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  2. Employer: The University of Montana Location: Mt. Kinabalu National Park Country: Malaysia Dates: Fly Feb. 15, start training Feb 18, end June 14 Compensation: $664/2 weeks, plus housing and airfare Description: We are seeking one experienced nest searcher and one experienced target-netter for the 2018 season of a long-term research project in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. This research, exploring tropical avian life history strategies, is conducted at Mount Kinabalu National Park (a World Heritage Site). Duties for the nest-searcher consist primarily of finding bird nests on a tropical mountain and monitoring them throughout the nesting cycle, video-taping parental behavior, measuring nestling growth, as well as accurately re-sighting color-banded birds. Duties for the target-netter consists of actively targeting capture of birds near their nests and taking blood for doubly-labeled water analyses of energetic expenditure. Target-netting requires active problem-solving through assessing movement patterns and moving nets to allow second-capture of birds 24 hours later. Housing and airfare are provided. The crew will consist of T. Martin, a field supervisor (Connor Armstad), 2 PhD and 1 MS students, 6 North American assistants and 3 Malaysian assistants. Breaks allow opportunities to travel around Borneo and see some of the amazing animals and terrain there. Each assistant will have to pay for a research visa (about $250) after we are in Malaysia. Qualifications: - BS in wildlife/natural resources or related field minimum - Extensive experience in forest habitats with nest searching, color-band re-sighting, and song identification is strongly preferred. - Applicants must be self-motivated and self-sufficient, while also able to live in close quarters with a group of people for four months. - must be able to hike steep areas on- and off-trail, while carrying up to 30lbs. - must be able to maintain a positive and energetic attitude despite thorny vegetation, leech bites, and frequent inclement weather To Apply: Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two professional references to: Thomas E Martin: tom.martin@umontana.edu
  3. Powdermill Avian Research Center (www.powdermillarc.org) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its second workshop on Motus technology beginning 5pm Friday October 5th, and ending 2pm Sunday October 7th 2018. The workshop will be held at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh) located in the beautiful mountains of Western Pennsylvania near Rector. The workshop is aimed towards those with little or no experience utilizing nanotags and the Motus Wildlife Network. Participants will gain hands on experience setting up a Motus station and attaching nanotags to live birds (for participants sub-permitted to band birds). Presentations will focus on project planning, examples of how the network has been used for research, and limitations of the technology. Workshop registration is $275 and includes meals Friday evening through Sunday morning, and shared housing in modest cabins on property free of charge (bring your own linens). We are also offering a “build your own sensorgnome” option for an additional $225, you can learn to build you own sensorgnome and then take it home with you at the end of the workshop. If you wish to stay elsewhere, standard accommodations are available at several nearby hotels for approximately $100 per night. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation. If you are interested in attending, please visit the following link and fill out a registration form: https://powdermillarc.org/news/motus-workshop/
  4. Florida Ornithological Society Fall 2018 Meeting November 2-4 Hosted at: Florida Atlantic University Davie, FL www.fosbirds.org Now accepting submissions for the 2018 poster session The Florida Ornithological Society invites papers focusing on biology, behavior, conservation, management, education, or policy issues related to birds. FOS welcomes submissions from any geographic location but is especially interested in papers that relate to work performed in Florida, the Southeast US, and the Caribbean. Papers will be presented in poster form. Papers can present results from completed studies or works in progress. Posters should be no larger than 36 x 48 inches. Instructions for Submitting Abstracts: The deadline for abstract submissions is October 1, 2018. Abstracts should be submitted via email to the FOS paper session reviewers (see contact information below). Abstracts should be under 300 words and include a brief description of objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. If you would like to submit a paper on a related topic that is not listed here, please email us your subject for special consideration. Please email questions about conference presentations to: FOSorganizers@gmail.com For more information including meeting schedule and registration see the attached documents. Please post and share the attached flyer. Thank you for helping us spread the word. We look forward to hearing from and seeing you this November in South Florida. Florida Ornithological Society Advancing Ornithology in Florida. Supporting Research and Education about Birds. Uniting Amateurs and Professionals in the Conservation and Study of Wild Birds. FOS Fall 2018 Meeting.pdf FOS_call_for_papers_2018.pdf
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  6. The Institute for Bird Populations – Point Reyes Station, CA Job Title: Development Associate Job Type: Part-time (50%) Reports to: Executive Director About The Institute for Bird Populations The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) studies the abundance, trends, and ecology of bird populations to enable scientifically sound conservation of birds and their habitats. We collaborate locally, nationally, and globally with government agencies, university scientists, and NGOs to assess the effects of land management actions, climate change, and other ecological stressors on bird populations, and prescribe practical solutions to conservation challenges. Each year we train dozens of young conservation scientists, many of whom serve as volunteer field technicians. We frequently publish our cutting-edge science in peer-reviewed journals. To learn more, visit www.birdpop.org. Job Overview The Development Associate will work with the Executive Director, other IBP staff, and the Board of Directors to develop new sources of private philanthropy. The Associate will help identify, contact, and develop lasting relationships with individuals and private foundations that can support the mission and programs of IBP, and will also help develop print and web materials to attract donors and support donor requests. Anticipated start date is October 1, 2018. Duties and Responsibilities ● Work with the Executive Director to implement a private philanthropy fundraising strategy. ● Research and identify funding prospects that are aligned with the needs of the organization. ● Develop, manage, cultivate, and steward a portfolio of individual and foundation prospects and current donors. ● Encourage higher levels of donor engagement through relationship cultivation, including email and direct mail appeals, phone calls, and in-person visits. ● Request donations from funding prospects. ● Help design, create, and distribute direct mail appeals, annual reports, social media and website content, and other materials to support donation requests. ● Plan and attend donor tours, site visits, and fundraising events. Qualifications ● Experience in a development or communications role, ideally with a non-profit environmental organization. Record of successful private fundraising required. ● Seeking a fundraising ‘shark’ – someone with an outgoing and energetic personality who is excited about requesting and securing donations. ● Highly organized and self-motivated. ● Excellent writing skills. ● Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines. ● Ability to work individually and as a member of a team. ● Willingness to occasionally travel and work evenings and weekends (e.g., donor visits and field trips). ● Excellent social media skills. ● Passion for nature and conservation. ● Must have reliable automobile transportation and a valid driver’s license. ● Sense of humor and ability to thrive in an informal office setting. ● Basic graphic design skills and proficiency with design software are a plus but not strictly required. ● Ability to understand technical scientific literature desired but not strictly required. Compensation and Benefits This is a half-time salaried position paying $36,000 annually. Position includes vacation, paid holidays, prorated health insurance, and other fringe benefits. Work Location Partial telecommuting is an option, but we seek candidates willing to work in our office in Point Reyes Station, CA, at least one day per week. To Apply Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least two professional references to rsiegel[at]birdpop.org. Samples of writing or other fundraising collateral materials are also welcome. No telephone calls please. Please enter “Development Associate” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin August 20 and continue until the position is filled.
  7. Point Blue Conservation Science is seeking one volunteer research assistant to work on Southeast Farallon Island, 30 miles west of San Francisco, California as part of a study examining the migratory movement of parulid warblers. Research assistant duties will primarily consist of catching songbirds in mistnets, identifying species, age, and sex of individuals, collecting morphological data according to established Point Blue protocols, and fitting them with small radio transmitters. In addition, the RA will be responsible for using automated and handheld radio telemetry equipment to monitor departure orientation, and assist the PI with set-up and maintenance of the antenna array and automated receiver. RAs will work full-time, 7 days a week, with a variable schedule that includes long days, pre-dawn start times and night work. RAs also contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the research station and assist with other biological research projects including daily surveys for migrating birds, bats, and butterflies, monitoring white shark activity, daily cetacean surveys, elephant seal tag resights, and monitoring burrowing owl abundance. Applicants for this position must have experience extracting birds from mistnets as well as be comfortable handling and banding songbirds. Previous radio telemetry experience is also desirable. Applicants should enjoy working independently with a high level of responsibility in field work and data entry as well as working frequently with a partner or team. Enthusiasm for intense field work in foggy, windy, and cold conditions is essential as is the ability to maintain a pleasant attitude and coexist on a small, isolated island with other researchers. Position will run from approximately 15 August to 22 October, 2018. We provide great food and comfortable housing on the island. Transportation to San Francisco will also be covered. To apply, please submit a cover letter to Jim Tietz (jtietz AT pointblue.org) describing your interest in the position, a resume focusing on your banding experience, and three references that can vouch for your banding abilities, work ethic, and ability to work well with others. Application deadline is August 1.
  8. POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Professor (Wildlife Ecologist) Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Zoology Southern Illinois University Carbondale Position/Rank: Wildlife Ecologist, Continuing Appointment, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Duties and Responsibilities: The Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek a broadly trained wildlife ecologist that can contribute to our diverse research faculty. We have identified needs in wildlife population ecology, disease ecology, conservation biology, and landscape ecology, but encourage those with other research foci to apply as well. The successful candidate will be expected to enhance departmental research and graduate program capabilities by developing an externally funded research program. Teaching duties will be in the area of wildlife ecology, and could include a course on wildlife Biology Principles. Required Qualifications: (1) Ph.D. in Ecology/Zoology/Biology or a related discipline; (2) demonstrated grant success or evidence of strong potential to obtain external funding; and (3) a publication record and scholarly activities commensurate with experience. Preference will be given to individuals with post-doctoral experience and who are advancing analytical techniques in their field of research. Salary: Commensurate with experience Effective Date of Appointment: August 16, 2019 Application Deadline: November 1, 2018, and continuing until filled Application Procedure: Apply via U.S. Mail or email to the search chair listed below. Include a cover letter highlighting qualifications for the position described, a statement of research interests and plans, a statement of teaching interests and capabilities, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three professional references submitted directly to the search chair by the application deadline. Dr. Matt Whiles Search Committee Chair, Wildlife Ecologist Mail Code 6504 1125 Lincoln Drive, Room 251 Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901 cwrl@siu.edu (electronic applications preferred) SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.
  9. The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S. 3223) was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday by Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and cosponsored by Senators Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee. The bill would provide up to $1.3 billion annually in appropriated funds for state fish and wildlife agencies to support the implementation of state wildlife action plans. SWAPs identify species at risk of becoming threatened or endangered, known as species of greatest conservation need, and detail proactive plans to reduce population declines in an effort to prevent the need to list them under the Endangered Species Act. These appropriated funds would come from existing onshore and offshore energy and mineral production revenues already collected by the federal government at $5 billion to $12 billion annually. Unlike the House version (H.R. 4647) of this legislation introduced in December by Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, the Senate version would require Congressional approval on the amount of funding state agencies can receive each year. By contrast, the House version would provide $1.3 billion in dedicated funding every year in order to provide state agencies with certainty in planning multiyear conservation efforts. The House version [...] View the full article
  10. A community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore contracted with the USDA Wildlife Services to eliminate 290 Canada geese (Branta canadensis) that were endangering water quality. Since 2014, Ocean Pines has attempted to deter the geese from its ponds and roads by using a deterrent called Flight Control and by not mowing areas around lakes and ponds, but the nonlethal efforts didn’t work, the Salisbury Daily Times reported. An Ocean Pines official said the geese were causing “unacceptable levels of feces in the water and recreation areas of the community.” The geese were donated to the Maryland Food Bank. Read the full story here. View the full article
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    Hi all, Following Eldars advice above I was able to get the other units to work using the calibration of another geo (Thanks again Eldar!). I'm still having difficulties with this one unit and i'm not really sure why. Whenever I run this unit through FlightR it appears that the bird never returned to the breeding ground in the 2010 season, which is possible since we never relocated or captured it, I just think that it's highly unlikely. My first thought was that this unit contains two years of data so I tried splitting it. Once the unit was converted into TAGS format I tried splitting the data in half to make it similar to a geo that had a single year of data. This seemed to work slightly better than trying to run it as a single unit, but the results were still scattered everywhere. All of these failed attempts I was using a different geo for the calibration, I cant run the calibration otherwise. I'm not sure what else to do, any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  12. A long-term plan to preserve the Rimatara lorikeet by restoring an extirpated population of the species on a neighboring island that is free of predatory ship rats is demonstrating the importance of this kind of protective program for the sustainability of endangered bird species. A case study published in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report Global Reintroduction Perspectives: 2018—Case Studies from Around the Globe sums up the results of an effort that began in 2000. View the full article
  13. Six full-time, 12-month contracting positions available in Anchorage (4) and Fairbanks (2). Selected applicants will work closely with federal agencies on fisheries management, endangered and threatened species, environmental contaminants, habitat protection and restoration, and marine mammal conservation and recovery. Full announcement available at https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/3dc834cc-45a9-4fa5-a9e9-a446e1154f6c
  14. Plastic pollution has the potential to cause the worst damage to seabirds in the seas around Aotearoa New Zealand, where many of them come to feed and breed. View the full article
  15. WESM (BirdLife in Malawi) united universities, faith groups and community organisations in a highly successful campaign which helped to fast-track a delayed court ruling on the ban on thin plastic in this landlocked southern African country.View the full article
  16. Background: We are recruiting a post-doctoral associate to lead a collaborative project advancing the study of extreme weather and climate in species distribution modeling. This will involve the development and application of models to produce accurate predictions and conduct statistical inference on the vulnerability of bird species to future climate change. The post-doc will have access to data from the citizen science project, eBird (https://ebird.org/home), one the fastest growing biological inventories in the world and freedom to develop research questions within the broader objectives of the project. The position will be funded for 2 years. This is collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The postdoc will be advised by Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg (Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison) and Dr. Daniel Fink (Cornell University). The position will be primarily hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but the post-doc will be expected to visit and spend significant time at the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. Qualifications: We seek motivated candidates with training in quantitative ecology, excellent statistical or machine learning skills (e.g. high dimension regression, Bayesian hierarchical modeling), and experience or interest in species distribution modeling. Previous experience working with spatial databases (climate, land cover) and large biological databases is highly beneficial. Strong computing skills, especially R, and experience using Linux in high-performance computing and cloud environments are desirable. The candidate should have demonstrable ability to produce quality manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and experience working in collaborative research environments. Salary: $60-65,000/year plus benefits Start Date: September 2018 (negotiable) To apply, please submit your application here: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gkGbYWM2Q69lWZ Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate, compiled into one file). After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates. The position is open to both U.S. citizens and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once an offer is made. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by August 10, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration.
  17. New research published in PLOS ONE this week demonstrates dramatic positive benefits for native trees following rat removal at Palmyra Atoll, a magnificent National Wildlife Refuge and natural research laboratory located about 1000 miles south of Hawaii. View the full article
  18. Like Goldilocks, birds prefer it just right when it comes to severity and time after wildfires, researchers found. Some like it hot. Some not so much. To accommodate a diversity of bird species, authors on a recent paper suggest managers in the Sierra Nevadas maintain a mix of fire severity. In a study published in Ecosphere, researchers studied bird patterns in the Sierra Nevada following three wildfires beginning in 2000. “For the most part, the focus on fires has been on single species — basically black-backed woodpeckers,” said Ryan Burnett, the Sierra Nevada Director with Point Blue Conservation and second author on the study. The impact on these birds (Picoides arcticus) was important, but Burnett wanted to look at broader impacts to the avian community. Examining national forest lands where several large wildfires burned, Burnett and his colleagues randomly selected locations and sampled habitat availability on the landscape. Then, they used point counts to detect which bird species were using the habitat after it burned as well as nearby unburned sites. “The initial finding was that many species reach greatest density after fire, especially after high severity,” Burnett said. “It’s clearly very important habitat.” But the team also found that [...] View the full article
  19. Biologists have discovered that different versions of a single gene, called NDP (Norrie Disease Protein), have unexpected links between color patterns in pigeons, and vision defects in humans. These gene variations were likely bred into pigeons by humans from a different pigeon species and are now evolutionarily advantageous in wild populations of feral pigeons living in urban environments. View the full article
  20. The UK's tallest bird – the common crane – is here to stay and we could have as many as 275 breeding pairs within 50 years, according to the latest population model from scientists at the University of Exeter, WWT and RSPB published in Animal Conservation. View the full article
  21. The Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO) is seeking volunteers to assist the Station Scientist in fall (15 Aug- 31 Oct)and spring 2019. Experience in field ornithology (bird identification by sight and sound) or banding is preferred but not essential. Housed on site in a well-furnished, rustic cottage (internet available), volunteers participate in all aspects of the Observatory's activities including migration monitoring (bird banding, census, observations), special events and regular maintenance and housekeeping. The days start early - mist nets are opened 30 minutes before sunrise. During 6 hours, the 15 mist nets are checked every 30 minutes and captured birds are extracted and brought back to the lab where they are banded, processed, and released. Observations of birds on-site take place between net checks and during a formal census. After the monitoring period each day, data are compiled and totals for each species are determined. Once migration monitoring period ends by the early afternoon, there is time for housekeeping and exploring the spectacular Bruce Peninsula (National Park, Georgian Bay, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Dark Sky Community…). Volunteers who stay at least 3 weeks can receive $10/day as a food allowance. Accommodation is provided for all volunteers free of charge, in shared co-ed bedrooms. To Apply:
For more information, visit our website (URL: http://www.bpbo.ca/) and apply for a volunteer position, or contact Ted Cheskey at echeskey@videotron.ca
  22. Hi All, I'm currently in the process of running ZIP models in rjags to test some hypotheses about duck pair abundance. The zero-inflated models include only an intercept parameter and then 3 different dummy parameters to represent the wetland cover class variables 2, 3, and 4. In theory, one would expect the non-transformed value of the parameter estimates to decrease in value from cover class 1 to 4 sequentially. I'm seeing this trend in the MLE models we ran first actually: (Intercept) WCCone WCCthree WCCtwo -6.4537 6.0062 0.8016 3.5753 Unfortunately, I'm running up against a bit of a snag in rjags. The parameter estimates for the wetland cover classes in the zero-inflated portion of the model all end up being relatively the same (~-7 - -8) and are truncated at -10 (see the not-so-nice looking trace plots in attached word file: a2,a3,a4). I've checked for correlations among the covariates, mistakes in the data, and at this point, I am concerned that this might be a coding problem. I realize this is somewhat of an inane question to ask, however, I'm unfortunately not in an academic lab where I can easily find a fellow JAGS coder, so usually end up having to turn to sources like these if I want a second set of eyes. So, I'm hoping there's someone out there who is willing to look through the attached code and let me know if they see an error that might be causing these weird results. I've literally spent the last 6 months digging through these data and this code so I think my eyes cross every time I look at it. Any help would be great. Thanks, KC Example.docx KCScript.R
  23. Tambopata Macaw Project: Volunteers Field Assistant http://vetmed.tamu.edu/macawproject Would you like to live in the middle of the amazon rainforest as part of a fantastic multicultural team while helping to preserve wild macaws? Add to that learning a new set of skills and great field experience at one of the longest running parrot projects in the Americas. If this sounds good to you, come and join our team of dedicated volunteers!! Volunteers should be self-disciplined, responsible, enthusiastic, and patient. You should also be able to tolerate moderate insect levels, and hot weather (85-90F/30-33C with high humidity). You must also be able to get along well with others in a remote field setting. Available Positions We have two different types of positions which are available year round. Position #1: Long term volunteer assistant (8 weeks minimum, 3 month stay preferred) Additional requirements: Good physical condition, able to carry a 40 lb (18 kg) pack over moderate terrain for up to 2 km, no fear of heights (Nov – Mar). Volunteer activities: Volunteers will participate in all activities mentioned above. You will be trained to identify all parrots by sight and sound, climb trees to check macaw nests (Nov – Mar), monitor the clay lick, conduct parrot censuses, locate foraging parrots and enter data. Position # 2: Short term volunteer assistant (12 to 42 day stay preferred) Additional requirements: Average physical condition, able to walk 2 km over moderate terrain, good sense of observing animals, ability to stay seated for long periods of time, some background knowledge of birds in general. Volunteer activities: These assistants will be quickly trained to identify all the local parrots by sight and become experts at clay lick monitoring and macaw nest observation with video camera systems (Nov – Mar). Due to the short length of stay, volunteers will have only minimal involvement in activities requiring higher training levels like parrot censuses and tree climbing. Assistants will also help with data entry. Cost Volunteers need to pay a daily fee according to the position and experience: Position #1: 20 USD/day Position #2: 40 USD/day *A onetime processing fee of $30 will be added for all volunteers. This rate covers food, non-bar beverages, unlimited tea and coffee, accommodation (bedding is provided by the company), transport to the lodge from Puerto Maldonado. Once a volunteer was accepted they will be sent an invoice by email from Texas A&M University. Upon receipt, the volunteer needs to pay 20% of the total cost of their stay. This non-refundable payment is required to holds the reservation for the researcher. The remaining 80% of the payment should be made at least two weeks before the assistant arrives at TRC. Arrangements can be made if assistants wish to pay in cash in Peru. However, prior permission from the coordinator is needed. Changes to the daily fee may apply according to availability and season. For the actual prices please contact the project coordinator: proyectoguacamayo@gmail.com How to apply To apply please send an email to proyectoguacamayo@gmail.com This email should contain the following: 1. A letter of interest explaining why you are want to work on the project 2. Your CV or resume 3. Email addresses for at least 3 references 4. The range of dates when you will be available and how long you can participate. For example you may say something like “any 20 day period between March and July 2015”. The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru under the direction of Dr. Donald Brightsmith of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University. This project has been working with wildlife and local communities since 1989. A long history of dedicated research and monitoring has provided many insights into various aspects of parrot and wildlife of south eastern Peru. We are always looking to collaborate with anyone with a passion for conservation and biology
  24. We are Ecorana Environmental, an eco-travel and environmental education company that specializes in creating and planning applied learning holidays for students, researchers, and eco-tourists alike. The NABC workshop and certification session will be held at our partner facility in Belize, operated by the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S), a grassroots conservation organization that operates the T.R.E.E.S Field Station which is a small biologist-managed research and education facility nestled in the picturesque Maya Mountains of Belize. About the Training: After four years of successful NABC workshops in Belize, this spring banding workshop is back by popular demand! Over the 5-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of bird banding from certified NABC trainers. Instruction will be primarily field-based in small groups (max. 4 per trainer), while classroom style discussions will review: the history of bird banding, bird banding techniques, Pyle, Bird Topography, Molt, and other pertinent topics. The workshop is tailored for participants with no experience to those with plenty. For those wishing to become certified (see www.nabanding.net for requirements) at the Assistant, Bander, or Trainer level, the session will take place immediately following the workshop. Register: Contact us at registration@ecorana.ca to register. Only 12 spaces for the workshop and 8 spaces for the certification session are available. Register today to reserve your space! Cost*: $850 US/person (5-day workshop** only) $350 US/person (2-day certification session only) $1200 US/person (7-day workshop and certification) Dates: Nov. 4th – 8th (Workshop, arrive Nov. 3rd & depart Nov. 9th) Nov. 9th & 10th (**Certification, arrive Nov. 8th & depart Nov.11th)
  25. Audubon Minnesota (AMN) is the local arm of the National Audubon Society. AMN manages Audubon’s conservation and network priorities the states of Minnesota and Iowa. This geography includes 145 Important Bird Areas covering 14.2 million acres and over 30,000 Audubon members, many of whom belong to one of Audubon’s 22 local chapters. The Director of Conservation will lead the development of landscape level conservation objectives for the implementation of Audubon’s five priority conservation strategies in Iowa and Minnesota for the benefit of birds and the places they need to thrive. Their portfolio includes leading the science driven conservation objectives of Audubon’s Upper Mississippi River conservation initiative, which spans Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. S/he will work closely with Audubon Great Lakes, the Audubon Center at Riverlands, and leadership in the Upper Mississippi Flyway. S/he will collaborate with natural resource agencies (federal, state, county, and municipal), private conservation organizations, and Audubon chapters for successful implementation of their work across the landscape. The Director of Conservation will work closely with national, flyway, and state fundraising, science, engagement, and policy teams to build sustainable income streams, engagement efforts, conservation science strategies, and policy objectives to further Audubon’s conservation objectives in the region. Reporting to the Executive Director & Vice President of Audubon Minnesota & the Upper Mississippi River, the Director of Conservation will manage the conservation and science staff throughout the region, including tracking conservation activity and defining measures of success. S/he will develop funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and individuals. S/he will also be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and managing the funding relationships with natural resource agencies at multiple levels of governance along with some funder and donor relationships as assigned. Essential Functions In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and implement conservation strategies for the benefit of birds in the region, which includes leadership of conservation strategy for the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Design and direct the conservation programs in the region to be fully aligned with National Audubon’s strategic plan, maximizing Audubon’s impact by integrating work across the full suite of Audubon’s national and regional science, conservation, network, policy, and development teams. Further Audubon’s reputation through building partnerships and coalitions with a network of land and wildlife management agencies, NGOs, and community scientists. Oversee the incorporation of community science engagement in Audubon’s conservation work and the analysis of these data and those collected by Audubon staff to inform adaptive management strategies and understand outcomes of conservation action. Manage staff and engage volunteers, as needed, to implement Audubon’s bird conservation programs. Design, implement, and direct measures of success focused on birds and habitat across priority landscapes. Provide technical expertise related to birds and habitat in the region to internal and external audiences and partners. Research and secure public and private funding opportunities to support conservation programs. Support the Vice President with development activities including solicitation of gifts and prospect development. Specific activities may include, but are not limited to, leading bird walks and giving presentations to existing and prospective donors. Develop and oversee priority bird conservation projects, in coordination with state and regional science staff and partners, in order to achieve the goals of Audubon’s hemispheric bird conservation programs. Coordinate with regional science, policy, education, and communications staff not under direct supervision to guide planning, monitoring, and conservation implementation in the areas overseen by Audubon Minnesota. Integrate these efforts into Mississippi Flyway and Gulf of Mexico conservation plans and goals. Qualifications and Experience M.S. in Ornithology, Avian Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, or a related field. 8+ years of experience in natural resources management, biology, or related environmental or conservation work and at least 4 years of management experience, specifically leading professional teams. Must be well‐versed in conservation, biology, and identification of regional birds. Strong understanding of the value and previous experience supporting community science, especially in the realm of adaptive management. Deep understanding of conservation issues in Minnesota, Iowa and Upper Mississippi River region. Proven record in project management including managing grants (writing proposals, coordinating with relevant funders, completing reports, and administering contracts), writing articles, and stewarding other relevant projects. Proven fundraising experience, specifically from public agencies and in conservation preferred. Demonstrated experience working with public agencies (federal and state). Must be self‐motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non‐structured environment. Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non‐technical audiences. Strong leadership and collaborative ethics, as demonstrated in previous work. Strong interpersonal and social skills with a positive attitude and good sense of humor. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, working knowledge of GIS technology preferred. Candidate must be willing to conduct in‐state travel, occasional out‐of‐state travel and be comfortable with working evenings and weekends as job demands. Valid driver's license required. Willingness to travel in cars, planes, boats and other vehicles. Ability to work outdoors, in all weather conditions and on varying terrain, with or without accommodation. Ability to carry field equipment, with or without accommodation. To Apply: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3665/director-of-conservation%2c-audubon-minnesota-and-upper-mississippi-river/job
  26. Any of you who have talked with me about teaching R for any length of time have heard me talk about how 'life changing' the instructor training I received through Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry as been. A big part of that is because Software Carpentry was founded by Greg Wilson, and he has spent a LOT of time thinking about teaching, and learning from the best pedagogical research on how to teach coding. Greg just released a new book all about teaching technology, and while not all of will apply to teaching R, this is 100% what I recommend folks read if they want to learn how to teach coding based on the best science of how people learn. Greg is also fantastic at building practices into his classrooms that are welcoming to new comers and make sure that some of the barriers that those with great experience sometimes put up without thinking are broken down. The book is available open source online, more info here. http://third-bit.com/2018/07/15/teaching-tech-together.html
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  28. Hi All, This is likely to become the largest tab within R Onithology. Here is where you can post on most any topic, but we request you use tags to help other users sort through the posts and find things of interest. Possible tags could include bioacoustics, power analysis, distance sampling, radar, modeling, and many many others. Feel free to start new tags of your own!
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