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  1. Chris Merkord

    Need XF color bands now!

    I've got a kit full of color bands I haven't used in years. I don't think they're Darvic, but is there a way to tell by looking at them? And what size do you need?
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    Sharing teaching resources

    Sounds great! I want to get involved but don't know how... I didn't see any links to a discussion forum or email list and no issues on that repo. As a side note, I used GitHub Classroom last semester for my R class Quantitative Biology. Students generally liked learning Git and using GitHub, and appreciated the many advantages that method of collaboration had to offer.
  3. A workshop on integrated population models will take place in Melbourne, 22-26 October 2018. Please see here http://www.phidot.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3649&sid=6940b4bfaebb28429a7be4a90f56a5ac for details.
  4. From Science News: Peregrine falcons maneuver best when dive-bombing at more than 300 kilometers per hour
  5. La Asociación Colombiana de Ornitología ACO se originó en el año 2002 con 106 miembros fundadores y el fin de incentivar el estudio científico y la conservación de las aves de Colombia mediante la publicación de una revista, Ornitología Colombiana. La idea surgió en el XIV Encuentro Nacional de Ornitólogos en Leticia, Amazonas (octubre del 2001) al ver la cantidad creciente de trabajos ornitológicos que se presentaban año tras año en los encuentros nacionales sin que fueran publicados ni recibieran adecuada divulgación. Desde ese momento un grupo de voluntarios ha estado trabajando de forma ininterrumpida logrando el objetivo inicial y diversificando actividades alrededor de nuestra visión-misión: "Promovemos el desarrollo de la ornitología en Colombia mediante la generación y difusión del conocimiento científico de las aves en pro de su conservación." La Asociación está compuesta por los miembros activos y está dirigida por una junta directiva que se elige entre los miembros cada dos años y se rige según los estatutos. Membresía en la Asociación está abierta a cualquier persona con interés en las aves colombianas y su conservación una vez sea aceptada su solicitud.
  6. Intermediate-level workshop Introduction to NIMBLE: the fanciest member in the BUGS family Instructors: Perry de Valpine, University of California-Berkeley Date: 23–25 April 2018 Venue: Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland Computers: Bring your own laptop with latest R and NIMBLE Registration: CHFr. 350 (normal rate), CHFr. 200 (student rate) Complex hierarchical models are often fitted with software that uses the BUGS language for model description (e.g., JAGS, WinBUGS or OpenBUGS). For non-statisticians the simplicity of the BUGS language is a key to be able to fit such models in practice. However, the fitting algorithms implemented in these programs (MCMC) are mostly black boxes, and there are only very limited possibilities for the user to affect them. Therefore, in some cases convergence might be difficult to achieve at all or the algorithms may be inefficient. The new NIMBLE software (https://r-nimble.org/) offers solutions to these problems. It comes as an R package and uses the BUGS language to describe statistical models. In addition it gives very wide user control over the MCMC samplers. Moreover, NIMBLE interacts in a more direct way with R allowing the possibility to easily specify your own functions as needed. Perry de Valpine is a creator and main developer of NIMBLE and will give a comprehensive overview about the possibilities of this exciting new package. The workshop is geared towards scientists from ecology and related fields (e.g. fisheries and wildlife). The general topics in hierarchical statistical modeling and computational methods apply as well to many other applications. Contents include the following: 1. Introduction to NIMBLE Migrating from BUGS and JAGS The NIMBLE workflow in R Querying and manipulating models in R 2. MCMC in NIMBLE Configuring samplers Comparing different kinds of MCMC (within and outside of NIMBLE) Debugging 3. Programming in NIMBLE The nimbleFunction system for writing model-generic algorithms The NIMBLE compiler 4. Writing new samplers, new distributions and new functions to use in models 5. Maximum likelihood with NIMBLE 6. Sequential Monte Carlo (particle filtering) with NIMBLE In this intermediate-level workshop about 3/4 of the time is spent on lecturing and 1/4 on solving exercises. No previous experience with the NIMBLE software is assumed. However, a good working knowledge of modern regression methods (ANOVA, ANCOVA, GLMs) and of program R is required. Moreover, knowledge in of the programs using the BUGS language (JAGS, WinBUGS) is highly advantageous. Send your application to Michael Schaub (michael.schaub@vogelwarte.ch), with CC to Marc Kéry (marc.kery@vogelwarte.ch); describing your background and knowledge in statistical modeling, R and WinBUGS/OpenBUGS/JAGS/NIMBLE and capture-recapture, by 28 February 2018 at the latest. Workshop invitations will be sent out immediately afterwards.
  7. Transmitting Science is offering a new course: “Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scan”, which will be held in Barcelona province from May 21st to 25th, 2018. Instructors: Dr. Heinrich Mallison (Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity,Germany) Dr. Josep Fortuny (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C., Spain) Sergio Llácer (Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C ., Spain) This course is addressed to researchers and technicians who routinely work with complex biological structures (specimens) and need to digitise their samples for different reasons, such as digital preservation, quantitative or biomechanics analyses, etc. The goal of this course is to explain how you can obtain 3D virtual models from surfaces, using different techniques as laser imaging but mainly photogrammetry. These techniques and technologies offer the possibility to obtain 3D models of the external morphology of the samples including colour and texture of a wide size range of specimens with medium - low cost and fast approaches. By the end of the course participants should be able to obtain high quality digitalization of samples with the most commonly used techniques. They will also be able to edit and manipulate the digital models to prepare them for use in typical analytical software. More information and registration: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/imaging/introduction-photogrammetry-laser-scan/
  8. Chris Merkord

    Avian Research

  9. Though the 2017 June survey dates were correct on other parts of the website (June 1 – June 17), it was incorrect on the moon graphic of the last post, which was incorrectly showing the 2016 dates of the 12th through the 27th. So if you live north of AZ, FL, NM, or TX and plan to survey in June, please make note of the correction. Thank you, and we apologize for any confusion. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ The U.S. Nightjar Network 2017 survey dates have finally arrived. These dates are specifically chosen to coincide with the nights of brightest moonlight and greatest nightjar calling frequency. These are important dates to use so survey conditions are standardized across all regions of the Nightjar Survey Network. If you ever have a question regarding the best date for your route always feel welcome to contact nightars@nightjars.org with your inquiry. 2017 Survey Dates: Window 1: 3 April to 19 April for low elevation AZ and NM, and FL and TX Window 2: 2 May to 18 May for any location in the country Window 3: 1 June to 17 June for areas north of AZ, FL, NM, and TX and recommended for high elevation areas in the Northern U.S. Always be sure to time your surveys after the moonrise. You can find moonrise information, survey instructions, and data sheets here. Special thanks to all the new and returning participants for your years of support! View the full article on the Nightjar Survey Network
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    New set of Checklist proposals posted

    “G3PDH Brushfinch”!
  11. Chris Merkord

    2017 Nightjar Survey Dates

    The U.S. Nightjar Network 2017 survey dates have finally arrived. These dates are specifically chosen to coincide with the nights of brightest moonlight and greatest nightjar calling frequency. These are important dates to use so survey conditions are standardized across all regions of the Nightjar Survey Network. If you ever have a question regarding the best date for your route always feel welcome to contact nightars@nightjars.org with your inquiry. 2016 Survey Dates: Window 1: 3 April to 19 April for low elevation AZ and NM, and FL and TX Window 2: 2 May to 18 May for any location in the country Window 3: 1 June to 17 June for areas north of AZ, FL, NM, and TX and recommended for high elevation areas in the Northern U.S. Always be sure to time your surveys after the moonrise. You can find moonrise information, survey instructions, and data sheets here. Special thanks to all the new and returning participants for your years of support! View the full article on the Nightjar Survey Network
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    Second International Bird Observatory Conference

    Call for Papers There are three options for presentation: regular Oral Presentations, Lightning Talks (limited to 5 minutes), or Poster. We recommend that Oral Presentations focus on outcomes or evaluation of specific programs: e.g. results of observatory-related research or monitoring; or evaluation of lessons learned in an education, outreach or capacity-building program. Presentations giving a general introduction to an observatory and its programs should be directed to Lightning Talks or Posters. Posters can be on any topic. Presenters may submit multiple abstracts, but if time available for oral presentations is oversubscribed the organizers may ask that extras be converted to posters. Oral Sessions Oral presentations include either full-length talks (15 minutes including questions) or lightning talks (5 minutes no questions). Electronic presentations must be in PowerPoint® format and displayed on conference computers. Presentations may be prepared on computers running software other than MS PowerPoint for Microsoft Windows, but will have to be converted prior to uploading to conference computers. Poster Sessions Posters should fit on panels 3 feet high x 4 feet wide (0.9 X 1.3 m). Materials for hanging posters will be available on site. Poster presenters are required to attend their poster during the poster session. Abstracts Abstracts will be submitted by email, using the format detailed below. Submission deadline is 15 September, 2017. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email on a rolling basis, but no later than 2 October, 2017, along with confirmation of presentation type. Prior to the conference, all authors will be provided with a follow-up email with further instructions and specifying the room, date and time of their presentations. Format (Sample submission below): Full name, mailing and email address for the presenting author. Topic area (e.g. Research and Monitoring, Outreach and Education, Conservation Applications, Organization Capacity-building and Sustainability) Presentation type (Oral, Lightning, Poster) Abstract, formatted as in the sample submission shown below. Use 12 point Times New Roman font throughout. If all authors have the same affiliation, no numbers are needed. Use an asterisk to indicate the author who will present. Abbreviate affiliation to organization and geographic location (state/province for North American locations; nearest city and country for others). Body of abstract must not exceed 250 words. Include key conclusions for the benefit of people who cannot attend your presentation.
  13. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: Call for Papers There are three options for presentation: regular Oral Presentations, Lightning Talks (limited to 5 minutes), or Poster. We recommend that Oral Presentations focus on outcomes or evaluation of specific programs: e.g. results of observatory-related research or monitoring; or evaluation of lessons learned in an education, outreach or capacity-building program. Presentations giving a general introduction to an observatory and its programs should be directed to Lightning Talks or Posters. Posters can be on any topic. Presenters may submit multiple abstracts, but if time available for oral presentations is oversubscribed the organizers may ask that extras be converted to posters. Oral Sessions Oral presentations include either full-length talks (15 minutes including questions) or lightning talks (5 minutes no questions). Electronic presentations must be in PowerPoint® format and displayed on conference computers. Presentations may be prepared on computers running software other than MS PowerPoint for Microsoft Windows, but will have to be converted prior to uploading to conference computers. Poster Sessions Posters should fit on panels 3 feet high x 4 feet wide (0.9 X 1.3 m). Materials for hanging posters will be available on site. Poster presenters are required to attend their poster during the poster session. Abstracts Abstracts will be submitted by email, using the format detailed below. Submission deadline is 15 September, 2017. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email on a rolling basis, but no later than 2 October, 2017, along with confirmation of presentation type. Prior to the conference, all authors will be provided with a follow-up email with further instructions and specifying the room, date and time of their presentations. Format (Sample submission below): Full name, mailing and email address for the presenting author. Topic area (e.g. Research and Monitoring, Outreach and Education, Conservation Applications, Organization Capacity-building and Sustainability) Presentation type (Oral, Lightning, Poster) Abstract, formatted as in the sample submission shown below. Use 12 point Times New Roman font throughout. If all authors have the same affiliation, no numbers are needed. Use an asterisk to indicate the author who will present. Abbreviate affiliation to organization and geographic location (state/province for North American locations; nearest city and country for others). Body of abstract must not exceed 250 words. Include key conclusions for the benefit of people who cannot attend your presentation. Meeting Website: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1940314 Click here to view the meeting
  14. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: The 10th Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network Symposium will be held on 18-22 October 2017 at Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City, Philippines. Hosted by the Philippine Eagle Foundation in partnership with the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network and co-organized by Ateneo de Davao University, City Government of Davao City, Department of Tourism Region 11, and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines – Raptor Group. The Symposium will officially start on 19 October 2017 and end with a farewell dinner on the evening of the 20th of October 2017. There will be a welcome dinner for the participants on 18th October 2017. Please make sure to arrive in the afternoon of the 18th to participate in the welcome dinner. Optional post-symposium field trips will be offered starting Sunday 22 October 2017. Meeting Website: http://www.philippineeaglefoundation.org/arrcn-homepage Click here to view the meeting
  15. The 10th Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network Symposium will be held on 18-22 October 2017 at Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City, Philippines. Hosted by the Philippine Eagle Foundation in partnership with the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network and co-organized by Ateneo de Davao University, City Government of Davao City, Department of Tourism Region 11, and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines – Raptor Group. The Symposium will officially start on 19 October 2017 and end with a farewell dinner on the evening of the 20th of October 2017. There will be a welcome dinner for the participants on 18th October 2017. Please make sure to arrive in the afternoon of the 18th to participate in the welcome dinner. Optional post-symposium field trips will be offered starting Sunday 22 October 2017.
  16. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: This Conference offers a unique opportunity for Peregrine enthusiasts from all over the world to meet up to renew old acquaintances, make new friends and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas. It will be an international celebration of this truly spectacular and cosmopolitan bird for prey.The organisers of the Budapest Conference have the honour to announce Professor Tom Cade as a member of the Scientific Committee and welcome his generous proposal to count the next year’s Conference in line with the Madison (1965), Sacramento (1985) and Poznan (2007) Conferences, making it the 4th International Conference to be dedicated to the Peregrine Falcon. This Conference is a collaborative effort involving the following organisations: BirdLife Hungary /MME/ and Society for the Protection of Wild Animals “Falcon” from Poland. Meeting Website: http://peregrinus.pl/en/peregrine-conference-budapest-2017 Click here to view the meeting
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    4th International Peregrine Conference

    This Conference offers a unique opportunity for Peregrine enthusiasts from all over the world to meet up to renew old acquaintances, make new friends and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas. It will be an international celebration of this truly spectacular and cosmopolitan bird for prey.The organisers of the Budapest Conference have the honour to announce Professor Tom Cade as a member of the Scientific Committee and welcome his generous proposal to count the next year’s Conference in line with the Madison (1965), Sacramento (1985) and Poznan (2007) Conferences, making it the 4th International Conference to be dedicated to the Peregrine Falcon. This Conference is a collaborative effort involving the following organisations: BirdLife Hungary /MME/ and Society for the Protection of Wild Animals “Falcon” from Poland.
  18. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: Conference hosts: Birds of Prey Programme, Endangered Wildlife Trustand BirdLife South Africa. Meeting Website: http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences/ Click here to view the meeting
  19. Conference hosts: Birds of Prey Programme, Endangered Wildlife Trust and BirdLife South Africa.
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    Meeting: 2018 AFO/WOS Meeting

    A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: 2018 Annual Meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society will be jointly held with the Association of Field Ornithologists on June 7-9 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. Inexpensive room blocks will be available at the attached Marriot Chattanooga Downtown and the nearby Days Inn Chattanooga-Rivergate. Chattanooga is a family-friendly location with lots of activities in the downtown areas and a plethora of local eateries. June will be an excellent time for local birding and several field trips will be available to participants. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact WOS representative Mark Deutschlander or local host David Aborn or AFO President Paul Rodewald Meeting Website: http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-afo-wos-meeting/event-summary-9bb245ec39b4492280fa6c65382e9f83.aspx Click here to view the meeting
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    2018 AFO/WOS Meeting

    2018 Annual Meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society will be jointly held with the Association of Field Ornithologists on June 7-9 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. Inexpensive room blocks will be available at the attached Marriot Chattanooga Downtown and the nearby Days Inn Chattanooga-Rivergate. Chattanooga is a family-friendly location with lots of activities in the downtown areas and a plethora of local eateries. June will be an excellent time for local birding and several field trips will be available to participants. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact WOS representative Mark Deutschlander or local host David Aborn or AFO President Paul Rodewald
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    American Ornithological Society

    The American Ornithological Society (AOS) launched in 2016 with the merger of the American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, to serve ornithologists and advance ornithology in the 21st century. More about AOS.
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    Spixiana

    Zeitschrift für Zoologie
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    Zoologische Staatssammlung München

    The ZSM is, with over 25 million zoological objects (labels), one of the largest natural history collections in the world. The science conducted at the Bavarian State Collection involves research on the taxonomy, phylogeny, and natural history of animals, and provides an adequate and sustainable depository for zoological specimens. The ZSM publishes Spixiana.
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