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Feb 27

Three Tools for Engaging Latino Youth Populations and Places

11:00 am EST

Changing demographics in the U.S. required county agents to develop skills and tools that allow them to engage with diverse audiences and respond to community needs. Drawing from examples in three California counties (Merced, Riverside and Santa Clara) in this workshop, participants will learn: (1) research-based key elements of successful Latino youth serving programs (Erbstein and Fabionar; 2014); (2) how to assess the landscape of Latino youth development organizations and places in their geographic area; (3) use decision making tools to identify and engage community partners. This process will provide extension educators with innovative approaches to leverage community expertise and act as facilitators who build and sustain the engagement of diverse youth in 4-H Youth Development Programs.


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Feb 27

Working Out Loud: Building Networks for Resilience

11:00 am EST

This is a free professional development webinar hosted by the MFLN Family Transitions and MFLN Network Literacy concentration areas.

This is first in a series consisting of 2 webinars and 5 podcasts.


    A strong support network can help you be resilient in times of change, but what can you do to make sure those networks are there when you need them? In this interactive webinar, we’ll use concepts and themes from the Working Out Loud process to learn about and practice behaviors that can help you build networks to support your personal and professional resilience.
    John Stepper developed the Working Out Loud process to make organizational cultures more collaborative and innovative by showing people a more engaged way of working that gave them access to more opportunities. Along with colleagues from Cooperative Extension and the Military Families Learning Network, Bob Bertsch has adapted concepts from the Working Out Loud to give helping professionals a better sense of control and purpose in their work.


          Identify how networks can support/enhance personal & professional resilience
          Learn how the Working Out Loud process can be used to build diverse networks


Bob Bertsch
has worked in communications, education and web technology for more than 20 years. He's currently a web technology specialist with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and leader of the Military Families Learning Network's Network Literacy team.

Jessica Beckendorf became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, moving frequently and living in communities of various sizes. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension where she seeks to bridge her community systems experience with communications and relationship development to build social capital and local leadership for more resilient communities.

Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion

After viewing the webinar, scroll down to the bottom of this page where you will find a link under "Evaluation". After completing the evaluation, you will be prompted to fill out information needed for your Certificate of Completion. A certificate will then be emailed to you.

Cover image: "Resilience Glow", a derivative of "Resilience" by Neil Cummings, used under CC BY SA. "Resilience Glow" is licensed under CC BY SA by Bob Bertsch.
Feb 27

Tools for Farm Biodiversity Webinar

1:00 pm EST

Join eOrganic for a webinar about online tools and apps that can help you manage biodiversity on organic farms. The webinar takes place on February 27, 2018 at 1PM Eastern Time, 12PM Central, 11AM Mountain, 10AM Pacific Time. It's free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

Register now at:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1991049919486149377

About the Webinar

Organic growers rely on the many services biodiversity provides, but knowing where to find accessible information can be challenging. This webinar will provide an overview of three tools to help you identify and manage wildlife, with an emphasis on wild birds. Online tools covered will be the Merlin Bird ID app, the Habitat Network, and the Cool Farm Tool. There will be an extended 30 minute question and answer period at the end.

  • The Merlin Bird ID app can be used to identify common birds of North America by answering a series of questions expert birders would use when identifying species. The app is currently only available for Android and iPhone, but a desktop version will be available soon here
  • The Habitat Network is a citizen-science project that has farmers, and others, submit data through online mapping and connects them with detailed information about how to support biodiversity. Find it at http://www.content.yardmap.org
  • The Cool Farm Tool Biodiversity metric quantifies how well farm management supports biodiversity for eleven species groups in temperate areas of Europe and North America. The tool boils complexity into a series of multiple choice questions, scored according to the latest research and expert judgement. Find it at https://coolfarmtool.org/coolfarmtool/biodiversity

This webinar is brought to you by the NIFA OREI funded project: Avian Biodiversity: Impacts, Risks and Descriptive Survey (A-BIRDS).


  • Miyoko Chu, Senior Director for Communications, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Rhiannon Crain, Project Leader, The Habitat Network, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Lynn Dicks, Cool Farm Tool, University of East Anglia
  • Amanda Edworthy, Post-doctoral Researcher , Washington State University
  • Christina Kennedy, Senior Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Chris Latimer, Post-doctoral Researcher, The Nature Conservancy
  • Olivia Smith, PhD Student, Washington State University
  • Bill Snyder, Professor, Washington State University

System Requirements

View detailed system requirements here. Please connect to the webinar 10 minutes in advance, as the webinar program will require you to download software. To test your connection in advance, go here. You can either listen via your computer speakers or call in by phone (toll call). Java needs to be installed and working on your computer to join the webinar. If you are running Mac OSU with Safari, please test your Java at http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp prior to joining the webinar, and if it isn't working, try Firefox or Chrome.

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