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Pinned  BIRDNET- new, improved...and essential for ornithologists

Feb 12 2018 01:19 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

ANNOUNCING THE NEW & IMPROVED

 

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Lots of great, updated content and key resources for ornithologists

 

Come visit!



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Pinned  Thinking of using SUA to study birds in the U.S.? Read this first!

Jan 24 2018 08:55 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Airborne Hunting Act applies to "any contrivance used for flight in the air" and prohibits "harassment" which is defined as "disturb, worry, molest, rally, concentrate, harry, chase, drive, herd, or torment."

 

Does this mean that ornithologists can't use small unmanned aircraft (SUA) to study birds?

 

IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR A STATE PERMIT TO USE DRONES (A STAND-ALONE PERMIT OR AS PART OF YOUR STATE SCIENTIFIC COLLECTING PERMIT, PLEASE CONTACT THE ORNITHOLOGICAL COUNCIL.
We want to hear about your experience, particularly if you were NOT working collaboratively with a state or federal agency.



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Pinned  Gearing up for field season - get your permit apps in early

Jan 29 2015 09:20 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Field season is right around the corner! If you haven't already applied for your permits/renewals, do it ASAP.



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New DOI Policy steers grants to Administration priorities

Jan 10 2018 10:34 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Ornithologists who want Dept of interior grants may want to consider digging for oil. Dept of Interior grants are now subject to political scrutiny and will be used only to fund Admin-friendly projects.



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DOI green lights preventable mass avian mortality

Dec 23 2017 07:13 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

It's official. No more prosecutions for incidental take of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The *(&)*& Admin wastes 41 pages explaining why it won't do what it was never going to do anyway...only a matter of time before they deny that this mortality even occurs.

 

Update 29 Dec - Federal appellate court (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals) ruled on 27 Dec 2017 in a case pertaining to incidental take of endangered sea turtles and migratory birds by long lining in the swordfish industry that the MBTA *is* a strict liability statute - in other words, that it would apply to incidental take. The score now stands 3-3 as to the federal appellate courts but none of this affects the new DOI policy, which simply means that the Administration will file no new cases pertaining to incidental take. It is hoped that the DOI will not ask the Supreme Court to review this case.



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Serious threat to Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Nov 12 2017 07:10 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The oil and gas industries and others would have a complete pass for the incidental take of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act should the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239) become law.

 

SEC. 207. CLARIFICATION REGARDING LIABILITY UNDER MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT. Section 6 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 707) is amended by adding at the end of the following: ‘‘(e) This Act shall not be construed to prohibit any activity proscribed by section 2 of this Act that is accidental or incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful activity.’’.



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YOU DID IT! TUITION REMISSION WILL NOT BE TAXED!

Nov 07 2017 03:16 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

GOOD NEWS: From the Chronicle on Higher Education, 12/14:

 

A legislative provision that would have effectively taxed tuition waivers used by graduate students to offset their educational costs will not be in the final tax package in Congress, Bloomberg reports. A House-Senate conference committee met on Wednesday to discuss the compromise bill, which Republican leaders hope to put on President Trump’s desk as soon as possible.

 

From Inside Higher Ed:
Senate and House negotiators meeting this week to craft compromise tax-reform legislation plan to exclude from a final bill some controversial proposals affecting students and colleges, according to multiple reports.
Lawmakers from the two chambers of Congress agreed to drop provisions that would treat graduate student tuition benefits as taxable income and repeal student loan interest deductions. Both provisions were included in House tax legislation passed last month but left out of a bill that narrowly cleared the Senate Dec. 2.

 

Also said to be OUT OF THE FINAL BILL: the elimination of student loan interest deductions



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Endangered Species Act legislation moving through House

Sep 26 2017 07:12 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The GOP-led House of Representatives is leading attacks on the Endangered Species Act. Get ready to contact your members of Congress.

 

 

UPDATE 29 Sept: Another anti-ESA bill has been introduced. Read more here.



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International Ornithological Congress 2018

Sep 23 2017 11:33 AM | Pat Baird in Community

One year till the International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver Canada.

 

Short video highlighting what's coming. Access the website at www.IOCongress2018.com



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BirdsCaribbean Hurricane Relief Fund

Sep 20 2017 05:15 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Please help BirdsCaribbean help its members and partners throughout the Caribbean to restore the birds, their habitats and the local communities. By acting today you can help ensure immediate needs will be met and conservation and science will guide the recovery efforts.

 

 

https://www.razoo.co...urricane-Relief



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Are you a concerned scientist? Read this ASAP (deadline 9/26)

Sep 18 2017 06:56 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

 

If you are a scientist from any scientific discipline (e.g. ecology, medicine, economics, etc.), and are concerned about global environmental and climate trends, we invite you to become a co-signatory for our in-press Viewpoint article in the journal Bioscience entitled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: a second notice” by Ripple et. al. (2017). In doing so, you will be included in the full list of co-signatories in the article’s online supplemental material.

 

Over 13,000 scientists have signed the letter. If you'd like to add your name, be sure to do by 9/26.



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Numerous bird-related regulations appear to be extinct

Jul 25 2017 08:46 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

It is no secret that the current U.S. administration has great disdain for regulations. It now looks as though several bird-related regulations - including some that would have affected ornithological research - are now on the scrap heap. Gone are pending regulations on CITES, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Animal Welfare Act. The bird banding regulatory revisions have been consigned to the long-term action list. Updates to the Wild Bird Conservation Act are still moving forward, as are regulations updating import and export procedures and an increase in permit and other fees.



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Fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society’s Check-list of North American Birds

Jul 06 2017 09:48 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The 17th supplement to the seventh edition of the Checklist of North America Birds has been published in the Auk.



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Government moves to shut down or cripple federal natural resource agencies

May 24 2017 09:18 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

If you value and support the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and other federal natural resource agencies, make your voice heard!

 

Please share this article with your colleagues, students, friends and family.



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Concerned about preservation of National Monuments?

May 06 2017 10:12 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Update May 28: The deadline for commenting on Bears Ears National Monument has passed.

 

ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO COMMENT ON THE POSSIBLE RECISSION OF THE DESIGNATION OF DOZENS OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS. THE DEADLINE IS JULY 10.

 

Express your views!

 

Comment here:

 

https://www.regulati...-2017-0002-0001

 

Details below.

 

In addition to submitting comments, you might also want to send a copy of your comments to your Representative and Senators!



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Thinking of using geolocators? Read this first.

May 04 2017 02:23 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Those planning to use geolocators on songbirds should take note of this critical new research.



Author: Ornithological Council
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DOI contracts/grants on hold - OC needs to hear from you!

May 01 2017 10:33 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (Secretary) recently took action that will delay the issuance of of all planned FY 2017 grants and cooperative agreements in the amount of $100,000 or more. If you are affected by this change (directly, or because you are working under such a grant or cooperative agreement to someone else), please contact the Ornithological Council immediately.



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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - permit app & report forms under review

Mar 29 2017 01:11 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, federal agencies must obtain approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget whenever the agency wants to collect information from 10 or more members of the public. That includes permit application forms. Every three years, the agencies must request renewal of the OMB approval and when they do so, the public is afforded a chance to comment on the forms themselves and the burden imposed on those who must use the forms.



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California overhauling scientific collecting permit regulations

Mar 27 2017 02:46 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The California Department of Fish and Game is overhauling its scientific research permit regulations. If you work in California, here's your chance to have your say.



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Calling Congress should not be a full-time job- new resource for ornithologists

Mar 24 2017 10:04 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Not enough hours in the day as it is, and now you need to call your members of Congress ... again and again and again. If only there was some way to know when those calls are most urgently needed....

 

UPDATE 31 March: Database is up-and-running...and we are running as fast as we can to catch up with the Congress.



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Why not? Scientists can BE policy makers!

Jan 27 2017 06:59 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Mark the date on your calendar:
OUT OF THE LAB, INTO PUBLIC OFFICE
On Tuesday, March 14th, 314 Action will be holding an online information session for those in the STEM community who are interested in running for public office for the first time. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in attending.



Author: Ellen Paul
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March for Science APRIL 22

Jan 25 2017 06:49 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Science can't be silenced.

 

THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE CHAMPIONS PUBLICLY FUNDED AND PUBLICLY COMMUNICATED SCIENCE AS A PILLAR OF HUMAN FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. WE UNITE AS A DIVERSE, NONPARTISAN GROUP TO CALL FOR SCIENCE THAT UPHOLDS THE COMMON GOOD, AND FOR POLITICAL LEADERS AND POLICYMAKERS TO ENACT EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.



Author: Ellen Paul
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First thing we do...let's kill all the science

Jan 24 2017 03:24 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Gag orders imposed on federal research agencies. A top nominee asks "“Do we really need government-funded research at all?” At EPA and USDA, all grant and contract funding is on hold. We've been here before (2001-200) and we survived but this time it feels...different...far worse.



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RENEW OR JOIN NOW

Jan 11 2017 04:32 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The new OSNA Member Portal is now open and available for you to renew your society memberships in the American Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Raptor Research Foundation, and the Wilson Ornithological Society. Renewing online is fast and convenient for you and helps the societies to gather information to better serve you.



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Ornithological Council announces award of two grants

Jan 06 2017 08:43 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council is very pleased to announce the award of two grants for the 2016 funding cycle of the OC Small Grants Program. We congratulate Glenda Denise Hevia of Argentina and Isabel Raymundo Gonzalez of Mexico for undertaking meritorious research projects that promote bird conservation. We are honored to support their work.



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