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  1. From Jared Wolfe: The calendar-based age classification system (widely used in North America) separates age classes based on hatch date relative to January 1st which, unfortunately, renders the system useless in tropical systems where breeding seasons often overlap January 1st. Based on relationships between molt extent and bird age, we developed a universal system of bird-age classification called the WRP system. To help ornithologists effectively use the WRP system in the field and museum, I created a tutorial with photographic examples that reflect the majority of molt patterns exhibited by resident Neotropical birds. I will be adding photographic examples from North American as well as representative birds from central and east Africa in the near future. Make sure that you are familiar with the WRP system before reviewing photographic examples.
  2. Ellen Paul

    Is the ESA doomed?

    This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including Ornithology Exchange and the Ornithological Council! This article was published in The Hill on Monday 2 July 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/395135-senate-gop-seeks-overhaul-of-endangered-species-act This is the "big comprehensive push" for "reform" that has been in the offing since the 115th Congress started. Many smaller bills (including some to repeal the ESA) have been proposed but the comprehensive legislation from committee chair Barrasso is the bill likely to move through Congress. Unless...November. Senate Republicans are embarking on an ambitious effort to overhaul the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Draft legislation due to be released Monday by Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) would give new powers and responsibilities for state officials to determine how animals and plants should be protected. The GOP contends that its goal is not to weaken protections, but to take advantage of the experience of state regulators. “When it comes to the Endangered Species Act, the status quo is not good enough,” Barrasso said in a statement to The Hill in advance of the unveiling. “We must do more than just keep listed species on life support — we need to see them recovered. This draft legislation will increase state and local input and improve transparency in the listing process.” Conservationists, however, say the new bill represents the most significant threat in years to the 44-year-old law, which has been credited with rescuing the bald eagle, gray wolf and grizzly bear from possible extinction. “It’s a bill which, on a broad basis, rewrites the ESA, with a whole host of consequences — as far as we can tell, almost entirely adverse consequences — for the protection of species,” said Bob Dreher, senior vice president for conservation programs at Defenders of Wildlife. Dreher and other critics fear the effort would tilt the balance too far toward industries while deemphasizing the role of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. “This is bill is all about politics. It’s not about science. It’s especially not about better ways to conserve endangered species,” he continued. “It’s a partisan bill.” The species act has sometimes restricted energy production or development to protect habitats, an irritant to many landowners and energy interests in the West, where governors are mostly Republican. Barrasso’s legislation is modeled after efforts the Western Governors Association, led by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R), has undertaken over the last three years to identify potential changes to the ESA, Republicans have long identified the ESA as a problematic law, arguing that it disrespects landowners and states while putting major, unnecessary burdens on industry. They also say it’s overwhelmingly ineffective. “States, counties, wildlife managers, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers, and other stakeholders are all making it clear that the Endangered Species Act is not working today," Barrasso said in a February 2017 hearing that marked the beginning of his reform efforts for the conservation law. “Of 1,652 species of animals and plants in the U.S. listed as either endangered or threatened since the law was passed in 1973, only 47 species have been delisted due to recovery of the species," he said. To conservationists, the law isn't perfect, but measuring its effectiveness solely by the number of species taken off the endangered or threatened lists undersells its successes. "The success of the act is only partly in keeping species alive. It’s more importantly, in the long run, a commitment to recover them and restore them to health in a healthy ecosystem," Dreher said. ESA's supporters credit it with bringing back from the brink species ranging from the bald eagle to the gray wolf and the grizzly bear. One of the biggest changes the legislation would make is to require that, for each species listed under the ESA, the team overseeing its recovery plan could not have more federal members than state and local representatives, who would be nominated by state governors. That team would have new mandates, including setting standards to judge the species’s recovery that could not be changed later without unanimous approval. The team would also have to give “great weight” in its deliberations to scientific data and findings provided by state, local or tribal governments, a standard that other science wouldn’t be subject to. Before any new species is listed for protection, states would get an opportunity to implement conservation programs to avoid a listing. The legislation would also prioritize federal resources toward the most at-risk species, and it would prohibit lawsuits against de-listing actions under a species’s recovery monitoring period concludes, a period that usually takes years. A senior GOP committee aide told The Hill the proposal “focuses on elevating the states’ role in implementation of the act, elevating its partnership to a more equal partnership with the federal government.” “It focuses on trying to increase transparency of the information and process with regard to implementation of the ESA, in order make sure decisions are as well-informed as they can be, to make sure that resources are utilized as well as they can be,” the aide said. Republicans on the Environmental panel say they want a final bill to be bipartisan, but Democrats are skeptical. “I believe the primary impediment to species recovery is lack of dedicated resources at both the state and federal level. While I’m still reviewing Sen. Barrasso’s proposed legislation, it does not appear to address this serious challenge,” Sen. Tom Carper (Del.), the panel’s top Democrat, said in a statement. “Beyond a funding solution, any proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act should be judged on the basis of whether or not they improve conservation outcomes and recover species. That is a hard conversation to have in a Congress that has put forth dozens of proposals to undermine this important law and with an administration that seems intent upon supporting such efforts.” Dreher said states already play a strong role, and giving them more power would be counterproductive. “They’ve never played a particularly strong role in conservation of endangered species. Most states, in fact, lack adequate authority to conserve endangered species,” he said. Barrasso plans to hold a hearing on the draft bill in the coming weeks.
  3. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including Ornithology Exchange and the Ornithological Council! Synopsis: The issuance of this new regulation concludes a process of regulatory change that spanned two years. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offered several opportunities for public comment. After canvassing California ornithologists and banders, the Ornithological Council submitted comments prior to the drafting of the proposed regulation and again once the draft regulation was published for comment, Further analysis of the specifics of this final regulation will be provided in the next day or two. New Scientific Collecting Permit Regulations Effective October 1, 2018 Title 14, Sections 650 and 703, California Code of Regulations Information for existing and prospective permitholders On May 1, 2018, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the regulatory changes to Sections 650 and 703, Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR) (OAL regulatory file 2018-0320-05S) for Scientific Collecting Permits (SCPs). The new SCP regulations (including the new application structure and online submission format) will be effective on October 1, 2018. To help inform existing and prospective permitholders and other affected stakeholders, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) is addressing the following information on the new SCP regulations and transition to the new SCP online application portal: · How existing permits will be honored after the October 1, 2018 effective date of the new regulations; · How the new permit structure and other changes in new regulations compare to the existing regulations; and · General information about the new SCP online application portal. The Department’s SCP home page will serve as the primary online resource for information about implementation and, starting on October 1, 2018, will also provide access to the online application portal. Department staff will inform and educate affected stakeholders by posting outreach materials, guidance, and tools to this webpage throughout the summer of 2018. The Department has prepared a FAQ document (attached PDF, and will be posted to the SCP home page) to address common concerns that existing and prospective permitholders may have about the new regulations and online application portal. The Department highlights two immediate considerations for existing and prospective permitholders: 1. Phasing out of existing application forms. Any permit issued prior to October 1, 2018, or any issued permit that was applied for by September 30, 2018 using the existing hard copy forms will be valid until the expiration date listed on that permit. However, all new applications, amendments to existing permits and permit renewals requested on or after October 1, 2018 will require submission in the new SCP online application portal, and adherence to the new SCP regulations (refer to Title 14, Subsection 650(a)(7), CCR for more information). In an effort to promote a smooth transition into the new regulations, the Department will accept and process applications under the existing regulations and hard-copy forms through September 30, 2018. This will allow affected permitholders to continue their permitted activities without interruption in their scheduled field and/or laboratory activities, after the new regulations become effective October 1, 2018. Applications submitted via the new online application portal starting October 1, 2018 will be processed concurrently with applications on the existing hard copy forms submitted by September 30, 2018. If a permitholder anticipates needing to amend or renew their existing permit in the next three or so months, or throughout that permit’s term, it is in the permitholder’s best interest to wait, if practicable, until October 1, 2018 or later, to apply under the online application portal, for the following reasons: § Applications to amend or renew existing permits will not be accepted after September 30, 2018 in the existing hard copy process, under current regulations. An amendment to, or renewal of, an existing permit on and after October 1, 2018 will require the permitholder to apply (as a new applicant in accordance to the new permit and fee structure) in the online application portal. This way the permitholder pays just the new permit fees (Question 8 in the FAQs), rather than paying existing fees to amend or renew before September 30, 2018, in addition to paying new permit fees when coming in to use the new online application portal after October 1, 2018. § Once active, early use of the online application portal will also assist: · Department’s IT staff to identify and then work out any issues not identified during beta-testing. · Department review staff to process the queue of existing applications under the existing hard copy process. The Department highly recommends that a permitholder whose existing SCP does not expire until January 1, 2019 or later, wait to amend or renew an existing SCP under the new online application portal. This will help the Department process applications in the order received, and work with applicants to help maintain permit coverage for necessary periods of work (see also Question 6 of the FAQs). 2. Permit Fees. Currently, the non-refundable application fee is required when an application is submitted, and then the permit fee is requested separately when the permit is approved. Effective July 15, 2018, new applicants or renewing permitholders under the existing hard copy process will be required to submit at the same time both the application fee ($108.92, or $27.04 for students) and the permit fee ($324.75, or $54.59 for students) to the Department’s License and Revenue Branch (LRB) at the time of application submission. This will help the Department: o Finalize permits issued under the existing system sooner, to better facilitate a smooth transition to the new online application portal. o Phase out these older license items earlier; Department staff will not have to delay issuance while requesting permit fees upon permit approval (from applicants applying under the existing system between July 15 and September 30, 2018). o Encourage applicants to save a few dollars by avoiding the annual fee adjustments for any permits issued after December 31, 2018. Department license items are adjusted annually in January pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 713. Therefore, if the application is approved in early 2019, then the applicant would have to pay the higher, adjusted fee (up to a 3% increase). ************************************ Scientific Collecting Permits *** New Scientific Collecting Permit regulations (Title 14, Section 650) go into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. Please visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Scientific-Collecting for more information, and contact SCPermits@wildlife.ca.gov with any questions you might have.*** *************************************
  4. Available now. http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1642/AUK-18-62.1 This is the 18th supplement since publication of the 7th edition of the Check-list of North American Birds (American Ornithologists’ Union [AOU] 1998). It summarizes decisions made between April 15, 2017, and April15, 2018, by the AOS’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature—North and Middle America. The checklist is produced by the Committee on Classification and Nomenclature—North and Middle America of the American Ornithological Society.
  5. Ellen Paul

    Collections Manager

    University of Michigan Museum of Zoology has opened a search for a Collections Manager for the Bird Division. Janet Hinshaw will be retiring at the end of 2018, after an extraordinary 45 years of dedicated service in this position. Please forward this posting to any qualified candidates in your networks. The official job description and application is found here: http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/157842/research_museum_collection_manager_-_bird_division Candidates with a PhD will have the opportunity for a partial (<10% effort) cross-appointment on the Research Scientist track in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Thus, this position is an exciting opportunity for a PhD scientist trained in specimen curation and specimen-based research and dedicated to the maintenance, growth, development and promotion of biodiversity collections. With over 215,000 bird specimens, the UMMZ contains one of the largest University-based bird collections in North America. It is now housed at the newly-opened Research Museums Center, which contains all UMMZ collections as well as those of the UM-Herbarium, Museum of Paleontology, and Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. The facility also houses a newly renovated cryogenic facility and BSL2 molecular research lab, in addition to ample laboratory spaces for collections-based research. Also note that UMMZ is concurrently running a separate search for a Collections Manager of Fishes. Please do not hesitate contact me with any questions, but applications must be submitted through the link I provide above. Best, Ben Winger ------------------------------ Ben Winger, PhD Assistant Curator of Birds, Museum of Zoology Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Assistant Professor, Program in the Environment University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA (734) 763-3379 wingerb@umich.edu www.wingerlab.org https://lsa.umich.edu/ummz
  6. Powdermill Nature Reserve will be holding an “Extraction/Banding” workshop in September 2018. Fall “Extraction/Banding” Workshop: Wednesday, September 19 through Sunday, September 23. The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday (9/19) and end Sunday (9/23) at noon. Participants will want to arrive Tuesday evening (9/18) prior to the workshop. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. This workshop is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. The focus of this workshop is on training participants to handle and extract birds from mist nets, and to band birds, but we’ll have discussions and practice ageing and sexing birds via plumage and molt limits, and will include discussions on molt terminology and how to decode the “Pyle Guide”. The cost is $750 per person and includes on site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast. This workshop will be NABC-approved. To sign up please fill out the following Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/kaQiLhs1aZ Annie Crary Banding Workshop Coordinator, NABC Trainer Powdermill Nature Reserve
  7. From AOS President Kathy Martin: It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Sillett, Research Wildlife Biologist at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, as the 19th Editor-in-Chief of our journal, The Auk: Ornithological Advances. Scott is an internationally recognized ornithologist widely known and respected for his many productive collaborations, interdisciplinary work, and pioneering research on the study of avian life cycles. Beginning early in his career, Scott served the Society and engaged in many of its important programs to advance our mission and inspire ornithologists. Scott earned his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 2000 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S.G.S Patuxent Wildlife Research Center before joining the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in 2002. Dr. Sillett will take over the reins of the journal in August following a short period of overlap with retiring editor Mark Hauber. Scott intends to build on the momentum generated by Dr. Hauber’s outstanding leadership over the past five years, and will introduce new features to our publications program, including data archiving. He brings vision, energy, and a global perspective to leading the journal into the future. You can read more about Scott’s appointment here. Our two peer-reviewed journals, The Auk and The Condor, consistently rank among the highest impact factors among all the 24 ornithological journals worldwide. The journals publish conceptual discovery (The Auk) and applied (The Condor) ornithology, thus covering the spectrum of modern avian research advancing the fundamental scientific knowledge of broad biological and applied concepts through the study of birds. The editorial team delivers quality and excellence with each issue, their special collections, and related publications content. Click here to join the mailing list for the journals’ newsletter and content alerts. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Scott Sillett in his new appointment as Editor-in-Chief of The Auk: Ornithological Advances. Welcome aboard, Scott!! Sincerely, Kathy Martin President, AOS Follow AOS on Social Media! Stay Connected! AOS Website, AmericanOrnithology.org AOS News (sign up!) AOS History of Ornithology (sign up!) AOS Social Weekly Review (sign up!) AOS Publications Website, AmericanOrnithologyPubs.org Auk Twitter, @AukJournal (follow) Condor Twitter, @CondorJournal (follow) AOS Journals Blog (sign up!) AOS Journals Newsletter (sign up!)
  8. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including Ornithology Exchange and the Ornithological Council! A new report from the Government Accountability Office examines animal use in federal research and, in particular, reporting and data sharing about animal use. The report points out, among other things, that APHIS’s instructions have not ensured consistent and complete reporting in three areas: research with birds, activities outside the United States, and field studies outside a typical laboratory. The GAO recommended that APHIS clarify its reporting instructions and fully describe the potential limitations of the animal use data it makes available to the public. USDA stated that APHIS will take steps to implement GAO’s recommendations, with the exception of clarifying reporting instructions for activities outside the United States. GAO continues to believe that APHIS needs to ensure complete reporting of such activities by federal facilities. The GAO also recommended that APHIS (1) develop a timeline for defining birds that are not bred for research and that are thus covered under the Animal Welfare Act and (2) requiring that research facilities report to APHIS their use of birds covered by the Act. In response, the APHIS Animal Care program committed to submitting a recommendation and timeline for defining birds subject to the Animal Welfare Act by 30 September 2018. Presumably, this would lead to a formal regulatory process and the opportunity for public comment. In addition, the GAO recommended that APHIS should provide research facilities with clear examples of studies that are excluded from the definition of "field study" and are thus covered by the Animal Welfare Act and that should therefore be reported to APHIS, as well as examples of studies that meet the definition of "field study" and thus should not be reported. This comes against the background of the 21st Century Cures Act which mandates the federal agencies such as APHIS and the National Institutes of Health to reduce the burden of animal welfare regulations, as well as the anti-regulatory stance of the current Administration. Background on the inclusion of birds Amajor change in policy took place in 2004 when the agency decided, as a result of litigation, that it would begin to regulate rats, mice, and birds used in research (the law exempted "purpose-bred rats, mice, and birds so the agency rule would have affected other birds bred in captivity but not for the purpose of research, wild birds brought into captivity, and wild birds studied in the field). The agency began the process of developing regulatory standards by way of an advanced notice of public rulemaking, asking the stakeholders and the public for input as to what and how to regulate. Nothing more was heard until December 2011, when the agency announced that the proposed regulation was on hold pending an assessment of the agency's resources for implementing the rule. Nothing more has been heard since then. For all practical purposes, this regulation would have had little impact on those studying wild birds because it was unlikely that the agency would have attempted to oversee such research. However, it would have impacted those studying wild birds in captivity. The new, extreme anti-regulatory stance of the current Administration led the OC to surmise that this regulation was in permanent repose. In fact, the listing for this pending regulation had been dropped from the semi-annual unified regulatory agenda of all pending regulatory processes. Now, it seems to have come back to life. Background on field studies The Animal Welfare Act regulations exempt field studies, defined as those that do not involve invasive procedures, harm to the animal, or material alteration of behavior. No further definitions have been provided. Recently, APHIS Animal Care attempted to develop guidance without any input from wildlife biologists. After strenuous objections from the Ornithological Council that process was put on hold. The Ornithological Council developed a survey to determine how IACUCs were interpreting those criteria; as of now, we have not received a sufficient number of responses. The few we received suggest that IACUCs are actually overly inclusive and requiring reviews (and reporting) for methods that do not involve any of those three conditions.
  9. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity. A vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Lab has 12 interdisciplinary programs directed by full-time faculty and staff. The Macaulay Library (ML) is the world’s largest (over 6,750,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world. Collections Development Manager Extension Support Specialist II - Band F Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Collections Development Manager. Specific duties include: Strategically grow the ML archive, increase rates of data collection and improve data quality. Lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with ML staff and other Lab programs, particularly Information Science, as well as outside partners. Work with Program Manager and ML leadership to set overall strategies that align with ML’s mission and the Lab’s strategic priorities. In collaboration with the ML leadership, develop goals and priorities for collections development that will ensure the expansion of the ML archive to better serve clients; build strategic partnerships with institutions and individuals; provide guidance and contribute to the development of online tools and other mechanisms/strategies to facilitate acquisition of media specimens and data from contributors; expand ML’s training efforts to become state-of-the-art and global in scope; sustain a fleet of professional audiovisual field recording equipment for use in the field; and organize and conduct training workshops in collaboration with other Lab programs (particularly eBird and Bioacoustics Research Program) and partners. Basic functions and responsibilities include the following: Collections Development and Strategic Partnerships Development: In collaboration with ML’s Program Manager, Collections Management Leader, and other Lab staff, define strategic plans and projects to increase the rate of media submission and data quality. Facilitate communication, coordination and high-level collaboration with research groups, institutions, biological collections and media archives around the world, particularly with respect to development of biodiversity audiovisual collections. Outreach, Training Activities, and Research Facilitation: Design, implement, and conduct audiovisual field recording, media editing, data management, and recording analysis training programs and related educational resources. Fundraising: Initiate and/or substantially contribute to the identification, preparation and securing of grant proposals and other fundraising efforts in support of the Macaulay Library. This may include recruitment of corporate and institutional partnerships, in addition to foundations or government funding. Project Management: Provide day-to-day functional leadership by overseeing projects and managing workflows, including setting priorities, coordinating individual and group activities and managing activities to meet project deadlines. Facilitate communication within and across teams to ensure that project goals/deadlines are met. Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. Based in Ithaca, NY. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences, museum studies, information sciences or other relevant field. Less than 5 years of experience with a combination of: using/curating biological research collections, using audiovisual media for scholarly activities, large-scale digital asset management initiatives, and/or biodiversity informatics data management projects and initiatives. Advanced identification skills and experience with birds. Advanced sound and video recording, and/or photography experience. Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders. Demonstrated record of success in large-scale project leadership and management. Experience with audiovisual media recording technology, manipulation and archival practices, with emphasis on birds and natural history. Experience using audiovisual media collections for research, formal and informal science education, and/or public outreach. Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint , etc). Excellent organizational and time management skills. Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver’s license. Must be able to think critically and make a positive contribution to ML’s and the Cornell Lab’s mission. Preferred Qualifications: PhD in biology or related field with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience. Demonstrated track record of obtaining extramural funding. Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students. Advanced knowledge and multiple years of experience using eBird. Fluency in Spanish highly preferred. When applying through our system, please remember to attach your application materials (resume/cover letter/CV) in either Microsoft Word or PDF. In the Experience section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the ‘Drop Files Here’ box to manually drag document(s) into your application. 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  10. *EXPERIENCED BIRD BANDERS IN CHARGE (6) *needed from *15 August to 5 November *(start and end dates flexible) to study the stopover ecology of small passerines along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico (Alabama and Louisiana). BANDERS need to have experience with banding large volumes of birds, be familiar with the aging and sexing of eastern species, be able to train mist net assistants, and independently lead a small team. Also must be able to effectively communicate with project leader and site coordinator in completing tasks associated with the banding operation as well as oversee banding operation including other technicians. MIST NET ASSISTANT duties include extracting birds from mist-nets and analyzing fecal samples. AVIAN SURVEYOR duties include identifying eastern species by sight and sound, mist net extraction, and analyzing fecal samples. Additionally, opportunities may exist for all positions to assist with active research during the field season. All individuals are required to work 7 days a week, assist with data entry, vegetation sampling, arthropod sampling, and fruit counts, have the ability to work and live well with others in close quarters, have a good sense of humor, and be able to tolerate heat, venomous snakes, biting insects, and wet conditions. In addition to abundant experience, each bander will be compensated a total of $5,000 and each other position will receive $4,000 over the course of the season. Housing is provided. In *ONE* Word document/PDF named in the following format: Lastname-Firstname (e.g. Zenzal-TJ.pdf) please send letter of interest, resume, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references to Dr. T.J. Zenzal, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 or by email (preferred): MBRGhiring(AT)gmail.com Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. The University of Southern Mississippi conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. -- T.J. Zenzal, Ph.D tjzenzal@gmail.com (217)-300-3095 Research Gate <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/TJ_Zenzal_Jr> Migratory Bird Research Group Department of Biological Sciences University of Southern Mississippi 118 College Drive Box 5018 Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001 Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 1102 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, IL 61801
  11. Please visit the new and improved BIRDNET. We continue to add new resources and update information. Added today: an important animal welfare document for wildlife biologists and their IACUCS And a downloadable Pennsyvlania permit application.
  12. Ellen Paul

    Kimberly Gray Smith, 1948- 2018

    Kimberly Gray Smith, 69, passed away in Fayetteville April 9, 2018. He was born July 19, 1948, in Manchester, Connecticut, to Robert H. and Janet (Simon) Smith. He was third of 5 children. He is survived by siblings Holiday Houck, Robert H. Smith, Jr., Wendelin J. Smith, Bradford S. Smith, their spouses and many nieces and nephews. Kim and his wife Peggy J. (Jones), of the home, were married 45 years (since 1972). Their daughter, Mallory and husband Sheldon Steinert of Fayetteville are parents of Erowyn, Simon, Laura, and Kara. Kim, as Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at UA-Fayetteville, pursued research in various areas of terrestrial ecology. His interests ranged widely from black bears to birds to bugs. His formal education took him from Kimball Union Academy (prep school) in New Hampshire to undergraduate studies at Tufts University (B.S. 1971). He received advanced degrees from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (M.S. 1975) and Utah State University (Ph.D. 1982). Kim was a post-graduate research ecologist at Bodega Marine Lab, UC Berkley (1980-1981). He also served as Research Associate at Manomet Bird Observatory (1977-1980). Kim began his professional teaching and research career at UA-Fayetteville in fall 1981. He attained status as University Professor of Biological Sciences (2009) and Distinguished Professor (2015). During his career he was Departmental Chair of Biological Sciences (2004-2008) and a highly productive researcher and collaborator, with approximately 300 professional publications. Kim was a committed educator and nurtured students at various stages of career preparation and development, including 8 post-doctoral research associates, 23 doctoral students, 36 masters students, and many undergraduate honors students. Kim was deeply involved in numerous professional organizations in a variety of roles: officer, editor, meeting organizer, etc. He served as Editor in Chief of The Auk (2000-2004), the primary scientific journal of what is now the American Ornithological Society. In lieu of flowers, the family invites contributions to causes and activities valued by Kim. Specifics about contributions, as well as a celebration of Kim’s life will be announced on a future date. Kim presented a retirement seminar in the Department of Biological Sciences on April 5, just 4 days before his death. He entertained a packed room with an often humorous summary of his life and career, “Life in the Fast Lane: My Life as a Community Ecologist.” He ended his seminar with some advice to younger colleagues: “Be curious, be creative, challenge yourself to learn new things, learn the history of things that interest you, take students on field trips, take students abroad,” and finally, “have fun doing what you do … I did …” Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
  13. Bird-Smart Wind Campaign Director Location: Washington, DC Application Submission Deadline - April 10, 2018 The Director, Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign leads ABC's work to minimize the impact to birds caused by the development of wind power and associated electrical transmission lines and towers. The Director works in close collaboration with other ABC program staff and with supervision from the Vice President of Policy. Using communication, advocacy and (if necessary) legal tools, the work will focus on establishing mitigation requirements and regulations to protect birds at wind energy facilities; addressing the most poorly sited wind projects; educating key decision makers and the public; and engaging industry representatives to protect threatened and endangered species, eagles, and other federally-protected birds. The position requires excellent advocacy and communication experience, strong writing skills, and a broad knowledge of renewable energy development and bird collisions. Primary Duties: 1. Develop and implement communication and policy initiatives: Work with ABC staff, NGO partners, and other leaders to identify, develop, and implement a high-profile national campaign to minimize the impact of wind turbines on birds. Develop strategies, partnerships, and agency liaisons to address the issue. 2. Advocate for and develop necessary messaging and materials for bird smart wind policies, including influencing federal legislation and regulations, advancing mitigation policies, and meeting with industry representatives to find solutions to the threat of collisions. 3. Identify and stop the most damaging wind projects to birds using communications, advocacy, legal, and other tools that are available. 4. Partnerships and Coalition Building: Represent ABC's work with other institutions, government, and conservation organizations to advance the campaign. Work with, mentor, and assist partners in support of the campaign. Maintain excellent communication with ABC staff about activities and finances, and produce articles for publicity and website. Position Requirements: • Bachelor's degree or higher in communications or political science, or a related field with knowledge of conservation and management needs of birds, or equivalent experience. Creativity and demonstrated leadership skills required. • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results. Entrepreneurial spirit. • Proven ability to meet deadlines. Ability to find solutions and demonstrate tenacity for difficult or long-term projects. • Previous experience building partnerships and working collaboratively with other organizations. • An outgoing, positive, persuasive manner and predisposition for collaboration, but with ability to work both independently and as part of a team. • Knowledge of birds preferred. • Excellent writing, presentation, and organizational skills. • Willing and able to travel frequently. To Apply: Please follow the link to apply online at BambooHR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=20 If you have trouble with the site, please send your cover letter and resume as ONE document to HR@abcbirds.org Steve Holmer Vice President of Policy American Bird Conservancy & Director, Bird Conservation Alliance 202-888-7490 sholmer@abcbirds.org
  14. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including Ornithology Exchange and the Ornithological Council! Over the past several months, scientific organizations, including the American Ornithological Society and the Ornithological Council, have expressed concern and objected to the planned closure of the USGS Biological Survey Unit, housed at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian. The planned closure was premised on the FY18 budget proposed by the Administration which called for drastic cuts in non-defense discretionary spending. Every agency was told to determine how it would meet these drastic reductions, including program closures. The USGS Ecosystems program marked the Biological Survey Unit, among others, for closure. The American Ornithological Society joined with the American Society of Mammalogists in protesting this plan, via a letter published in SCIENCE. The Ornithological Council and other scientific organizations voiced objections to USGS leadership. Nonetheless, the Ecosystems program initiated actual measures to close the program and re-locate the staff. Meanwhile, the Ornithological Council continued to protest, pointing out that no actual budget cuts had yet occurred. Indeed, a few weeks ago, a budget resolution was enacted that raised non-defense discretionary spending caps by more than $100 billion. The Omnibus appropriations bill for FY18 (what's left of it) that is likely to include a small increase (about 1%) for USGS. No decrease.*** Another plea to the Ecosystems leadership pointing out that there would likely be no decrease brought a positive response! The Ornithological Council was informed that if funds are in fact available, the Biological Survey Unit WILL be restored! ***This is a very "top-line" number. What Congress appropriates to any particular agency does not necessarily translate into an increase for each unit of the agency or for every program. The next stage in the process is called a "current year plan" in which the appropriated funds are actually apportioned within the agency.
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    Jim Rising 1942 - 2018

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=james-david-rising&pid=188478571 RISING, James David Born August 10, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, died on March 13, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario, from complications following surgery. Jim, as he was known by anyone after first meeting, preferred a t-shirt and jeans to a shirt and tie. He relished his time studying birds in the field, often becoming so absorbed in his work that he forgot his own personal safety, returning home after unsought adventures with bears, scorpions, poisonous snakes, and barely passable roads, from the Arctic to the tropics. He loved his 40 years of teaching at the University of Toronto and his research on the evolution, systematics, and taxonomy of birds, especially orioles and the widespread Savannah Sparrow. His other passions, besides baseball (especially the Toronto Blue Jays) included writing, reading about history, and studying current changes in taxonomy due to new molecular evidence. He served as a member of the American Ornithologists' Union Committee on Classification and Nomenclature and, after retirement from teaching in 2009, remained active in academic organizations, especially the Wilson Ornithological Society. Outside of work, Jim always went out of his way to spend time with his family. Never a Boy Scout himself as a child, when his sons were scouts, he volunteered to lead Boy Scout trips and to sell Christmas trees to raise funds, organized his schedule around elementary school outings, and got up in the wee hours of morning to drive to youth hockey games. As the neighbourhood scientist - a role that developed from Jim's kind and gregarious personality - he was also regularly called upon to help local children who had found dead or wounded birds or other animals, and once ended up briefly keeping a raccoon named "Bandit" in his basement (the ill-advised pet of an overwhelmed neighbour) until he could relocate it outside the city. Jim's statistical approach to scientific research spilled over into his love of baseball, and he was an early devotee of author and analyst Bill James's "sabermetric" approach to the game. Jim would combine his two passions, measuring and weighing scientific specimens on a card table while watching baseball, occasionally looking up to question a decision to call for a sacrifice bunt or an ill-advised steal attempt. When a scholarship to assist students in taking field courses was set up in his name by the University of Toronto's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology when he retired, Jim was delighted. He would have appreciated donations to the James D. Rising Scholarship fund. http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/outreach/support_us/givetoeeb.htm Jim will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Trudy; his sons, David (Heather) and John (Darla); his three grandsons (Justus, Nigel, and Fintan), whom he adored; and his brothers, Dean Rising and John Rising. His family invite friends, colleagues, and former students to a gathering in Jim's memory, to be held on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto (416-978-6325). Our family wishes to commend the fine and caring staff of Unit 5e of Baycrest Hospital. Their attention to ensuring that Jim's last months of life were comfortable and as stimulating as possible was wonderful. We sincerely thank you.