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Providing resources to women in ornithology.
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  2. http://www.knutielab.com/women-in-science.html Popular Articles: The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology A 9-Year-Old’s Letter to Obama About Putting a Woman on U.S. Currency — and His Response (March 2015) Speaking While Female (January 2015) Slate.com: Don't worry your pretty little heads (November 2014) 10 Simple Words Every Girl Should Learn (May 2014) The End of Male Supremacy (March 2015) The Future of the Post-doc (April 2015) Radio: Science Friday: Writing Women Back Into Science (March 20, 2015) My Favorite Blogs: Isis the Scientist SoapboxScience Dynamic Ecology |
  3. There's a new virtual exhibition on early women in science, including some ornithologists, at the biodiversity library exhibition. http://earlywomeninscience.biodiversityexhibition.com/en
  4. Hi Sara - definitely please feel free to use it. If you need more info contact me. You have to wonder how many of them were distractingly sexy. Or cried..
  5. Hi Ellen Paul! I am a staff member at the Detroit Audubon Society and I am putting together our Summer Newsletter right now. I think your list of women ornithologists is great - may I re-print it in our newsletter with credit? Thanks!
  6. Workshop on parenting and being a scientist at the 2015 meeting. . Raising your chicks as an ornithologist. Led by Kim Sullivan. This interactive, lunchtime workshop is for experienced and new parents as well as those considering parenthood. Ornithologists produce few children compared to other academic disciplines. Many ornithologists cite the difficulties of combining field work with family formation. This workshop will allow participants to share information on what works in combining their professional life with parenting. We will discuss what to say when applying for jobs, negotiati
  7. Furmansky, Dyana Z. (2009). Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists. University of Georgia Press. Wonder if one person can really make a difference? Read this book about a New York City socialite, suffragist, and amateur birdwatcher who was responsible, among other things, in saving thousands of hawks with the establishment of Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania. She also disseminated thousands of fliers (mass communication before email and twitter) for national grassroots campaigns to create Olympic National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. Au
  8. Know of others? Feel free to add them to the list! Research is a Passion with Me: the Autobiography of a Bird Lover. Margaret Morse Nice (1979). Of course, the prestigious Wilson Ornithological Society is named for Margaret Morse Nice, the first woman president of that society. She was also the second woman to be awarded the Brewster medal by the American Ornithologists' Union. Ornithologist Robert Dickerman named a Mexican subspecies of song sparrow (Melospiza melodia niceae) after her. In addition to 250 papers, Nice also published Watchers at the Nest (1939) and Birds of Oklahoma
  9. Though not specific to ornithology, I thought this new book might appeal to some readers of this forum. http://www.randomhouse.com/book/247131/headstrong-by-rachel-swaby/9781101890561/ Synopsis Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists. In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted se
  10. Kim Sullivan (one of our moderators) has been to many meetings with her children and she has tried many options: Over the years I used a number of child care situations at meetings including: staying at my parent's house and commuting to a meeting, hiring a child care provider to attend the meeting with me, bringing my husband along to care for one or both children, having my husband and children join me at the meeting for a vacation, finding a day care center near the meeting, hiring an undergraduate student at the hosting university, letting my two children explore the campus or town (pr
  11. What works, what doesn't; what would you want meeting organizers to know? With the NAOC coming up in Washington, D.C. in August 2016, many will no doubt have their kids in tow and build a family vacation around the meeting. Share your experiences and suggestions and help the NAOC local committee make this a good experience for you and your kids.
  12. 0759_001-1.pdf It can be tough to take kids into the field. My daughter did better than my son so I took her more often. I took her out in the field as a 9 month old. She was in a pack and play I set up while I was observing juncos. She also helped net song sparrows when she was 4. Both kids loved to band birds and became proficient at setting up nets and taking birds out of the nets.
  13. How many of these incredible women in ornithology can you identify? NO GOOGLING! Many of these women have had equally brilliant male ornithological spouses. Bonus points if you can name those men. 1. This woman was the only female graduate student of Aldo Leopold. She was known for her work on Greater Prairie-Chicken and on birds of prey. Here's the give-away clue: she called her field assistants "gabboons." 2. This woman was the first female Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union. Though an Easterner, she wrote the classic Handbook of the Birds of the Western States, based i
  14. I have been really lucky. When I have taught at the Audubon Camp in Maine, the director/staff offered for me to bring my daughter and my mother (who played nanny). At my field site, I was not comfortable taking my daughter most of the time (I just didn't have time to watch her as carefully as I would need with lots of breeding gulls guarding their nests, eggs, and chicks). However, when she was five I was able to take her with me there, and she loved it. She's only 11 and is not interested in field ecology (or even biology) as a potential career. However, I think she has a love of nature a
  15. Every working parent has the summertime problem - what do the kids do when you are at work? Who watches over them? For ornithologists with families, the situation is even more challenging because work often means traveling to remote locations or overseas, often living in tents or trailers. There are no local babysitters or day camps. Did you take your kids into the field with you? Share your experiences here; give a hand up to those who are just now dealing with this issue. It would also be very interesting to know how the experience influenced your kids. Did they appreciate natu
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