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#3216 AOU Members Response to SFO Vision

Posted by Tony Diamond on 17 March 2012 - 05:21 PM

It is disturbing to this Canadian that the AOU group preparing this document seems to contain no Canadian representation, despite the strong roles played by many Canadians in the AOU over the years. The SCO-SOC is in a different position than many other societies - WOS, COS, AFO etc - in that it is a national society; many members are sensitive to being folded into an "American" super-society. While many of us are also members of AOU, WOS, COS, and AFO, we feel strongly that there is a need and role for a Canadian national organisation.
While sharing Bruce Beehler's concern that a new name should reflect the Western Hemisphere scope of the Society, I doubt that many would support simply using the existing AOU name. That would look like a take-over of the smaller societies by Big Brother, and would cause confusion in future over "which AOU" was meant.
A professional staff is a great idea, for sure, and the clear roles for different new journals would be excellent. How each society consults and involves its membership in these momentous decisions is critical; so far this seems to have taken the form mainly of informing them and assuring them that their officers are looking after their interests. The opportunities for members not attending NAOC seem to be very limited.
Tony Diamond (SCO-SOC President, 1999-2000) (Fellow, AOU)
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#5047 El Hornero now online!

Posted by Ellen Paul on 09 October 2012 - 09:05 AM

Finalmente ya esta está disponible el acceso publico a través de
Internet a la colección completa de El Hornero desde 1917, alojado en
la biblioteca de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la
Universidad de Buenos Aires.
http://digital.bl.fc...aciones/hornero
.El portal cuenta con herramientas de busqueda de textos.

En la biblioteca electrónica Scielo, se encuentran los números nuevos,
hasta el ultimo
http://www.scielo.or...&lng=es&nrm=iso

Este trabajo es el resultado de un gran esfuerzo del equipo editorial
de El Hornero encabezado por Javier Lopez de Casenave y Fernando
Milesi, secundado por voluntarios que colaboraron en el scanneo y la
edición. Se pudo hacer además con el apoyo de Aves Argentinas
(www.avesargentinas.org.ar) y especialmente con la ayuda de la AOU a
través de un fondo de apoyo a sociedades ornitológicas
http://www.aou.org/a...itive/index.php. Muchas gracias!


The entire collection of El Hornero (the publication of Aves Argentinas/Asociación Ornitológica del Plata, dating back to 1917) is now online at

http://digital.bl.fcen.uba.ar/gsdl-282/cgi-bin/library.cgi?p=about&c=publicaciones/hornero

The portal has text search tools.

The more recent issues are available at Scielo:
http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php?script=sci_issues&pid=0073-3407&lng=es&nrm=iso

This work is the result of a great effort of the editorial team of El Hornero headed by Javier Lopez and Fernando Casenave Milesi, supported by volunteers who assisted in the scanning. It was supported by Aves Argentinas (www.avesargentinas.org.ar) and an AOU grant to support ornithological societies
http://www.aou.org/awards/competitive/index.php. Thank you very much!
Dr. Adrian S. Di GiacomoDirector Científico / Aves ArgentinasInvestigador (CONICET)Laboratorio de Ecología y Comportamiento AnimalDepartamento de Ecología, Genética y Evolución,Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires,Int. Güiraldes y Av. Cantilo s/n,Pabellón II Ciudad Universitaria,C1428EHA Buenos Aires, Argentina
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#4132 AOU Members Response to SFO Vision

Posted by Ricky Dunn on 03 July 2012 - 08:26 AM

One of the difficulties in commenting on SFO proposals is that responses may vary depending on which hat you are wearing. Thus, a COS member might be in favour of SFO (not wanting to give up COS identity unless AOU does the same) – but the same person, speaking as an AOU member, might prefer to preserve AOU, with or without other societies merging into it. Because so many AOU members are also members of other societies, this kind of ambivalence is likely to be widespread.

Sure, there are sound reasons for making some changes – but nearly everything proposed could be done by making changes within AOU, without losing the continuity of over 100 years. Why throw out the baby with the bath-water?

I wonder whether it might be better for AOU to undergo its own renewal process, without the complication of involving other societies. Not an easy task, but probably a lot easier than trying to deal with conflicting agendas across numerous societies.

Finally, I repeat some requests for information that I posted last November, as the crucial info it calls for has not been forthcoming.
  • Justifications for major aspects of the proposal.

- Pros and cons should be presented not only for merging, but for a new business structure, for 4 journals (why 4, vs. 2 or 3?), for a single editor vs. 4 editors and a single managing editor, for a paid administrator (instead of paid editors), etc.

- Depending on the balance of pros/cons for each of the above, there might be alternative models proposed for particular aspects. Presentation of pos/cons and viable alternatives will help ensure that comments are relevant and constructive.

  • Fully costed business plan, with alternatives based on how many societies would be joining in.

- This would have to include clear indication of how 4 journals could be supported under each scenario (number of merging societies), what the cost of membership and subscriptions would have to be, and how many of each would be required (compared to current numbers). How much annual fundraising would be needed? Number and size of endowments being merged would clearly affect these numbers.

- Fund-raising items in the budget must be realistic. Fund-raising is a real profession, and can’t be done part-time by an Executive Director. A good one is expensive, and the office requires a decent budget to do its work. Is there really a viable target market for funders of a scientific society? Supporting ourselves by selling journal and advertising space at very high prices (like medical journals) is not an option for us.


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#3339 New editor, Wilson Journal of Ornithology

Posted by Bob Curry on 01 April 2012 - 01:42 PM

Members of WOS Council are very pleased to announce that they have elected Dr. Mary Bomberger Brown to serve as the next Editor of the Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

Dr. Bomberger Brown will begin service on 1 July 2012, and will take responsibility for content of the journal beginning with volume 125 (2013). She will take over from the capable leadership of current WJO Editor Dr. Clait Braun, who will retain responsibility for volume 124 (2012).

Dr. Bomberger Brown will become the first woman to serve as Editor of any of the primary journals of the major North American ornithological societies, following Dr. Mercedes Foster (former Editor of Ornithological Monographs) as only the second woman to take a lead editorial role within those same societies.


Postscript:

Several people have pointed out that Dr. Cheryl Dykstra has capably served as Editor for many years of the Journal of Raptor Research. We join other ornithologists in celebrating Dr. Dykstra's role as the female editor of this major publication of the Raptor Research Foundation, an organization of international scope that extends beyond North America.

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#3291 Article calling for end to bird banding rebutted by Ornithological Council an...

Posted by Ellen Paul on 26 March 2012 - 02:51 PM

Those of you who are members of The Wildlife Society or who read The Wildlife Professional know that the publication ran an opinion piece in the Winter 2011 issue calling for an end to bird banding.

The Ornithological Council and the North American Banding Council teamed up with expert banders such as Scott and Sue Finnegan and ornithologists Alex Bond and Jeff Stratford to submit a rebuttal. The Wildlife Professional published that rebuttal in its spring 2012 issue.

A copy of the rebuttal is attached to this post.

We hope that none of you will have problems with your IACUCs as a result of this unfortunate article. However, if your IACUC should ask you to address it, or should raise it in discussing your protocol:

a) please let the Ornithological Council know ASAP
b) please provide them with a copy of this rebuttal

They need to know that the author had no banding experience, had no scientific credentials, and it should be evident from the article itself that she relied on popular literature that was not peer-reviewed, that oversimplified or exaggerated the facts - and in one egregious case, actually misstated the science. And that the problems that have been reported regarding specific kinds of markers have been identified by researchers who then went on to correct those problems.

Ellen Paul
Executive Director
Ornithological Council
e-mail: ellen.paul@verizon.net

Attached Files


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#31570 Upcoming grant deadlines August, September, October

Posted by Melanie Colón on 01 August 2016 - 05:36 PM

August
Neotropical Grassland Conservancy Grants http://conservegrass.../#student_grant

(note address says students, but they have other grants as well) 

 

September
CBOT Endangered Species Fund https://www.czs.org/...ed-Species-Fund

Eppley Foundation Grant http://foundationcen...ley/#priorities
Smith Fellowship http://www.conbio.or...program-details
 
October
Conservation Action Now http://www.okczoo.co...-grant-program/
Tinker Foundation Research Grant http://www.tinker.or...research-grants
Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research https://www.sigmaxi....s/grants-in-aid
Southern California Research and Learning Grants http://www.mednscience.org/grants
 
Search the database for more opportunities http://ornithologyex...ces/grants.html


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#3147 AOU Members Response to SFO Vision

Posted by Bob Curry on 14 March 2012 - 03:16 PM

In the "Vision" document, the Outreach sub-committee recommends "reevaluation of the need for an Ornithological Council." However, I think that many ornithologists will agree that the many valuable functions and services of the existing Ornithological Council should continue if and when the SFO comes into existence.

I have two suggestions about how to we might do this:

(1) Add another staff position to the SFO management structure that is equivalent in qualifications and duties to the current OC Executive Director position. (This option would be appropriate if the majority of 12 current OC member societies join the SFO, in which case the current representational structure of OC would no longer be tenable.)

or

(2) Include full continued support for OC in its current form, including overall funding from SFO equivalent to (or greater than) the current levels now contributed separately by the various societies that may merge within SFO.

~ Bob Curry, Vice-Chair, Ornithological Council

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#26914 Careers in Ornithology

Posted by JOwen on 19 August 2015 - 09:18 AM

Hi all,

 

Please see attached my notes from the panel discussion. I also included a lot of information that I did not share due to lack of time. Hopefully, you will find some of it a bit more encouraging in its entirety - particularly for those of you interested in pursuing this career path :-). 

 

Best,
Jen Owen

owenj@msu.edu

Attached File  Final Notes on RU_VH Job Information COSAOU2015 meeting.pdf   70.38KB   4 downloads


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#1865 Ohio Natural History Conference -- February 11, Columbus OH

Posted by G.A. Smith on 11 January 2012 - 04:03 PM

Join us in February for the 2012 Ohio Natural History Conference! We are finalizing a very full agenda that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ohio Biological Survey and focus on the theme of “Citizen Science.” Dr. David Bonter, Assistant Director of Citizen Science with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be the keynote speaker. Other invited speakers this year will discuss birds, beetles, spiders, dragonflies, plants, and more. There is an open call for poster presentations and more information can be found below. Please help spread the word and we hope to see you in Columbus next month!
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Ohio Natural History Conference (Celebrating 100 Years of the Ohio Biological Survey)
February 11, 2012
ODOT Hilltop Conference Center, 1980 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43223
Theme: “Citizen Science”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Bonter, Assistant Director of Citizen Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Call for posters and online registration at www.regonline.com/ohionaturalhistoryconference
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#12727 France protects Red Knot in French West Indies

Posted by Chris Merkord on 08 October 2013 - 03:49 PM

This isn't from the Waterbird Society, but I thought I would post it here anyway.  The following appeared in the Birding Community E-Bulletin:
 
MORE ON SHOREBIRDS IN THE CARIBBEAN

Last month we reported on the changing situation on the island of Barbados, with some encouraging improvements in the area of shorebird conservation:
http://refugeassocia...=7904/#gauntlet

Now from elsewhere in the Caribbean, specifically the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique), there is more good shorebird news. Last month, in a decision from Paris, the Ministry of Environment moved to protect the Red Knot from hunting pressure on these islands. Stiff penalties will be applied if a hunter on either of the islands shoots a Red Knot.

Although Red Knots are scarce in the region, this is still an important additional step in terms of shorebird conservation in the Caribbean.


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#4943 CALL FOR WORKSHOPS & SYMPOSIA - AOU & COOPER 2013 (Chicago) - due 11/...

Posted by Ellen Paul on 27 September 2012 - 11:59 AM

Following up on a terrific meeting in Vancouver, it is time to consider next year in Chicago:
THE 131ST STATED MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION and
THE 83RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COOPER ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY will be held jointly

on 13-17 AUGUST 2013 in CHICAGO, IL.

We hereby invite proposals for symposia and workshops.

Symposia proposals should include: (1) title of symposium, (2) a 2-5 sentence rationale for the symposium's topic, (3) names, contact information, and presentation topics of presenting speakers and 1-2 alternate speakers, and (4) requested length of symposium (whole day or half day). Before submitting the proposal, organizers are strongly encouraged to contact potential participants and receive at least tentative commitments from them to attend. Symposia are allowed 15 or 30 min for presentations.

Workshop proposals should include (1) title of workshop, (2) a 2-5 sentence rationale for the workshop's topic, (3) names and contact information of the workshop's leaders, (4) short description of target audience, (5) requested length of workshop, and (5) anticipated format and requested resources (e.g., projection equipment, large table). Symposium presenters and organizers are expected to pay registration fees and travel expenses; the AOU cannot provide financial assistance. We encourage symposium and workshop organizers to seek external funds to support participants' expenses.

The deadline for submission of symposium and workshop proposals is Friday, 16 November 2012.

Please submit proposals to PETER LOWTHER (EM: plowther@fieldmuseum.org).
For questions or comments about your OSNA society membership, please contact business@osnabirds.org.
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#4354 Proceedings of the IX Neotropical Ornithological Congress-Peru

Posted by Jack Eitniear on 30 July 2012 - 11:17 AM

Below is the Table of Contents for the Proceedings of the IX NOC-Peru. Hardcopies ($50.00 US) and electronic copies ($20.00) will be available 1 September. Individual papers will also be available upon request from the senior authors at that time. We are printing hard copies as Print-on-Demand only so encourage individuals desiring such to contact me as soon as time allows. Electronic copies will be in a DVD format read only and password protected (Purchasers will be provided a password).
Like music and movies we have a significant financal investment in producing this publication.
Obtaining individual articles via the author is a long standing acceptable practice but electronically distributing complete copies impacts sales and therefore is discouraged.

For additional information contact: Jack Clinton Eitniear, Editor-NOC Proceedings
E-Mail:jce@cstbinc.org

CONTENTS

PLENARY LECTURE
Diversification of the Neotropical Avifauna: disentangling the geographical patterns of persisting ancient taxa and phylogenetic expansions . Jon Fjeldså

SYMPOSIUM PAPERS
A DECADE OF PROGRESS (2001-2010): OVERVIEW OF DISTRIBUTIONAL RECORDS OF BIRDS IN MAINLAND ECUADOR. Alejandro Solano-Ugalde and Juan F. Freile

SEED DISPERSAL BY NEOTROPICAL BIRDS: EMERGING PATTERNS AND UNDERLYING PROCESSES. Jordan Karubian, Luke Browne, Carlos Bosque, Tomas Carlo, Mauro Galetti, Bette A. Loiselle, John G. Blake, Domingo Cabrera, Renata Durães, Fábio M. Labecca, Kimberly M. Holbrook, Richard Holland, Walter Jetz, Franz Kümmeth, Jorge Olivo, Kym Ottewell, Gianni Papadakis0, Gonzalo Rivas1, Silke Steiger, Bryson Voirin, & Martin Wikelski

EFECTOS POTENCIALES DEL CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO EN LA DISTRIBUCIÓN DE COLIBRÍES: UN ESTUDIO DE CASO CON ESPECIES DE LOS GÉNEROS. Amazilia Y Cynanthus. Carlos Lara, Teresa Patricia Feria-Arroyo, Jon Dale, Jesús Muñoz, María del Coro Arizmendi, Juan Francisco Ornelas, Raúl Ortíz-Pulido, Claudia Isabel Rodríguez-Flores, Román Díaz-Valenzuela, Vanessa Martínez-García, Anaid Díaz-Palacios, Ruth Partida, Paula L. Enríquez, José Luis Rangel-Salazar & Jorge Schondube

HOW MANY PLANT SPECIES DO HUMMINGBIRDS VISIT?. María del Coro Arizmendi & Claudia Rodríguez-Flores

PHYLOGENETIC RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE GENUS EUPHERUSA INFERRED FROM mtDNA SEQUENCES. Blanca E. Hernández-Baños, Luz E. Zamudio-Beltrán, Jaime García-Moreno & Luis E. Eguiarte

POLLINATION NETWORK OF A HERMIT HUMMINGBIRD COMMUNITY (TROCHILIDAE, PHAETHORNITHINAE) AND THEIR NECTAR RESOURCES IN THE COLOMBIAN AMAZON. Claudia Rodríguez-Flores, F. Gary Stiles & María del Coro Arizmendi

DIFFERENCES IN NECTAR USE POTENTIAL IN A GUILD OF BIRDS: A GUT’S VIEW. Jorge E. Schondube

THE ROLE OF COMPETITION IN STRUCTURING TROPICAL BIRD COMMUNITIES. Jill E. Jankowski, Catherine H. Graham, Juan Luis Parra, Scott K. Robinson, Nathalie Seddon, Janeene M. Touchton, & Joseph A. Tobias

CRITICAL PARAMETERS FOR PSITTACINE CONSERVATION: A SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW. Donald J. Brightsmith & Thomas H. White, Jr.

DOCUMENTANDO ESTRATEGIAS DE MUDA EN AVES NEOTROPICALES: EJEMPLOS DE LA SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA. Gómez, Camila; Botero-Delgadillo, Esteban; Bayly, Nicholas J.; Moreno, Maria I. y Páez, Carlos Andrés

MOLT-REPRODUCTION OVERLAP IN BIRDS OF CERRADO AND ATLANTIC FOREST, BRAZIL. Piratelli, Augusto

USING MOLT AND PLUMAGE CYCLES TO AGE TROPICAL: UPDATES AND RECENT ADVANCES. Jared D. Wolfe, T. Brandt Ryder, Peter Pyle and E. I. Johnson

PLUMAGE MATURATION IN BROOD PARASITIC SCREAMING AND SHINY COWBIRDS. Cynthia Ursino, Carolina Facchinetti and Juan Carlos Reboreda

PROGRESS IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF MOLT PATTERNS IN CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN LANDBIRDS. Jared D. Wolfe and Peter Pyle

MUDA DE LAS AVES DEL BOSQUE NUBLADO DE RANCHO GRANDE, AL NORTE DE VENEZUELA. Cristina Sainz-Borgo y Miguel Lentino

TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED HISTORICAL BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE NEOTROPICAL LOWLAND AVIFAUNA: COMBINING DIVERSIFICATION ANALYSIS AND LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION. Camila C. Ribas, Marcos Maldonado-Coelho, Brian Tilston Smith, Gustavo S. Cabanne, Fernando M. d’Horta, Luciano N. Naka

ECOLOGÍA Y CONSERVACIÓN DE LOS BÚHOS CHILENOS: AVANCES Y DESAFÍOS DE INVESTIGACIÓN. Ricardo A. Figueroa R. & Sergio Alvarado O.

BÚHOS DE ARGENTINA: ESTADO DE CONSERVACIÓN Y PRIORIDADES DE INVESTIGACIÓN. Ana Trejo, María Susana Bó, & Laura Biondi

ESTADO DEL CONOCIMIENTO SOBRE LA ECOLOGÍA Y BIOLOGÍA DE BÚHOS EN BRASIL. José Carlos Motta-Junior & Ana Cláudia Rocha Braga

ESTADO DEL CONOCIMIENTO, DISTRIBUCIÓN Y CONSERVACIÓN DE AVES RAPACES NOCTURNAS EN ECUADOR. Juan F. Freile, Diego F. Castro & Santiago Varela

LOS BÚHOS DE MÉXICO Y CENTROAMÉRICA: NECESIDADES EN INVESTIGACIÓN Y CONSERVACIÓN. Paula L. Enríquez, Knut Eisermann & Heimo Mikkola

THE IMPORTANCE OF NEOTROPICAL SUBOSCINE BIRDS AS STUDY SYSTEMS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION. J. A. Tobias, J. D. Brawn, R. T. Brumfield, E. P. Derryberry, A. N. G. Kirschel, N. Seddon

CERULEAN WARBLER TECHNICAL GROUP: COORDINATING INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION. Deanna K. Dawson, T. Bently Wigley, & Patrick D. Keyser

BREEDING SEASON CONCERNS AND RESPONSE TO FOREST MANAGEMENT: CAN FOREST MANAGEMENT PRODUCE MORE BREEDING BIRDS? J.L. Larkin, P.B. Wood, T.J. Boves, J. Sheehan, D.A. Buehler, P.D. Keyser, A.D. Rodewald, T.A. Beachy, M.H. Bakermans, A. Evans, G.A. George, M.E. McDermott, F. L. Newell, K.A. Perkins, M. White, & T.B. Wigley

CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) SPRING MIGRATION STOPOVER IN NORTHERN MIDDLE AMERICA. Melinda J. Welton, David L. Anderson, Gabriel J. Colorado, Paul B. Hamel, & Diego Calderón-F.

ADVANCING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE NON-BREEDING DISTRIBUTION OF CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) IN THE ANDES. Gabriel J. Colorado, Paul B. Hamel, Amanda D. Rodewald, & David Mehlman

CONSERVATION PLANNING AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR PROTECTION OF CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) NONBREEDING HABITAT. Benjamin Skolnik, David Wiedenfeld, Randy Dettmers, Constantino Aucca, Lina Daza, Heidy Valle, Francisco Sornoza, Javier Robayo, David Diaz, Jane Fitzgerald, Daniel Lebbin, & Paul B. Hamel

INTEGRATING CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT, SPECIES PROTECTION, AND ECONOMIC VIABILITY INTO SUSTAINABLE LAND USE PRACTICES FOR THE CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) IN THE APPALACHIAN AND NORTHERN ANDES MOUNTAINS. Brian W. Smith, Jorge Botero, Jeff L. Larkin, Amanda D. Rodewald, Petra B. Wood, Patrick N. Angel, & Scott E. Eggerud

CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) RESPONSE TO CHANGES IN FOREST STRUCTURE IN INDIANA. Kamal Islam, Jennifer Wagner, Ryan Dibala, Margaret MacNeil, Kyle Kaminski, & Lila (Prichard) Young

CONSERVANDO EL HÁBITAT INVERNAL DE LA REINITA CERÚLEA (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) EN ECUADOR. Tatiana Santander G., Adrián Soria & Esteban A. Guevara

POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, DENSITY AND HABITAT PREFERENCE OF THE CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) IN THE DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA. Shannon Curley, Terry Master, & Gregory George

FORAGING ECOLOGY OF THE CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA) IN ANDEAN AGROFORESTRY ECOSYSTEMS. Jenny M. Muñoz & Gabriel J. Colorado

PASSING THE BATON OF ACTION FROM RESEARCH TO CONSERVATION IMPLEMENTATION FOR CERULEAN WARBLER (SETOPHAGA CERULEA). Paul B. Hamel, David Mehlman, Sebastian Herzog, Kenneth V. Rosenberg, & Jason Jones
INVITED PAPERS

SEASONAL BODY MASS CHANGES IN SIX FOREST PASSERINES OF SOUTHERN CHILE. Steven M. McGehee, Phineas Hamilton, Branden Beatty, & Barry W. Glickman

PREFERRED HABITAT OF BLACK-THROATED BOBWHITE (COLINUS NIGROGULARIS) IN THE MANATEE FOREST RESERVE, BELIZE. Jack C. Eitniear & Celeshia Guy
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#37128 Terrible News: All Endangered Everglade Snail Kites Nests Lost on Florida...

Posted by Ellen Paul on 22 September 2017 - 05:49 AM

http://fl.audubon.or...lake-okeechobee

 

Audubon scientists are saddened to report all of the 44 active nests of the endangered Everglade Snail Kite on Lake Okeechobee were lost due to Hurricane Irma’s high winds and high rainfall. Lake Okeechobee, Florida's largest lake, is a stronghold for the species found only in the Sunshine State. Post-Irma assessments of the Lake indicate that many adults and juveniles in the area rode out the storm and survived, but sadly, nests with eggs or flightless babies perished.
 
Before Irma, there had been only about 130 nests in Florida this year, so losing 44 new nests ended a poor breeding season on an even worse note. This year’s nesting numbers were a far cry from last year’s 800+ nests and reflect that about 75 percent of the population did not even attempt to nest this year. Audubon scientists suggest that the low nesting numbers were related to an extraordinarily dry spring in Florida, meaning nesting in 2017 was harmed by both excessively dry and wet events.      
 
The Everglade Snail Kite is one of a handful of species used to indicate the health of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem- making it a top conservation priority for Audubon. As restoration efforts continue, Audubon will fight to maintain water levels in Lake Okeechobee (and all of Florida) that are not too dry or wet. Due to lack of water storage capacity in the region, Lake Okeechobee water levels continue rapidly rising from storms which likely will drown out miles and miles of plants and habitat. Kites rely on apple snails to feed their young, and snails cannot survive without plants. When the Lake rises or falls too quickly, Kite nests can also be abandoned- leaving eggs or flightless chicks to drown or starve to death.

Related: See One of the World’s Coolest, Most Specialized Raptors in Action

In addition to fighting for improved habitat for Everglade Snail Kites, Audubon will continue protecting our two sanctuaries on the Lake to preserve the marshes that make up some of the most productive habitat in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. With the right conditions and good Lake management, Audubon remains hopeful that next year's nesting efforts will improve.


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#3138 AOU Members Response to SFO Vision

Posted by Bruce Beehler on 13 March 2012 - 03:16 PM

The Concept is an exciting one, and I wholly approve, but the devil is in the details, of which there are many. At this point I would like to make a few specific comments and suggestions:
1. The name "Society for Ornithology" is problematic. The term "Society" is very 19th century. What is being done is actually uniting a disparate set of institutions, hence the better major term would be "Union." also the proposed name is non-geographic, whereas what is being proposed is very much Western Hemisphere (e.g., "American"). I am guessing there are legal issues pertaining to this, but I would strongly support the use of the existing name "American Ornithologists Union" which, by far, captures the essence of what sort of institution is being created. A union of interests, for the Americas. Society for Ornithology implies a universal or global membership, which is unfair to the European, African, and Asian bird groups out there. This is a bit like American baseball having a championship and calling it the "World Series." Let's not repeat that silly error.

2. The new institution is and will remain a professional society, populated by professional ornithologists. Please let's make sure the Mission does not attempt to replicate the good work being done by bird conservation groups. The work of the new institution should complement that of the American Bird Conservancy, the Bird Conservation Alliance, and the National Audubon Society. And there should be no conflict with the Society for Conservation Biology. All of these bodies do great work and should be supported, not competed with. Great care should be taen to make sure there is no confusion of mission or mission drift.

3. I love the idea of electronic journals, and would hope that the Auk, Condor, and Wilson all agree to be subsumed into the new focused-issue journals. I have zero interest in receiving hard copy journals, and these should be banished as soon as practicable. PDFs should rule. This would reduce the great cost and great waste.

4. The idea of a strong core professional staff is brilliant and should be supported. Though I wonder how well the new institution will do with regard to fund-raising in this very competitive market. AI doubt this will be a strong-point.

Good luck with this valiant effort!

Bruce Beehler
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#28072 Used bird-related field equipment?

Posted by Ellen Paul on 18 November 2015 - 01:44 PM

There is now! Welcome to OE Marketplace!

 

Hint - unless you are in the habit of checking OE regularly, if you post something and want to know if someone has responded, click on "follow this forum." If you do, the system will send you e-mails to let you know if there have been replies. You can always stop receiving the e-mails by clicking "unfollow this forum." 

 

And if you want to contact someone who has posted something, you can reply to their post OR contact them directly by clicking on their name and then sending a private message. Or you can do both. 


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#26795 Careers in Ornithology

Posted by econdon on 12 August 2015 - 12:35 PM

Hi all! Thanks for having me at the forum. I wanted to add a few things that I didn't mention during my quick talk.

 

  • Scientists, grad students in particular, make GREAT nonprofit workers. Scientists are incredibly passionate about their work, and this passion carries over easily into nonprofit work. Grad students are really good at multi-tasking (you have to be to survive grad school), and nonprofit work often demands that you do the same.
  • If you are only interested in doing research for publication, and not for any applied purpose, then nonprofit work is not for you. You will not have the freedom to do whatever you want with your research. If you are interested in being a team player and doing research that serves the mission of your nonprofit, then nonprofit work might be good for you. But do your homework--find a nonprofit that is a good fit for your research needs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Or if you want to visit the International Crane Foundation!

 

Lizzie Condon

econdon@savingcranes.org


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#22681 Name that amazing woman in ornithology! These are the shoulders of giants...

Posted by Ellen Paul on 02 February 2015 - 10:41 AM

How many of these incredible women in ornithology can you identify? NO GOOGLING!

 

Many of these women have had equally brilliant male ornithological spouses. Bonus points if you can name those men.

 

1. This woman was the only female graduate student of Aldo Leopold. She was known for her work on Greater Prairie-Chicken and on birds of prey. Here's the give-away clue: she called her field assistants "gabboons."

 

2. This woman was the first female Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union. Though an Easterner, she wrote the classic Handbook of the Birds of the Western States, based in large part on her travels through California and the New Mexico and Arizona territories. 

 

3. There is nothing ordinary about this extraordinary woman and her delightful little gray songbirds. She has been awarded the Margaret Morse Nice medal by the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Coues Award by the American Ornithologists' Union.

 

4. Like so many others, an incidental course in natural history lured this tropical biologist away from her planned pre-med major. Elected to the National Academy of Science in 1988, she is also a recipient of the Alexander Skutch award for Excellence in Tropical Ornithology (awarded by the Association of Field Ornithologists). She also managed to find time to serve as the president of the Cooper Ornithological Society. 

 

5. When birds and planes collide, this is the go-to woman! 

 

6. To know her is to love her, as Tiko and her many ornithological progeny would attest. She has brilliant plumage, unlike the shorebirds and waterbirds she is known for studying, along with not a few reptiles and amphibians.

 

7. Imagine seeing evolution as it happens by watching just a single bird. Imagine having a single field site for 40 years, heirs of Darwin himself. Imagine being awarded the Darwin-Wallace medal, an honor bestowed only once every 50 years, as well as the Kyoto Prize. And from the ornithologists, the Loye and Alden Miller Research Award (Cooper Ornithological Society) and the Margaret Morse Nice Medal (Wilson Ornithological Society). 

 

8. You can have three kids, go back to grad school, and earn your doctorate at age 45. Some might think that loony,but 40 years later, she can still yodel with the best of them!

 

9. For the past FIFTY years, this ornithologist has lived with her avian subjects; she makes do without running water or electricity while terning the place into a luxury hotel for 3,000 pairs of shorebirds. 

 

Give up? Answers are in the attached file. 

 

 

Attached Files


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#19287 2014 Google Scholar metrics for bird journals

Posted by Chris Merkord on 11 September 2014 - 09:37 PM

In June, Google Scholar released its journal metrics for 2014 (actually June 2013 - June 2014): http://googlescholar...s-released.html

 

You can drill down and they actually have a category for birds.  Interesting to see the results:  http://scholar.googl...en&vq=bio_birds

 

Also interesting, you can click on each journal's h5 index to see the most-cited papers from the past 5 years.  Lots of really interesting papers on those lists.  Apparently others think so too!


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#18679 Introducing Journal Map

Posted by Melanie Colón on 07 August 2014 - 07:16 AM

From ecolog (https://listserv.umd...tamu.edu&P=7941)

 

Pick up your smartphone and ask it where the nearest place is to buy a cup of coffee. You will be presented with a map showing all of the nearby coffee shops with an arrow guiding your path. It’s amazing and getting better every day. This use of geographically specific information is now so commonplace that we take it for granted. Yet, not all information is so easily searched geographically – particularly the search for published research.

Most ecological research occurs somewhere. The geographical context of a study area such as climate, land cover, topography, and adjacency to human development is often essential to understanding the process being studied. So why aren’t we explicitly using maps and geographical context to find research that is relevant to our projects?

Enter JournalMap (http://www.journalmap.org), a map-based scientific literature database and search engine. JournalMap uses study area descriptions from an article (not author affiliations) to map where the research was actually conducted. All articles in JournalMap are geotagged, either automatically using pattern recognition algorithms looking for geographic coordinates or manually from text-based descriptions. Test drive it, add some of your own articles, create a collection, and let us know what you think. As a demonstration we geotagged the entire archive of Ecosphere. http://journalmap.or...ection_id][]=17

We have partnered with publishers (e.g., Taylor and Francis, Pensoft, IOP) and scientific societies to refine and scale this idea, but we also need your help! To fully realize the potential of this tool we need to know where you conducted your important research. Anyone can add geotagged articles to our database and it only takes a minute or two. Adding your content will put your research on the map making it discoverable by other scientists. http://journalmap.org/accounts/login

The article location data we collect with JournalMap are freely available for non-commercial purposes (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license). We show you where studies occurred but do not distribute published articles themselves. If you would like access to JournalMap’s database for research, please let us know.

We believe the time is right for the idea of geographic-based literature discovery to take hold. Other complementary efforts like GLOBE (http://globe.umbc.edu) and GeoScience World (http://www.geoscienceworld.org/) show that momentum is building in the scientific community.

JournalMap will be at the ESA conference in Sacramento to promote map-based literature searching and geographic standards for location reporting in ESA journals. Come by and have a chat! (PS 11, August 11, 4:30-6:30, Poster Board 92, #47675)

Jason Karl Ph.D (jkarl@nmsu.edu)
Jeff Gillan (jgillan@nmsu.edu)


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#1539 Monitoring Marshbirds for Sound Conservation Decisions

Posted by Jennifer Wheeler on 08 December 2011 - 02:48 PM

Dear All,

A few months ago, a document entitled "Monitoring Secretive Marshbirds for
Sound Conservation Decisions at Multiple Scales" was circulated through
this network and others. The paper requested input on five specific
questions from anyone interested in contributing to the development of a
continental marshbird monitoring program built on the needs of marshbird
conservation and management. The paper, along with a spreadsheet
containing responses, is posted at:
http://www.waterbirdconservation.org/marshmonitoring.html.

Thank you to all respondants.

The responses confirmed that the marshbird monitoring community seeks to
address many different management issues, arising from local-scale to
range-wide mandates, ranging from understanding general species status to
guiding regional-scale habitat management to directing very specific
site-actions. Moreover, the community operates under diverse field
conditions and levels of capacity; thus flexibility is a key need when
making recommendations to the community. Moreover, great potential for
partner/joint monitoring efforts exists to address common or overlapping
questions/objectives arising from these many issues. Many partners have
expressed interest in and financial/staffing commitments to implementing
multi-scale secretive marshbird conservation and monitoring for both
harvested and non-game species.
T
he responses were used in the planning of a summit workshop taking place
next week outside Mobile, Alabama. The Steering Committee for this
workshop were the paper authors (Tom Cooper, Chris Dwyer, Katie Koch, Mark
Seamans, Jennifer Wheeler; all USFWS) plus Courtney Conway (USGS), Greg
Shriver (U.Delaware) and Dan Petit (who facilitated the pivotal 1998 and
2006 marshbird monitoring workshops). The Steering Committee felt strongly
about keeping the size of the meeting manageable. The ~30 individuals
invited to the workshop reflect the diversity of stakeholders (from public
and private entities; across North America; concerned with population and
habitat management; etc) but are only a sampling of the large number of
people and entities interested in this topic. Therefore, they have been
asked to think broadly and represent the interests of their broader
partnerships and regions. Moreover, any products of the workshop would be
considered draft, open to comment and improvement by others after the
workshop. In short, there will be opportunities for additional stakeholder
input after the summit.


The workshop will focus on laying out the management issues and the
monitoring objectives based on these issues, in order to identify designs
that address these commonalities and overlaps. The aim is increased
efficiency of effort as well as providing the multi-scale context required
for decision-making (local decisions should be made within a larger
context; larger goals rely on local action). Ultimately, the Steering
Committee envisions production of a "business plan," describing a program
of likely multiple surveys across the content and incorporating statements
on roles and costs/benefits of particular designs. This document, once
completed over the coming months, would be for use in communicating with
implementers as well as the program managers and funders who make
implementation possible.


Again, thank you to all who have provided feedback and who have otherwise
invested in improving marshbird monitoring in North America.

Jennifer
Jennifer Wheeler
Waterbird Coordinator
Waterbird Conservation for the Americas
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Division of Migratory Bird Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP
Arlington, VA 22203
703-358-1931 (voice)
703-358-2217 (fax)
Jennifer_A_Wheeler@fws.gov
www.waterbirdconservation.org
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