter Roberts, President and CEO, WWF-US
December 2015
Carter Roberts recounts our conservation successes from 2015 and looks to the year ahead, including a discussion about the UN climate negotiations in Paris and how WWF is working to combat climate change.

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headshot of Barney Long Headshot of Dennis JorgensenStories from the Field

With Barney Long, Director of Species Conservation and
Dennis Jorgensen, Bison Initiative Coordinator, Northern Great Plains.
October 2015
Barney and Dennis discuss WWF’s species recovery work, including on-the-ground efforts to protect and restore iconic species like tigers, bison, and rhinos.

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Headshot of Michele KurucOur Fish: Our Planet

With Michele Kuruc, Vice President, WWF-US
May 2015
Michele discusses WWF’s work to combat black market fishing, how illegally caught seafood ends up on our dinner plates, and what each of us can do to ensure the fish we eat wasn't stolen from the sea.

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Carter RobertsProtecting Our Planet in 2014

With Carter Roberts, President and CEO, WWF-US
December 2014
Carter Roberts looks back at conservation success stories from 2014 and looks ahead as WWF embarks on a new path to take our work to the next level.

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Meg SymingtonProtecting the Amazon for Life

With Meg Symington, Managing Director, Amazon
September 2014
Meg discusses WWF’s long-standing commitment to the region and how your support helped us broker one of the biggest conservation wins in history: a deal to permanently secure the world’s largest network of tropical forest protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon.

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The Green Heart of Africa

With Matthew Lewis, Senior Program Officer for African Species, WWF-US Wildlife Conservation Program
June 2014
Matthew discusses what makes the Congo Basin special and how WWF is working to empower local communities to protect their natural resources, collaborate across borders to curb wildlife crim and recover iconic species.

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Martha KauffmanWWF in America's Backyard

With Martha Kauffman, Managing Director of WWF's Northern Great Plains program
March 2014
Martha discusses WWF's efforts—in partnership with Native American tribes, local ranchers and public land managers—to restore and enhance wildlife in ways that benefit the people and honor the cultures of the region.

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Carter RobertsProtecting Our Planet in 2013

With Carter Roberts, WWF-US President and CEO
December 2013
Carter Roberts discusses our successes from the past year as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Tigers in the wild

With Dr. Barney Long, Director, Species Protection and Asian Species Conservation
October 2013
Barney discusses how tiger recovery in places like Nepal’s Bardia National Park is helping us meet our goal of doubling the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.

This Sacred Earth

With Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of WWF's Sacred Earth Program
July 2013
Dekila discusses WWF's work with diverse faith communities to protect wild places and animals through our Sacred Earth program.

The State of Conservation: WWF in 2012

With WWF’s President and CEO, Carter Roberts
December 2012