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  2. 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.
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  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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. Harness Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 93-109 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.93/Power-Pole-Density-and-Avian-Electrocution-Risk-in-the-Western/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.93.full A Spatially Explicit Model to Predict the Relative Risk of Golden Eagle Electrocutions in the Northwestern Plains, USA Geoffrey Bedrosian, Jason D. Carlisle, Brian Woodbridge, Jeffrey R. Dunk, Zach P. Wallace, James F. Dwyer, Richard E. Harness, Elizabeth K. Mojica, Gary E. Williams & Tracy Jones Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 110-125 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.110/A-Spatially-Explicit-Model-to-Predict-the-Relative-Risk-of/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.110.full Golden Eagle Perch-Site Use in the U.S. Southern Plains: Understanding Electrocution Risk James F. Dwyer, Robert K. Murphy, Dale W. Stahlecker, Angela M. Dwyer & Clint W. Boal Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 126-135 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.126/Golden-Eagle-Perch-Site-Use-in-the-US-Southern-Plains/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.126.full Variation in Electrocution Rate and Demographic Composition of Saker Falcons Electrocuted at Power Lines in Mongolia Andrew Dixon, Nyambayar Batbayar, Batbayar Bold, Batmunkh Davaasuren, Tuvshinjargal Erdenechimeg, Batbayar Galtbalt, Purevsuren Tsolmonjav, Sarangerel Ichinkhorloo, Amarkhuu Gunga, Gankhuyag Purevochir & Md. Lutfor Rahman Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 136-146 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.136/Variation-in-Electrocution-Rate-and-Demographic-Composition-of-Saker-Falcons/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.136.full Collision Avoidance by Wintering Bald Eagles Crossing a Transmission Line Elizabeth K. Mojica, Claudia E. Rocca, Jeffrey Luzenski, Richard E. Harness, John L. Cummings, Jeremy Schievert, Daryl D. Austin & Melissa A. Landon Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 147-153 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.147/Collision-Avoidance-by-Wintering-Bald-Eagles-Crossing-a-Transmission-Line/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.147.full Golden Eagle Breeding Response to Utility-Scale Solar Development and Prolonged Drought in California Jeff P. Smith, Colleen M. Lenihan & Jeffrey A. Zirpoli Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 154-165 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.154/Golden-Eagle-Breeding-Response-to-Utility-Scale-Solar-Development-and/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.154.full Electrocution on Power Lines is an Important Threat for the Endangered Chaco Eagle (Buteogallus coronatus) in Argentina José H. Sarasola, Maximiliano A. Galmes & Bryan D. Watts Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 166-171 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.166/Electrocution-on-Power-Lines-is-an-Important-Threat-for-the/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.166.full Failure of Utility Pole Perch Deterrents Modified During Installation James F. Dwyer, Renee C. Taylor & Germaine A. French Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 172-176 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.172/Failure-of-Utility-Pole-Perch-Deterrents-Modified-During-Installation/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.172.full The Use of Mobile Nesting Platforms to Reduce Electrocution Risk to Ferruginous Hawks Cindy M. Kemper, Troy I. Wellicome, Denis G. Andre, Benjamin E. McWilliams & Cameron J. Nordell Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 177-185 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.177/The-Use-of-Mobile-Nesting-Platforms-to-Reduce-Electrocution-Risk/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.177.full Perch Management May Reduce Raptor Electrocution Risk on Horizontal Post Insulators Michael C. Tincher, James F. Dwyer, Gail E. Kratz, Amy Watrud & Richard E. Harness Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 186-192 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.186/Perch-Management-May-Reduce-Raptor-Electrocution-Risk-on-Horizontal-Post/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.186.full Use of Falconry and Shooting as Rock Pigeon Abatement Techniques at an Electrical Converter Station in Alberta, Canada Nikki Heck & Steve Schwartze Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 193-197 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.193/Use-of-Falconry-and-Shooting-as-Rock-Pigeon-Abatement-Techniques/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.193.full Conservation Letter: Raptors and Overhead Electrical Systems Steven J. Slater, James F. Dwyer & Megan Murgatroyd Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 198-203 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.198/Conservation-Letter-Raptors-and-Overhead-Electrical-Systems/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.198.full John B. (Jack) Holt, Jr. 1940–2019 Gary Denzler, Robert Thobaben, Jeffrey L. Hays, Joseph Papp & Pete DeSimone Journal of Raptor Research May 2020 Vol. 54, No. 2: 204-206 https://www.bioone.org/journals/journal-of-raptor-research/volume-54/issue-2/0892-1016-54.2.204/John-B-Jack-Holt-Jr-19402019/10.3356/0892-1016-54.2.204.full View the full article
  12. Job Description: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is seeking to fill multiple positions for biologists within the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) in Santa Cruz, CA, Dixon, CA, and Reno, NV. As a biologist within WERC, some of your specific duties will include: Advise in field biology, and necessary methods. Study interactions between wildlife populations, habitat attributes, anthropogenic change, and management actions; primarily in sagebrush or marine ecosystems. Study influence avian breeding ecology and interactions with nest predators, primarily in esturarine systems. Scientific writing ability (as lead and co-author) that condenses and summarizes research hypotheses, analyses, results, and implications into peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. Provide oral presentations at scientific meetings. Provide oral and written updates to project collaborators, partners, and clients. Model and interpret datasets of wildlife-habitat relationships, survival and recruitment, spatial use, and predator-prey relationships, using advanced statistical techniques (such as Maximum-Likelihood, Bayesian, Geostastical, and/or Geoprocessing analyses). Perform analyses with software, including any of the following: R, MARK (or R-Mark), WinBugs, JAGS, ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, R raster packages. Provide project management support for the principal investigator. Write study proposals, assist with obtaining funding, and work with the team in the development of new ideas and approaches to problem solving. Work independently or in team setting, takes responsibility for establishing tasks. Physical Demands and Work Environment: Field work involves moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to rain, snow, cold/hot weather, rapidly running or icy streams and rivers, mosquitoes, and working in bear country. Lifting and carrying of equipment up to 100 pounds when in the field. These full-time, term appointments are not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service. Conditions of Employment: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year trial period. Special Requirements for These Positions: You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license & a copy of your driving record. Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is required due to the physical demands of this job. This position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued. A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. Qualifications: For GS-09: Examples of experience at the GS-07 level work may include: 1) assisting with planning, organizing, and implementing scientific investigations; 2) performing data analyses on portions of larger scientific investigations; 3) and receiving training in gathering, organizing, and interpreting biological, ecological, pathological, public use, or other information pertinent to scientific studies and/or scientific investigations. For examples 1-3, the work involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; solving minor problems and making routine decisions. For GS-11: Examples of experience at the GS-09 level work may include: 1) participation in the planning and execution of biological studies with limited number of variables; 2) performing established, standardized tests and analyses on a broad range of biological samples; 3) conducting biological studies using established fact finding procedures. For examples 1-3, assignments were made with the objectives, priorities, and deadlines defined. The work was planned and carried out independently in accordance with proven techniques, methods, and practices. Controversial use of approaches or modifications of standard procedures were typically discussed with a designated person before being carried out. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. Application Instructions: For additional position details and application instructions, please visit the following webpage: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/568360600. Applications must be submitted through the USAJobs website. All applications must be submitted by May 22, 2020.
  13. A new study has confirmed and quantified, for the first time, the presence of microplastics in terrestrial and aquatic birds of prey in Florida, including hawks, ospreys and owls. The research is important because birds of prey are critical to a functioning ecosystem. The accumulation of microplastics in their digestive systems could lead to poisoning, starvation and death. View the full article
  14. As the world looks to tighten up the illegal capture of wildlife, migratory birds are being threatened by widespread and unsustainable hunting across the Asia-Pacific region. New research has revealed that three quarters of migratory shorebird species in the region have been hunted since the 1970s. View the full article
  15. Preserving biodiversity is one of the key debates of our time—but another subject of hot debate in recent decades among evolutionary experts is how biodiversity has changed over the past few hundred million years. New findings are challenging the conventional view on this. View the full article
  16. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Native Seed Collection Technician will perform seed collection activities on TNC and partner properties in northwest Ohio near TNC’s Kitty Todd Nature Preserve in Swanton, Ohio. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Native Seed Collection Technician will collect seed through various means (mechanical and by hand), as well as assist with associated planning, documentation, and database management. They will regularly work with other staff and partners and help lead volunteers and interns to coordinate seed collection for restoration. This is a full-time, short-term position lasting approximately six months from the start date. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE May oversee seed collection events, including help in planning and directing interns or volunteers. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain. May require long hours in isolated settings. Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor. May work under close or infrequent supervision. Operates vehicles in a safe manner, including on-road and off-road conditions. Consults supervisor on unusual or complex issues. Ability to convey work instructions to other restoration crew members and volunteers. Ability to interact with the public and to convey basic natural history and restoration information. Ability to function productively as a team member and independently. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Experience working in a team environment and ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members. Experience with natural systems and identifying plant and animal species in northwest Ohio. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. UTV, ATV). Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. 1-3 years’ of land management or botanical field/lab experience involving species surveying, plot-sampling and mapping. Knowledge of rare and conservative Midwestern plants and their associated natural communities. PC familiarity and experience with database management (Microsoft Excel) and ESRI products (ArcMap, ArcCollector, Survey123). Experience collecting, processing, and/or propagating native seed. Ability to identify plant species either with field knowledge of with the use of a dichotomous key. Able to maintain high standards of productivity while working independently or under minimal supervision. Able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application). AUTO SAFETY POLICY This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record. HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 48687, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 3, 2020. Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org. 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 people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.
  17. Operation Decoy Dan begins at dawn. View the full article
  18. Scientists have created the first ever large-scale map of microscopic algae as they bloomed across the surface of snow along the Antarctic Peninsula coast. Results indicate that this 'green snow' is likely to spread as global temperatures increase. View the full article
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  20. The challenge of diversifying STEM fields may get a boost from the results of a new study that show field courses help build self-confidence among students—especially those from underrepresented groups. View the full article
  21. Fais attention! Serpent! View the full article
  22. For the first time in 50 years, ornithologists at the Manomet nature observatory in Plymouth, Massachusetts are not opening their mist nets every weekday at dawn to catch, measure and band migrating songbirds. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the center has essentially canceled its spring field season and will be doing only very limited sampling. Going forward, its long-term banding data will contain only a fraction of the usual information on songbird migrations during the spring of 2020. View the full article
  23. In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have demonstrated that penguins in Antarctica emit copious amounts of nitrous oxide via their feces. So much so, that the researchers went ''cuckoo'' from being surrounded by penguin poop. View the full article
  24. The secrets behind magnetoreception—that is, the ability of some animals to sense Earth's magnetic field—are beginning to gradually unravel, thanks in part to a new study that demonstrates magnetic sensitivity in a completely artificial protein, which will help guide further study into what makes this phenomenon possible. View the full article
  25. Since 2014, larger-than-life paintings of more than one hundred bird species threatened by climate change have been wowing residents and spreading awareness in Harlem, New York. The project is set to cross the Atlantic to Europe, bringing with it the power to reconnect city-dwellers with nature.View the full article
  26. Urban insect populations would need to increase by a factor of at least 2.5 for urban great tits to have same breeding success as those living in forests according to new research. View the full article
  27. Bird wings adapted for long-distance flight are linked to their environment and behavior, according to new research on an extensive database of wing measurements. View the full article
  28. Oyster farming as currently practiced along the Delaware Bayshore does not significantly impact four shorebirds, including the federally threatened red knot, which migrates thousands of miles from Chile annually, according to a Rutgers-led study. View the full article
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