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  2. If anybody is directed to the campaign page from the Ornithology Exchange and is able to donate, please let me know as I would love to be able to point out organizations of support for future publicity and media events. https://www.gofundme.com/save-the-heron-support-a-kingdom
  3. Workshop: Using environmental DNA for surveys and monitoring Dates: November 5-9, 2018 Location: The Wilds Conservation Science Training Center, Cumberland OH Instructor: Dr. Stephen Spear, Director of Wildlife Ecology at The Wilds Environmental DNA is increasingly used as a monitoring tool for aquatic and even some terrestrial species. This week-long workshop will provide a detailed introduction to eDNA methodology and how to apply the method into a monitoring framework. The workshop will have lecture components, but will primarily focus on hands-on lab exercises. The workshop is geared toward focal species eDNA monitoring, although metabarcoding approaches will be discussed. The following topics will be included: • Overview of eDNA case studies using both water and soil sampling • Collection and filtering of water and soil samples in the field • Designing primers for species-specific amplification • Laboratory extraction and amplification of eDNA samples using qPCR • Interpreting results and analytical tools for using eDNA in monitoring programs. At the end of the week, each participant will have collected, extracted, and analyzed their own eDNA samples. Participants will also work in groups to design and implement a small eDNA research study during the course of the week. This workshop is targeted toward both professionals and graduate students with limited first-hand experience with eDNA that are looking to learn more about the method or develop their own eDNA projects. No previous experience is required, although some prior experience in either genetic techniques or monitoring methods would be helpful. The course will be located at The Wilds (https://thewilds.columbuszoo.org), a 10,000 acre AZA conservation center located approximately 90 miles east of Columbus. Our facilities include a low-copy DNA lab, a general lab, classroom, Eastern hellbender conservation center, and many lakes and streams. Housing is available at the new Wilds cabins at Straker Lake (https://thewilds.columbuszoo.org/home/visit/stay-overnight/the-wilds- cabins-at-straker-lake). The cabins at Straker lake have 3 rooms/ 2 bathrooms per cabin. Each room has two beds. A limited number of spaces at our Conservation Science Training Center cabins will be available for students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food service will not be available at The Wilds during the workshop, although each cabin comes with a kitchen that will allow participants to prepare their own meals. Workshop fees and costs: The fee for the workshop is $700 for professionals and $500 for students. Housing at the cabins at Straker lake is an additional $50/person/night for each room if there are two people per room, or $100/person/night if an individual room is desired. Limited student housing at the CSTC cabins is available for $62.50 for the entire week. To register for the workshop or to ask any questions, please contact Stephen Spear at sspear@thewilds.org.
  4. The Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota is recruiting an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in spatial modeling to begin August 2019. We seek candidates who develop spatially explicit models to examine impacts of land-use, vegetation dynamics, and/or climate change on populations, communities, or ecosystems at local, regional and global scales. The successful candidate's research will complement that of existing faculty, enabling collaboration and mentoring of graduate students. Opportunities for collaboration and research support include faculty with research interests in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, biodiversity, conservation and global change. Opportunities for collaboration also exist with faculty associated with a newly developed Ph.D. program in Sustainability and the Missouri River Institute (http://www.usd.edu/missouri-river-institute). Teaching may include spatial modeling, remote sensing, quantitative biology/statistics, general ecology, global change biology or other courses in the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to establish a productive and extramurally funded research program and actively train M.S. and Ph.D. students. A Ph.D. is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Review of applications will begin September 7, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu and must provide a cover letter that describes background with respect to the qualifications listed above, a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for at least three professional references. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. David Swanson, Search Committee Chair, Department of Biology (david.swanson@usd.edu<mailto:Helenurm@usd.edu>). The University of South Dakota is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
  5. Melanie Colón

    Species on the Move conference

    Invitation to Submit an abstract, session or workshop proposal: Species on the Move 2019 continues the conference series following the successful inaugural conference held in Hobart, Tasmania in 2016. The Species on the Move Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract that can contribute to discussions on understanding and responding to climate driven species redistribution. Species on the Move aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from the latest research in climate change ecology and adaptation in the associated human-systems. The Scientific Committee are keen to encourage participation by, and highlight excellent work from, students and early career researchers. We have a dedicated early career networking function for this group of researchers to have priority networking time with our keynote speakers, and we plan to select and feature several ‘up and coming’ researchers for ‘lightning plenary’ speaking slots. The conference gives attendees a unique opportunity to visit South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Attendees will be staying in the park, the conference centre and accommodation are within the Skukuza rest camp. The conference will incorporate a sunset game drive on the way to a bush boma for the conference dinner. Please do not hesitate to contact the conference managers for any queries relating to Species on the Move 2019. The conference is dedicated to inclusion, equity and diversity so please let us know any particular needs that may facilitate your attendance. We look forward to receiving your abstract or workshop proposal shortly. Co-convenors Prof Warick Sauer and Gretta Pecl, on behalf of the Scientific, Organising and Early Career Conference Committees
  6. Melanie Colón

    Liber Ero Fellowship Program

    Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada's wild places and natural resources. The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of *November 1, 2018*. *See http://liberero.ca/ for more details.* Please see http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/ to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects. Sincerely, Sally Otto ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto, FRSC Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program Department of Zoology University of British Columbia 6270 University Blvd. Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z4 otto@zoology.ubc.ca <mailto:otto@zoology.ubc.ca> 604 822 2778 (work) 604 822 2416 (fax)
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  8. Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of north-central Nevada nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. View the full article
  9. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Virginia Tech are seeking one seasonal field technician and crew leader to work on an NSF funded project investigating the proximate links between hormones, neuroendocrine gene expression, behavior, and social network structure in a cooperative lek-breeding bird, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda). The project will run from mid-November to March. Technicians will be expected to make a minimum three-month time commitment (January to March) and the crew leader a four-month commitment (December to March). Fieldwork will be conducted at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This field site is a 650-hectare tract of pristine lowland rainforest adjacent to Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. The field site is extremely remote and technicians will be expected to work long-hours in hot, humid, buggy, and often rainy conditions. Candidates must be in excellent physical shape with the ability to carry 50+ pounds and walk long distances on muddy trails. All competitive applicants will have meticulous data collection skills, good inter-personal skills, and the ability to work independently. Field Technician: Qualified applicants will have experience working on field-based projects with birds. Experience resighting color-banded birds, doing behavioral observations and working with telemetry are all considered a plus. Mist-netting is a desirable qualification but not essential. Crew Leader: Qualified applicants must have extensive banding and bleeding experience with small passerines, preferably some experience with tropical birds. Candidates with supervisory experience and hormone sampling (timed bleeds) are preferred. Students and Latin Americans seeking additional field experience are encouraged to apply. The field technician can expect to gain experience working with mist nets and may have the opportunity to assist with banding efforts. Applicants do not necessarily need to speak Spanish. All travel expenses will be paid (international airfare, food and lodging) and a small stipend for Latin Americans will be available commensurate with experience. Visa costs for the crew leader will be covered by the project. To apply please send a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, CV/Resume and contacts for at least three professional references. Please include an estimated number of birds banded and bled in your application. Submit materials to Dr. Brandt Ryder and Ben Vernasco via email (pipra.filicauda@gmail.com) by September 15th, 2018 with the subject line heading of “MANAKIN CREW LEADER” or “MANAKIN FIELD TECH”. Please also indicate which position you are applying for in the body of the email. Hiring will begin immediately.
  10. Electronic tracking devices have transformed our insight into the lives of birds at sea. Globe-trotting ornithologist Dr Michael Brooke describes some of the most fascinating seabird discoveries from his new book “Far from Land – The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds”.View the full article
  11. The Department of Biology at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Evolutionary Biology beginning August 2019.Weseek a colleague who conducts research on evolutionary processes in natural populations (especially non-model organisms). We are particularly interested in researchers who integrate their field and/or laboratory work with mathematical modeling or with conservation issues such as climate change, disease, urbanization, or biodiversity. Applicants must be committed to developing an externally funded research program and contributing to both undergraduate and graduate programs through teaching and mentorship of student research. We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to increase the access and success of underrepresented students in biology, or who have detailed plans to accomplish such goals. Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience in a related field are required. Candidates must have an active record of research related to their specialty area as well as evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities. Candidates will be expected to teach an evolution course for biology majors as well as additional courses within their area of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please see the Department’s website <https://biology.sfsu.edu> for additional details. Please submit the following materials online to this Academic Jobs Online website link <https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11661> by September 28, 2018 (review of applications will continue until the position is filled): 1) letter of intent/interest; 2) current CV; 3) a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Biology Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; 4) teaching statement; 5) research statement; 6) representative sample of published papers; 7) contact information for three references (letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date). SFSU is a comprehensive, urban university that serves the ethnically diverse Bay Area. The mission of San Francisco State University is to create an environment for learning that promotes appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region, state, the nation, and the world. SFSU and the Department of Biology are committed to a diverse professoriate that includes women and individuals from underrepresented minority groups. SFSU is an EEO/AA employer.
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  13. I've recently came across an R package called 'officer' that makes it really easy to export editable figures/graphs (base or ggplot) to an Office application. This makes it really easy to modify figures for presentations or in my case a poster. Every element will be generated as a text/shape etc so you can change colors, text sizes, move them around etc. Also looks as though you could generate an entire presentation or document if you wanted. Figured I would share the knowledge. Here is a link to the vignette for exporting to powerpoint. I was able to follow it exactly and achieve the desired result but if you have issue feel free to reply. There are also other vignettes for the package on CRAN if you are interested in other applications. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/officer/vignettes/powerpoint.html -Alli
  14. Melanie Colón

    Holden grant

    Through a generous bequest from the estate of Roberta “Polly” Holden, a long-time resident of the Hopewell Valley and supporter of environmental causes, Washington Crossing Audubon Society has been able to establish a small grants program to assist individuals and organizations in advancing conservation, environmental education and research through initiatives broadly related to birdlife. Holden Grants are for conservation and conservation education. The grants emphasize, but are not limited to, three main areas: habitat protection and restoration, avian monitoring and conservation, and public awareness and education. Twenty-five percent of the bird species found in the United States are of conservation concern, with many of these species declining at an unsustainable rate. Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation are the major factors in this decline. Since the majority of species that are declining unsustainably are Nearctic-neotropical migrants, projects related to both the breeding grounds and wintering grounds are considered. Areas with robust bird numbers and diversity of species are indicators of a healthy, dynamic ecosystem. Thus monitoring bird populations is a time and cost effective way of assessing over-all environmental health, justifying our emphasis on bird conservation. However, the program also encourages grants that address conservation concerns related to other threatened taxa or preserving overall biodiversity. The grants also recognize the importance of education in reconnecting people with the natural world and thereby building a stronger base of advocates for conservation.
  15. For most of us, the body's deterioration is an unavoidable part of getting older. This age-related decline, known as "senescence", can occur subtly and slowly for some individuals, while for others it happens much faster. A researcher from The Australian National University is trying to find out why. View the full article
  16. North Cascades Audubon Society is looking to award a small number of grants, up to $500 each, to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing research in environmental science, conservation and other fields of study relating to North Cascades Audubon’s mission. Application Requirements: Abstract– A brief written description of your proposed research containing basic, easy to understand information on your research objectives and methods. Please include an explanation of how your research will further the mission of the North Cascades Audubon’s mission statement (see below). Limit 200 words. Proposal Narrative– Outline your proposal research grant in detail, covering methodology, hypothesis, future applicability and any relevant background information. This proposal with the abstract must be approximately 3 pages. Budget- Please include an entire, detailed budget in addition to your proposal narrative. Grant Amount Request: Up to $500. Please highlight within your budget what you would like this scholarship to cover. Durable materials purchased with this grant must stay with the university upon research completion. Required Report: NCAS board requests a report on conclusion of research project.
  17. When people get sick, they tend to retreat to their beds, opting for rest and recovery instead of infecting others. It’s been widely believed that sick wild animals also isolate themselves and minimize disease transmission, but new research suggests that those in arid areas and other habitats with scant resources might pass pathogens around by spending more time than expected close to healthy individuals. “If you think of dry environments, a lot of animals aggregate at small waterholes,” said Mathias Franz, first author on the study published in Functional Ecology. “That could affect contact patterns and how sickness might affect these contact patterns.” In 2017, Franz, a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany, and his colleagues modeled the movement of infected solitary vertebrates on dry landscapes based on various assumptions about their behavior. Their model applies to species such as the African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), which carry serious illnesses like foot and mouth disease and bovine tuberculosis and rely heavily on the limited water in the savannah. “The stronger the water dependency of the animals, the stronger the increase in disease spread due to sickness behavior,” Franz said. “What we think of as [...] View the full article
  18. Position Description: Greater-sage grouse translocations. Drs. Hagen and Dugger are seeking a graduate student to pursue a Master’s in Wildlife Sciences at Oregon State University to study the ecology of greater sage-grouse translocated from Nevada into the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in cooperation with California Department of Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Nevada Department of Wildlife. This position includes 2 full years of Graduate Research Assistantship funding at approximately $1989/month plus basic medical coverage while enrolled and a tuition waiver. The study will focus on two primary objectives: (1) evaluate translocated sage-grouse response to concurrent restoration to assess habitat conditions that could be limiting population growth and range expansion and, (2) evaluate the potential of sage-grouse dispersal from existing and translocated birds focusing on landscape constraints which could inhibit movement. Within this framework the student is expected to develop an innovative research project including a written thesis as partial fulfillment of the requirements M.S. degree. This study will use GPS transmitters to track female sage-grouse year-round, and field work will be required to locate nest sites, determine brood survival, and collect vegetation data to try and understand the demography and habitat use of translocated sage-grouse. Qualifications: Applicants must have the following: 1) a strong academic background in vertebrate ecology or a closely related field; 2) field experience with wildlife studies in extremely remote, rugged terrain under inclement weather, 3) the ability to lift 50 lbs; 4) an ability to interact with the public on controversial issues; and 5) a strong interest or experience in landscape ecology or spatial ecology. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong quantitative (particularly population modeling) background, GIS skills, and experience working with avian species. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll at Oregon State University fall term 2019 (September), but hourly wages to begin pilot field work as early as late January will be available. Send cover letter, resume, GRE scores, and copies of academic records (unofficial transcripts are fine) in a SINGLE PDF file to Drs. Christian Hagen (Christian.hagen@oregonstate.edu) AND Katie Dugger (Katie.Dugger@oregonstate.edu). Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
  19. In a study published in Behavioral Ecology researchers from Uppsala University show that the same type of sperm is not always the best for all male birds. Depending on how attractive or dominant you are you might be more successful with longer or shorter sperm. View the full article
  20. The Senate has passed the appropriations bill (H.R. 6147) for the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies as part of a small omnibus package, or “minibus,” with the Agriculture, Financial Services-General Government and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development bills. The Aug. 1 passage is the first time since 2010 that the Senate was able to advance the Interior-EPA appropriations bill without including it as a large omnibus spending package at the end of the fiscal year. The Interior-EPA bill is often controversial because it is a popular vehicle for environmental policy riders. The Senate version of the bill is largely free of riders thanks to an agreement between Democrats and Republicans to reduce the number of amendments to the bill in order to ease passage. However, combining the bill with the House version in a conference committee may be difficult because the House version contains many of the controversial policy riders the Senate avoided, including some that would affect enforcement and management under the Endangered Species Act. Overall, funding levels between the two bills are relatively similar. The House version would provide $35.3 billion for the Interior-EPA bill, while the Senate version puts funding levels at 35.9 billion. The Interior Department would [...] View the full article
  21. In the past, researchers have found an array of pharmaceuticals, evident in the bodies of animals near sewage treatment plants. Researchers recently found the antidepressant Prozac may affect starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) with diluted concentrations of the drug in their systems. In a recent study, researchers discovered male starlings are less attracted to female birds that have concentrations of Prozac similar to those near sewage sites. The males sang less to females who were fed diluted concentrations of the antidepressant. Researchers say this could eventually make it hard for the birds to find a mate and breed. Read more about it on the University of York’s website or read the study in Chemosphere. View the full article
  22. As public funding for conservation appears to be dwindling and the need for projects increases, a panel of speakers at the TWS 25th Annual Conference in Cleveland offer glimpses into where future conservation dollars might come from. The Caesar Kleberg Keynote: The Future Funding for Wildlife Conservation will look at four models that bring in funds from nontraditional sources. The common denominator for all of them is private dollars for a profession that has historically relied on public funding, said David Hewitt, executive director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, which is sponsoring the keynote and is a platinum sponsor of the conference. The keynote takes place Thursday, Oct. 10 from 10:20 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. at the Huntington Convention Center. “There are projections of less money being available, and it’s obvious there is more and more conservation work that needs to be done,” Hewitt said. His own organization is one of the success stories he wants to share. Although the nonprofit wildlife research institute is affiliated with Texas A&M’s Kingsville campus, most of its budget comes from private funds, primarily through endowments and annual gifts. “It’s really opened up a lot of potential to [...] View the full article
  23. I have received a request from Akbar Shah, a Pakistani Ph.D who has been studying tragopans. The Pakistani government offers a full-freight six-month post-doc fellowship. He has contacted the very few who have published on tragopans and is hoping there might be someone else who is interested in having him in his lab. The fellowship pays his airfare, lodging, and something called "bench fees." It has to be at one of the top 200 universities as per this ranking: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats If you are interested in having Dr. Shah working in your lab for six months, please contact him directly. His e-mail address is wildlifeswat@gmail.com I have attached his CV. AkbarShahCV-2.pdf
  24. Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped. View the full article
  25. Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish. View the full article
  26. A new tool that predicts which animal species are most at risk of dying on roads, and in which areas, could aid efforts to preserve global biodiversity. View the full article
  27. The Western Bird Banding Association (WBBA) and the Alaska Songbird Institute (ASI) invite you to scenic Fairbanks, Alaska, for WBBA’s annual meeting: September 6-9, 2018. The meeting coincides with peak bird migration and peak foliage coloration. The theme for the meeting is "Banding: a tool for studying climate change." Find all details of the meeting at http://www.westernbirdbanding.org/meeting_2018.html.
  28. Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch seeks a Director as a part-time contractor. The Director is responsible to achieve Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (MSRW) mission and goals, both through direct task work and through recruiting, energizing, and guiding volunteers. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required, along with experience in management, including financial, fundraising, and organizational development. Experience working with a non-profit a plus. Applicants must provide own health and other applicable insurance. Compensation dependent on experience. To apply send cover letter, resume’, and 3 references to Ed Pike (email) edandanne6750@gmail.com.; or telephone 231-758-3319, by Nov. 1, 2018.
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