“Conservationists in Action” Interviews


Pathways to Our Sustainable Future

NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts a studio interview with Patty DeMarco on her new book, “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”.
Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book explores positive pathways toward sustainability based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh. Examining the experience of a single city with all of its complexities allows a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in adapting to a changing world. Choices for more sustainable pathways for the future include transforming the energy system, restoring fertile ground, and preventing pollution through green chemistry production. Throughout the book, case studies responding to ethical challenges give specific examples of successful ways forward. This is a book about empowerment and hope.
Patricia DeMarco has spent a thirty-year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions, including Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and Demand Side Manager for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. She was the Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She is the Executive Producer of a documentary film, “The Power of One Voice – A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” and has served as technical advisor for a video series titled “Sustainability Pioneers”. For more information on her book, visit: https://patriciademarco.com/book

Snows of the Nile: Uganda’s Equatorial Glaciers and Climate Change

NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Scientist & Filmmaker Nate Dappen, Ph.D. March 5, 2015.
The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Scientist & Filmmaker Nate Dappen, Ph.D.

Saving the Places We Love

In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Ned Tillman, Author of “Saving the Places We Love” and “The Chesapeake Watershed”. March 18, 2015.
Ned Tillman is the creative and driving force behind the “Saving the Places We Love” online campaign. He wants to do whatever he can to give others the tools to save the places they love no matter where they are across the country and the world. His two books are full of ideas and examples of what it takes to accomplish these goals. He also speaks to and facilitates groups coming together to save places important to them. During his career, Ned has provided energy and environmental consulting services to governments and corporations across the U.S. and abroad. He has presented keynote addresses at national conventions, colleges, and for a range of businesses and non-profit organizations. He serves on local, regional, and national boards working to ensure the health and sustainability of our country. Proceeds from his books go toward watershed restoration and land preservation efforts. http://savingtheplaces.com

Pollinator Health and Land Use Economics

Host Mark Madison, NCTC Historian interviews Claudia Hitaj, USDA, Economic Research Service Economist and Daniel Hellerstein, USDA, Economic Research Service Economist. May 25, 2016.

Mission Wolf

Installment of “Conservationists in Action” Series, 2006. Kent Walker and his wife, Tracy Brooks, discuss their work with captive wolves in their program called “Mission Wolf”.
Hosted by Dr. Mark Madison, Historian at NCTC. Kent Walker and Tracy Brooks discuss their work with captive wolves, wolves that are unable to be returned to the wild for any number of reasons. They run a program called “Mission Wolf” that takes in and cares for wolves and educates the public on why wild animals, such as wolves, should not be held as pets but should be allowed to remain wild. The star of the show is Maggie, a female Canadian Gray wolf.

Last Child in the Woods

Interview with Author Richard Louv. Hosted by Dr. Mark Madison, Historian at NCTC. December 2005.

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture Commerce and Conservation

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day on May 9, NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with authors Paul J. Baicich and Margaret A. Barker. May 7, 2015.

Bringing Back the Fish of the Chesapeake Bay

Part of the “Conservationist in Action” Series featuring Sandy Burk, a marine biologist, educator, and author. Hosted by Dr. MarK Madison, Historian at NCTC. Aired in 2007.

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Author & Marine Biologist, Carl Safina, on his new book “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel” . July 9, 2015.

Wildlife Webcams: Partnering for Conservation and Education

Join guests Katie Julian, Ed Britton, John Howe and NCTC host Randy Robinson for a discussion on how webcams have become a new and important tool for wildlife conservation.
Recorded: November 17, 2020
Partnerships and Friends Groups are key to keeping thirty webcams running on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sites nationwide. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge stretches over 200 river miles and has six webcams that offer many different views of nesting and migrating wildlife. This refuge is a great example of the power of partnerships to enhance public enjoyment and appreciation of wildlife through innovative technology.
During the first hour, we’ll meet Katie, Ed, and John as we discuss some of the history and background of their webcam projects. In the second hour, we’ll take a visual tour of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge to learn how friends’ groups and partnerships have made wildlife viewing more accessible to all. Katie Julian is Visitor Services Specialist at the La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/flyway-cam Ed Britton is Wildlife Refuge Manager for the Savanna District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. https://stewardsumrr.org/webcams John Howe is Executive Director of the Raptor Resource Project and has developed nest cam programs worldwide. https://www.raptorresource.org

The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators Tropic Cascades and Biodiversity

NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison hosts an interview with scientist and author Cristina Eisenberg. April 19, 2012.

Where the Wild Things Were

Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators. An interview with Will Stolzenburg, author and wildlife journalist, as part of the Conservationist in Action Series. Hosted by Dr. Mark Madison.
Will Stolzenburg is interviewed by Dr. Mark Madison, NCTC Historian, during a 2008 installment of the Conservationist in Action Series at NCTC. Will discusses his new book, “Where the Wild Things Were”. He draws on more than 20 years as a journalist covering Conservation Biology and extinctions. He is the former Science Editor of the Nature Conservancy magazine. His new book presents the consequences of the loss of large predators on the landscape.