Mentorship Match at Confluence 2024

A reflection by Nicole Reese This year, Confluence 2024 included a Mentorship Match, an opportunity for attendees to be paired for a mini-mentorship experience. Roughly 65 people participated in the Mentorship Match, and the result for many was a connection to learn from their mentor/mentee and also to get a taste of the potential benefits […]

Confluence 2024 Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Confluence 2024 is taking place on the land of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes as well as other Indigenous communities, and Tucson is home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. We also acknowledge that the geographic extent of the Western Collaborative Conservation Network, spanning the […]

Relationship Building and Networking for Communicators – Presentation by Lucinda Morris

Why is networking so important, especially for communicators? How can we make our communications more effective and reach wider audiences through relationship building and collaboration? Lucinda Morris of the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture ( and the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture ( presented and led this month’s hour-long, topic-based discussion. Here we share our thoughts […]

Join our Mentorship Match at Confluence 2024!

At Confluence this April, the Emerging Leadership Working Group is playing match maker – and you’re invited to join in the fun!  The fewer people you know in a room, the more intimidating it can feel. To combat that intimidation, we will be pairing participants interested in being mentees/mentors as an opportunity to connect and […]

Rabbit Creek Stream and Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse Mitigation Project

The proposed 105-acre Rabbit Creek Mitigation Bank stream mitigation and Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse conservation bank project is located on a section of state trust land adjacent to the 28,000-acre Cherokee Park State Wildlife Area. Preble’s mouse are dependent on shrub and grass vegetation closely associated with riparian corridors between 4,650 and 7,600 feet in […]

North Fork of the Poudre Healthy Watershed Tour and Open House

The North Fork Poudre River Site Conservation Team (SCT) continues to work toward the recovery of Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (PMJM), a threatened mammal listed under the Endangered Species Act. The establishment of SCT’s along Colorado’s northern Front Range is a first of its kind effort, designed to give a voice to local communities in […]

News from Halligan Reservoir & North Fork of the Poudre River

News from Halligan Reservoir & North Fork of the Poudre River was the topic of the first Pub Talk hosted at The Forks Mercantile and Saloon on August 9th, 2023. Darren Parkin, Halligan Water Supply Project Manager for the City of Fort Collins Utility, gave a presentation on the Proposed Halligan Reservoir Expansion and Effects […]

Ask Atti: Engaging Collaborative Governance

“Dearest Atti, how have you successfully & meaningfully engaged your board and/or stakeholders in the process of creating or updating your organization’s governance documents?” – Katie  Atti, the Peach-faced Lovebird, studiously gathered responses from other WCCN (Western Collaborative Conservation Network) partners to support Katie, and this is what he found:  A good early step is to […]

Emerging Leaders: Nigel Golden

As a part of the Western Collaborative Conservation Network, the Emerging Leadership Initiative works to support individuals by connecting them with mentors, one another, and resources that create career and professional development opportunities and empower change. “Emerging leaders” are individuals new to the conservation field with an innovative vision for the future of conservation work […]