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  1. The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance is seeking an energetic and creative executive director to lead the organization. The director is the sole employee of the Alliance and oversees all activities of the organization following its most recent strategic plan and in support of the Badger Reuse Plan‘s collaborative vision. Position Summary. This is a half-time position that can be based remotely, but works with land and partners in the Sauk Prairie area. The director will develop and implement programming to advance the mission of the organization; plan and oversee seasonal ecological restoration work with the help of volunteers; work to meet revenue goals through new and renewed memberships and major donations to sustain the organization; research and write grants to support the programming and operations of the organization; engage the board of directors of the organization through quarterly board meetings and regular communication and updates; manage Alliance member communications; and create and track the organization’s annual budget (~$50,000 in 2021). (Note: The Treasurer currently handles all financial work for the organization.) This is a unique opportunity to impact local conservation and lead the organization into the future. Download the full position description here or go to the Alliance website. Desired Skills and Experience We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have: ● A Bachelor’s degree in conservation, ecological restoration, environmental education or a related field, or equivalent training/experience; ● Two years working in the non-profit sector; ● A strong work or volunteer background in conservation (ecological restoration or land stewardship) ; ● Demonstrated leadership experience that may include directing another organization and/or overseeing staff and/or volunteers, coordinating events or programs, etc.; ● Excellent communication skills (public speaking, writing, teaching, editing); ● Comfortable with diverse communication tools (print and digital); ● Demonstrated success with non-profit fundraising; ● Ability to work with diverse entities (government agencies, citizen groups, college and high school students, general audiences); ● Excellent organizational skills; ● Ability to work independently; ● Familiarity with the Alliance and Sauk County conservation is highly desirable. To apply To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by email to: SaukPrairieConservationJobs@gmail.com. Interviews will be conducted as qualified applications are received. Position remains open until filled; apply by November 12 for best consideration. Expected start date January 1 or earlier (flexible). Edited 3 minutes ago by Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance added links
  2. On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 24), Dick Banks passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at his home in Alexandria, where he had been under hospice care for several months following a two week hospitalization in June. Until that time he had been relatively active, still getting out regularly to walk around the neighborhood where he lived in the same home since 1967. Dick’s professional colleagues were an important part of his life, and he was in touch with several until very recently. During his youth, Banks was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed bird watching. He often participated with his father, who was an amateur birdwatcher and a member of the Wilson Ornithological Society. In 1953, Banks attended his first Wilson Ornithological Society meeting with his parents. In 1949, Banks enrolled in classes at Ohio State University and participated in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation, after which he joined the US Army in post-war South Korea, qualifying to serve in the Medical Service Corps, due to his training in biology. After Banks returned from Korea in 1955, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Masters (1958) and Ph.D. (1961) degrees under the guidance of doctoral advisor, Alden H. Miller. He was subsequently hired at Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, serving as an assistant curator, specializing in the research and study of white-crowned sparrows. Toward the end of his final year at Berkeley, Banks participated in a scientific expedition to Cerralvo Island in the Gulf of California. While exploring, he recognized differing characteristics in some of the migratory birds that he was collecting. This discovery led him to apply for a National Science Foundation grant to continue his research. As a result of his findings, he is recognized for naming three subspecies of birds that were indigenous to the island. In 1962, following the completion of his grant, he was offered a job as curator of the birds and mammals collections and exhibits at the San Diego Natural History Museum. In 1966, Banks joined the staff at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), where he served as the chief of the bird section. He was later promoted to director of the Bird and Mammal Labs of the museum. He served as a curator of the Bird Project for the Biological Survey, USGS Biological Resources Discipline, portion of the NMNH for over 38 years, officially retiring in 2005. For years, he remained active at the National Museum, recognized as an Emeritus Research Zoologist. His research and service were recognized numerous times: 1998: Marion Jenkinson Service Award, American Ornithologists' Union 1999: Scientific Achievement Award, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 2001–: President, American Association of Zoological Nomenclature 2008: William and Nancy Klamm Service Award – Wilson Ornithological Club 2011: Smithsonian Institution Hall of Fame – Department of Vertebrate Zoology In 1962, while working at the San Diego Natural History Museum, he met his future wife, Gladys Sparks. They married in 1967. Together, they have two sons, Randy and David. Dick served many roles in the ornithological world, including: - President, Wilson Ornithological Society (1991 - 1993) - In 1971, Banks became a member of the American Ornithologists' Union's Committee on Classification and Nomenclature. The Committee publishes the Checklist of North American Birds, which is the official source on the taxonomy of birds in North America. - He was elected secretary of the American Ornithologists' Union in 1969 and served as president from 1994 to 1996 - Founder (in 1992) of the Ornithological Council He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Gladys (“Chuck”) who passed away in 2009, and is survived by his sons Randy and David and granddaughters Julia and Taline. Dick was also a member of the Washington Area Field Biologists' Club (see bio). Plans for a commemoration will be sent out once details are firmed up. Dick thought flowers were a waste of money; memorial donations could be made (or not) to any appropriate organization or institution. Funny stories and memories will be gratefully received at 3201 Circle Hill Road, Alexandria VA 22305 Among his 150 Published works: Banks, Richard C. (1970). "Birds Imported into the United States in 1968", (Fish and Wildlife Service, Special Scientific Report—Wildlife) 64 pages. Hubbard, John P.; and Banks, Richard C. (1970). "The Types of Taxa of Harold H. Bailey", Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 83(30): 321–332. Banks, Richard C. (1970). "On Ecotypic Variation in Birds", Evolution, 24(4): 829–831. Banks, Richard C. (1970). "Re-evaluation of Two Supposed Hybrid Birds", The Wilson Bulletin, 82(3): 331–332. Banks, Richard C. (1970). "The Fox Sparrow on the West Slope of the Oregon Cascades", The Condor, 72(3): 369–370. Banks, Richard C. (1971). "Publication Dates of the North American Fauna Series", The Auk, 88(3): 676. Banks, Richard C. (1972). "Proceedings of the Eighty-ninth Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union", The Auk, 89(1): 114–162. Locke, Louis N.; and Banks, Richard C. (1972). "Avian Cholera in Cedar Waxwings in Ohio", Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 8: 106. Banks, Richard C. (1972). "A Systematis's View", Role of Hand-reared Ducks in Waterfowl Management: A Symposium, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife and Max McGraw Foundation, pp. 117–120. Banks, Richard C.; Clench, M. H.; and Barlow, J. C. (1973). "Bird Collections in United-States and Canada", The Auk, 90(1): 136–170. Skaar, P. D.; Clapp, Roger B.; and Banks, Richard C. (1973). "Re-Evaluation of some Montana Bird Records", The Condor, 75(1): 132–133. Banks, Richard C. (1980). "On Getting Involved", The Auk, 97(3): 637. Banks, Richard C.; and Watson, George E. (1984). "Commentary", The Condor, 86(2): 222. Banks, Richard C. (1985). "American Black Duck Record from Korea", Journal of Field Ornithology, 56(3): 277. Banks, Richard C. (1986). "Subspecies of the Glaucous Gull, Larus-Hyperboreus", (Aves, Charadriiformes). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 99(1): 149–159. Banks, Richard C. (1986). "A Taxonomic Reevaluation of the Plain Pigeon" (Columba-Inornata). The Auk, 103(3): 629–631. Banks, Richard C. (1986). "Subspecies of the Greater Scaup and their Names", Wilson Bulletin, 98(3): 433–444. Banks, Richard C.; McDiarmid, Roy W.; and Gardner, Alfred L. (1987). "Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U. S. Territories, and Canada" (U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Resource Publication) 79 pages. Banks, Richard C. (1988). "Geographic-Variation in the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo", The Condor, 90(2): 473–477. Banks, Richard C. (1988). "Obsolete English Names of North American Birds and Their Modern Equivalents", Fish and Wildlife Service, Resource Publication. 37 pages. Banks, Richard C. (1989). "(Review of) Speciation and Geographic Variation in Black-tailed Gnatcatchers", Wilson Bulletin, 101: 360–362. Banks, Richard C. (1989). "Supposed Northern Records of the Southern Fulmar", Western Birds, 19: 121–124. Banks, Richard C.; and Calder, W. A. III. (1989). "Did Lewis and Clark Discover the Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platyceracus)?", Archives of Natural History, 16: 243–244. Banks, Richard C. (1990). "Geographic Variation in the Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Corrections and Comments", The Condor, 92(2): 538. Banks, Richard C. (1990). "Taxonomic Status of the Coquette Hummingbird of Guerrero, Mexico", The Auk, 107(1): 191–192. Banks, Richard C. (1990). "Taxonomic Status of the Rufous-Bellied Chachalaca" (Ortalis-Wagleri), The Condor, 92(3): 749–753. Banks, Richard C.; and Dove, Carla J. (1992). "The Generic Name for Crested Caracaras" (Aves, Falconidae), Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 105(3): 420–425. Clark, W. S.; and Banks, Richard C. (1992). "The Taxonomic Status of the White-Tailed Kite", Wilson Bulletin, 104(4): 571 Banks, Richard C. (1993). "[Review of] Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America, by John Cassin", 1991 reprint of 1856 edition. The Auk, 110: 420–421. Banks, Richard C.; Goodman, S. M.; Lanyon, S. M.; and Schulenberg, T. S. (1993). "Type Specimens and Basic Principles of Avian Taxonomy", The Auk, 110(2): 413–414. Clapp, Roger B.; and Banks, Richard C. (1993). "Nesting seasons, nest sites, and clutch sizes of crows in Virginia", The Raven, 64(2): 90–98. Banks, Richard C.; and Springer, P. F. (1994). "A Century of Population Trends of Waterfowl in Western North America", Studies in Avian Biology, 15: 134–146. Banks, Richard C.; and Browning, M. R. (1995). "Comments on the status of revived old names for some North American birds", The Auk, 112(3): 633–648. Banks, Richard C. (1995). "Ornithology at the U.S. National Museum of Natural History", Contributions to the History of North American Ornithology. Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, 12: 33–53. Browning, M. R.; and Banks, Richard C. (1996). "Bombycilla cedrorum Vieillot, (1808) and Troglodytes aedon Vieillot, (1809)" (Aves, Passeriformes): Proposed Conservation of the Specific Names, Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 53: 187–190. Banks, Richard C. (1997). "The Name of Lawrence' Flycatcher", The Era of Allan R. Phillips, A Festchrift, Albuquerque, NM: Horizons Communications, pp. 21–24. Banks, Richard C.; Fitzpatrick, John W.; Howell, Thomas R.; Johnson, Ned K.; Monroe Jr., Burt L.; Ouellet, Henri; Remsen Jr., J. V.; and Storer, Robert W. (1997). "Forty-first Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds", The Auk, 114(3): 542–552. Dove, Carla J.; and Banks, Richard C. (1999). "A taxonomic study of crested caracaras", (Falconidae). Wilson Bulletin, 111(3): 330–339. Banks, Richard C.; and Browning, M. R. (1999). "Questions about Thayer's Gull", Ontario Birds, 17: 124–130. Banks, Richard C. (2000). "The Cuban Martin in Florida", Florida Field Naturalist, 28: 50–52. Banks, Richard C.; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, J. L.; Kratter, A. W.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V.; Rising, J. D.; and Stotz, D. F. (2002). "Forty-third supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds", The Auk, 119(3): 897–906. Banks, Richard C.; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, J. L.; Kratter, A. W.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V.; Rising, J. D.; and Stotz, D. F. (2003). "Forty-fourth supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds", The Auk, 120(3): 923–931. Banks, Richard C.; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, J. L.; Kratter, A. W.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V.; Rising, J. D.; and Stotz, D. F. (2004). "Forty-fifth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds", The Auk, 121(3): 985–995. Woolfenden, G. E.; and Banks, Richard C. (2004). "A specimen of the Varied Thrush from Florida", Florida Field Naturalist, 32: 48–50. Banks, Richard C.; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, J. L.; Kratter, A. W.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V.; Rising, J. D.; and Stotz, D. F. (2005). "Forty-sixth supplement to the American ornithologists' union check-list of North American Birds", The Auk, 122(3): 1026–1031. Banks, Richard C.; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, Jon L.; Kratter, Andrew W.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V., Jr.; Rising, James D.; and Stotz, Douglas F. (2006). "Forty-seventh supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American birds", The Auk, 123(3): 926–936. Banks, Richard C.; Chesser, Robert Terry; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, Jon L.; Kratter, Andrew W.; Lovette, Rby J.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V., Jr.; Rising, James D.; and Stotz, Douglas F. (2007). "Forty-eighth supplement to the American ornithologists' union Check-List of North American Birds", The Auk, 124(3): 1109–1115. Banks, Richard C.; and Gibson, Daniel D. (2007). "The correct type locality of Spizella breweri", The Auk, 124(3): 1083–1085. Olson, Storrs L.; and Banks, Richard C. (2007). "Lectotypification of Larus smithsonianus Coues, 1862", (Aves: Laridae), Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 120(4): 382–386. Banks, Richard C.; Chesser, Robert Terry; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, J. L.; Kratter, A. W.; Lovette, I. J.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V.; Rising, J. D.; Stotz, D. F.; and Winker, Kevin. (2008). "Forty-ninth supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union - Check-list of north American birds", The Auk, 125(3): 756–766. Chesser, Robert T.; Banks, Richard C.; Barker, F. Keith; Cicero, Carla; Dunn, Jon L.; Kratter, Andrew W.; Lovette, Irby J.; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Remsen, J. V. Jr.; Rising, James D.; Stotz, Douglas F.; and Winker, Kevin. (2009). "Fiftieth Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Check-List of North American Birds", The Auk, 126(3): 705–714. doi:10.1525/auk.2009.8709 Lovette, Irby J.; Perez-Eman, Jorge L.; Sullivan, John P.; Banks, Richard C.; Fiorentino, Isabella; Cordoba-Cordoba, Sergio; Cherry-Galvis, Maria; Barker, F. Keith; Burns, Kevin J.; Klicka, John; Lanyon, Scott M.; and Bermingham, Eldredge. (2010). "A comprehensive multilocus phylogeny for the wood-warblers and a revised classification of the Parulidae", (Ayes), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 57(2): 753–770. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.07.018 Gibson, Daniel D. and Banks, Richard C. (2010). "Revised type locality of the Whiskered Auklet Aethia pygmaea", (Ayes: Alcidae), Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 123 (3): 193–195. Klicka, John; and Banks, Richard C. (2011). "A generic name for some sparrows" (Aves: Emberizidae), Zootaxa, 2793: 67–68. Banks, Richard C. (2011). "Taxonomy of Greater White-fronted Geese", (Aves: Anatidae), Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 124(3): 226–233.
  3. The process of developing JFO into an Open Access journal The new relationship between AFO and Resilience Alliance comes after a two year process to find a new publisher for the Journal of Field Ornithology. The publications landscape has changed considerably in the last decade with a number of intersecting trends. Academic libraries are reducing their publications budgets and increasingly seeking to purchase bundles and not individual subscriptions. Accordingly, large for-profit publishers are shedding smaller journals to reduce their costs with the logic that journals like JFO are not vital in their bundled subscription model. At the same time, Open Access journals are growing exponentially, especially with countries like Germany investing heavily in supporting Open Access over for profit publishing. In light of these changes, Wiley, our partner for 10+ years, informed AFO that our contract to publish JFO would end in 2022. We here at AFO debated internally the equity-minded tradeoffs associated with an open access (OA) model, which allows scientists all over the world access, lowering their barriers to information. However, an OA model increases the barriers to publication for authors. Ultimately, the changing financial approach meant that no publisher had interest in publishing JFO except with an OA model. To minimize the impact of an OA approach, AFO has taken the following steps: (1) partnering with a vibrant non-profit to keep costs low, (2) having one of the lowest article processing charge of any organismal biology journal, and (3) developing a progressive waiver policy that provides coverage to more countries that most journals and allows for partial waivers across a wide range of US-based categories. AFO views these steps as a pilot and will be vigilant to the impacts and be ready to adjust as needed to ensure publication in JFO is available to the entire ornithological community. https://afonet.org/the-process-of-developing-jfo-into-an-open-access-journal/
  4. A more complete obituary is found here: https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/obituaries/mary-patterson-wright/article_77a231d8-1c45-52b8-b9cf-99d667b0c0fb.html Mary Patterson Wright died on July 19, 2021, at home in Hammond Hollow in Gilsum. During her last year she was supported by neighbors, family and hospice. She was 76 years old. Mary was born to Mr. and Mrs. John P. Wright (Ruth McCaffery) on Jan. 13, 1945, in Keene. She attended Keene schools and Concord Academy in Concord, Mass. She graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., as an English major. Mary was committed to the natural world. She was passionate about ornithology from a young age, having her own flock of chickens while in 2nd grade, and later maintaining a flight of pigeons. She was a lifetime member of the Wilson Ornithological Society, Eastern Bird Banding Association, Birds Carribean, Tristan da Cunha Association and Falklands Conservation. She was a lead bander at the Appledore Island Migration Station at the Isle of Shoals Marine Laboratory for almost 30 years. She also banded Magellanic penguins in Patagonia. This past spring she was extremely proud to have completed her 33rd season with Project FeederWatch, making her one of the longest continuous contributors to that dataset, tracking migratory birds throughout North America. She also collected field data for a similar project, FrogWatch. In addition to her passion for ornithology, she also felt a deep obligation to the ethic of land ownership, working with local foresters to ensure that her property was well cared for and supportive of the local plants and animals. Giving back to the community was important to Mary. As a college student she was a Winant Volunteer in London in the summer of 1964 and at St. Hilda’s East Settlement House in London the following summer. She served her town of Gilsum as a Trustee of the Trust Funds and on the Board of Adjustments. She also volunteered at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene for many years. Insatiably curious, Mary was a voracious reader. She could hold an informed conversation on almost any subject. She believed deeply in education and attended the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning program at Keene State College for many years studying a variety of subjects. She enjoyed periods of quiet, proudly eschewing any radio on a solo cross-country drive across America. Mary was an active practitioner of tai chi; had studied to be a doula; was a natural teacher; and practiced African drumming. She completed multiple ocean crossings on the Sea Cloud, the world’s oldest oceangoing passenger ship. In addition, Mary was devoted to the correct usage of the English language. Many a relative was corrected on the proper use of the transitive verb and the difference between “lay” and “lie.” For a period of time, she worked for The Keene Evening Sentinel. She had a keen sense of humor, loved to laugh, and could tell a good tale, often beginning with, “did I ever tell you about ...?” In 1969 she married Joseph F. Phelan Jr., from whom she was divorced in 1976. Together, they moved to, and subsequently restored, a house in Hammond Hollow in Gilsum in 1972. Mary cared deeply about her Hammond Hollow community. Mary is survived by nieces and nephews: J.B. Wright and his wife, Loren, of Woolwich, Maine; Susan Wright and her partner, Tom Wyatt, of Warwick, Mass.; T. Spencer Wright and his partner, Bridget Jacober, of Santa Fe, N.M.; Sarah Stanley of Naples, Fla.; Georgia Wright of Fairfax, Calif.; Jock Wright and his wife, Mary, of Wilton, Conn.; and Joshua Wright and his wife, Gabrielle, of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; and by step-niece and nephew, Kate Wear of Keene, and Will Wear and his wife, Laura, of Lincoln, Mass.. She leaves behind great-nieces and nephews: Anna, Sam and James Wright; Lily and Holliday Wear; John and William Wright; Sam and Patrick Stanley; Emily (Nathaniel deVelder) and Benjamin Stephens; and Sienna Wright; great-great nephew Elliot Stephens; sister-in-law Patricia Wright of Peterborough; and former sister-in-law Georgia Spencer Wright of Sebastopol, Calif. Mary was predeceased by her brothers, John M. Wright and Thomas P. Wright. She had seven step-siblings. A celebration of Mary’s life is planned for September. Details will be available from DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes in Keene. In Mary’s memory, the family asks that you take five minutes, sit quietly and really listen to the natural world all around you. In the space that we call “quiet” the natural world is speaking — through bird calls, the gurgle of water, the sound of wind in the leaves and other sounds of nature. Commit to listening and to fostering those voices.
  5. On April 30th, at The Peregrine Fund’s the spring board meeting, The Peregrine Fund and the Raptor Research Foundation presented their first, joint “Partners for Raptors Lifetime Achievement Award” to Robert B. Berry in appreciation of a lifetime of distinguished service to raptors, their biology and conservation, and raptor researchers. Bob Berry’s accomplishments over a six-decade span are legion. Dating back to the late 1960s when we watched raptor populations in dramatic, DDT-induced declines, Bob’s pioneering work with captive breeding and reintroduction techniques were fundamental in re-establishing populations of Peregrine Falcons across much of North America. These same techniques have been key to many other successful reintroduction projects. When not working hands-on with Peregrines or Orange-breasted Falcons, Bob and his wife Carol S. Berry have been most generous supporters of graduate students and raptor researchers working on studies and conservation projects and studies of Orange-breasted Falcons, California Condors, Mauritius Kestrels and Old-world Vultures throughout the Americas, Africa, and Asia. For a more detailed overview of Bob’s remarkable career, please visit the Raptor Research Foundation’s website.
  6. Mary P. Wright, age 76, of Gilsum, New Hampshire passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021. Mary was born January 13, 1945. She had been a bander at the Appledore Island Migration Station since 1987. She wrote of her time on Appledore, "In 1985 I went to Appledore for a bird study weekend and was fascinated by the bird banding operation. Decided I had to learn more ... maybe I could find someone in southern New Hampshire who was banding sparrows or whatever. Within a week of getting home I got a flyer from the Bronx Zoo saying a group of volunteers was going to Patagonia to band penguins and would I like to join them? So I ended up in Argentina with a handful of humans and hundreds of thousands of Magellanic Penguins. When I returned I sent penguin photos to David. He didn't remember me, but he said if I came out to the island again, I should introduce myself, which I did. David said, "You're serious about banding, aren't you?" and told me he was thinking about starting a class; would I be interested? So I was in the very first Dangle, Tangle with Mac McKenna and Phyl Hatch. Hard to believe that was almost thirty years ago." She was also a devoted supporter of New Hampshire Audubon. Her many contributions which enabled that organization to start Project Nighthawk (a project I coordinate), and most recently to conduct research on Northern Harriers, and implement a new bird tracking technology called Motus.
  7. ScienceFriday hosting a Wednesday night trivia contest. Tune in tomorrow @8:30 p.m. for bird nerd trivia with ornithologists Juita Martinez (dinosaur floofologist) and Jordan Rutter (co-founder of Bird Names for Birds). https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/scifri-virtual-trivia-night/
  8. Ornithologist Alejandra Echeverri has been nominated for the Pritzger Emerging Environmental Genius Award, Dr. Echeverri, a conservation scientist at Stanford, has a B.Sc. degree in biology from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), an M.Sc. in resource management and environmental studies from University of British Columbia (UBC, Canada), and a Ph.D. in resources, environment and sustainability (UBC, Canada). She worked as a tropical ornithologist in environmental consulting firms in Colombia (Plyma S.A. and AmbientalMente). Dr. Echeverri also volunteered to do sustainable development work and peace education in Norway, Colombia, and other countries (with CISV International, the Norwegian Peace Corps, The Norwegian Youth Council, CISV Colombia). The Pritzter Award is given annually by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to a scientist, entrepreneur, engineer, activist or artist—under the age of 40—who stands poised to make a game-changing difference.
  9. https://obits.columbian.com/us/obituaries/columbian/name/erick-campbell-obituary?pid=199201494 Erick George Campbell, 73, of Vancouver, WA, passed away March 31, 2021, of organ failure. He was born, in his words, “Twelve-Eleven-Forty-Seven” (December 11, 1947) in La Mesa, CA, to Brent and Rita Campbell, and was a proud La Mesan and Helix High School graduate for his entire adult life. At Helix, he had a good career as a wrestler and football player. A lifelong birder, he studied at Humboldt State University and made his career in Wildlife Biology, focusing at various moments in his life on the Kestrel (master’s thesis), the Sage Grouse, and the Spotted Owl for Bureau of Land Management. One of his proud accomplishments was the creation of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in Sierra Vista, AZ, created through his leadership in 1988. Always more interested in lunch than work, he enjoyed Indian buffets, and, even more so, a good hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant. He constantly embarrassed his former partner and children by practicing his Spanish with waiters and waitresses. Erick was quick-witted and fierce in his execution of a good rib. He passed along these traits to his children, as well as his immense love of travel. He took both his sons to Peru in their young-adulthood, taught them to travel wisely and often, and considered that his goal in life after retirement, to see the world and all its birds. Family was of utmost importance to Erick. His mother’s Swedish heritage was a lifelong source of pride, and he collected recipes, artifacts, and family history from that arm of his ancestry with ferocity. He was able to visit the homeland in August 2012, meeting extended family and making that lifelong connection in person. Erick is survived by sisters, Jan and Karin; children, Colin and Lars; former partner, Amy; granddaughter, Emily; and many nieces and nephews from the Birrenkotts, Cotas, and Campbells. He was preceded in death by parents, Brent and Rita; and by his older brother, Bob. Donations may be made in his name to the Audubon Society, whose mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation, at audubon.org
  10. https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4701/boreal-conservation-specialist/job?fbclid=IwAR2mqWKUE9a7ZrlwYkBI55y_Ld5hL6fP07ro2o9NUafky3ouPxwIJHDtIXA&mobile=false&width=1150&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240 (includes To Apply link) Position Summary The Boreal Conservation Specialist will be a key member of the national science team and will primarily work with the International Alliances Program (IAP) Boreal Conservation Initiative. The Boreal Conservation Initiative’s goals are to increase awareness of and support for boreal conservation, develop science that highlights the conservation values and priorities for the boreal forest region, and collaborate with Indigenous governments and communities to advance their conservation and stewardship goals across the boreal forest. The boreal forest—North America’s bird nursery—is one of the largest intact forests left on Earth. Stretching from Alaska to Labrador, it provides nesting grounds and migratory stopovers for nearly half of the common bird species found in North America. Reporting to Audubon’s Senior Spatial Ecologist, with a dotted line to the Vice President of Boreal Conservation, and working closely with IAP’s Science Director, this position will help drive conservation outcomes for the boreal forest and the birds that depend on it by synthesizing, generating or facilitating development of information to support Indigenous protected area proposals. The candidate will also help identify opportunities to connect the work and findings in the boreal with Audubon’s annual lifecycle work across the Americas. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for communications with internal and external partners, research related to the global significance of the boreal forest, and coordination of science and monitoring projects with Indigenous groups. Essential Functions Coordinate the provision of technical, science, and spatial information on boreal conservation values including birds, other wildlife, carbon, ecosystem intactness, aquatic features, and others. Create written narratives describing those values in compelling ways in support of Indigenous government proposals for new Indigenous Protected Areas. Provide expertise on issues of importance in the Boreal Forest biome and communicate information to internal and external partners. Support and help produce novel spatial and/or quantitative analyses concerning the global significance of the boreal forest and issues of importance for conservation planning. Share results of scientific analyses in popular and academic publications, meetings, briefings, and other venues. Coordinate with IAP’s Science Director to connect the work to Audubon’s annual lifecycle initiatives throughout the Americas. Qualifications and Experience Master’s Degree (Ph.D. preferred) in avian ecology, biology, wildlife or natural or environmental sciences, or other natural resource conservation-related disciplines. Experience may be considered in lieu of education. 2-3 years applied experience in the conservation field. Excellent GIS skills, particularly with ArcGIS products. Research experience in avian ecology; knowledge of the boreal forest and its ecology a plus. Demonstrated ability to: manipulate data and script analyses in R, Python, and/or another statistical software; clearly frame research questions, design studies, and implement analyses Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to communicate science content to diverse technical and non-technical audiences. Advanced writing skills and experience writing scientific papers for popular and academic publications. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other scientists and stakeholders in co-produced analyses, reports/publication, and visualizations. Technically savvy, to include proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and comfort using web-based engagement systems. Experience engaging and elevating voices, ideas, needs, and concerns of communities of color and other people historically marginalized in America and the conservation movement. A self-starter who can think creatively about connections among birds, places, and people. A demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary team to achieve high-impact collaborative results. Willingness to travel every few months, mainly to Canada, as COVID-19 guidelines allow. Preferred location is Maine; working remotely is also an option.
  11. M.S. opportunity Evaluating Wintering Waterfowl Habitat Use on Wetland Reserves Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle School of Renewable Natural Resources Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Start Date: Fall 2021 Project Description: This project will use an unmanned aerial vehicle and thermal imaging camera to assess wintering waterfowl habitat use of wetland reserve easements in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The goal is to develop best practices for detecting and counting ducks in the bottomland hardwood forests that characterize this region. This will in turn improve the capacity for land managers to evaluate waterfowl responses to WRE restoration efforts. There are both substantial field data collection and laboratory data analysis components to this project. The student can expect to work long hours in challenging conditions across the MAV geography during fall and winter. The student will work closely with biologists from Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Joint Venture on project implementation, and the student is expected to produce peer-reviewed publications in collaboration with research partners. The student will also have regular interactions with private landowners and state biologists, and the ability to work efficiently and diplomatically with others is paramount. Student stipend is $32,000 per year with full tuition waiver. The student can anticipate ~$4,000 in annoying annual fees at LSU, which can be partially defrayed with departmental and other scholarships. Qualifications: Applicants must have a B.S. in wildlife biology/ecology or commensurate experience, and the LSU requires a 3.0 GPA. Successful applicants typically achieve ~300 combined GRE score with ≥4 in writing. Applicants with experience operating UAVs and familiarity with image-recognition software will be particularly competitive. Applicants from groups that are underrepresented in the natural resource profession are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a clean driving record. As a single combined .pdf, please send a detailed cover letter, CV (with references), and unofficial transcripts/GRE scores to: Dr. Kevin Ringelman [SUBJECT]: MAV student search kringelman@agcenter.lsu.edu Review of applications will begin immediately, and I anticipate filling this position no later than mid-July. More information on current projects at LSU can be found at https://faculty.lsu.edu/ringelman/index.php.
  12. https://journalstar.com/news/local/education/he-just-loved-sharing-knowledge----family-colleagues-remember-renowned-ornithologist-paul-johnsgard/article_3c14ada2-fa51-5892-9031-8269b72bf149.html Paul Johnsgard, the renowned ornithologist who authored more than 100 books on birds, ecology and natural history, remained a prolific writer until his death Friday. The emeritus professor of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who was known to birdwatchers worldwide as an authority on cranes and pheasants, was 89. With his latest book — "S Is for Sandhill: A Crane Alphabet" — hot off the digital press in April, Johnsgard spent Monday and Tuesday last week reviewing proofs of his final book, which will be published later this summer. Ann Bouma, Johnsgard's daughter, said her father was "always busy, always going, always active, even up to his last few months." "He just loved sharing knowledge and his wonder of birds with others," said Bouma, who also teaches at UNL. "And he was always trying to expose more and more people to the idea of nature." Through his love of birds, especially sandhill cranes, Johnsgard became an ambassador of sorts for Nebraska, accompanying the likes of nature photographers Tom Mangelsen and Joel Sartore and primatologist Jane Goodall on excursions to the Platte River to watch the annual migration. Johnsgard was especially revered among ornithologists, according to Larkin Powell, a wildlife ecologist and author at UNL, and perhaps more recognizable — at least globally — than anyone else in the state. Powell said he's grown accustomed to seeing Johnsgard's books on the shelves of scholars in different countries, and said the man and the place are routinely connected in conversation. Paul Johnsgard's luck-filled life of birds, adventures and love of Nebraska's prairies "I think he's known by more people around the world as a University of Nebraska faculty member than anyone else," Powell said. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, on June 28, 1931, Johnsgard attended junior college in Wahpeton before transferring to North Dakota Agricultural College, which is now North Dakota State University. After earning degrees in botany and zoology, he completed a master's degree at Washington State and a Ph.D. at Cornell before accepting a faculty position at UNL in 1961. Over a 40-year career, Johnsgard earned each of the university's highest honors for distinguished teaching, outstanding research and creative activity, and was recognized by numerous scientific and conservation groups. Daughter Karin Johnsgard, of Maryland, said her father "embodied the stereotype of an absent-minded professor" absorbed in his work, caring little for clothes or cars, using the spring and fall equinox as a reminder to schedule one of his biannual haircuts. If he had little time for material things, Karin Johnsgard said, her father made up for it by his commitment to "observing nature faithfully" — noting how many primary feathers a specific species of bird has, or how its song differs depending on its geography. "The details mattered, and it was important that things be faithfully recorded," she said. Powell said Johnsgard was a skilled artist and photographer in addition to being a prodigious writer with a talent for reaching new audiences. His "Wildlife of Nebraska," a tome on 600 species native to the Cornhusker State, could be used by anyone, from fifth graders writing a report to professional ecologists, Powell said. "It had just an incredible amount of detail, and he was the one who knew that stuff and took the time," Powell said. "I don't know what drove him specifically, other than he just really loved sharing that information." When he wasn't in the field or at the writing desk, Johnsgard took on the role of "conservation activist," working with former Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers on bills to protect mountain lions and prairie dogs, and once scheming to thwart the creation of a prairie chicken hunting season in Southeast Nebraska. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois, and three of his four children, Johnsgard was constantly trying to instill a love of nature in the next generation, his daughters said. Growing up, Bouma and Johnsgard said their father would haul the family into the wild on trips where they could observe nature up close, taking great care to explain the natural cycles of the world. Often, he talked about the sandhill cranes in geologic terms, explaining how the birds had journeyed through Nebraska for millions of years, and would do so for millions of years to come. "For him it was the continuation of life that goes on," Bouma said.
  13. https://www.nrem.iastate.edu/ We are seeking applications for 1-2 Master’s of Science graduate assistantships to work together on a collaborative research project between Ducks Unlimited and Iowa State University examining wildlife use of wetlands created or restored for water quality in Iowa. The students will work together on the project examining wetland use among breeding ducks, marshbirds, and other wetland-dependent birds in Iowa wetlands during two summer field seasons in 2022 and 2023. Field work will involve surveying wetlands with point count surveys and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to document breeding birds and sampling wetlands to assess a range of biotic and abiotic characteristics. The student(s) will work collaboratively as part of a team in the field and supervise a field technician to form a 2-person sampling crew. The assistantship at Iowa State University is under supervision of Dr. Adam Janke and will be supported by a combined teaching and research assistantship that provides a $24,000 per year stipend, health insurance, and a 50% tuition waiver. Applicants are sought to commence their studies at Iowa State University in the Fall of 2021, but those seeking a later start date on or before May 2022 may be considered. Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a BS in wildlife ecology or a closely related field. Good organizational skills, attention to detail, a strong work ethic, and excellent communication skills. Applicants with experience and skills in identification of wetland birds, sampling wetlands, experience with UAVs, and/or experience working with private landowners will be most competitive. Applicants should have a GPA ≥3.0 and a valid driver’s license (or ability to get one). Applicants from underrepresented or historically excluded groups are encouraged to apply. APPLICATION: Interested applicants should submit a pdf application packet via email to Dr. Adam Janke with the subject line “Wetland and waterbird MS project”. The application packet should include a letter of interest describing career goals and professional interests, a CV including cumulative GPA, unofficial transcripts, a description of any previous experience in wildlife conservation or research, and telephone and email contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. Contact Person Adam Janke Contact eMail ajanke@iastate.edu
  14. https://mailchi.mp/amplifythefuture.org/scholarship-for-birders-in-stem
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