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Events/Training

Jul
23
Fri
International Monarch Monitoring Blitz
Jul 23 – Aug 1 all-day
International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

From July 23–August 1, take part in the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz by reporting your observations of monarchs and milkweed to Journey North. Every observation shared helps the scientific community conserve the monarch butterfly along its migratory routes. This information will help researchers identify priority areas for monarch conservation actions.

For more information, read the press release, visit the website, or email the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Jul
26
Mon
Blue Thumb Fish Collections @ various
Jul 26 – Aug 25 all-day
Blue Thumb Fish Collections @ various

Oklahoma Blue Thumb’s fish collections are ongoing from late July through late August. Collections are in the Central Irregular Plains Ecoregion this year, which means the creeks below will be sampled for fish and habitat:

  • Cat Creek – July 26 or July 27
  • Cherry Creek
  • Coal Creek: Hwy 11
  • Coal Creek: Morris Park – August 10
  • Crow Creek – August 2
  • Dog Creek – July 26 or July 27
  • Elm Creek: 66th
  • Flatrock Creek – July 28
  • Fred Creek – August 16
  • Harlow Creek – July 24
  • Mingo Creek: 46th Street North – August 11
  • Okmulgee Creek: 13th Street – July 22
  • Okmulgee Creek: Creek Complex
  • Spunky Creek – rescheduled due to rain
  • Trib to Coody Creek – August 4
  • Twin Hills Creek – August 25

*Fish collection dates are subjected to change at the last minute due to weather*

For more information, visit the Blue Thumb website, or contact Kim Shaw by email or phone (405-522-4738).

The Blue Thumb Program is the education arm of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Water Quality Division. Blue Thumb is a statewide citizen science effort focused on training volunteers to share their knowledge of water quality with others, with the goal of stream protection through education. Blue Thumb aims to inspire and empower people across the state to use education and monitoring to protect water in their region from nonpoint source pollution.

Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference @ online
Jul 26 – Jul 28 all-day
Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference @ online

The 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) International Annual Conference will provide the opportunity for attendees around the world to share their conservation stories and bring natural resource management solutions from far and wide into their homes and offices. The virtual event format allows access and inclusivity on a broad scale, and the interactive conference platform provides a robust conference experience with live sessions, Q&A, networking, a virtual exhibit hall, and many other ways to learn, connect, and engage.

This year’s conference theme, “One World, Connected through Conservation,” encompasses the shared resources on which all life depends while recognizing local-level issues and management. No matter the landscape, collective efforts are required to protect and sustain our soil and water resources. While conservation challenges brought on by universal pressures like climate change may produce wide-ranging effects in our respective corners of the globe, there is commonality in the solutions—collaborations that span sectors and disciplines, practices informed by science, cutting-edge technology, a new era of policy, and, at the center of all this, the individuals working tirelessly to protect and improve our natural resources.

Professionals advancing conservation solutions through research and practice in public and private sectors will present their work, including the latest in soil health, water resources, conservation management, climate change adaptation, social science, and more. Workshops, symposia sessions, and posters will showcase ideas, technologies, and practices, and foster a dialogue around their adoption. Projects presented will include work at the watershed, national, and international scales, emphasizing the global impact of local efforts. Scientists and practitioners will apply the virtual skills they have obtained over the last year by taking attendees into the field and lab through live or prerecorded demonstrations and tours. Recognizing that our goals for the world’s natural resources cannot be realized without justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, conservationists will share insights and advice on projects and partnerships that seek diverse participation and take meaningful action toward creating and supporting systems that value and serve people equitably.

In addition to science and practice presentations, the event will provide a range of opportunities for personal and professional development. Sessions will address effective work habits, partnerships, and communication tools, and the conference will offer certified education credits (CEUs).

Share your research and project solutions with an international audience, learn from experts from around the world, make connections with leading organizations and agencies, and together, through this conference and its impact, help to build a future for global conservation.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact the Soil & Water Conservation Society by email or phone (515-289-2331).

Jul
30
Fri
Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop Series @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Center)
Jul 30 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop Series @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Center)

If you are interested in learning more about marketing and selling livestock, join OCES for this informative series of workshops, oriented toward the beginning farmer. The series has both the classroom component, as well as going out into the field and visiting other producers. The four workshops cost a total of $50 and will be presented by Joshua Campbell, Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, as well as other qualified professionals.

Advance registration is required; space is limited.

To register, contact Janet Birchall by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Policy Options for Solar Development on Agricultural Current Use Lands (webinar) @ online
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Policy Options for Solar Development on Agricultural Current Use Lands (webinar) @ online

Join Vermont Law School students working on the Farm and Energy Initiative for this free webinar detailing the impact that state agricultural “current use” taxation policies have on farmers’ decisions to add solar to their agricultural lands.

Learn how states are changing their policies to permit renewable energy development on enrolled land, and how states allowing the addition of renewable energy to land enrolled in current use taxation programs can support farm viability while promoting farmer access to clean energy, which will help to preserve American farmland in the coming decades.

This project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact Molly McDonough by email or phone (802-831-1304).

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