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  2. A few of us in ROpenSci are working on creating a new package `dataspice` that will add the glorious spice of metadata to your existing datasets. It is still in development, but we'd love feedback. We're also building some Shiny apps to help folks enter meta data details. https://github.com/ropenscilabs/dataspice
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    Sharing teaching resources

    Hello Everyone. I had the great chance to attend the ROpenSci 'unconference' this past week and one product to come out of that was a science education group around R, with the goal of sharing teaching resources. More details here - https://github.com/ropenscilabs/rOpenSciEd
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  6. The position will teach a 16-week undergraduate/Master’s split course on Behavioral Ecology (Monday and Wednesday 3:30-4:45pm from Aug. 27 through Dec. 5, 2018 plus a final exam the week of Dec. 10). The faculty member will be responsible for classroom instruction, student consultation outside of class time (at least 1.5 hours per week), grading, and grade submission. The position also will be responsible for coordination with the Director of the M.S. in Environmental Biology (Dr. Kris Voss). Minimum Qualifications An Environmental Science, Ecology, Behavior, Anthropology, or Biology, or equivalent Doctoral degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association is required. Successful candidates will have professional, research, or teaching experience in behavioral ecology. If interested, please visit: http://jobs.regis.edu/postings/3489
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  8. As part of Year of the Bird, we’re encouraging nature lovers around the world to take small but meaningful actions every month that benefit nature. In this spirit, here are 12 simple steps you can encourage your friends and family to take to make the world a better place for birds.View the full article
  9. Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials said. View the full article
  10. Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. But dinosaurs weren't the only ones that got hit hard -- in a new study, scientists learned that the planet's forests were decimated, leading to the extinction of tree-dwelling birds. View the full article
  11. Louis the young stork came into the world on a birch tree in Radolfzell on Lake Constance six or seven weeks ago. Until this day in June 2014, he has only known his parents and three siblings. But suddenly, strange beings have appeared at the nest and take the four small white storks captive. They are Andrea Flack and Wolfgang Fiedler of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the University of Konstanz. View the full article
  12. The Wildlife Society and the Society of American Foresters, along with other professional societies and conservation, forestry, and sportsmen and women’s organizations sent letters to Congress urging lawmakers to ensure the U.S. Forest Service has sufficient funding to support research and development efforts. The letter requests a minimum of $307 million for fiscal year 2019, including necessary increases to the Forest Inventory and Analysis program, which tracks trends in forests across the country to evaluate management and adjust practices to prepare for the future, and at least $224 million for other Forest and Rangeland Research programs, including wildlife research. “Forest Service R&D programs inform policy and land-management decisions that improve health and use of the nation’s forests and rangelands, including aquatic systems,” the letter says. “Funding for these important activities is critical to sustaining the nation’s natural resources.” The president’s proposed a 13 percent reduction for Forest Service R&D from 2017 — from $288.5 million to $261 million. However, the final appropriations omnibus bill for fiscal year 2018 funded R&D at $297 million, with $77 million specified for the FIA program. USFS research efforts illustrate the value American forests provide and help the Forest Service, state agencies and private landowners [...] View the full article
  13. An ecosystem services approach combined with adaptive decision-making can aid land and resource managers in administering their regions for the benefit of communities and stakeholders, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey and Resources for the Future. View the full article
  14. This is a summer position lasting 12 weeks. The position is for 30 hours a week and pays $12.65 an hour. Job will require working at least one Saturday or Sunday a week. Working with the BC Program Manager and the Fraser Estuary Program Manager the successful applicant will be working to communicate the importance of the Fraser estuary and other IBA’s to the community and undertake monitoring and data entry activities related to bird conservation in BC. Key Responsibilities and task will include: Staffing a public education kiosk at the Vancouver Aquarium teaching visitors about the importance of the Fraser estuary as bird habitat; Conducting weekly Tree Swallow and Wood Duck nest box surveys at the Alaksen National Wildlife Area; Entering Marbled Murrelet survey data into Nature Counts; Assisting Bird Studies Canada staff with activities associated with the International Ornithological Congress and Vancouver International Bird Festival. Other activities and tasks as assigned by managers. As a Canada Summer Job opportunity the successful candidates must demonstrate they: Are between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment; Were registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year; Intend to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year; Are a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program; Are a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and; Are legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations. Additional desired qualifications include: Willingness to travel to various locations in the Metro Vancouver region; A commitment to environmental conservation; Excellent customer service skills, outgoing and have the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences; Proven ability to work within a team; Self-motivated and able to work well under minimal supervision; Ability to learn and adapt in a constantly changing environment; Ability and maturity to deal with a wide variety of ages and personalities; Strong verbal communication skills; Strong decision making skills; Second language an asset. HOW TO APPLY For more information and a full job description visit http://www.birdscanada.org/news/job-opportunities Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to jcasey@birdscanada.org by May 25, 2018. Bird Studies Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
  15. Gain hands-on experience at a zoo-based conservation organization! The Houston Zoo is offering opportunities to participate in unpaid internships in the Bird Department. Students will shadow and assist Zoo staff in the care of one of the largest zoological collections of birds the United States. The Houston Zoo is home to over 165 species of birds, with more than 800 individual animals. This includes flamingos, cassowaries, shoebill storks, kookaburra, macaws, hornbills, and other endangered species. From learning about exhibit maintenance to enrichment and training of the animals, this position will give real world experience in the field of zoo keeping. In addition to learning each routine’s duties, interns will gain knowledge of anatomy, behavior, and the conservation status of each species. Candidates for this position should be self-motivated, dependable, positive, and show an interest in pursuing a career in animal care management or conservation of birds. The internship is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn the following: Diet preparation and feeding Proper nutrition and care for a variety of bird species Maintaining of animal exhibits and holding areas (perching, trimming, propping, etc.) according to AZA regulations Observing and recording animal conditions, social behaviors, and responses Observing vet care and treatments Designing and constructing of enrichment and evaluations Positive and educational interaction with Zoo guests PHYSICAL EFFORT AND ENVIRONMENT: This position involves a lot of walking and lifting. Time outdoors can be expected, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, or dust. It may also involve considerable physical exertion such as climbing, reaching, assuming awkward positions, repetitive motions, and lifting and/or moving of heavy objects (up to 25 pounds) on a regular basis. Due to the nature of this environment, interns will have some public contact requiring considerable communication skills. Interns can expect to present keeper chats for the public towards the end of the internship. REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS: Ability to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced environment Ability to work independently while being an important part of a team Exhibit strong professionalism and communication skills Possess a desire to gain experience and knowledge working with birds Some knowledge of husbandry is preferred but not required Interns are required to complete approximately 350 hours at a commitment of 27 hours/week. This can be accomplished in three, 9 hour shifts per week, for 13 weeks. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends. Shift times are 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Candidates do not need previous husbandry experience but working at other animal facilities is a plus Coursework in biology or zoology-related field is preferred but not required Compose and present an educational presentation at the end of internship
  16. Researchers have recently published results identifying the major sources of E. coli breakouts on several beaches on Lake Michigan. They have also researched an effective method of reducing the breakouts and the resulting beach closings. View the full article
  17. Description: The Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee is immediately hiring 1 technician to implement spring breeding bird monitoring and Northern Bobwhite habitat monitoring on the Wolf River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Moscow, Tennessee. Wolf River WMA is the Tennessee focal area for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative’s (NBCI) Coordinated Implementation Program (CIP). The CIP aims to demonstrate in numerous places that within 5-10 years well-designed habitat management can achieve desired bobwhite population goals and benefit other birds of conservation concern. Technician will conduct spring breeding bird point counts, Northern Bobwhite habitat mapping, data entry, and other assignments as needed. Technician will be based near Moscow, TN. Housing and field vehicle will be provided. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate should be familiar with identification of early successional/grassland birds by sight and sound, and experienced at habitat monitoring. Preference will be given to candidates with proven bird identification skills. The ideal candidate should be able to work independently, have a positive attitude, be comfortable working long days in the field during hot summer months, able to interact positively with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) personnel, WMA visitors, and fellow researchers, and be excited about participating in Northern Bobwhite and avian conservation. A BS in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field is preferred, but undergraduates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply. A valid driver’s license is required. Candidate should bring their own binoculars. Dates: Immediately – approx. July 13 Salary: $1,600/month; field housing and work vehicle provided. To apply: Please send a complete resume with contact information for 3 references and a cover letter outlining relevant work experience, especially related to bird monitoring, to the email provided. Use “Field Technician” as the subject of your email. Contact: Kyle Brazil, kbrazil@utk.edu (email preferred), (325) 215-9364, 274 Ellington Plant Sciences
  18. Every year, millions of animals are used in scientific research across the UK. Statistics suggest that almost four million scientific procedures were carried out on animals in 2016 alone. The majority of these were reported to be on mice (73%), followed by fish (14%), rats (6%) and birds (4%). The remaining proportion was made up of other species including horses and other equines (0.23%), dogs (0.13%), primates (0.09%) and cats (0.004%). View the full article
  19. Eastern hemlock forests have been declining due to a non-native insect pest. A new study presents some of the best data showing how the decline of a single tree species leads to the disappearance of birds specialized to them. The data also indicate birds associated with non-hemlock habitat features are spreading into former hemlock forests. A single insect species has led to a less diverse bird community across this landscape. View the full article
  20. Postdoctoral Conservation Research and Teaching Fellow The American Museum of Natural History offers a unique opportunity for a recent Ph.D. who is interested in both biodiversity conservation research and educating the next generation of students in applied biodiversity conservation. The purpose of this position is to conduct scientific research with a focus on biodiversity conservation, and teach in the Museum's Student Research Mentoring Program as it expands biodiversity conservation research opportunities for high school students from historically underrepresented groups. For more information and to apply go to: https://careers.amnh.org/postings/1461
  21. Every animal's ultimate goal in life is to generate offspring to pass on its genetic material to the next generation. But sometimes, resources are scarce and the task of reproduction is too difficult or risky. If resources are limited and tough to find, reproductive efforts may fail anyway. In these situations, it may be in an animal's best interests to not defend a territory or to breed at all, but rather to focus its efforts on surviving to the next breeding season. Biologists refer to individuals without a territory during the breeding season as 'floaters'. A new study from The Auk: Ornithological Advances presents some of the best evidence on how changes in environmental conditions, specifically droughts, impact the social and reproductive behavior of birds. View the full article
  22. Why did birds lose their teeth? Was it so they would be lighter in the air? Or are pointy beaks better for worm-eating than the jagged jaws of dinosaur ancestors? View the full article
  23. From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday. View the full article
  24. Most renderings and reconstructions of pterodactyls and other extinct flying reptiles show a flight pose much like that of bats, which fly with their hind limbs splayed wide apart. But a new method for inferring how ancient animals might have moved their joints suggests that pterosaurs probably couldn't strike that pose. View the full article
  25. Usually, birds of a feather flock together -- but in the Amazon, some flocks feature dozens of species of all shapes and colors. A new study singles out one reason why these unusually diverse flocks exist: lookout species that call in alarm when they spot dangerous predators. View the full article
  26. Third-grader Jessica was quiet in group discussions and did not see herself as a strong science student. But after an eight-week unit in school where she was able to read, write about, collect data on and even draw and photograph ladybugs for a project, she began to see herself as scientist in her own right—explaining the life stages and lifestyles of ladybugs to grownups with conviction. View the full article
  27. After a two-and-a-half-year expedition through the world's most biodiverse protected area, the Identidad Madidi explorers have concluded their epic quest of completing a massive biological survey of Madidi National Park, uncovering more than 120 potentially new species of plants, butterflies and vertebrates in the process, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). View the full article
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