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  2. Macaw populations have declined significantly over the past decades. The main causes are illegal poaching for the pet trade and the loss of mature forest habitat, which they rely on for feeding and nesting. MRN's vision is to see a future with thriving parrot populations in healthy, connected forests, across their former ranges. MRN’s breeding center consists of over 80 rescued non-releasable macaws, that through breeding and release of their offspring, can still contribute to the conservation of their wild relatives. Purpose: The applicant will be a caretaker at our Macaw Breeding Center during the non-breeding season. After a training period, the applicant will be given responsibility to care for a group of Macaws. Depending on the successes of the previous breeding season this includes caring for offspring and preparing them for release into the wild. Volunteer Duties: • Daily food preparation and feeding of captive breeding birds, pre-release birds and supplementary feeding of the released flock • Regular site maintenance including aviary cleaning, providing perches and enrichment for captive birds and various other husbandry tasks • Monitoring the health and behavior of captive birds • Different general maintenance or development tasks may be assigned depending on our current needs and the skills and abilities of particular volunteers Background: No previous experience or academic background in Biology needed. However, applicants with a background in animal care/veterinary or carpentry/construction are preferred. Hours: The volunteer is expected to work 5.5 days a week. Monday to Friday from 5.30am until 5pm with a three-hour break and half a day in the weekend. Duration of Work: The minimum duration is one month with a maximum of 6 months. General availability is from the beginning of August through the end of December (some flexibility possible). Desirable personal Qualities: • Dependable and responsible • Motivated and positive with a desire to contribute • Interested in bird and nature conservation • Flexible, friendly, patient and optimistic • Sense of humor is helpful Other Benefits: • Great experience both in terms of travel and supporting a non-profit • Increased understanding and appreciation of different values and lifestyles • Increased skill in creative problem-solving • Increased skill in team-communication Anticipated costs: All international and national travel costs to get to the site are your responsibility. Volunteers buy and prepare all their own food and we recommend you budget for at least $40 per week, or more if you like luxuries. On-site accommodation and utilities are provided at a cost reflective of length of time volunteering with us: 1-2 months: $300/month 3-5 months: $150/month >6 months: Free We require a $200 security deposit to cover any damage you may cause to your volunteer living accommodations. You will receive this back at the end of your stay with us, minus the cost of any damage you may have caused exceeding normal wear and tear. Comprehensive insurance cover for the entire stay is a must, and it should be arranged and paid for by the applicant. If staying for more than 90 days, doing a visa renewal trip is also the applicant's own responsibility. The most cost-effective option is going to Nicaragua via bus for a long weekend.
  3. Job Type: Part Time Songbird Banding Assistant Location: Milford Neck Preserve, Milford, DE Duration: September 1 - October 31 2020 Stipend: $1000 total Employer: Delaware State University Application Deadline: August 14, 2020 Description: I am seeking one field technician to assist with songbird banding as a part of my graduate study at Milford Neck Preserve in Milford, DE. The goal of this study is to assess the importance of habitat along the Delaware Bayshore as a refueling site for actively migrating songbirds and determine their breeding origins. I will be operating a small banding station in a small patch of loblolly pine forest adjacent to the coast of the DE Bayshore to band birds and collect blood and feather samples. The banding station will operate a minimum of 3 days per week (maximum of 5 days/week) dependent on weather. The technician will be expected to extract birds from mist nets, record data, assist with blood collection, and help to open and close nets. The technician should expect to work early mornings and a minimum of 6 hours per day and 2 days per week. We are in the process of potentially being able to offer free/ low cost housing, but it may not be available. As such, this position is best suited for local students or others that currently reside within driving distance to the field site. Requirements: Field experience is not required, but applicants must demonstrate a passion for ornithology, be able to provide their own transportation, have a strong work ethic, be able to work in hot/cold/buggy environments for long periods of time, and be able to work with others from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, applicants MUST be willing to follow a COVID-19 protocol. Preferred Qualifications: Prior skills in mist net extraction, identifying, aging, and/or sexing eastern passerines, banding, and bleeding via brachial venipuncture will be incredibly helpful, but are not necessary to be a viable candidate for this position. *Please note that the hiring process is contingent on state of Delaware COVID-19 mandates including mask wearing, testing, self-quarantine and travel restrictions* To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Aya Pickett at ayapickett@gmail.com
  4. The Educator and Raptor Care Specialist is a year-round, full-time position that reports directly to the Director of Education. This position requires advanced knowledge and the consistent exercise of discretion and independent judgment, including a solid understanding of the scope of raptor conservation science and education activities at Hawk Mountain and raptor husbandry skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must. The position combines education across a wide variety of ages and environmental education-based topics with a background in raptor husbandry, care and handling. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in both indoor and outdoor classroom settings, an awareness of our local-to-global programs and raptor conservation mission. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, developing new programming content about Hawk Mountain’s global raptor conservation science for diverse audiences and age groups including our conservation science and education training programs, general public, school programs, and Raptors Up Close programs. The specialist has direct responsibility for part time staff, volunteers, trainees, and interns at Hawk Mountain. COMPETENCIES AND ATTRIBUTES Educator: A skilled educator from classroom to field inspiring education excellence. Communication: Highly effective communicator to include verbal, written, multimedia, and social media. Flexibility: Demonstrated professionalism and ability to seize opportunities while respecting organizational goals as well as its chain of command. Motivation: A self-starter with a genuine passion for raptor conservation science and natural history while promoting the work of Hawk Mountain to all audiences. Curricula: Understands how to write lesson plans, curricula, and pedagogy. Solution-oriented: Projects a positive attitude and helps to solve problems. Teamwork: Integrates science with education. Naturalist: Demonstrated ability as a field naturalist who shares a high level of enthusiasm for natural history with patrons, staff and volunteers. Attendance: Regular and predictable attendance. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE Experience working with birds of prey preferred including general husbandry, care and maintenance of enclosures, and live raptor programs. A charismatic teacher with strong verbal presentation skills who has taught a variety of ages with excellent group management and safety skills to ensure a fun and safe visitor experience. Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification or higher a plus. A strong understanding of Hawk Mountain and its raptor conservation mission and programs. Organized and proficient with administrative tasks related to creating education lesson plans and content, program registration, and coordination. Excellent written and verbal communication skills including scientific writing, general interest articles, film editing, and social media posts. Highly organized and flexible, and grasps the goals of Hawk Mountain’s education program. This position requires a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction, specifically, a Bachelor’s degree with experience and interest in conservation science, research and education. PRIMARY DUTIES Responsible for ongoing programming responsibilities both on and off site. Prepare curricula, training materials, and lesson plans. Manage, teach, mentor, recruit and/or encourage trainees, volunteers, and others on how to do education programming to Hawk Mountain’s rigorous education standards. Prepare and distribute educational materials and/or lesson plans that help to spread our ongoing research and raptor conservation mission and the Sanctuary’s science-education programs. Share Hawk Mountain education resources as appropriate at the direction of the conservation science and education directors at key education conferences and as funding allow. Develop partnerships to augment Hawk Mountain education programs. Setup and break down of classrooms and other teaching spaces and organization of teaching materials physically and virtually. Ability to lift 50 lbs. Responsible to be a primary teacher of various programmatic areas as outlined in the education plan. Set high standards for raptor care and husbandry and ensure the raptor and animal ambassador program is utilized to engage our various audiences and integrated into our leadership trainee program. Disseminate raptor care information among staff and trainees to ensure program continuity. Must be able to hike two miles over rocky terrain and work weekends and occasional nights. Other duties as assigned. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. Send resume and cover letter to Shelley Davenport at davenport@hawkmountain.org. Subject line: Educator and Raptor Care Specialist No phone inquiries. Candidates will be contacted for interviews.
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    I am looking for a PhD student to join our research team (Dr. Vladimir Pravosudov; Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology lab, University of Nevada Reno) to work with our long-term mountain chickadee field system in beautiful Sierra Nevada starting Fall 2021. Please see the lab website chickadeecognition.com for more details about the lab. If interested, please email me directly (vpravosu@unr.edu). Please include your CV, and a statement of your previous research experiences and overall research interests.
  7. How a scientific spat over how to name species turned into a big pl... https://phys.org/news/2020-07-scientific-spat-species-big-nature.html Home / Biology / Ecology JULY 27, 2020 How a scientific spat over how to name species turned into a big plus for nature https://phys.org/news/2020-07-scientific-spat-species-big-nature.html by Stephen Garnett, Les Christidis, Richard L. Pyle and Scott Thomson, The Conversation Taxonomy, or the naming of species, is the foundation of modern biology. It might sound like a fairly straightforward exercise, but in fact it's complicated and often controversial. Why? Because there's no one agreed list of all the world's species. Competing lists exist for organisms such as mammals and birds, while other less well-known groups have none. And there are more than 30 definitions of what constitutes a species. This can make life difficult for biodiversity researchers and those working in areas such as conservation, biosecurity and regulation of the wildlife trade. In the past few years, a public debate erupted among global taxonomists, including those who authored and contributed to this article, about whether the rules of taxonomy should be changed. Strongly worded ripostes were exchanged. A comparison to Stalin was floated. But eventually, we all came together to resolve the dispute amicably. In a paper published this month, we proposed a new set of principles to guide what one day, we hope, will be a single authoritative list of the world's species. This would help manage and conserve them for future generations. In the process, we've shown how a scientific stoush can be overcome when those involved try to find common ground. How it all began In May 2017 two of the authors, Stephen Garnett and Les Christidis, published an article in Nature. They argued taxonomy needed rules around what should be called a species, because currently there are none. They wrote: "For a discipline aiming to impose order on the natural world, taxonomy (the classification of complex organisms) is remarkably anarchic […] There is reasonable agreement among taxonomists that a species should represent a distinct evolutionary lineage. But there is none about how a lineage should be defined." Species are often created or dismissed arbitrarily, according to the individual taxonomist's adherence to one of at least 30 definitions. Crucially, there is no global oversight of taxonomic decisions—researchers can 'split or lump' species with no consideration of the consequences. Garnett and Christidis proposed that any changes to the taxonomy of complex organisms be overseen by the highest body in the global governance of biology, the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), which would "restrict […] freedom of taxonomic action." An animated response Garnett and Christidis' article raised hackles in some corners of the taxonomy world—including coauthors of this article. These critics rejected the description of taxonomy as "anarchic." In fact, they argued there are detailed rules around the naming of species administered by groups such as the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants. For 125 years, the codes have been almost universally adopted by scientists. So in March 2018, 183 researchers—led by Scott Thomson and Richard Pyle—wrote an animated response to the Nature article, published in PLoS Biology. They wrote that Garnett and Christidis' IUBS proposal was "flawed in terms of scientific integrity […] but is also untenable in practice." They argued: "Through taxonomic research, our understanding of biodiversity and classifications of living organisms will continue to progress. Any system that restricts such progress runs counter to basic scientific principles, which rely on peer review and subsequent acceptance or rejection by the community, rather than third-party regulation." In a separate paper, another group of taxonomists accused Garnett and Christidis of trying to suppress freedom of scientific thought, likening them to Stalin's science advisor Trofim Lysenko. Finding common ground This might have been the end of it. But the editor at PLoS Biology, Roli Roberts, wanted to turn consternation into constructive debate, and invited a response from Garnett and Christidis. In the to and fro of articles, we all found common ground. We recognized the powerful need for a global list of species—representing a consensus view of the world's taxonomists at a particular time. Such lists do exist. The Catalog of Life, for example, has done a remarkable job in assembling lists of almost all the world's species. But there are no rules on how to choose between competing lists of validly named species. What was needed, we agreed, was principles governing what can be included on lists. As it stands now, anyone can name a species, or decide which to recognize as valid and which not. This creates chaos. It means international agreements on biodiversity conservation, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), take different taxonomic approaches to species they aim to protect. We decided to work together. With funding from the IUBS, we held a workshop in February this year at Charles Darwin University to determine principles for devising a single, agreed global list of species. Participants came from around the world. They included taxonomists, science governance experts, science philosophers, administrators of the nomenclatural (naming) codes, and taxonomic users such as the creators of national species lists. The result is a draft set of ten principles that to us, represent the ideals of global science governance. They include that: the species list be based on science and free from "non-taxonomic" interference all decisions about composition of the list be transparent governance of the list aim for community support and use the listing process encompasses global diversity while accommodating local knowledge. The principles will now be discussed at international workshops of taxonomists and the users of taxonomy. We've also formed a working group to discuss how a global list might come together and the type of institution needed to look after it. We hope by 2030, a scientific debate that began with claims of anarchy might lead to a clear governance system—and finally, the world's first endorsed global list of species. Making a list of all creatures, great and small Provided by The Conversation This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.
  8. Teetering on the edge of extinction due to demand for its prized 'casque', the Helmeted Hornbill now finds itself with a fighting chance of survival thanks to bolstered law enforcement and patrols of its dwindling forest habitatView the full article
  9. The Manomet Bird Observatory at Manomet, MA invites applications by e-mail for a seasonal banding intern (15 Aug - 15 Nov) position to be filled as soon as possible. Band 5 days per week. Some mist-net extraction and banding experience needed, but knowledge of eastern birds and an almost fanatical desire to learn good and safe banding techniques is more important. Enthusiasm for long hours essential. Environmental education experience is also a bonus. Live free on 40 acres on Cape Cod Bay, town nearby (walking), and most facilities available. Will help two experienced banders run 50 nets dawn to dusk. Stipend of $150 per week for food. All applicants must be available for the entire season 15 August - 15 November (work requirements not conducive to those planning to take online courses in the fall). Applicants should send cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to: EVAN DALTON, edalton@manomet.org cc TREVOR LLOYD-EVANS tlloyd-evans@manomet.org. Organizational COVID-19 guidelines will be in place for the health and safety of Manomet’s seasonal and full-time employees. These guidelines and our hiring process are contingent upon current and future Massachusetts state mandates, including mask regulations, testing, self-quarantine requirements and travel restrictions. Thank you for your understanding!
  10. Dr. H. Ross Hawkins June 9, 1939 to July 9, 2020 We are saddened to announce the death of Dr. H. Ross Hawkins. Ross was in Hospice of the Valley for five days in Scottsdale, Arizona, and died at 81 of complications from an aortic aneurysm. Ross lived a ‘hummingbird-inspired’ and ‘joy-filled’ life. As Founder and Executive director of the International Hummingbird Society headquartered in Sedona, Arizona, he touched many lives in the community with his unwavering enthusiasm for and deep knowledge of hummingbirds. This wealth was shared through the seven years of the successful Society-sponsored Sedona Hummingbird Festival that brought hummingbird lovers to Sedona from every state and 12 different countries. Ross liked to say that he had a checkered past, as he began his career as a chemist, with a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and was employed as a research scientist for E. I. DuPont de Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware for 9 years. Too gregarious to work in seclusion forever, he changed careers and became an investment advisor and worked as Vice President in investments for Morgan Stanley, retiring after 22 years. In 1987, he married Beth Kingsley Hawkins, who shared her love of hummingbirds with him, and in 1996, while still working in Delaware. he founded the non-profit Hummingbird Society. Upon his retirement in 2006, they left Maryland (a state where the Ruby-throated hummingbird was the only nesting species and it didn’t stay for the winter) and moved to Sedona, with its abundance of hummingbirds. Traveling to learn about and photograph hummingbirds in their natural habitat, they made eight trips to Trinidad and Tobago and one to Costa Rica. Ross himself made two trips to Robinson Crusoe Island off the coast of Chile to study the endangered Juan Fernandez Firecrown (hummingbird) and one to Honduras, hoping to and succeeding in finding expanded habitat for the Honduran Emerald hummingbird. Few people know the back story of how he received the idea to create the Society. Michael Godfrey, Arthur Godfrey’s son, had made a definitive video of the hummingbirds up close in Arizona. As Ross spoke with him about it, Michael lamented that there wasn’t a Hummingbird Society and suggested maybe Ross was the one to create it. That was an AHA moment for Ross. The idea took root. He was shocked to learn that there was no organization to protect these tiny jewels. Once off the phone, Ross took a big blank white chart, drew a wheel with the Society at the center and spokes out from the center naming all the things he would need to know and do to found a non-profit, and the Hummingbird Society was born. He then proceeded to put feet under his dream, defining a mission to help people understand and appreciate hummingbirds and to provide a channel to help save the ones that are endangered. Of 365 species of hummingbirds, 39 of the ones found in Central and South America are endangered. He summed up the purpose of the Society in this way: it is to teach people about hummingbirds, so they will understand them better; knowing that from that understanding and caring, will come support for their protection. In this way Ross connected many people more intimately with nature and created a way for many people to express that love. If you knew Ross, you know how much he loved speaking and teaching about these precious flying gems, and he became certified as a Professional Speaker by the National Speaker’s Association in 2010. He also relished nature photography and he and Beth were charter members of the North American Nature Photographer’s Association. They also joined the local Northern Arizona Audubon Society. In addition, he was a resonant baritone and an enthusiastic member of the local barbershop group, Harmony on the Rocks. With diverse musical tastes, he and Beth also sang the magnificent O Magnum Mysterium with the composer Morten Lauridsen conducting. Ross was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Dero B. and Mary E. Hawkins, Ross was preceded in death by his younger brother, Gary Hawkins. Ross grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is survived by his devoted wife Beth Kingsley Hawkins of Sedona, and his two amazing daughters; Sandra West, and her husband Mike West of Lakewood, Colorado, and Anita Hawkins and her husband Rev. Craig Cowing of Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Donations to continue the valuable conservation work of the Society are welcomed in honor of Ross, its founder, as we seek to find and fund a new director. To donate, go to www.hummingbirdsociety.org and click on the button that reads, Join, renew or donate. In addition, the family would value help for the funeral expenses, since Beth’s Sedona Hummingbird Gallery has been closed since March, due to the risk of the Covid virus A contribution in that regard would go to Beth Kingsley Hawkins P. O. Box 20398, Sedona, AZ 86341. We are grateful for your support.
  11. Seasonal, part time (September 1 – October 31; 30hrs/week) Job Description: Interpretive Naturalist Interns (2 positions) for fall migration monitoring projects at New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO), Cape May, NJ. Cape May is renowned as one of the world's greatest hotspots for animal migration, as well as being a popular summertime vacation destination and beach resort. The combination of the two offers great opportunities for wildlife research and education through public outreach. The interpretive naturalist intern will gain valuable experience in progressing from an active learner to a skilled leader with a clear understanding of the ways in which we are working to monitor and protect New Jersey’s resident and migratory wildlife, and the ability to engage a diverse public audience to become stewards of these important resources. NJA fosters the application of sound scientific principles and practices to address conservation issues related to vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, and the natural habitats with which they are associated. Duties: • Orienting and assisting visitors to the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, and Morning Flight Songbird Counts. Over 500 people may visit per day during peak times! • Conducting mini-workshops on bird identification and migration phenomena. • Assisting visitors with bird identification and assisting hawk counter when needed. • Maintaining records of visitor contacts. Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills: • Familiarity with bird migration and birding. Experience identifying raptors, passerines, and/or sea birds in flight is a plus but learning on the job is possible and we will provide training and support. • Willingness to work irregular hours under sometimes difficult field conditions. • Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge of environmental and conservation issues required. • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. • Motivated self-starter with capacity to work productively in a team setting with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. • Ability to lift 25 lbs. as necessary. • All applicants must have their own vehicle, and a valid, clean driver’s license. Salary: $ 1,430/month. Application Deadline: position open until filled. Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.cmboseasonal@njaudubon.org Please indicate “Interp Nat” in the subject line so that your application is directed to the proper department. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law
  12. Biologists have long known that inbreeding can be detrimental. Inbreeding results in less genetic variation, making species more vulnerable if changes occur that require them to adapt. View the full article
  13. We are looking for Ph.D. students interested in working in the conservation of endangered grassland birds in northeastern Argentina’s grasslands.
  14. We are seeking a scientist to conduct research concerning environmental contamination effects on wildlife populations, as a member of the wildlife toxicology team. This team is within the U.S. Geological Survey’s Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) Ecological Sciences Branch. The mission of UMESC is to support Department of the Interior’s biological resources science needs in the upper Midwest. UMESC also coordinates its research with other USGS Science Centers, other Federal and state agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations to broadly address ecological and societal issues of concern throughout the Nation's heartland. For more information about the UMESC, please visit https://www.usgs.gov/centers/umesc. Location: UMESC, La Crosse, Wisconsin Salary: GS-12: $76,721 (step 1) to $99,741 (step 10) GS-13: $91,231 (step 1) to $118,603 (step 10) GS-14: $107,807 (step 1) to $140,146 (step 10) Responsibilities: Design and conduct research on questions contaminant effects on wildlife populations and environments, with emphasis on developing new information to meet the needs of resource managers. Develop new methodologies and improved understanding of both wildlife and hazardous chemical management with the primary focus to better understand contaminant effects on migratory birds and other wildlife as a factor limiting populations and ecosystem level impacts within their habitats. Prepare scientific proposals, author peer-reviewed journal articles, and present research findings at scientific meetings. Coordinates and collaborates with other professional in conducting research projects. For more information about wildlife ecology research at UMESC, please visit https://www.usgs.gov/centers/umesc/science/wildlife-toxicology How to apply: Please visit USA Jobs website at Open to Public: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/574582000 Merit Promotion: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/574582300 Opening and closing dates: 7/27/20 to 8/27/20 *THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER* Research Ecologist Announcement Flyer.pdf
  15. A research team led by Dr. Alida Bailleul from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has put one controversy to rest: whether or not remnants of bird ovaries can be preserved in the fossil record. View the full article
  16. The Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka’s “Bird Friendly Concept” has been adopted by numerous hotels, resorts, and travel agencies across Sri Lanka to the mutual benefit of birds, birders, and business.View the full article
  17. The ongoing decline of global biodiversity has prompted policies to protect and restore habitats to minimize animal and plant extinctions. However, biodiversity forecasts used to inform these policies are usually based on assumptions of a simple theoretical model describing how the number of species changes with the amount of habitat. View the full article
  18. Scientists have mapped the genome of the black swan in an effort to understand immune responses to the deadly 'bird flu' virus and better protect public health. View the full article
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  20. Plucky, beautiful and declining in numbers at about a 2% annual rate, the rufous hummingbird makes its long annual migration in different timing and route patterns based the birds' age and sex, new research shows. View the full article
  21. Overview: Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position Summary: In Colorado, millions of birds depend on natural riparian and wetland habitat as well as habitats supported by irrigated agriculture. In Colorado, irrigated agriculture uses over 80% of Colorado’s water and has shaped freshwater-dependent habitats and bird species we see on-farm and off, statewide, and in the Colorado River Basin. As climate warming continues to diminish the Colorado River water supply, all water users are increasingly subject to shortages. While irrigators in most cases have senior water rights, recent history suggests that farming and ranching will use less water over time, reducing today’s acreage and reducing water use on acres that remain in production. Federal farm policy has already begun to shift to address these changes, and will continue to evolve to help farmers and ranchers adapt to climate change. State policies increasingly support increased flexibility in water use, including Alternative Transfer Mechanisms. As these policies and practices evolve, there is a critical need to understand how water policies and practices developed to adapt to drought and climate change might avoid harm to birds while supporting irrigated agriculture and river flows. The Research Assistant is responsible for generating a comprehensive public facing portfolio of on-the-ground agricultural practices for: bird conservation, river health, and water conservation and efficiency. In addition, to portfolio creation this position will assist staff in soliciting stakeholder review from avian, agricultural and water experts such as Audubon Conservation Ranching partners, water conservancy districts, irrigated agriculture associations, state and federal agencies, and conservation organizations. Assist and coordinate with staff/manager on portfolio outreach, communications and event planning. Essential Functions: Portfolio Drafting: Research, review, inventory, summarize and cite credible sources and information regarding regional agricultural: avian freshwater habitat, river health, and water conservation (on-farm and off) best management practices. Compile contacts, relevant media resources, and supportive case studies of successful agriculture-bird-water management practices. Create and maintain an index of credible information sources, quotes and contacts. Draft portfolio agricultural best management practice chapters with citations for: avian freshwater habitat; river health; and, water conservation and efficiency practices on-farm and off. Submit weekly progress reports. Portfolio Review: In coordination with program staff/manager, assist with portfolio stakeholder review presentation, point of contact and event planning. Respond to phone and email inquiries from staff/manager and stakeholders within one business day. Assist with documentation and incorporation of feedback and edits from stakeholder review process. Public Facing Documents: Work with staff/manager to draft portfolio executive summary. Compile portfolio acknowledgements section. Work with communications staff on formatting and review of final portfolio. Provide support to program management staff. Community Outreach: Assist staff/manager with portfolio outreach. Maintain contacts list with mailing, email, phone information. Assist with outreach event planning and coordination. Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or higher, or equivalent experience required. Experience in agriculture, bird conservation, freshwater habitats, western water issues and/or non-profit setting. Demonstrated knowledge of ranching operations, bird conservation, freshwater habitats. Must be self-motivated, dedicated to accomplishing the task, able to take initiative, solve problems, and work remotely. Must be people oriented, able to work well with other staff and professionally represent Audubon to the public. Must have proficient knowledge of computers, including experience with Microsoft Suite and database applications, desktop publishing and editing. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Must have good telephone rapport. Must be available for potential weekend or evening events. Able to transport up to 50 lbs. and stand/walk for long periods.
  22. Discoveries from the early stages of owl evolution are exceedingly rare. An approximately 60-million-year-old leg bone is the oldest fossil that can be assigned to an owl. "Other owls from this time period are also only known on the basis of individual bones and fragments. Therefore, I was especially pleased when I received a largely complete owl skeleton from the North American Willwood Formation for study, which my colleague and the study's co-author, Philip Gingerich, had discovered 30 years ago," explains Dr. Gerald Mayr of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. View the full article
  23. Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia's unprecedented 2019-20 wildfires in "one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history", according to a report released Tuesday. View the full article
  24. Job Description: The Newark bird-building interaction project technician will be responsible for data collection to evaluate building/bird interactions in Newark, NJ. Modern tall building in US cities, including Newark, have the potential to cause significant mortality to migrant birds. The technician will conduct daily surveys for dead or injured birds by walking the perimeter of twelve buildings, including the PSEG building, Prudential Tower. Seton Hall Law School, Panasonic Building, National Newark Building, Newark Legal Center, Gateway 1, 2 and 4, during the 2020 fall migration period. They will coordinate and supervise student volunteers in the field as needed. They will also collect daily weather-related data, such as prevailing wind direction, wind-speed, temperature, and cloud cover. Major Responsibilities · Pre-dawn surveys around buildings to document grounded birds · Transporting injured birds to the rehabilitator · Coordinating with student interns conducting surveys concurrently · Data entry and management Knowledge and Skills · Attention to detail, ability to follow detailed protocols and collecting data · Familiarity with birds of the northeastern US · Ability to handle live birds preferred · Ability and willingness to interact with the public and work well with partners · Proficiency with GPS and range finders preferred · Proficiency with MS Office, including Excel or Access, required; experience with GIS preferred · Excellent oral and written skills required. · Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines. · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback. · Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with other staff and organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude. · Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. Qualifications · Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred. · Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization. · Must have access to a vehicle, and a valid and clean driver’s license. · Must be able to walk long distances in uneven terrain, sometimes in inclement weather. · Start Date: August 17, 2020; End Date: November 13, 2020 · Salary: $ 960 to $1,040 bi-weekly, depending on experience. Partial reimbursement for housing may be available. · Application Deadline: Aug 8, 2020. Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.research@njaudubon.org. Please include “Newark fall” in the subject line so that your resume is routed properly.
  25. Humans have a hard time identifying individual birds just by looking at the patterns on their plumage. An international study has now shown how computers can learn to differentiate individual birds of a same species. View the full article
  26. An international team of scientists has completed the first ever study into the potential impact of naturally occurring and man-made nanoparticles on the health of all types of the major living species of animals. View the full article
  27. Taxonomy, or the naming of species, is the foundation of modern biology. It might sound like a fairly straightforward exercise, but in fact it's complicated and often controversial. View the full article
  28. Often dressed in bright colours and with absurdly bulky bills, hornbills are remarkable-looking birds. But their value goes far beyond their aesthetics: they have become the key to saving some of Malaysia’s most precious forests.View the full article
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