Secretary Speaker Series


Secretary Crowfoot hosts monthly discussions with leaders and big thinkers from across California to discuss emerging natural resources issues. This open forum allows for new and different perspectives about how we best steward California’s resources.

These events are public, live-streamed on YouTube, and recorded for later viewing. Links to each of these discussions are presented below.

Upcoming Speaker Series Events

Where the Rivers Meet: Stewarding California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta - September 19, 2023 | Noon – 1pm

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Description: The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is a biodiversity hotspot, supporting more than 750 species of plants and wildlife. It’s also home to about half a million people and 500,000 acres of productive farmland. Delta waterways play an essential role in the state’s water delivery system, and the region’s towns and open spaces are a hub for recreation and tourism. In coming decades, climate change will impact the Delta and require unprecedented efforts to build its resilience. On the eve of the annual Delta Week at the end of September, join us for an engaging conversation about the area’s unique value and its future. Together we’ll unpack the ongoing work to protect communities from climate extremes, restore ecosystems, and build the economic and environmental sustainability of this unique region.

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Previous Speaker Series Events

Charging Ahead Toward a 100% Clean Energy Future - September 6, 2023 | Noon – 1pm

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Managing Megafires: Reflecting on a Decade in the New Megafire Era: Lessons Learned, Progress and a Path Forward - August 23, 2023 I Noon to 1pm

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Are You a Beaver Believer? The Evolving Story of California’s Beaver Management – Wednesday, July 12, 2023 I Noon to 1pm


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LGBTQ2S+ Natural Resources Leaders Unite to Discuss the Importance of Community - Wednesday, June 28, 2023 I Noon to 1pm


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What’s Happening with 30x30CA? The Movement to Protect and Restore Nature Across California- Wednesday, June 21, 2023


What’s Happening with 30x30CA? Panelist Links


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Defending the Golden State: Safeguarding California from Invasive Species - Friday, June 2, 2023

Defending the Golden State: Safeguarding California from Invasive Species panelist links

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AAPI Leaders and the Future of Natural Resource Stewards – Thursday, May 25, 2023

Asian American Pacific Islanders and the Future of Natural Resource Stewards Panelist Bios and Links 

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What are Californians doing about … Weather Whiplash? - May 18, 2023

Weather Whiplash Panelist Bios and Links

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Secretary Speaker Series: Generation NOW - California’s Young Environmental Leader Drive Change - April 19, 2023

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Secretary Speaker Series: Leading into the Future: Visionary Women Shaping the Future of California’s Coast - March 28, 2023

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Secretary Speaker Series: Black Environmental Stewardship

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Secretary Speaker Series: After the Storm! A Timely Update on California’s Water Supply - February 21, 2023

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Secretary Speaker Series: A Decade of Ocean Conservation! An Update on California's Marine Protected Areas - February 14, 2023

 A Decade of Ocean Conservation – Panelist Links 2.14.2023

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Secretary Speaker Series: Blowing in the Wind! The Future of Offshore Wind Power - January 23, 2023

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Secretary Speaker Series: Live from Montreal! Breaking Updates from the UN Biodiversity Negotiation (COP 15) - December 12, 2022

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Strengthening Tribal Partnerships in Our Nature-Based Solutions Work - November 15, 2022 |12:30 – 1:30

 Latinos in Environmental Stewardship - October 3, 2022
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Expanding the Way We Think About Climate Change: The Surprisingly Important Role of soils and plants in our Carbon & Water Cycles - July 26, 2022

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Looking Back & Moving Forward: Insights & Inspiration from Three Decades of Natural Resources Leadership – June 10, 2022

The Power of Partnerships - June 15, 2022


Growing Green Schoolyards - June 2nd, 2022

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Secretary Speaker Series: Hidden Heroes for the Environment - Tuesday, April 19

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Secretary Speaker Series: A Special Conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe - Wednesday, April 13

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 Crossings Amid Climate Change: Reconnecting California’s Landscapes – March 21

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Natural and Working Lands: An Underutilized Climate Solution - February 22, 2022


2022 Priorities with Secretary Crowfoot | January 18, 2022

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The Ocean is Moving In: Building Resilience to Sea Level Rise – November 30

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Reporting Live from COP26 with Secretary Crowfoot – November 8, 2021


Good Fire? Managing Ecological Fire in the Age of Climate Change October 19, 2021

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Protecting California Amidst Extreme Heat – August 3, 2021

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 Drought: The Signals of Climate Change – July 13, 2021

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Earth Day: Monday, April 19: Pacific Crest Trail to Planet

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Earth Day: Tuesday, April 20 I State Conservancies 101

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Earth Day: Wednesday, April 21  State Conservancies Fast Forward

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Earth Day: Thursday, April 22: Day of Action!

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Earth Day: Friday, April 23: The Science Exchange

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March 24, 2021 Between 2 States: The Tahoe Advisory Science Council

March 12, 2021 The Science Exchange: A Culture of Change

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February 23, 2021Paradigm Shift: Strengthening Our Wildfire Resilience

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February 2, 2021 - Secretary Speaker Series: 2021 Priorities with Secretary Crowfoot

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December 16, 2020 - From California to Kunming: The Global Effort to Tackle the Nature Crisis

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November 13, 2020 – Building Trust Between State and Tribal Governments: What Does True Co-Management Mean?


September 25, 2020 – From Wildfire to Water: Investing in Nature Based Solutions to Build Climate Resilience



September 16, 2020 Remembering Huey

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August 12, 2020 Beyond Polarization: The Unlikely Story of California’s Marine Protected Areas

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July 15, 2020: What We Can Learn from Our Past to Move Toward an Equitable Future

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June 23, 2020: Preserving Conservation - Revitalizing Fishing and Hunting in California


May 20, 2020: In Conversation with Obi Kaufmann - Environmentalist, author, and illustrator

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April 22, 2020: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

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March 4, 2020: Stewarding the Sierra Nevada Amidst Climate Change



February 18, 2020: 2020 Priorities with Secretary Crowfoot

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January 14, 2020: Improving Access to California’s Natural and Cultural Treasurers

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November 18, 2019: Protecting California Communities in the Age of Mega-Fires

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September 5, 2019: California’s Biodiversity Challenge

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July 15, 2019: Reactivating Our Floodplains

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