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  2. Hello Ornithology Exchange: I am contacting you to invite you to participate in our research on climate change and biodiversity management. Climate change and human pressures on ecosystems are intensifying and present new challenges for conservation practice, generating questions about the effectiveness of conventional approaches. Such challenges have also sparked debate about whether existing baselines are untenable; as well as when, where, and if we should pursue unconventional or more novel forms of intervention. We know these debates are strongly influenced by preferences and perceptions of experts, but little published information on these preferences exist. To fill this important gap, I am working with colleagues (Sarah Clements – University of Liverpool; Rachel Standish – Murdoch University) to administer a survey that examines how experts perceive the challenges of climate change relative to other pressures on ecosystems, and explores how their preferences might influence conservation practice. Insights from this survey will help identify some of the key challenges, research needs, and potential pathways to support climate change adaptation. I hope that you would be willing to spend about 20 minutes completing the survey, which is available here: https://liverpool.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/biodiversity-and-climate-change. We are also keen to get broad coverage in disciplinary expertise and experience, as well as geography. Would you be willing to distribute this survey to your networks? Alternatively, if you have recommendations for people or organizations we should contact directly, please let me know. We have also created a call for participants page, which can be found here: https://www.callforparticipants.com/study/page-summary/RDYRM. If you could distribute this page through your social media or professional networks, we would greatly appreciate it. This study has received ethical approval from the University of Liverpool (Application #3256). More information about the study can be found here: https://static.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/media/account/111/survey/473545/question/information_sheet_biodiversity.pdf. If you have any questions about the survey or the ethical aspects, please contact me or Dr. Sarah Clement at sclement@liverpool.ac.uk, who is leading the survey. Your time is greatly appreciated and will contribute to discussion and debate about how to manage biodiversity in the Anthropocene. We hope to receive your response to the survey by 15 August 2019. Kind regards, Patricia L. Kennedy Professor Emeritus, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center Oregon State University Union Experiment Station PO Box E 372 S. 10th St. Union, OR 97883 541-562-5129 X 31
  3. Job Type: Habitat Restoration Worker – Volunteer Positions Location: Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Duration: 7 months (Approximately mid-August 2019 to March/April 2020) Position closed: Applications reviewed upon receipt until positions are filled Deadline to apply is July 31, 2019 Inquiries: Email Andy Sullivan-Haskins at kureatoll@gmail.com Description: The State of Hawai'i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking volunteersfor work at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Kure Atoll is a part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located 1,400 miles northwest of O'ahu. Kure Atoll occupies a unique position referred to as the “Darwin Point”,which is the northern extent of coral reef development and the atoll is estimated to be 29.8 million years old. Kure is an important breeding site for wildlife, including several rare or endangered species. Eighteen species of seabirdsnest on Kure including Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) and Christmas shearwaters (Puffinus nativitatus). The endangered Laysan teal(Anas laysanensis) was recently introduced to Kure. There are currently 16 native and 31 non-native plant specieson Kure Atoll’s only vegetated island, Green Island. Several plant species are invasive and are being removed to improve seabird nesting habitat. DLNR is committed to eradicating the invasive plant Golden crown-beard (Verbesina encelioides) from the atoll. Invasive plants are a significant management concern because they displace native plant habitat and seabird nesting areas, and may entrap seabirds in a dense vegetative mass. Native plants are an integral resource for seabird nesting habitat and dune stabilization. This position is a unique opportunity to protect and recover seabird habitat while living in a wildlife sanctuary! Kure Atoll is an extremely remote work location. Transportation to/from Kure Atoll is by ship and is infrequent. The ability to live and work in close quarters with a small group of people for an extended period of time is of the utmost importance.The seasonal field teams consist of 6 to 8 people. Due to limited transportation, there are only 2 field seasons per year(approximately 6 months each). Contact on Kure is limited to text only e-mail (no pictures or attachments) through the field station’s satellite phone. There is no internet or cell phone service available. Strict Quarantine:Biosecurity protocols are in place to prevent introduction of alien species. This quarantine requires that all “soft” items (clothing, shoes, straps etc.) must be purchased new and frozen for 48 hours prior to departure to Kure Atoll. All “hard” items (cameras, musical instruments, etc.) must be inspected thoroughly and may need to be frozen or fumigated prior to departure. Primary responsibilities include:Invasive plant removal; Big-headed ant monitoring; Laysan duck monitoring; native plant propagation and out-planting; vegetation surveys; seabird surveys and assisting with banding events; Hawaiian monk seal monitoring; marine debris removal; data collection and entry; weekly meetings. Additionally, all staff will help with regular camp maintenance and chores outside of regular work hours. **Although the work load is diverse, most of the hours are dedicated to invasive plant removal (75-80%)** Desired Experience:Invasive species control; Hawaiian plant identification; native plant propagation and out-planting; avian reproductive monitoring; shorebird and/or seabird monitoring and identification; binocular/spotting scope use; data management; familiarity with Excel and ArcGIS; GPS usage. Other useful skills include: carpentry, solar equipment maintenance, small boat experience. Requirements:Excellent physical and mental health; able to walk 10 miles per day with a 40lb pack over uneven terrain, lift 50 lbs, work for long hours in hot/sunny, rainy/cold conditions, and bend or stoop for long periods of time; must know how to swim; and have 20/20 color vision or correctable lenses. Must be comfortable with herbicide use. Personnel can expect to work 40+ hrs/wk. Although most weeks are Monday-Friday, work hours are project dependent and may include early mornings, evenings, and weekends. DLNR/DOFAWwillprovidetransportationbetweenHonoluluandKureAtoll.Traveldatesaresubjecttochange.LodgingandfoodwhileonKureandintransitbetween Honolulu and Kureare provided.Mostfieldclothesandgearareprovided.Allothertransportation,housing,andpersonalitems mustbesuppliedbyapplicant. Kure Atoll Conservancy will award $1000 at the end of the field season to help offset these costs. Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to Andy Sullivan-Haskins: kureatoll@gmail.com For more information visit the Kure Atoll Conservancy website: http://www.kureatollconservancy.org/ Kure Atoll Blog: http://kureatollconservancy.org/explore/kure-blog/ Kure Atoll Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kure-Atoll-Conservancy-138668706143905/?ref=hl Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/visit/kure.html. W2019_Job Description_24MAY19 2.docx
  4. Hi all, I estimated stopover locations by using 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 cutt-off prob. Results are quite consistent specially during the first part of migration. Can the 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 values be translated into something more "meaningful"? Like km? I'm not quite sure how to explain these three values. Many thanks, Ana
  5. 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 OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Aurelia Skipwith, currently the the deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks at the Department of the Interior, has been re-nominated to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The position has not had a permanent director since the end of the Obama administration. Until August 2018, Greg Sheehan held the post in an acting capacity. Ms. Skipwith was first nominated in 2018 but the 115th Congress did not act on her nomination. In the interim, Meg Everson has been the acting director. Ms. Skipwith is a biologist and lawyer who spent more than six years at the agriculture giant Monsanto. She joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013. However, she seems not to meet the statutory requirement for this position, which, under 16 U.S.C. 742(b) mandates that: No individual may be appointed as the Director unless he is, by reason of scientific education and experience, knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management.Although Ms. Skipwith has a master's degree, it is in animal science (Purdue University, 2005). The areas of specialization offered in that program are: Animal Behavior and Welfare, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Management, Meat Science and Food Safety, Neuroscience, Nutrition, and Physiology. In addition, Ph.D. programs are offered in the area of Interdisciplinary Genetics (IGNT). After earning a law degree, she spent four months as an intern in a USDA foreign agriculture program focusing on crops, then seven months as an intellectual property consultant for USAID, focusing on food security. She next spent slightly over a year as assistant general counsel and regulatory affairs coordinator for a company that makes animal food. She began her career at Monsanto and worked her way up from a lab technician to sustainable agriculture partnership manager.
  6. A total of 55 animal species in the UK have been displaced from their natural ranges or enabled to arrive for the first time on UK shores because of climate change over the last 10 years (2008-2018) - as revealed in a new study published today (18 July 2019) by scientists at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London). View the full article
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  8. DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE POSITION DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Communications Specialist GRADE: 25 SALARY: Up to $68,000 FLSA: Exempt DIVISION/SITE: Headquarters, Washington DC DEPARTMENT: Communications REPORTS TO: Director of Media Relations LAST REVISED: July 2019 Basic Summary: The Senior Communications Specialist is responsible for helping to plan and implement a wide variety of media activities to gain coverage for Defenders of Wildlife and the issues on which Defenders works. S/he is responsible for developing and implementing media plans and coordinating events; writing news releases, factsheets and other press materials; building relationships with and contacting reporters and broadcast journalists; identifying spokespeople; and other activities as assigned by the Media Relations Director and/or Vice President for Communications. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Writing: Generate press releases, statements, talking points, advisories, factsheets, OpEds, letters to the editor, editorial board memos and other press materials • Media & Messaging Strategy: Work with program staff and communications team to develop and implement media plans • Participate and represent Defenders on key coalition teams, collaborating with coalition partners in strategy, materials development and action. • Media relations: Establish working relationships with reporters in beat areas. Call and email reporters to pitch Defenders-related stories; field inquiries from the media and forward reporters’ questions to pertinent program staff members • Research: Conduct research to develop factsheets, legislative bill summaries, talking points and other media relations and programmatic materials as needed • Press events: Work with appropriate program staff to coordinate, execute and publicize press events, teleconferences, and other promotional activities • Advertising: Develop strategies for digital advertising in relation for appropriate use within advocacy campaigns. Develop messaging strategy, copy and manage design of print and digital advertisements; work with vendors to place advertisements • Attend press briefings and activities and help prepare senior executives for interviews and media appearances. General support: Collaborate with and support Communications Team colleagues in daily communications department work • Compile weekly/monthly media coverage and analysis reports for sharing with senior leadership and others as appropriate • Perform all other work-related duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, coordinating focus groups, and polling. Collaborate with Defenders’ Conservation Program Teams and Marketing Team for seamless communications across all forms of Defenders of Wildlife Communications including but not limited to publications and reports, press materials, social media, blog, web site and other outreach, etc. Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Journalism, English, Communication Studies, Public Policy, Broadcasting or other related discipline (including Biology of Environmental Studies). Master’s degree in journalism or related field desirable. Experience: · At least 4+ years of experience working with news media and strategic communications · An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Skills: · Ability to manage several tasks at once, use sound judgment, and follow up on prioritized assignments · Excellent writing and verbal communications skills; working knowledge of AP style a plus · Work effectively with others on team assignments, including in situations are working in separate locations. · Excellent project management skills required. · Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and other Windows applications · Fluency in Spanish a plus Work Expectations: Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. How to Apply: Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our indeed jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs About Defenders: Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
  9. https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=118437 Assistant Scientist, Waterbird Ecology Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) investigates and documents the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and acquires and provides natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. The Stephen A. Forbes Biological Station, established in 1894, is located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana, Illinois. It is the oldest inland field station in North America and one of nine field stations of the Illinois Natural History Survey. The Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center is housed at the Forbes Biological Station. Staff of the Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center conduct research on a variety of topics relevant to wetland ecosystems, with a specific focus on the ecology and management of wetlands, waterfowl, and other waterbirds. Our research efforts focus on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and the wetlands throughout the State. INHS is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Waterbird Ecology to develop, direct, and conduct research and monitoring activities in the area of Wetland Bird, Wetland Ecology, or related natural resources fields to address the goals and objectives of the Survey. This position is located at the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, Illinois. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Conduct research activities related to waterfowl, wading birds, marshbirds, shorebirds, passerines etc. as well as in the area of wetland ecology and other natural resource fields. Collect, manage, and analyze scientific data. Conduct field and laboratory work. Manage, analyze, and translate research and monitoring data into scientific findings and provide management recommendations to funding agencies, collaborators, and other interested parties. Translate scientific data into reports, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations to be delivered at conference and professional meetings. Provide outreach and service to the public, the INHS, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, PRI, UIUC, and other professional organizations. Communicate and interact with recipients of services and provide technical assistance. Work with lay community to engender positive feedback regarding scientific research. Coordinate and cooperate with the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois, and other groups. Represent the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois and other agencies on committees. Supervise, mentor, and lead hourly staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, and ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback and travel approval. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois. Keep abreast of developments in this discipline Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, wildlife biology, ecology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Bachelors with a minimum of 5 years of experience or Masters with a minimum of 3 years of experience related to wetland birds. Experience identifying wetland birds (one or more of waterfowl, marshbird, wading birds, shorebirds), plants, and invertebrates. Experience using common software packages for data recording and analysis, reporting, and processing, including but not limited to ArcGIS and R. This position requires experience and training in wildlife capturing/handling, specifically waterfowl and other wetland birds. Experience working with boats, and ATVs. Must be able to swim. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Demonstrated ability to communicate well in writing (reports and/or papers) and in oral presentations. Demonstrated leadership skills for the purpose of supervising, planning and monitoring research activities, and documenting progress. Valid Driver’s License Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in natural resources management, wildlife biology, ecology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Environmental Demands: Will require working in adverse field conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.), travel throughout the State of Illinois working irregular hours. Must be able to physically carry out wetland bird survey field work, including being able to swim, walk through water and on uneven terrain. Overnight travel may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position. Proposed Start Date: Estimated start date is August 16, 2019. Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment Status: This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Eligible for full University benefits package as well as generous vacation and sick leave packages. To Apply: Applications must be received by July 31, 2019. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For technical inquiries regarding this position, please contact Auriel Fournier, Director, Forbes Biological Station at auriel@illinois.edu or 217-300-8698. For further information, please contact Amber Hall, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute at amberh@illinois.edu or 217-300-4080. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=118437
  10. An animal rescue group is asking for help caring for 89 baby snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons that left homeless last week after a tree fell in downtown Oakland. View the full article
  11. Position dates: August 19, 2019 - May 15, 2020 Position salary: $12/hour About the Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org Job Duties and Responsibilities: OVERVIEW Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, in partnership with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC), has outlined conservation and educational activities that will inform and educate students, teachers, landowners, and resource professionals about the shortgrass prairie and ponderosa pine ecosystems of western Nebraska. We work with a diversity of partners including organizations at the state, federal, and nonprofit level and private landowners. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is looking for a motivated, dynamic education assistant who will effectively bring wildlife conservation topics to a variety of audiences. Duties of the Wildlife Education Assistant include, but are not limited to: Assisting with implementation of educational programs, including classroom presentations, field trips, outreach events, after school programs, citizen science events, and partner events. Assisting with development/expansion of educational programs and materials. Be responsible for organizing registrations and program and inventory data. Assisting with general educational project day-to-day operations. Assisting with development of reports for various projects and grants. Dissemination of Bird Conservancy/NGPC’s conservation messages. Coordinating with partners on education projects as needed. Organizing education schedule as needed. REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Undergraduate degree in environmental education or environmental studies or related degree, with an emphasis in education, environmental science, ornithology, wildlife/ecosystem conservation, or related fields. Preference will be given to applicants with prior environmental education experience. Background in shortgrass prairie wildlife ecology and/or birds preferred. Public speaking skills and the ability to work with people of all ages Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate through multiple media formats (print, TV, radio, Internet, public events, social media, etc.) Experience and demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Publisher, Adobe products, and Google Suite Responsible, creative, relatable, enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, and resourceful team player The ability to multi-task, prioritize, and display excellent time management skills The ability to carry out duties and directives independently under limited supervision A valid U.S. driver’s license and personal transportation. Must be willing to travel to program sites in western Nebraska. NGPC vehicle provided but some use of personal vehicle may be required Ability to lift 40 lbs, stand and walk for extended periods of time Ability to communicate (speak, read, write) in Spanish preferred (but not required) To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Chaley Jensen, Nebraska Wildlife Education Coordinator, at chaley.jensen@birdconservancy.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  12. UPDATE JULY 15: The court asked the parties to consider having the three cases consolidated and "The parties in all three actions have conferred, and all parties consent to the consolidation of the three cases, with two caveats. First, the Audubon Plaintiffs consent to consolidation with the understanding that it would not prejudice their ability to litigate the NEPA and notice and comment claims asserted in their complaint but not in the NRDC Action or the States’ Action. Second, plaintiffs in each of the three cases request that they be permitted to continue to file separate briefs if there is further motion practice in the consolidated proceeding. Defendants do not object to the plaintiffs’ requests."
  13. Small research grants are awards of up to £2,000 per project and are aimed at supporting small projects outright or to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. Awards of up to £2,000 per project aimed at supporting small projects outright and to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. Grants are open to citizens of any country, but recipients must be BOU members unless they reside and work in a developing country. For guidelines, an application form, and information on past awards click here.
  14. Senckenberg ornithologist Gerald Mayr, in conjunction with his colleague Alan Tennyson of the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, describe a previously unknown, extinct albatross species from the Pliocene. The bird, which lived about 3 million years ago, only reached approximately 90 percent of the size of the smallest modern albatrosses. However, the fossil's most remarkable trait is the unusually narrow beak, which suggests that the new species mainly fed on fish. The diet of modern albatrosses, by contrast, is dominated by squid. The fossil discovery thus indicates a higher diversity in the feeding ecology of extinct albatrosses and raises the question why the fish-eating forms ultimately went extinct. The study is published today in the scientific journal Ibis. View the full article
  15. Looking for a volunteer field technician to assist with a study of Grey Fantail breeding biology and vocal communication under the supervision of two PhD students. The field season is from October to January (end date flexible), and we require a minimum 2-month commitment. (Applicants who are available for the full field season will be given preference). The technician will develop skills in data collection and management, nest searching and monitoring, and acoustic recordings. Additionally, they will learn to analyse song and video recordings. Shared housing will be provided, which includes dinners on weekdays. The technician would be initially responsible for their flight to Melbourne, Australia, and visa costs. Reasonable flight reimbursements will be possible at the end of the field season for one volunteer, but is subject to funding. Duties will include (but are not limited to) nest searching and monitoring, set up and tear down of video and acoustic recording devices, acoustic focal recordings, re-sighting colour bands, assisting with mist-netting and experiments, data management, gear maintenance, and manual scanning and scoring of acoustic and video data. The technician may also be able to assist in other projects not outlined above. Applicants will be expected to work long days and early mornings under the Australian sun. Ability to navigate using a GPS is required, and the technician should be physically able to hike throughout the day, but also have the patience to watch single birds for extended periods of time. In some locations, cell phone service may be limited. Work is located in a national park, and technicians should be able to appropriately interact with the public regarding research. Applicants will be able to enjoy Australian landscapes and wildlife (kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, parrots, kookaburra, etc.) while gaining field experience for future endeavors. Qualifications: Ability to work independently and as part of a field team is required. Passion for birds, science, and/or field biology will be essential to success in this position. Physical fitness, enthusiasm, self-motivation, and ability to respectfully share living space are a must. Must be able to ask questions, follow data collection protocols, and possess a strong work ethic. Preferred Qualifications: Experience in songbird nest searching and monitoring, recording avian vocalisations, bird banding, and re-sighting colour bands. Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, send a cover letter detailing interests, relevant research/ field experience, and dates of availability, a CV, and contact information for 2 referees to Kristin White (kakovach.217AT gmail.com) and Nadya Sotnychuk (nadya.sotnychuk.2016ATowu.edu) with the subject ‘Grey Fantail Volunteer Opportunity 2019’. Serious inquiries regarding the project and position are welcome.
  16. A pair of New Zealand penguins that broke into a sushi stall at Wellington's busiest railway station have been returned to their natural habitat. View the full article
  17. London's house sparrows (Passer domesticus) have plummeted by 71% since 1995, with new research suggesting avian malaria could be to blame. View the full article
  18. In nature, as in life, there's often more than one way to solve a problem. That includes the evolutionary process. A new study in Evolution Letters finds that different bird species in the same challenging environment—the highly saline ecosystem of tidal marshes along ocean shores—were able to evolve unique species-specific ways to address the same problem. View the full article
  19. Hi, just a question. is this a workshop that will be repeated later in the year? I’ve been looking for a banding workshop for a while but I won’t be in the financial position to participate in this particular one. Anyhow, love that you’re doing this! thank you, Angela
  20. H. T. Harvey & Associates has an immediate opening in our South San Francisco Bay Area office for an experienced wildlife ecologist/project manager. The duties expected of this position include managing all aspects of the biological components of CEQA/NEPA projects, endangered and threatened species surveys, federal and state Endangered Species Act consultations, and wildlife inventories and management plans, as well as managing staff, budgets, clients, and agency contacts. Other key responsibilities include business development, marketing, proposal preparation, staff training and supervision, and recruiting. Required qualifications: A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience, with at least 3 years of management experience Strong project management skills, including an ease with clients and strong organizational abilities for tracking project details, schedules, budgets, invoices, and subcontractors Academic background (Ph.D. or M.S. preferred), solid field experience, strong ecological knowledge, and experience in ecological consulting, particularly in California Experience providing guidance to clients regarding federal and state wildlife regulations, including CEQA/NEPA and Endangered Species Acts Solid technical writing ability Strong communication and collaboration skills Additional qualifications: Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights, weekends) as needed Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, walking over varied terrain, bending, lifting, and carrying upwards of 50 pounds, and otherwise maintain good physical condition Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low impact principles About H. T. Harvey & Associates: H. T. Harvey & Associates is an ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, California, with six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise are restoration ecology, landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, fish and aquatic ecology, and ecological research. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. Our employment package includes a competitive salary and medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401(k) with a generous employer match. H. T. Harvey & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities, disabled and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. How to apply: Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, and transcripts through this link: https://bit.ly/2Lh4dPT
  21. We have an immediate opening in our Los Gatos office for a wildlife field biologist. This person will conduct field studies, including nesting bird surveys, special-status species surveys, and construction monitoring. This position will sometimes require a person to navigate varying and rugged terrain safely and potentially alone in a variety of weather conditions. It may require occasional overnight travel and weekend work. Required Qualifications Solid field experience A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna; Strong bird identification skills and experience conducting nesting bird surveys, and/or experience with the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, fisheries, and/or burrowing owl. Candidates with a strong academic background (and at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject are preferred. About H. T. Harvey & Associates: H. T. Harvey & Associates is an ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, California, with six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise are restoration ecology, landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, fish and aquatic ecology, and ecological research. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. Our employment package includes a competitive salary and medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401(k) with a generous employer match. H. T. Harvey & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities, disabled and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. How to apply: Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, and transcripts through this link: https://bit.ly/2O3SZAL
  22. When it comes to mating displays, a little persistence can go a long way, at least for the greater sage grouse. In "Hidden Markov Models Reveal Tactical Adjustment of Temporally Clustered Courtship Displays in Response to the Behaviors of a Robotic Female," published in The American Naturalist, Anna C. Perry and her colleagues at the University of California in Davis (USA), the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig (Germany) and the University of Florida (USA) use a custom-built statistical model to understand an under-explored dimension of greater sage grouse mating display behavior. The authors report that males that show greater display persistence, even in the face of seemingly uninterested females, have a competitive advantage over their peers. View the full article
  23. For generations, household farmers in the Horn of Africa have selectively chosen chickens with certain traits that make them more appealing. Some choices are driven by the farmers' traditional courtship rituals; others are guided by more mundane concerns, such as taste and disease resistance. The result is the development of a genetically distinct African chicken -- one with longer, meatier legs, according to new research . But that 3,000-year-old local breed type is threatened by the introduction of commercial cluckers. View the full article
  24. Researchers at CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, have painstakingly reconstructed the nation's 'once in a century drought' in the early 1900s, revealing that it caused mass ecosystem collapse and dramatic declines in plant and animal populations across more than a third of the continent. View the full article
  25. Why did you choose your job? Or where you live? Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that it was probably to keep your options as open as possible—and the more we co-operate together, the more opportunities are available to us. View the full article
  26. Undergraduate Internship in the Kirtlandia Research Internship Program The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people. Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. The Museum will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy. The Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, organized and energetic individual who is passionate about research in ornithology. The Museum is one of several organizations carrying out the Lights Out Cleveland program, monitoring bird-building collisions during spring and fall migration. Bird casualties come to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where they are made into research specimens. The ultimate goal of Lights Out Cleveland is to make Cleveland a bird safe city. A sixteen week internship is available for September to December 2019, thanks to funding from the Kirtlandia Society's Research Internship Program and a Conservation Grant from Columbus Audubon Society. Summary Under the general supervision of the Curator and the Collections Manager of the Ornithology Department, the Kirtlandia Research Intern will prepare specimens salvaged during the Lights Out Cleveland migration surveys, and will carry out research using these specimens. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Preparing Specimens Responsible for preparing specimens, primarily as skeletons with spread wings and tissue samples. Initial training will be provided, and the intern will be expected to work fairly independently after the first few weeks. Responsible for generating new labels for the specimens. Conducting Research Responsible for working with the Curator and the Collection Manager to generate scientific questions that can be answered using Lights Out Cleveland specimens. The intern will collect data and analyze it, and collaborate with Ornithology to staff to write a scientific report on the outcome of their research. Education and/or Experience Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or recently graduated with a BS or BA degree (graduation date must be in 2019). Other Qualifications Ability to multi-task and efficiently prioritize assignments while working independently. Data quality is of the utmost importance, and the intern is expected to have strong attention to detail, to be thorough in data collection, and to write labels with legible handwriting. Professional demeanor, tact, diplomacy, discretion, good judgment, strong insight and instinct, maturity and sophistication. Intermediate knowledge and ability working with computers and computer systems. Familiarity with bird identification in North America is preferred but not required. Previous experience with museum specimen preparation and conducting original research is preferred but not required. Click here to apply The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, ADA EMPLOYER and a SUBSTANCE-FREE WORKPLACE
  27. Non-native parrots can cause substantial agricultural damage and threaten native biodiversity, although impacts vary strongly depending on where these parrots have been introduced. Brought to Europe as pets, escaped or released parrots have established numerous wild populations across Europe. Tens of thousands of ring-necked and monk parakeets make up the bulk of Europe's parrots, but several more species are gaining a foothold too. View the full article
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