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  2. Bird Conservation Society Gujarat (BCSG) brings out a quarterly newsletter ‘Flamingo’ for its members. Articles, notes, interesting bird sightings, important bird area. Information / appeal regarding conservation issues, field program reports related to Gujarat State are published in the Flamingo. First issue of the Flamingo was published in 2003. For publication of articles/notes in the Flamingo, both the common English and scientific names must be given when a bird species is mentioned for the first time and later on the common English name only. Common English and scientific names should follow Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp (2011). Birds of Indian Subcontinent, Second edition. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. If the nomenclature is adopted from other source, full reference should be given. Please email your manuscript to flamingo.bcsg@gmail.com
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  4. Description: The Town of Kiawah Island is seeking four Fall Migration Bird Banding Assistants to assist with the daily operation of the Kiawah Island Banding Station (KIBS). Two assistants will work from August 15 – November 1 and two from September 1 – November 15 (start and end dates somewhat flexible). Assistants will be working alongside experienced banders and will learn valuable skills in mist-netting, bird identification, and advanced methods in aging and sexing of eastern songbirds. Primary duties will include 1) extraction of birds from mist nets, 2) data recording and entry, and 3) bird processing and handling. Other responsibilities will include equipment maintenance, contributions to the daily blog, and other fieldwork as necessary. Normal work schedule is 7 days/week with periodic days off. Very comfortable on-island housing and a $1000/month stipend included. On occasion, may need to provide own transportation to field site. This position carries no benefits. There is an opportunity to volunteer at the station for two weeks prior to and/or two weeks after the term of the position with housing included. Kiawah Island is a developed barrier island located along the central coast of South Carolina. KIBS manages two banding sites located on each end of the island in maritime scrub/shrub. Each site is operated concurrently, and combined, processes around 10,000 birds and over 90 species each fall. To learn more visit: www.kiawahislandbanding.blogspot.com Qualifications: Successful candidates should have a strong interest in birds and field biology, possess a positive attitude, be able to work and live harmoniously in close company with coworkers, be able to follow protocols, be prepared to work long hours in sometimes adverse conditions (heat and humidity, biting insects), be meticulous in record keeping, and be in good physical condition. Applicants should have previous experience with mist nets and songbirds. To Apply: In a single document, please send letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact info for three professional references to Aaron Given, agiven@kiawahisland.org. Please indicate your starting date preference.
  5. Job duration: Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 Duties: Assist lead bander in setting up and maintaining mist nets to capture migrating Owls, checking nets dusk till dawn, except inclement weather. Assist in keeping legible records for all birds captured (band number, date, measurements, age and sex). Assist in writing blogs and seasonal report. Qualifications:Must have experience banding birds and using mist nets to capture birds. Experience in extracting birds from mist nets. Must have experience using Pyle guide. Must be in good physical condition and able to withstand cold working conditions. Must have reliable transportation. Salary: $1300 to $1500 per month plus housing. To apply: send cover letter, resume, and 3 references (knowledge about banding experience) to Ed Pike, email edandanne6750@gmail.com
  6. Job duration: Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 Duties: Set up and maintain mist nets to capture migrating Owls, checking nets dusk till dawn, except inclement weather. Keep legible records for all birds captured (band number, date, measurements, age and sex). Must write and post blogs on MSRW website 3 times per week. Required to write seasonal summary report. Qualifications:Must have experience banding raptors and using mist nets to capture birds. Ability and training in extracting birds from mist nets. Must have experience using Pyle guide to properly band, take measurements and age birds. Must be in good physical condition and able to withstand cold working conditions. Must have reliable transportation. Salary: $1400 to $1600 per month plus housing. To apply: send cover letter, resume, and 3 references (knowledge about banding experience) to Ed Pike, email edandanne6750@gmail.com
  7. Job duration: Aug. 20 through Nov. 10 Duties: Identify, count, and record waterbirds utilizing the Mackinac Straits. Requires the use of binoculars and spotting scope. Must legibly keep hourly records of weather and numbers of individuals of each species, and movements of waterbirds on provided forms. Eight hours per day starting at 15 minutes before sunrise. Must write and post blogs on MSRW website 3 times per week. Required to write seasonal summary report. Qualifications: Must be proficient at identifying waterbirds of the Great Lakes region; in flight and on water. Must be experienced using binoculars and spotting scope; and recording data. Must have own binoculars in good working condition; spotting scope a plus. Be able to withstand cold working conditions. Must have reliable transportation. Salary: $1400 to $1600 per month plus housing. To apply: send cover letter, resume, and 3 references (knowledge about bird I.D. abilities) to Ed Pike, email edandanne6750@gmail.com
  8. POSITION: Postdoctoral Scientist SALARY: $60,000/year or more commensurate with experience, plus benefits EMPLOYMENT PERIOD: 18 months (with possibility of extension pending funding) APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 10, 2020 or until filled LOCATION: University of Washington, Seattle, Washington START DATE: Summer 2020 SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND: We anticipate hiring a postdoctoral scientist to (1) develop hierarchical distance sampling models for pinniped populations in the Salish Sea (including Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca), and (2) estimate detectability for aerial surveys of overwintering sea ducks in the same region. The postdoctoral scientist will work closely with scientists and managers at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in addition to the principal investigators, Drs. Beth Gardner and Sarah Converse, at University of Washington. The postdoctoral scientist will lead all aspects of the project on a day-to-day basis. Multiple boat and aerial surveys for marine birds and mammals occur throughout the year in the Salish Sea. One part of this position will focus on developing hierarchical models for pinniped populations based on 3 different surveys running from around 2000 - present. If possible, the work would also incorporate telemetry data into the models to account for availability. The main objective is to evaluate potential hot and cold spots in relative density of pinnipeds for use in spatial planning and management. A second part of this position will focus on addressing survey design questions to improve sea duck monitoring in a long running aerial survey in the Salish Sea. The work will focus on analysis of data from plane-mounted cameras deployed during aerial surveys, with the goal of estimating detectability of sea ducks in winter surveys and integrating these estimates into the analysis of sea duck survey data. Aerial survey data are critical for estimating abundance and for investigating recent negative population trends in hunted sea ducks. MINIUMUM REQUIREMENTS: 1. Ph.D. in biology, ecology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methods. 2. Experience with distance sampling, study design, or hierarchical models. 3. Demonstrated proficiency with R and excellent programming skills. 4. Demonstrated desire and proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals. 5. Excellent written and personal communication skills. 6. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and the ability to meet deadlines. DESIRED ABILITIES: Competitive candidates will have a strong background in development of hierarchical models for analysis of demographic data and will have experience with statistical models designed to account for imperfect detectability in large surveys. Desirable skills and abilities include: experience with marine ecology, Bayesian analysis, spatial data in R or GIS, and working with management agencies. TO APPLY: Applicants should email (in a single pdf document): (1) a letter describing background and interests âÂEURÂ" the letter should address specifically how the applicant meets both the minimum requirements and the desired abilities, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a technical writing sample, and (4) the names and contact information (phone, email, address) for 3 references to Beth Gardner (bg43@uw.edu). For further information, contact: Beth Gardner (bg43@uw.edu, 206-685-9995, depts.washington.edu/sefsqel) or Sarah Converse (sconver@uw.edu, 206-221-5791, depts.washington.edu/qcons).
  9. Applied Quantitative Landscape Ecologist - Mammals or Birds Assistant Unit Leader -- US Geological Survey AZCFWRU Assistant Professor -- School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Arizona (UA) wish to hire an Assistant Unit Leader in the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (AZCFWRU). This is a year around (12‐month) permanent Federal position with the USGS at the AZCFWRU in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, UA (starting at the GS‐12 level). The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program was established in 1935 to facilitate cooperation between the Department of the Interior, land grant universities, the Wildlife Management Institute, and state natural resource agencies to conduct research and graduate education related to ecosystems, and fish, wildlife, and their habitats that are of interest to the university and state and federal agencies. Unit scientists have full faculty appointments at UA. The UA, located in Tucson, provides world class research and teaching opportunities, and offers natural resource professionals close access to a wide variety of ecosystems including lowland deserts, riparian systems, grasslands, oak woodlands, chaparral, juniper-pinyon forests, spruce-fir forests, and mountain-top tundra. Responsibilities: The Assistant Unit Leader plans, conducts, and directs research and graduate training; develops an extramurally funded research program; fosters a productive relationship with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, UA, and federal natural resource agencies; prepares scientific reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation to scientific and conservation organizations; acts as an advisor to graduate students; and teaches one graduate level course per year in the area of his/her expertise. Experience: Applicants should be experienced in the study of applied landscape ecology of mammals or birds as it applies to management of natural resources. Experience and strong interests in the quantitative aspects of applied landscape ecology and resource management are required, such as spatial modelling of ecological interactions, resources and habitats; population and community ecology and modeling; experimental and sampling design; computer intensive methods; and Bayesian and frequentist statistics. Skills could be applied toward determining the most effective corridors and options for species across landscapes, including urban interfaces, international boundaries, sky-island systems, and suitable habitat; or ability to model populations and future responses to threats in realistic, applied scenarios. Extensive field work in management situations with mammals or birds is also important. Ability to teach a graduate-level class on some aspect of applied statistics or to assist graduate students in research design and analysis is a plus. Landscape ecologists with interest in climate change, predator-prey dynamics, urbanization, invasive species, fire ecology are encouraged. Successful applicant must possess outstanding communication skills and a demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide variety of people, from agency professionals, academics, students, and laypersons. Researchers who have worked for or who have collaborated extensively with state or federal natural resource agencies are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate’s area of expertise should complement existing strengths in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment that include, but are not limited to fisheries science, wildlife science, landscape ecology, remote sensing, natural resource management, population and community ecology, hydrology, riparian/watershed ecology and management, range management, population genetics, environmental assessment and monitoring, geographic information systems, community-based management, and invasion biology. We are interested in candidates who can prosper within a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of physical, biological, and social scientists. Qualifications: Education: Ph.D. in wildlife science, fisheries science, ecology, natural resource statistics or other field related to the disciplines mentioned under responsibilities. Other: Publication and grant record commensurate with experience; demonstrated ability to develop a productive research program involving academic and agency collaborators; demonstrated ability to understand needs of state and federal cooperators; potential for excellence in mentoring graduate students and training future researchers and managers; and demonstrated willingness to provide technical assistance with wildlife management, experimental design and data analysis. The position is available for application electronically through USAJOBS until June 18, 2020. The DEU link is for the public. The MP link is for federal employees and other eligible groups listed in announcement. DEU - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/568595600 MP - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/568595300 Interested applicants with questions may contact Scott Bonar (sbonar@ag.arizona.edu). The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer Sincerely, John L. Koprowski, Professor and Director Wildlife Conservation and Management School of Natural Resources & the Environment ENR2 N333 1064 E. Lowell Street PO Box 210137 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721 USA Email: squirrel@ag.arizona.edu Phone: +1 (520) 626-5895 Web: www.ag.arizona.edu/research/redsquirrel Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/John Koprowski
  10. With many countries in lockdown, conservationists are finding new ways to fight deforestation and support communities that live in tropical forest landscapes. BirdLife’s Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator is back for 2020 and kicks things off at a ground-breaking digital conferenceView the full article
  11. Job Description: Two (2) field assistants are needed for ongoing long-term studies of the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding Acorn Woodpecker at the Hastings Reserve in upper Carmel Valley, California. We have studied the behavioral ecology of color-banded Acorn Woodpeckers for over 50 years at this site, making this one of the longest running vertebrate studies in the world. The research focuses on both ecological and evolutionary factors involved in the evolution of cooperative breeding, and includes using automated radio-telemetry techniques to track cryptic movement. Assistants will participate in monitoring group composition via color-band resighting, documenting chick feeding (for occasional Fall nests), acorn hoarding, and roosting behavior. Technicians will also assist in woodpecker capture and banding. The experience is designed to be one of total immersion, six days per week, and provides the necessary training needed for those interested in applying to graduate school. Compensation: $700/month and on-site shared housing. Duration: 15 August 2020 to 01 April 2021 IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19, the listed start date of August 15 is the earliest possible start date and may be subject to change depending on when restrictions are lifted. Qualifications: This job requires frequent strenuous physical activity; applicants must be avid hikers who are comfortable hiking up and down hills with equipment such as spotting scopes and blinds. Prior experience with birds (especially the ability to read color bands) is desirable but not required. Some portions of field work require the ability to drive an off-road vehicle or truck. Therefore, having a valid US Driver’s License is required. Self-motivation, enthusiasm for the research questions, a willingness to sit in a blind for up to 3 hours per session (in hot weather with lots of annoying face flies), and an ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. We especially encourage those applicants that plan to attend graduate school in the near future and who are interested in conducting an independent study during their tenure at Hastings. The reserve is remote (about an hour from the nearest town), and therefore a good attitude towards shared field housing situations is necessary, and having your own personal vehicle is highly desirable. How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a single document (either PDF or Word document) containing a CV, an appropriate cover letter, and the names/affiliations of three (3) academic/professional references to Russell Winter (rwint001@odu.edu). More information on the project can be found at the Walters lab website: www.ericlwalters.org PLEASE NOTE: Field assistant positions are only available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. No exceptions can be made.
  12. American Bird Conservancy International Conservation Project Officer Position Summary: Title: International Conservation Project Officer Supervisor: Vice President of Threatened Species Location: The Plains, Virginia or Washington DC Submission Deadline: June 19, 2020 Introduction: American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist— the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC is best known for its ability to achieve conservation results for birds, including continually advancing solutions to address the most significant human-caused sources of bird mortality and population declines. In its 25-year history, ABC has established a network of conservation areas and reserves protecting more than one million acres of habitat for the rarest birds and planted more than six million trees to restore bird habitat on degraded lands; and reduced threats to birds from the most dangerous pesticides, invasive species, collisions, and more, thereby preventing the deaths of millions of individual birds. ABC seeks to hire an International Project Officer to join our International Program working to prevent extinctions of the rarest birds in the Americas. This position will be based at ABC's Washington DC or Northern Virginia offices (Virginia office preferred), and will involve international travel. [Note, ABC staff are currently working from home and refraining from international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic] Primary Duties: 1. The International Project Officer will work with ABC's conservation partners abroad to protect habitat and reduce threats for the rarest birds of the Americas, as well as to help our partners build their capacity to fundraise and manage their institutions and protected areas. Project activities often include creating new nature reserves and expanding existing nature reserves; planting trees, erecting nest boxes, and other habitat restoration techniques; developing ecotourism, shade coffee, payment for ecosystem service schemes, carbon sequestration and other financial mechanisms to support reserve and institutional management; community education, outreach and other activities to reduce threats and improve local livelihoods to incentivize conservation. 2. The International Project Officer regularly communicates with our partners to advance project activities as well as traveling to visit partners and project sites –including some of the most spectacular and important nature reserves in the Americas. 3. Develop and manage international projects. Project Officers will develop new projects and new phases of ongoing projects working with their supervisor, partners, and other ABC staff to define project goals and align these with higher-level ABC plans, and implement activities to realize these goals. In addition to working with other members of ABC's International Program and ABC's partners, the International Project Officer will also work closely with ABC's administration, development, and communications teams to track projects internally, fundraise, and share the results of our work with broader audiences. Position Requirements: • Passion for ABC's mission to conserve birds and their habitats. • At least three years of conservation experience in the Latin America and Caribbean region, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree or higher in conservation or environmental sciences, non-profit management, wildlife management, international relations, fundraising, or a related field. Previous professional experience working with resident or migratory Neotropical birds preferred. • An outgoing, positive, persuasive manner and predisposition for collaboration, with ability and comfort to work both independently and as part of teams, including with partner conservationists and government officials from different countries and cultures. This requires excellent writing and presentation skills, as well as fluency in English and Spanish. Additional languages, such as Portuguese, may also be useful. • Well organized with keen attention to detail and results-oriented. Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, the tenacity and creativity to solve difficult problems, and an entrepreneurial spirit to pursue new conservation opportunities. • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to BambooHR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=68 Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged.
  13. A ZSL study published in Nature Communications today maps the evolutionary history of the world's terrestrial vertebrates—amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles—for the first time, exploring how areas with large concentrations of evolutionarily distinct and threatened species are being impacted by our ever-increasing 'human footprint'. View the full article
  14. Diving as a lifestyle has evolved many times in the animal kingdom, and the ecology of all diving animals is essentially shaped by how long they can hold their breaths. View the full article
  15. The AOS Bird Collections Committee has a new website! https://americanornithology.org/professional-resources/collections-permitting-resources/ The site contains basic information including: permits with links to external resources an embedded Zotero library with references pertaining to collections, collecting, methods, management, data, field notes, etc. training resources meeting links and upcoming events collection data sources supplies and equipment This is a work in progress, so we will be adding new content to keep the site dynamic. If you have suggestions or other things you'd like to see on the site, please let us know (email Collections Committee co-chairs Carla Cicero and John Bates directly). We hope you find this site and information useful.
  16. Spring is in full swing. Trees are leafing out, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and birds are singing. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those birds in your backyard may be changing right along with the climate. View the full article
  17. My name is Gail Koelln, and I am Co-Director of One Earth Conservation, a nonprofit organization that engages people, communities and organizations in a unique manner that inspires them to contribute to their own well-being and the well-being of life on Earth. We achieve this by encouraging them to support and/or conduct parrot conservation in Latin America and to nurture themselves in nature. I’m writing to you to introduce you to a new program we are starting that might be of interest to you and your colleagues, friends, and others in your circle. We call it the Parrot Conservation Corps or PCC for short. Below is more information about this program. One Earth Conservation’s model of conservation, what we call Transformative Conservation, is highly relational. Transformative Conservation calls on us to grow healthier in our inner lives while also working outwards for the health of all beings, ecosystems, and human communities. Join our Parrot Conservation Corps (PCC) to help people and parrots where they are from where you are. The PCC especially emphasizes justice for human communities and health for biomes, the well-being of individual animals, and how to be able to do the work from where we are (during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic). Our PCC seeks to meet these dire challenges of our times by giving people the tools, understanding, and ability to preserve life on this planet no matter where they are - at home or in the field. Join us and learn to be a parrot conservationist, become part of a vibrant and impactful digital community, and learn to “do the beauty that you are.” To learn more about this program and how you or others can join, please visit https://www.oneearthconservation.org/parrot-conservation-corps. And please feel free to share this information if you feel so moved. I’d be happy to answer have any questions you may have. Please send me an email at gailkoelln@oneearthconservation.org.
  18. Have you seen small birds nervously jumping up and down the branches and calling at a cat in a park? For a long time, scientists have been interested in what type of information about predators is coded in alarm calls; is it predator's species identity? Or their size? Or how dangerous it is? A recent study published in Ethology provides new discoveries in this field. View the full article
  19. Shea yields are likely to benefit from a diversity of trees and shrubs in parkland habitats in West Africa, according to a new study led by scientists from Trinity College Dublin. The findings have important implications for managing a crop that is typically harvested and sold by women in rural areas, and which helps finance education for children. View the full article
  20. We are looking for volunteers for a project investigating vocal behaviour at the nests of grey fantails, which are small, monomorphic Australian flycatchers. These birds sing and call while they are sitting on their nest, which seems like it would attract predators, making the young birds more likely to get eaten. We are trying to find out how often and why they do this, and whether it does make them more noticeable to predators. The work will be remote, and includes watching (and rewatching!) nest exchanges to identify birds by their colour bands, and documenting behaviours on the nest, especially songs and calls, that are important for our research project. You will be watching videos of incubation and chick rearing, so will see behaviours such as nest exchanges, chick feeding, removal of fecal sacs, and more. Other work will include looking at songs to categorize them by song type. You will be using video and acoustic software (free downloads) to document behaviours of interest, and so will need a functioning computer and headphones. Your contribution will include one of two major tasks 1) watching videos recorded at the nest during different stages of breeding, and recording when the birds perform certain behaviours, like getting on and off the nest, turning eggs, feeding chicks, and, of course, songs and calls, or 2) using acoustic software to help sort and extract song types. You will be expected to follow research protocols, working with two PhD students on their projects. For both options, you will need a computer to watch videos and record data (PC works better for watching videos), and speakers or headphones that work well enough to hear small sounds on the nest. Additionally, you will need internet to access the google drive and to download and upload files and programs such as BORIS (the program we will use to record behaviours), and RavenLite (acoustic program). For video watching, birds have to be identified by small colour bands on their legs, so you will need colour vision, and both require the ability to hear bird sounds. If you are interested in gaining research experience from the comfort of your own home in ecology, bioacoustics, and animal behaviour, or if you enjoy birds and contributing to citizen science, then this might be a good opportunity for you. There is a small amount of training involved, and because of this we ask that you commit 20 hrs a week for the first two weeks, then a minimum of 10 hrs weekly afterward. To learn more, send an email about your interests/experience, availability, and any questions to Kristin White (kakovach.217 AT gmail.com) and Nadya Sotnychuk (nadya.sotnychuk.2016 AT owu.edu) with the subject ‘Grey Fantail Video/Audio Volunteer 2020’. Serious inquiries regarding the project and position are welcome.
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  22. It is low tide at the end of the wet season in Broome, Western Australia. Shorebirds feeding voraciously on worms and clams suddenly get restless. View the full article
  23. Organisms carry long-term 'memories' of their ancestral homelands that help them adapt to environmental change, according to a new study that involved raising chickens on the Tibetan Plateau and an adjacent lowland site. View the full article
  24. The JV8 Central Grasslands Conservation Initiative (JV8) seeks a leader with demonstrated abilities to grow and manage a large innovative partnership by serving as the Conservation Director for the initiative. We are looking for an experienced, highly-motivated, self-starting, partnership-oriented individual. The JV8 Initiative, a partnership among eight Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, will implement grassland conservation programs at a landscape of 500 million acres with the goal of reversing or stabilizing declining bird populations in the Central Grasslands of North America, and will include conservation partners from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The Conservation Director provides critical direction and implementation of strategic planning and communications to advance JV8 efforts. This position oversees all aspects of the JV8 Central Grasslands Initiative, including program development and exploration of funding opportunities. The Conservation Director works hand-in-hand with Joint Venture Coordinators and other key partners to build and strengthen investments in grassland conservation with the belief that we accomplish more together than we do alone. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, conservation planning, or related field; advanced degree is preferred Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in natural resource management or conservation planning, preferably at a leadership level. Excellent oral and written communication skills Experience writing and editing natural resources and conservation content Demonstrated ability to coordinate well with staff and partners Experience working with state and/or federal wildlife or natural resources agencies and non-governmental organizations Expertise in strategic planning, strategic communications, and facilitation Track record of obtaining funding Ability and willingness to travel as needed to support the JV8 partnership Major Duties and Responsibilities: Facilitate the development of the JV8 Initiative, a high-level, overarching, trinational effort for Central Grassland conservation Drive the creation and implementation of the JV8 Strategy and coordinate across Joint Venture conservation efforts to scale-up actions that address causes of declining grassland bird populations, with an emphasis on design and implementation of conservation actions Develop funding partnerships Lead strategic communications to diverse audiences about the JV8 Initiative and the importance of grassland conservation for migratory birds, other wildlife, and people Evaluate and report on progress and promote JV8 Initiative accomplishments Work with Joint Venture Coordinators to integrate grassland habitat conservation objectives from existing plans into a flexible and cohesive JV8 Strategy Work with JV8 Coordinators to develop funding strategies and communicate about the JV8 Initiative to funders and other key partners Coordinate and lead regular JV8 Initiative calls, communications, and committees; plan and facilitate in-person meetings as needed Administer the annual budget for the JV8 Initiative in a manner that ensures effective and efficient fund disbursement, tracking, and reporting Develop project tracking systems, monitoring strategies, and reporting tactics Organize and participate in relevant meetings and other activities, including giving presentations about the JV8 Initiative to diverse audiences Analyze, evaluate, and recommend solutions to overcome obstacles to successful JV8 Strategy implementation Foster sharing of information and lessons learned among Joint Ventures to elevate innovative projects and creative solutions Provide regular updates and briefings on progress to the JV8 Coordinator team and funders This is a full time position (40 hours/week) hosted by the Playa Lakes Joint Venture. Location is TBD, with strong preference for co-location with PLJV in Lafayette, Colorado; other locations within the JV8 geography may be considered as long as they are close to a major airport. The job involves travel to attend partner meetings, visit project sites, and represent the JV8 Initiative at meetings and conferences. Salary is commensurate with experience but is anticipated to be in the range of a GS 12/13 federal government position. Includes health insurance, 403(b) retirement contributions, cost of living adjustment, and mileage reimbursement for travel via personal vehicle. To Apply: Send an email to Conservation_Director@pljv.org with a single attachment that contains the following: a one-page cover letter, resume, and three professional references (who will be called only after an in-person interview) by June 12, 2020. Your attached one-page cover letter should answer why you are suited and have the experience to do this job and not be a repeat of your resume. Please provide links in your letter to any relevant conservation planning documents in which you were substantially involved. Your application will be acknowledged with an automated reply. For more information, contact a member of the Hiring Committee or contact any Joint Venture Coordinators associated with the JV8. Hiring Committee: Sean Fields, Prairie Pothole Joint Venture Coordinator Jennie Duberstein, Sonoran Joint Venture Coordinator Dan Casey, Northern Great Plains Joint Venture Coordinator Jeff Raasch, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department JV8 Grassland Initiative flyer 200409.pdf
  25. No other event in our lifetimes has brought such sudden, drastic loss to Australia's biodiversity as the last bushfire season. Governments, researchers and conservationists have committed to the long road to recovery. But in those vast burnt landscapes, where do we start? View the full article
  26. SEASONAL AVIAN ECOLOGIST (1) needed ASAP for a long-term University of Georgia study investigating the breeding biology of Black-throated Blue Warblers at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the Southern Appalachians of western North Carolina. Duties include: nest searching/monitoring, banding of adults and nestlings, insect and vegetation sampling, and data entry. Experience with passerine nest searching is required, with preference given for experience with mist-netting and handling of nestlings. Position requires good color vision, an interest in avian ecology, and the ability to hike and work alone in rugged and mountainous terrain and variable weather conditions. Position also necessitates attention to detail, self-motivation, and a positive attitude for long days (8-14 hours) in the field with biting insects. Applicant is needed ASAP and the position runs until mid-July 2020. A stipend of $1800 per month will be provided in addition to housing. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Will Lewis (btbw.uga@gmail.com). Please provide application materials in one document and include “Seasonal Avian Ecologist” in the subject line.
  27. FALL MIGRATION BIRD BANDERS (2) needed from 1 August to 15 November (start and end dates somewhat flexible) to assist with the 23rd year of migration banding at the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory (FBBO). FBBO is a high-volume station that in fall bands an average of 120 species including hummingbirds, shorebirds and raptors. Successful applicants will have extensive mist netting experience (processed at least 1000 birds) and must have at least one season’s experience of migration banding. NABC bander certification is highly desirable. Banders work 40 hours a week with 2 days off at a pay rate of $11.50/hour. Housing provided nearby, but a personal vehicle is best due to our rural location. Applications must be submitted through Washington College’s website here: https://www.washcoll.edu/offices/human-resources/employment.php Questions can be directed to Maren Gimpel mgimpel2@washcoll.edu
  28. The JOURNAL of RAPTOR RESEARCH Red-tailed hawk by Jeff GandertInstructions for free online access for RRF members on Bioone. Journal of Raptor Research June 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2. https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2 Raptor Interactions with Electrical Systems: Progress and Knowledge Gaps James F. Dwyer Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 89-92 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.89/Raptor-Interactions-with-Electrical-Systems-Progress-and-Knowledge-Gaps/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.89.full Power Pole Density and Avian Electrocution Risk in the Western United States James F. Dwyer, Brian D. Gerber, Paul Petersen, William E. Armstrong & Richard E. 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