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Tuesday, October 18 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Education/Outreach. Meeting People Where They Are: Wildlife Wednesday Webinar Series

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AUTHORS: Lara Milligan, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County; Shannon Carnevale, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

ABSTRACT: With the expansion of technology and a push for social media, Agents collaborated to offer a webinar series for the public. The Wildlife Wednesday Webinar series was offered on the third Wednesday of every month, August through December, from 12:15-1:00pm as a lunch & learn opportunity. Webinars are common among professionals, but are an innovative tool for reaching the general public. They have proven to be an excellent resource for environmental outreach with a goal to advance the knowledge of participants about local wildlife and ways to coexist with them. A total of five webinars were offered in 2015 reaching 147 people. Each webinar concluded with a link to an online evaluation. Eighty participants completed an evaluation for a 54% response rate. A retrospective pre/post question about knowledge prior to and after the webinar showed a 63% increase in knowledge (on a five-point scale) from an average score of 2.7 prior to the webinars and 4.4 after, and 55% (n=76) strongly agreed and 45% agreed that the information participants received in the webinar will help them to better protect natural resources (native plants and animals). The information learned was also extremely likely (57%) and likely (38%) to be shared with others. Webinars are a great way to reach the public who are already interacting with computers and cell phones as part of their daily routine, and they are highly transferable for use in public education programs in other states.  

Tuesday October 18, 2016 4:00pm - 4:20pm
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