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  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-47515175 The building may have been insured but the family that lives there and runs the observatory lost everything. If you want to help, there is a gofundme here https://www.gofundme.com/helping-the-parnaby-family-after-bird-obs-fire?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_postdonate_r&fbclid=IwAR0yJcl0i5M7Sysgv3SKXV06cf6f3ONPsm6wWPIsBqEJiOy6Cq_WIgp-CXE
  2. The Waterbird Society is pleased to announce that its 43d annual conference and general meeting will be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The university is located in Princess Anne, Maryland. Please mark the dates on your calendar: Registration opens: May 1 Abstract submission opens: May 1 Arrive, Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 6 Paper Sessions, Posters: Thursday, November 7 - Saturday November 9 Special all-day event for the Waterbird Society Diversity Program: Friday, November 8 Closing Banquet: Saturday November. 9 The conference website is under construction so please check back for additional information. In the meantime, if you have not already done so, it would be exceptionally helpful for planning purposes if you would answer a very short, two-question survey to indicate your interest in attending and to gauge the need for various transportation options. Please note that the call for symposia has already been issued: The Waterbird Society is calling for anyone who would like to propose a Symposium or Workshop for this meeting. A symposium may be a full day (~14 presentations) or half day (7 presentations). Likewise, workshops can be a full day, half day, or a couple of hours. Please direct any questions about symposia and workshops to Dave Moore (dave.moore2@canada.ca; proposals due by 01 May, 2019).
  3. UPDATE 11 Feb 2019: The government's brief supporting its motion to dismiss the case was to have been filed by 22 Feb 2019. However, on 3 Jan 2019, the court ordered that the Government's reply in support of its motion to dismiss, however, remains STAYED consistent with the Chief Judge's order, unless funding was restored to the Department of Justice by January11, 2019. If funding is restored by January 11, 2019, then the Government's reply brief remains due on February 22, 2019. Of course, funding was not restored by 11 Jan 2019. The court further ordered that if funding for the Department of Justice was restored after January 11,2019 (which it was) then the Government's reply brief will be due seven weeks after the funding is restored. As funding was restored on on 25 Jan 2019, the government's reply brief would be due on or about 18 March. It remains to be see how a second shutdown would affect this schedule, but presumably, the time for the reply brief would again be stayed and the remaining four weeks would begin to run when the second shutdown ends.
  4. In Memoriam: Tom J. Cade Ph.D. 1928 – 2019 Founding Chairman BOISE, Idaho – On a spring day in 1980, Dr. Tom Cade climbed into a Peregrine Falcon nest box on top of a release tower in Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Just a couple of years earlier, Tom’s team of biologists and falconers had bred, raised, and released the falcon pair that now raised their own family on this tower. These two birds were part of a nationwide recovery program for the species. Peregrine Falcon populations had declined drastically in the 1950s and ‘60s due to the widespread use of DDT – a pesticide that interfered with calcium metabolism and caused birds to lay very thin-shelled eggs that would crack during incubation. By 1970, Peregrine Falcons were extinct in the eastern United States and fewer than 40 pairs were estimated to remain in the west. Dr. Cade, an ornithologist and lifelong falconer, was acutely aware of this decline and worked with others across the nation to ban the use of DDT and develop a recovery plan for our nation’s fastest animal. Tom marked one of the proudest moments of his career atop that tower in the spring of 1980. That’s when he discovered three young nestlings—some of the first Peregrine chicks produced in the wild in eastern North America since the 1950s. Looking back on the day, Tom recalled, “I then understood that recovery of the Peregrine would be an accomplished fact in a few more years.” He was right. In August of 1999, Tom stood on stage with then-Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to officially declare that the Peregrine Falcon was recovered in North America and had been removed from the Endangered Species List. To this day, it’s considered among the greatest conservation success stories of all time – Tom would refer to it as an effort of “teamwork and tenacity.” In saving the Peregrine, Tom co-founded a non-profit conservation organization to effectively manage the financial support being offered by the public. Called The Peregrine Fund, this organization grew to become much more than he originally envisioned, and over the past five decades has worked with more than 100 species in 65 countries worldwide. Many species such as the Mauritius Kestrel, Northern Aplomado Falcon, several species of Asian Vultures, California Condor, and more are thriving today because of work The Peregrine Fund and its many partners have undertaken. Dr. Tom Cade passed away today at age 91 years. “The world of wildlife conservation has lost a pioneer and champion today,” said The Peregrine Fund’s President and CEO, Dr. Rick Watson. “Tom fought for Peregrines and practical conservation solutions, and mentored generations of passionate individuals. His reach extended around the globe to inspire raptor research and conservation on virtually every continent and on behalf of hundreds of species.” “While we are devastated by his passing, we are uplifted knowing his legacy lives on in this organization, and among his many students, friends, followers, and supporters. We’re grateful Tom continued to travel, write, practice falconry, and visit with the staff up until his last days. His advice, conviction, and gentle presence will be sorely missed.” “Our thoughts are with Tom’s wife and devoted partner, Renetta, and their children and grandchildren in this time of loss.” Since his first ornithological survey of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea in 1950, Tom’s passion for natural history and his professional career spanned nearly seventy years. It involved teaching at Syracuse University and Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York, post-doctoral research on desert birds and raptors in southern Africa, starting the Peregrine breeding program at Cornell University, co-founding and leading The Peregrine Fund, and researching the critically endangered Mauritius Kestrel. The Board and staff of The Peregrine Fund mourn the loss of their co-founder and mentor, one of the world’s most visionary conservationists and widely respected scientists, Professor Tom Cade.
  5. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/523073100 Summary This position serves as a Staff Biologist in the Branch of Conservation Science Policy, providing technical support on biological issues related to at-risk species; and to provide policy interpretation to a variety of sources, both within and outside the Fish and Wildlife Service on matters relating to the conservation of species subject to international trade. Responsibilities Implements programs to protect and enhance the conservation status of species trade in conjunction with Federal or state agencies or private non-profit conservation organizations. Prepares biological findings which reflect the best available information on the biological status of the species and threats to their survival. Writes assessments of species: status and threats to their conservation that address laws, international treaties, and U.S. regulation requirements. Responds to written inquiries from the public. Ensures public involvement in decisions by preparing and publishing notices in the Federal Register. Responds to inquiries about sensitive issues related to international wildlife trade including correspondence, briefing papers, and technical communications regarding U.S. laws and regulations. Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 12 Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply) Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation May be required to successfully complete a probationary period Qualifications Only experience and education obtained by 02/15/2019 will be considered. Education Requirement: Basic Requirements for this position: You must meet A or B below to qualify for the position. A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled.OR­ B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources; OR at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wild land fire management, forestry, or agriculture course work equivalent to a major field of study plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences; agriculture, or natural resources. You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements: One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade level (equivalent to at least the GS-09) in the Federal government or private sector. Examples of experience may include: evaluate biological findings in manuscripts, proposals, and study plans, articles for publication in scientific literature, and presentations at professional meetings; apply animal and/or plant ecology and biological conservation principles to find solutions to complex conservation issues for species subject to international trade; and monitor species status and wildlife trade data species subject to international trade to prioritize conservation action; OR A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources; OR A combination of education and experience as listed above. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts. PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html Additional information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. A PCS move is not authorized. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information. Read more How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to coordinate projects and provide technical assistance/support. In depth professional knowledge of the Endangered Species Act (which includes CITES), the Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA), and other laws, treaties and agreements pertaining to the international trade in wildlife and wildlife products in order to evaluate biological and trade data on select species; to review resolutions and decisions adopted by the parties; and to provide policy recommendations for U.S. delegations to CITES meetings. In depth professional knowledge of the theories, principles, concepts, and methods of wildlife biology and wildlife management; and knowledge of habitat, status, ecology, conservation of wildlife species in order to provide program support and monitoring of biological and trade data on select species, review potential impact of project proposals, and other CITES related assessments. Ability to interpret and support the implementation of conservation policies related to CITES and to provide policy recommendations. All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Best Qualified Well Qualified Qualified The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.Read more Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Other Drug test required No Help Required Documents To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes: Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk Other supporting documents: Cover Letter, optional Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.) If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.) If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. How to Apply Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/15/2019 to receive consideration. To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application. Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process. You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information. Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section. To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10413339 To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/. Close Agency contact information Ryan Myers Phone (703) 358-1743 Email ryan_myers@fws.gov Address Division of Human Resources Division of Human Resources 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS-BPHC Falls Church, VA 22041 US
  6. Roger B. Clapp, an ornithologist who spent many years in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, passed away on 24 December, 2018. A fellow of the AOU, Clapp co-authored the Birds of North American account for the Grey-backed Tern (Onychoprion lunatus). As a undergraduate at Cornell, Clapp studied under Charles Sibley and traveled with classmates as early as his freshman year to collect eggs for Sibley's egg-white protein studies. After graduating, Clapp conducted work with the Smithsonian Institution's Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, circa 1962-1969, where he banded pelagic birds at sea. Clapp served as a museum specialist in the Curatorial Project of the Biological Survey Unit of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and assisted with the curation and management of the North American Bird Collections.
  7. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Update 30 Jan 2019 on BIRD BANDING PERMITS: We are advised by the BBL that the backlog of work awaiting them upon return from the shutdown return is daunting. Permit renewals were the #1 priority for the BBL permit office. The BBL staff has completed that task for the permits that expired in December/January and should have the February permits (that we have received) renewed before the end of the week. Any bander with a permit that expires in February or March should request renewal before Feb. 15 in case of a second shutdown. The BBL is turning its attention to the other permit related requests and will plow through that backlog as fast as week can, prioritizing those banding activities that are planned to start within the next month or so. They should be caught up with the band order requests by early next week. Operationally, the banding community should not experience many problems for ongoing operations as a result of the shutdown. They should be caught up before the activities for the 2019 field season crank up in May/June unless they experience another shutdown in mid-February.
  8. https://www.newsweek.com/bird-deaths-collision-nyc-buildings-time-warner-center-new-york-city-debora-1294801?fbclid=IwAR3KtMkGiEj7RRt6PHT3yfzj8S-UXLjq5rHm9bi_LKtXoWgoyTPW7fJpPBg Glick, who represents some bird-collision hot spots in both Lower Manhattan and Greenwich Village, last year introduced a bill that called for every building construction project in New York City to establish “bird collision deterrent safety measures” and use “bird-safe building materials and design features.” Its measures call for premium materials such as ultraviolet treated or fritted glass (the near-invisible porcelain ball patterns that birds can detect) when applied from the ground level to 50 feet high, where most collisions occur. Screens or netting are other makeshift ways to cut down on “one of the largest threats to bird populations in New York City.” Once introduced, Glick’s feather-friendly bill gained sponsors, but failed to pass. On Jan. 9, the unflappable legislator reintroduced the bird-saving bill. On her second try, Glick believes the country’s biggest city will do the right thing and own up to its environmental hazards. The bill still demands that any building that undergoes construction or reconstruction work “shall be designed to comply with bird collision deterrent safety measures.” That includes incorporating glass that is essentially bird-splat proof and approved by the division of migratory bird management in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We would like to require the city of New York to have bird deterrence and bird-safe glass in all new constructions and major renovated buildings,” she said. State Assembly Member Steve Englebright, who reps Suffolk County on Long Island and chairs the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation, last January re-introduced the “bird-friendly building council act." Unlike Glick’s bill, there was no binding ultimatum forcing the city’s building projects to adopt bird-friendly measures. Instead, Englebright’s bill proposed an 11-15 member “Bird-friendly building council” to establish rules and criteria to “reduce or eliminate bird mortality from building collisions. After the council conferred, recommendations would be sent to the governor, the Senate majority leader and the speaker of the assembly “for their consideration of being codified in state law.” Englebright attempted to get the bill passed three previous times without success, an aid confirmed.
  9. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. As the shutdown drags on, some of you may be concerned about the fact that your MBTA permits are expiring. You need not worry because 50 CFR 13.22 expressly authorizes continuation of the permitted activity but ONLY IF: § 13.22 Renewal of permits. (a) Application for renewal. Applicants for renewal of a permit must submit a written application at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the permit. Applicants must certify in the form required by § 13.12(a)(5) that all statements and information in the original application remain current and correct, unless previously changed or corrected. If such information is no longer current or correct, the applicant must provide corrected information. (b) Renewal criteria. The Service shall issue a renewal of a permit if the applicant meets the criteria for issuance in § 13.21(b) and is not disqualified under § 13.21(c). (c) Continuation of permitted activity. Any person holding a valid, renewable permit may continue the activities authorized by the expired permit until the Service acts on the application for renewal if all of the following conditions are met: (1) The permit is currently in force and not suspended or revoked; (2) The person has complied with this section; and (3) The permit is not a CITES document that was issued under part 23 of this subchapter (because the CITES document is void upon expiration). Therefore, if you wish to take advantage of this provision, go ahead and file your application to renew. No one will be there to process it (unless DOI accedes to the request made by the Ornithological Council to allow the MBTA permit staff to return to work) but you will have satisfied the requirements of this provision. We encourage you to send the renewal application by FedEx so you will have proof of the date sent. Note that if you fail to comply with these conditions, your renewal application could be denied. If your animal use protocol is up for renewal, you may want to provide this information to your IACUC. The Ornithological Council will post the information on the IACUC Administrator's listserve.
  10. The Director for Migratory Bird Conservation Policy is charged with leading Audubon’s efforts to develop and advocate for policy solutions that conserve migratory birds with a focus on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and migratory bird conservation funding programs. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Conservation Policy, they are a member of the National Audubon Society’s policy leadership team and will closely collaborate with state and national leadership across the country. Within their area of responsibility, the Policy Director is responsible for monitoring, coordinating, developing, and negotiating policy positions; supporting state and national policy and program staff; and leading Audubon’s engagement with outside stakeholders including state and federal decision makers, coalition partners, and a wide range of affected interests from agriculture to the energy industry. This work includes proactively communicating issues and positions through earned and social media, and helping attract resources to support this important work. Areas of Responsibility Develop and advance policy priorities to defend and achieve policy solutions under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as other funding and other opportunities to advance migratory bird conservation in collaboration with the Senior Vice President for Conservation Policy, the Chief Conservation Officer and other Audubon leaders as appropriate. Support the implementation of the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Implementation plan and the Pacific Shorebird Management Plan by developing shared policy agendas in concert with partner organizations and help advance those agendas. Oversee planning and implementation of key policy campaigns working with communications, campaign, program and policy staff at all levels of the organization. Responsible for driving goals and strategy, framing policy positions, staying abreast of legislative or administrative developments, and drafting supporting materials such as briefing papers, talking points and comment submissions. Negotiate policy outcomes with administrative or legislative decision makers as well as important conservation agreements with industry partners. Represent Audubon within coalitions that advance assigned policy priorities. Develop and maintain productive relationships with key elected and agency officials and staff. Manage consultants retained for lobbying, policy work, or other technical expertise. Coordinate and support any litigation on policy priorities within the Policy Director’s portfolio. Provide real time content in support of Audubon policy objectives for web and social media platforms; be active in the communication and dissemination of Audubon objectives and successes in the policy arena. Serve as a visible ambassador for Audubon, engaging key stakeholders including government officials, major funders, business leaders and the media to advance conservation efforts. Other duties as assigned. Educational Background Post-secondary degree in law, environmental policy, or related field required. Skills/Experience 7-10 years’ progressive professional experience, to include 5+ years working on policy and government relations related to wildlife conservation in business, government or the non-profit arena. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. Demonstrated expertise with wildlife and environmental laws, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Experience with other wildlife and environmental laws and policy, including federal land management authorities and compensatory mitigation policy, is preferred. Successful track record working in, federal, state, and local governmental processes especially with state and federal wildlife agencies and congressional committees with jurisdiction over these issues. Experience working to advance grassroots issue-based advocacy campaigns is preferred. Strong understanding of current policy trends in wildlife, environmental protection, and land conservation, and experience applying this knowledge to policy advocacy and implementation strongly preferred. A self-starter who is able to prioritize multiple simultaneous projects and complete work with minimal supervision while meeting deadlines. Technically savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability synthesize and interpret technical information for various audiences, including the grassroots network, decision makers and the news media. Superior interpersonal skills – a leader that is seen as effective organizational ambassador in order to cultivate relationships with partners, government officials, donors, and the public. Willingness and ability to travel regularly across the state and elsewhere as needed, some weekends and evenings required. Knowledge of and deep interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society. How to Apply https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3732/director%2c-migratory-bird-c...
  11. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the oldest and largest member-supported raptor conservation organization in the world, has selected acclaimed raptor conservationist Dr. Laurie Goodrich as its next Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science. The decision follows an extensive international search to replace Dr. Keith Bildstein, who retired last year. “Laurie is exceptionally qualified and her skill set is multi-dimensional and cuts across our organization. She has the ability to resonate with supporters and translate complex conservation issues into workable solutions,” says President Sean Grace. “The staff, board and volunteers are proud to have her lead the Sanctuary’s world-class scientific research and training programs,” he adds. Goodrich has worked in virtually every aspect of conservation at Hawk Mountain, from overseeing its long-term migration counts, to directing its education program and developing the first education plan, to conducting scientific research and publishing more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. She helped to raise and steward more than $1 million in grants or gifts for conservation science and education, including a transformational gift of $500,000 to expand raptor conservation education, and more than $2 million for land conservation. Now, she looks forward to expanding on that work. “Hawk Mountain has a unique opportunity to collaborate with talented scientists around the world, expand our education programs to encourage raptor conservation globally, and build even stronger partnerships with our friends in the field,” Goodrich says. “This work will benefit raptors, and when raptors do well, so do the people who enjoy watching them,” she adds. Goodrich is considered exceptional in her ability to bring people together to foster successful long-term conservation. Locally, she launched the collaborative Pennsylvania Farmland Raptor and The Broad-winged Hawk research projects, and globally, she co-founded the now world-famous, million-raptor conservation site at the River of Raptors in Veracruz, Mexico. Working with colleagues at the Hawk Migration Association of North America, HawkWatch International, and Bird Studies Canada, she helped develop the award-winning Raptor Population Index Project, and contributed heavily to The State of North America’s Birds of Prey, the first comprehensive analysis of raptor populations across the continent. Combined, she has coordinated the work of dozens of volunteers, trainees, and graduate students, and interacted with countless citizen scientists. Goodrich joined the Sanctuary in 1984 as the first full-time research biologist and over the next decade launched long-term research on the effects of forest fragmentation on songbirds and co-published Hawk Mountain’s first scientific paper on raptor migration trends. In 1996, she planned and supervised the Sanctuary’s baseline biological inventory and in 2000 co-wrote the first Hawk Mountain Land Management Plan, a document that continues to guide land use and protection work. From 2010 through 2014, she served as interim Director of Education, overseeing Hawk Mountain Raptor Challenge initiative to successful completion as well as on- and off-site programming. She co-wrote the first-ever Hawk Mountain Education Plan, oversaw the first Raptor Educators Peer Workshop, and supervised the design and installation of exhibits in the newly renovated and expanded Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building. As director for all Sanctuary stewardship, Goodrich spearheaded big wins for land conservation, including a recent grant of more than $850,000 to protect 77 acres of prime farmland in the shadow of Hawk Mountain. Last year, she led a three-year project to protect the majority of the Sanctuary’s landholdings through conservation easement, work that ultimately will result in an estimated $1 million in carbon credit revenues over the next five years. With an MS in Ecology from Rutgers University, Goodrich earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from the Pennsylvania State University on the stopover behavior and ecology of autumn-migrating raptors. Her independent research helped identify the Kittatinny Ridge as a critical resource to avian migrants. She serves on the board of the Hawk Migration Association of North America and is a past board member of the Raptor Research Foundation and the Wilson Ornithological Society. She serves on the Pennsylvania Ornithological Technical Committee, is scientific advisor for the Pronatura Veracruz River of Raptors, and is an elected member of the American Ornithological Union. A volunteer for more than 15 years with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, she has served two townships in various planning boards or conservation committees. Laurie has received numerous awards for professional excellence, including from the Hawk Migration Association of North America, the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology, Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, the Pennsylvania State University, and Pronatura Veracruz. “Today, threats to raptors are more complicated than when Rosalie Edge purchased the Sanctuary to stop the shooting of migrating hawks,” Goodrich says. “I believe Hawk Mountain conservation science working with education can significantly advance global raptor conservation,” she adds.
  12. The reception of proposal for workshops, round-tables and symposiums for the XI Neotropical Ornithology Conference are open from January 7th to February 28th. Information about the requirements can be found here: http://congresoavesneotropicales.com/participacion/ The conference will be conducted in San José Costa Rica from July 28th to August 2nd, 2019. Hola a todos, La recepción de propuestas para talleres, mesas redondas y simposios para el XI Congreso de Ornitología Neotropical estan abiertas del 7 de enero al 28 de febrero. La información sobre los requisitos de como enviar sus propuestas se encuentra en este link: http://congresoavesneotropicales.com/participacion/ El congreso se relazará del 28 de Julio al 2 de agosto de 2019 en San José, Costa Rica. Los esperamos Luis Luis Sandoval, Ph.D. Escuela de Biología Universidad de Costa Rica Costa Rica
  13. Fred C. Zwickel was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1926. He completed B.Sc. (1950) and M.Sc. (1958) programs in Wildlife Biology at Washington State University and began studies of Blue Grouse in 1953, while employed as a wildlife biologist with the State of Washington Department of Game (1950–1961). A return to school in 1961 brought him a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of British Columbia (1965), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Nature Conservancy (Unit of Grouse and Moorland Ecology) in Scotland, one year in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, and 18 years in the Department of Zoology at the University of Alberta. Population studies of Blue Grouse have been the main focus of his research since 1953, principally in coastal British Columbia (since 1961). A monograph on the biology and natural history of Blue Grouse, in collaboration with J. F. Bendell, was released in 2004. In 2013, the British Columbia Field Ornithologists awarded Dr. Zwickel the Steve Cannings Award for his decades of work on the Blue Grouse complex
  14. Doug James, a fellow of the American Ornithological Society and infamous organizer of the annual All-out Ostrich Uproar fun run held at that society's meetings, passed away at his Arkansas home on 17 December 2018. In 2014, he was the recipient of the William and Nancy Klamm Service Award Committee. This award honors the memory of extensive service and commitment to the society shown by Bill and Nancy Klamm, who generously supported the society with both their time and a substantial financial bequest. From the obituary published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Doug received a Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1946, a Masters degree in 1947, and a PhD at the University Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1957. His graduate work focused on the ecology of roosting blackbirds under direction of avian ecologist Dr. S.C. Kendeigh. Doug began teaching at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1953 and was named University Professor of the Biological Sciences in 2004. At his retirement in 2016, he had become the longest serving professor in University of Arkansas history. During his career he taught as a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana (1970-1971), Nepal (1981-1982), and Belize (1988-1989). During his 64 years associated with the University of Arkansas, Doug taught courses including general biology, vertebrate biology, ornithology, mammalogy, animal behavior, and ecology. An authority in ornithology, he was the senior author on Arkansas Birds (UA Press, 1986). Doug mentored eighty-three graduate students: 53 master's and 30 doctoral students. He was author and/or coauthor of 114 scientific publications. Drafted during the Korean War, Doug served as a Research Associate in the US Army (1954-1956) in the Army Chemical Corps at Pine Bluff Arsenal (Arkansas), where he also conducted numerous bird research projects. Doug helped found the Arkansas Audubon Society in 1955 and the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust in 1972. Doug's students started the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society in 1978. He served on the board of the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association and endorsed protection of the forests on Kessler Mountain where he lived for many years. His involvement with the Ozark Society and protection of the Buffalo National River is recounted in the Battle for the Buffalo River, by Neil Compton. He also served as a general ecologist in the Division of Biomedical and Environmental Research for the US Atomic Energy Commission (1974-1976). Doug served as president of the Wilson Ornithological Society in 1977-1979. Doug's favorite bird family was the starlings: Sturnidae. According to Doug, "Starlings are so beautiful, there are so many species, they are so iridescent: they rival hummingbirds in colors." Doug loved marathon running, ballet, opera, hockey, art, all sports, and watched Babe Ruth play at Tiger stadium in Detroit. A lovely essay about Doug was written by his colleagues, Ragupathy Kannan (University of Arkansas at Fort Smith) and Kimberly G. Smith (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville).
  15. Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for an experienced crew leader to supervise five volunteer field technicians conducting surveys for Northern Goshawks. PROJECT DATES (tentative): June 5, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve training and supervising a survey crew conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for Northern Goshawks on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be off trail and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Closely coordinating all project activities with the Forest Service will also be required. Work will be physically demanding, involving off-trail hiking and exposure to hot weather. REQUIREMENTS: Previous raptor survey experience is required; previous supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to teach volunteers about Northern Goshawks and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: The crew leader is expected to provide her/his own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: This is an IBP seasonal staff position paying $3,000/month (before payroll taxes) but includes no fringe benefits. Free shared housing will also be provided. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
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