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2012 Watchable Wildlife / U.S. Forest Service
Conference & Workshop
Crown Plaza Conference Center
Colorado Springs, CO
October 2, 2012

2012 Conference Program
Revised 8/10/12

Business Casual Dress Please

Monday October 1, 2012

9:00am - 5:00pm Tradeshow Set-up
1:00pm - 5:00pm Registration Desk Open

Tuesday October 2, 2012

7:30-10:00 Registration Desk Open
8:00-12:30 General Session

9:00-9:15 Welcome: Jim Mallman
President, Watchable Wildlife, Inc.

Keynote Speaker: Carrol L. Henderson,
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Topic: A 35 Year Perspective of Wildlife Viewing in North America

Carrol has been supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Wildlife Program since 1977. He has been involved in restoring peregrine falcons, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, river otters and trumpeter swans.  Henderson is the author of 13 books related to wildlife viewing and habitat conservation. Carrol and his wife Ethelle have led 50 birding tours to Latin America, New Zealand, Kenya, and Tanzania since 1987.

Carrol supervised the implementation of the Digital Bridge to Nature program in Minnesota. To date this program has reached over 1,100 teachers through 84 teacher training workshops in that state. His 39 years of experience in the field of nongame wildlife management and developing wildlife viewing programs arguably makes him one of the world’s leading experts.

Through Minnesota's Nongame Wildlife, he has raised over $30 million in donations to the state's voluntary nongame wildlife checkoff on state income tax and property tax forms. This session will look back on the significant shifts that have taken place in wildlife conservation and tourism and offer some unique prospective on the skills needed to fund and protect these important programs.

10:30-11:00 Break and Trade Show

Speaker: Kimberly Winter,
NatureWatch National Coordinator
U.S. Forest Service's NatureWatch Program
Topic: Re-energizing the NatureWatch Program

Speaker: Jim Mallman
President, Watchable Wildlife, Inc.

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Topic: Digital Bridge to Nature© Workshop
Introduction Speaker:
Jim Mallman
Workshop Facilitator:
Steve Maanum 
Working to reverse a declining trend of young people recreating in the outdoors and specifically in wild settings, Watchable Wildlife’s Digital Bridge to Nature© program is going international.

Watchable Wildlife Inc. has been conducting workshops and publishing books on the tremendous growth in the popularity of Wildlife Viewing across North America. This work has led us to partner with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the US Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Land Management on a project that combines the trends and demographics of these two developments.

Digital Bridge To Nature is a program geared towards attracting young people back into the forests and other wild areas through the use of the technology they are most interested in and comfortable with. On July 10, 2010 this project became reality when the first of 80 workshops was held in Luverne, MN. This session will review these workshops, the tools and kits developed for teachers and the workbook designed to teach the program across North America.  

3:00-3:15 Break and Trade Show

Speaker: Susan Bonfield
Topic: International Migratory Bird Day 

5:00 Closing Remarks, Adjourn

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