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  3. The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based out of the University of Florida in Gainesville and oversees several ongoing wetland-related research projects. We are seeking two highly motivated six-month technicians to assist with a long-term study of the endangered Snail Kite. We are monitoring the Snail Kite population via mark-recapture methods as well as making behavioral observations and collecting data related to foraging ecology. Field work for this project is conducted throughout the wetland ecosystems of central and south Florida from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes (near Orlando) to the Everglades (near Miami). Field work involves the extensive use and operation of airboats. Applicants must be willing to work long, flexible hours while maintaining a positive attitude in a hot, humid environment; some days involve working from sunrise to sunset. All necessary training will be provided, including airboat operation and maintenance. Duties include mark-recapture surveys, behavioral observations, nest searching, handling and banding Snail Kite nestlings, data entry and maintenance of field equipment and boats. Applicants must be able to get in and out of boats in deep water, walk up to .3 miles through water, lift 50lbs, and be able to read color bands. Salary: $11/hour + free housing. Housing will be provided at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area south of St. Cloud, FL. Applicants should be comfortable living in a field house with only a few other coworkers. A six-month commitment from approximately late-January to mid-July 2021 is required and the ideal technician has potential to be extended into a Crew Lead position. Previous technicians have also later enrolled into a related Master’s program with the University of Florida. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife, or a related field. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license. Ability to comfortably band and handle wild raptors is preferred, but not necessary. Basic mechanical repair skills and troubleshooting knowledge strongly preferred. This position starts the last week of January 2021 and continues until July of 2021. Interested persons should send a resume with a cover letter and contact information for three references to Julia Magill (EM: snailkites@gmail.com). Applications are reviewed as they are received. For questions see our website https://www.snailkite.org or contact Julia Magill via email.
  4. Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining The Nature Conservancy in Ohio! Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Working in 72 countries including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach, encourage innovative ideas, and strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. The Nature Conservancy in Ohio is seeking a Natural Infrastructure Director. The Natural Infrastructure Director will design and implement strategies to restore “natural infrastructure” (wetlands, floodplains, and riparian corridors) to improve streams and lakes impacted by nutrients. With Lake Erie to the north and the Ohio River to the south, our region is rich in water resources. Lake Erie provides drinking water for 11 million people, and the Ohio River provides drinking water for an additional five million Ohioans. The five worst harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie have occurred since 2011, and this same condition is affecting other lakes and reservoirs, streams, and the Ohio River. Fortunately, growing societal awareness of threats to drinking water and support for water quality improvements is driving new opportunities for conservation across the state and region. TNC has established ambitious goals for nutrient management in the Lake Erie and Ohio River Basins, with focus on the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), Scioto and Great Miami watersheds. With the advent of the H2Ohio Program funding and continued support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Farm Bill programs, we have an opportunity to highlight nature’s ability to act as a natural water filter by promoting and advancing natural infrastructure to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree with 5 years related experience; or equivalent combination. Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines. Experience supervising staff, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance. Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and government agencies. Experience negotiating. Preferred Qualifications Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans. Knowledge of current trends and practices in restoration and agricultural drainage. Ability to build and maintain productive relationships across TNC program areas and with restoration partners. Ability to work closely and effectively with partners, contractors, consultants, agencies, and staff. Experience preparing scopes of work and concept plans for wetland and stream restoration. Experience writing and managing grant and construction projects. Ability to communicate with scientists and researchers on scientific research and monitoring of nutrient management. Experience analyzing and synthesizing spatial data such as soil surveys, topographic maps in ArcGIS. If you are interested in doing work you can believe in, please visit nature.org/careers and search for job ID 49093 in the keyword search. Submit your application by 11:59 PM EST on November 20, 2020. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
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  6. Please submit an application that includes CV, cover letter, and three references to the following website: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4481/marshbird-biologist/job Position Summary: Supervised by Audubon Louisiana’s Director of Bird Conservation, the Marshbird Biologist will coordinate with Audubon staff and external partners to conduct marshbird surveys across coastal Louisiana, including point count surveys, nocturnal drag-line surveys, and habitat and vegetation surveys consistent with SHARP (Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program) protocols. In addition, the Marshbird Biologist will provide support for other avian research projects that connect the health of waterbird, songbird, and marshbird populations with coastal restoration activities. The position will also enter and summarize data into digital formats for archival and analysis purposes. Specific duties will include: Conduct audio-visual surveys of Black Rails and other target marshbird species in coastal saltmarshes. Surveys will take place in early mornings and late evenings, as well as other times of the day as consistent with established protocols. Conduct nocturnal-drag line surveys to locate, capture, and band Black Rails and Yellow Rails. Recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist with surveys. Conduct habitat and vegetation surveys following standard operating procedures. Some basic plant identification skills are required. Conduct bird surveys at restoration project sites following protocols designed to understand relationships between habitat restoration and waterbird, songbird, and marshbird populations. Enter data and support the preparation of interim reports. Drive between survey locations, often requiring multiple stays for two or more nights in a row. Follow safety standards for the operation of work vehicles, include automobiles, ATVs, and boats. The standard work week is 40 hours across the term of employment, but will occur at odd hours, including mornings and evenings, and will require some flexibility as a result of weather and tidal conditions. Lodging and mileage necessary to complete field work will be compensated by Audubon Louisiana. The anticipated salary will be $18/hr. Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Education, or a related field is required. An M.S. degree in these or a similar field is preferred. At least two field seasons of work experience in avian ecology is required. Excellent interpersonal as well as written and oral communication skills required. Must be willing to work long hours outside under physically demanding conditions (hot, humid, biting insects, alligators, etc.) and to regularly sleep in field housing. Must have strong organizational skills and great attention to detail. Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required. Valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle are required for travel to work sites. Travel will be reimbursed at the current federal rate. Must properly maintain field equipment and keep supplies and materials organized.
  7. Ravens, crows, magpies and their relatives are known for their exceptional intelligence, which allows them to solve complex problems, use tools or outsmart their conspecifics. One capability, however, that we humans value highly, seems to be missing from their behavioral repertoire: generosity. Only very few species within the crow family have so far been found to act generously in experimental paradigms, while the highly intelligent ravens, for example, have demonstrated their egoistic tendencies in multiple studies. Lisa Horn of the of the Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology of the University of Vienna can now demonstrate, together with Jorg Massen of Utrecht University and an international team of researchers, that the social life of corvids is a crucial factor for whether the birds benefit their group members or not. View the full article
  8. NOAA has published a peer-reviewed State of the Monument report that was jointly produced by the co-trustees of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The report includes information on the status and trends of living resources, habitats, ocean conditions, maritime and cultural archaeological resources, and the human activities and natural events that affect them. View the full article
  9. Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants are anticipated to be selected before mid-December. Start Date: February 22, 2021 End Date: May 28, 2021 Salary: $10.25 per hour (40 hours per week) Job Summary: We are seeking two-three field technicians to conduct spring drumming surveys of Ruffed Grouse across North Georgia. Primary duties will be to conduct standard roadside grouse surveys, along with paired off-road surveys. Technicians will also be responsible for set-up, take-down, and monitoring of Automated Recording Units (ARUs). Technicians will be required to enter data on a daily basis, and may be asked to enter acoustical sound data from the ARUs. Working hours will vary depending on distance to survey points each morning, but expect very early mornings to early/mid-afternoon work schedules. Field housing and a work vehicle will be provided. Technicians will need a backpack and hiking boots. Primary Duties: 1) Perform bird point count surveys 2) Operate song meters 3) Enter data 4) Traveling to field sites Education and Experience required: Must have strong work ethic and positive attitude, interest in birds and conservation, and strong observational and listening skills. Ability to navigate using a GPS. Ability to follow directions and work independently. Must be working towards or have a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience conducting forest bird surveys and working independently in the field. A valid driver’s license and good driving record is required. Preferred Qualifications: 1) Strong interest in gamebird management and birds in general 2) Ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound Physical Demand: Must be able to endure long workdays beginning before sunrise, drive long distances, hike through dense forests, navigate steep/uneven terrain, and work in hot, humid conditions with ticks, chiggers, poison ivy, and the occasional rattlesnake/copperhead, while sometimes carrying up to 25lbs. of field equipment. How to apply: Applications must include a cover letter and CV with at least 3 professional references in one PDF document. Submit applications and questions to Clay at Clayton.Delancey@uga.edu.
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  11. Chemicals that haven't been manufactured in the U.S. for years or even decades are still turning up in the bodies of migratory terns in the Great Lakes region, a new study finds. The research focused on three types of compounds: PBDEs, PCBs, and the breakdown products, called metabolites, of DDT. View the full article
  12. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today launched a new online permit system that will allow applicants to submit, pay for, and track their permit applications online. The new system will be phased in over the coming months, with some permits available in the system immediately and some being added in the coming months. Not all permits used by ornithologists are available yet in the new system. Scientific collecting permits, for example, won’t be available through epermits until early next year. Also, note that amendments and modifications of current permits will be handled offline until early 2021. This new epermits system will replace the previous online system, launched last year, which allowed permitees to search for and download the appropriate forms. The Ornithological Council encourages ornithologist to register for and use the new epermits system. If you have questions or problems with the new system, please contact the OC and we can work with the USFWS to resolve them. The Ornithological Council has encouraged USFWS to adopt an electronic permit system for years, to reduce the paperwork burden on researchers and others applicants and to enable faster permit processing and better tracking. We’re encouraged to see this system launch and look forward to all the USFWS permits being available in the new system. Permits to band birds issued by the USGS Bird Banding Lab will not be affected by this change and should continue to be sent to the BBL in Laurel, MD. To apply for permits through the Service’s new epermits system or for more information , please visit fws.gov/epermits. -- USFWS Press Release -- Service Launches New Electronic Permitting System to Streamline and Improve Permitting Process New electronic system will modernize permit applications, helping the public and wildlife October 21, 2020 Contact(s): Christina Meister, Christina_Meister@fws.gov, 703-358-2284 To simplify, expedite and improve the permit application process, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is launching “ePermits,” a new and modern electronic permitting system. Permits enable the public to engage in certain regulated wildlife-related activities. Service permit programs help ensure these activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. The Service issues permits under several domestic and international laws and treaties such as the Endangered Species Act, the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Wild Bird Conservation Act and the Lacey Act. These laws protect species that are threatened by overexploitation and other factors. “I am proud of the Service’s work to create an innovative platform that will help simplify and expedite the permitting process,” said Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The Trump Administration has prioritized developing innovative solutions for the American people, and this online tool for permit applications further delivers accountability and transparency.” “The enhancement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora electronic permitting procedure, as well as the planned upgrades, will only further benefit our industry by continuing to improve the permitting process,” said Patricia Fuquene, Director of Import/Export, Costa Farms LLC. Permits are issued for activities such as import and export of live animals, plants, or biomedical samples, rehabilitation of sick or injured migratory birds, scientific research or reintroduction programs for endangered species, and exchange of museum specimens between institutions for protected species. Each year, the Service issues approximately 65,000 permits. Prior to ePermits, applicants had to apply for permits through the mail and pay with paper checks, often resulting in delays that now may be avoided through the digital process. The hard-copy option is still available to those who need it, and ePermits offers many advantages for applicants including a new permit application search feature. The new system also uses pay.gov, a secure electronic payment system, to process applicant permit fees. Once an application is submitted, the new system allows applicants to view and track their application’s progress. Enhancements to ePermits and additional functionality are planned on a regular basis through July 2021 to make the application process more efficient and to allow for a more robust ability to analyze data to track business and conservation trends. Digital permit applications forms are available in ePermits for the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement and Ecological Services, Migratory Birds and International Affairs programs. Users can find the permit applications they need through a search function and can get answers to frequently asked questions through easy-to-use “help center” content. “The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is excited about and supports the modernization of the Service’s permitting system,” said Sara Parker Pauley, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “The move to electronic permitting will assist in the sustainable use and management of wildlife by the state fish and wildlife agencies. The association appreciated the Service seeking the input of the state fish and wildlife agencies on the development of this system. This cooperation reflects the strong relationship that the state fish and wildlife agencies and the association have with the Service.” “The Louisiana alligator industry is very excited about the modernization of the Service’s permitting system,” said Stephen Sagrera, President of the Louisiana Alligator Farmers and Ranchers Association. “The faster permitting time of the new electronic system will help U.S. producers of sustainable wildlife products to better compete in fast-paced global markets.” “Permits from the Service are integral to the work of many ornithologists, so we are excited about the new ePermits system,” said Laura Bies, Executive Director of The Ornithological Council. “This new system has the potential to reduce the paperwork burden for researchers and scientists, and the Ornithological Council looks forward to its implementation.” By applying for permits, the public helps conserve and protect imperiled species throughout the world. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to go forward. To apply for permits through the Service’s new platform or to obtain more information regarding the permitting process, visit: fws.gov/epermits. About the Ornithological Council The Ornithological Council is a consortium of 10 scientific societies of ornithologists; these societies span the Western Hemisphere and the research conducted by their members spans the globe. Their cumulative expertise comprises the knowledge that is fundamental and essential to science-based bird conservation and management. The Ornithological Council is financially supported by our 10 member societies and the individual ornithologists who value our work. If the OC’s resources are valuable to you, please consider joining one of our member societies or donating directly at Birdnet.org. Thank you for your support!
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  15. Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions—findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired small-scale aircraft. View the full article
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  17. A Prairie Habitat Restoration Support position is available with Colorado State University and the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, and will be located at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington. This position will provide technical and field support toward habitat improvement and restoration for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, streaked horned lark, and Mazama pocket gopher. This position will also oversee the tracking and monitoring of seed production; site preparation, planting, and seeding; propagating/developing delivery schedules of plugs; development of restoration plans for prairie and salmon species recovery; conducting prescribed burns; providing briefing to land users; assisting in other rare and endangered species surveys; and managing restoration data. JBLM is located 9.1 miles south-southwest of Tacoma and about 40 miles south of Seattle, Washington. The facility is under the U.S. Army Joint Base Garrison, and includes the U.S. Army’s Fort Lewis and the U.S. Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base. For full position details and to submit application materials, please visit http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/80680 Emailed or mailed applications will not be accepted. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
  18. On the southern exterior wall of the Dome of the Rock, a very important Islamic shrine in Jerusalem's Old City, there are two marble slabs, both carved from the same stone and placed side by side to form a symmetrical pattern, that depicts two birds. In a recent article published in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, "Solomon and The Petrified Birds on the Dome of the Rock," author Elon Harvey explores the history of this marble decoration and describes how different narratives about Solomon and two birds contributed to the multiple understandings of this imagery. View the full article
  19. Job Description: SEASONAL AVIAN CONSERVATION FIELD TECHNICIANS needed for work with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. Our project focuses on a variety of work with three critically-endangered endemic Hawaiian songbirds, the Akikiki, Akeke’e and Puaiohi, that all inhabit the extremely wet, beautiful and rugged montane rainforest on the island of Kauai. The position will focus on (1) banding birds, including endangered nestlings, (2) re-sighting color-banded birds, (3) nest-searching for rare and elusive species, (4) radio-tagging adults and nestlings, and (5) maintaining rat control grids. This is a rare opportunity to work on endangered tropical species in the U.S. while gaining valuable research skills. The work is physically challenging, requiring a 4 to 8 mile hike to the main field camps by way of steep slopes, tangled forest and stream crossings on obscure trails with up to 40 pound packs (occasionally 60). Daily field conditions include hiking through dense forest in and along streams, often in rainy and chilly weather. Position lasts 4.5 months, but possibility of staying on for the right candidate. Qualifications: Applicants must be able to detect and identify birds by sight and sound, be physically fit, and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain using GPS, compass, and maps. Experience with nest-searching, mist-netting, banding, radio-tagging, color-band re-sighting, behavioral observation, territory mapping, small mammal trapping, and insect sampling is strongly desired. Mechanical and electronics skills and current First Aid and CPR certifications are a plus. Abundant enthusiasm for conserving Hawaii’s native species (including controlling invasive species along the way) is essential, as are self-motivation, the ability to work well in a small team, a positive attitude, and willingness to live in remote field camps for more than a week at a time. Careful data collection is paramount, and when not in the field, office duties will include data entry and management, maintenance of field equipment, and other work around the office. Compensation is $2,490/mo. Housing when not in the field will not be provided, but we will assist in finding housing. Successful applicants must provide own travel to Lihue, Kauai, have a valid driver license, and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. To Apply: Applications will be accepted until November 9, 2020 and will be reviewed as they are received. Required materials include a current CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. Please email applications to puaiohijobs AT gmail.com
  20. New research has revealed more bird populations—including penguins and pigeons—that live in close proximity to the urban environment are carrying drug resistant bacteria that can cause serious infections in humans. View the full article
  21. The tawny frogmouth is one of Australia's most-loved birds. In fact, it was first runner-up in the Guardian/BirdLife Australia bird of the year poll (behind the endangered black-throated finch). View the full article
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    A Fulltime position in Salt Lake. Note: this position can not be filled remotely. Primary Duties & Responsibilities -- Work with the education department in the design and implementation of quality education programs for the general public and K-12 curricula -- Deliver and facilitate presentations to K-12 school students and the general public with an emphasis on grades 9-12 -- Schedule programs and ensure program data is entered accurately and promptly -- Assist in the development and delivery of teacher professional development workshops -- Travel across Utah and the Western United States to deliver presentations -- Assist in the training of docent volunteers in bird handling and presentation skills -- Ensure docent volunteer data is entered accurately and promptly -- Assist in the care and enrichment of education raptors -- Network with community and regional partners -- Perform additional duties as assigned Qualified candidates must have: -- A bachelor’s degree in science, education, or communications field OR have 3+ years experience working in an environmental education setting OR equivalent experience -- 3+ years experience in public speaking, presenting, or working with children -- Ability to relate to all ages of the community; Pre-K to adult -- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with team members -- Excellent verbal and written communication skills -- Efficient time management skills to consistently meet deadlines -- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision -- Computer proficiency, particularly with Microsoft Suite, databases, and Google applications -- A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle -- A commitment to the protection of wildlife and our shared environment https://hawkwatch.org/about/employment/item/1206-educator
  23. Small farms in the developing world do not perform better than large ones if costs and labor are factored in rather than just crop production, says a new study. View the full article
  24. Post-doctoral opportunity investigating seabirds, fisheries, and climate change in the Bay of Fundy The Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research, lead by Drs. Heather Major and Tony Diamond, is inviting applications for one post-doctoral researcher starting in January 2021. Project description: The postdoctoral fellow will be conducting an industry-involved MITACS funded research project with Oceans North, an environmental organization that supports marine conservation in partnership with Indigenous and coastal communities. The fellow will investigate the relationships between key aspects of seabird nesting biology, climate, and fisheries data so that seabird data can be used as an effective indicator of marine ecosystem health and fisheries recruitment. The fellow will use our database that includes over 25 years of biological data on seabirds nesting at Machias Seal Island in the Bay of Fundy with data derived from oceanographic and fisheries databases. The primary location of the research will be at UNB Saint John under the supervision of Dr. Heather Major and Dr. Tony Diamond. It is also expected that the fellow will travel to the Oceans North office in Halifax, NS, when possible and dependent upon COVID-19 guidelines. Qualifications: PhD in biology within the last 5 years, strong analytical skills and proficiency using R or similar statistical software. The successful candidate should also have demonstrated experience with population and/or ecosystem modeling and database management. Salary Range/ Pay Rate: $45,000 CAD per year (plus benefits) Start Date: January 2021 Application: Please contact Dr. Heather Major (hmajor@unb.ca) with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications and highlighting all relevant skills and experiences; 2) current CV including a list of publications; and 3) contact information for 3 references who can speak to your academic performance and research abilities. Preference will be given to applications received by November 25th, 2020, but application review will continue until the position is filled. The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
  25. A unique DNA packaging mechanism may enhance night vision in owls, helping them succeed as the only avian nocturnal predators. View the full article
  26. Volatile organic compounds identified that can be used for olfactory navigation by homing pigeons. View the full article
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