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  1. Wind energy is an important technology as society moves toward identifying green sources of energy. However, wind turbines can cause a negative impact on local wildlife, including bird and bat fatalities, which occur when they collide with rotating turbine blades. In a recently released study, “Eagle fatalities are reduced by automated curtailment of wind turbines,” in the Journal of Applied Ecology, researchers from The Peregrine Fund, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc., and the U.S. Geological Survey, tested an automated computer vision system called IdentiFlight. This system is designed to
  2. Wilson Ornithological Society is accepting nominations for our 2021-2024 Councilor class. Every year 3 new councilors are elected to three year terms where they serve along with the WOS Executive Committee to lead and manage the society. Nominations of self or others are welcome. Nominations need to include the person’s name, affiliation, email address and a short description of their work, and can be sent to Joel Ralston (jralston@saintmarys.edu) by February 1st, 2020.
  3. Announcing the 2021 Wilson and AFO joint meeting to be held in conjunction with the Northeast Natural History Conference. 15-18 April https://www.eaglehill.us/NENHC_2021/NENHC2021.shtml Proposals for workshops, sessions, special events now open! Deadlines: Feb 24 for workshops, special events. Deadline for organized sessions: Jan 29. Guidelines here: https://www.eaglehill.us/NENHC_2021/callforsessions.shtml
  4. Whether you are Canadian, American or from somewhere else, you are receiving this email because I know you to be someone who cares about wildlife! For the last five years, I have been heading a national team of folks who wish to see the Canada Jay anointed officially by our federal government as our country’s national bird. While the bird was proclaimed the winner of the ‘contest’ run by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society four years ago and despite the fact that many Canadians now consider it to be our national bird, we have thus far not been able to convince the federal government t
  5. Official NABC Bird Banding Workshop Description: NABC is back at Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society, located in the mystic Maya Mountains of Belize, this course is sectioned into two stages. Workshop: Takes place 21-25 March 2021, arrival on 20th March, departure 26th March. Composing of primarily field-based instructions, which includes recapping the understanding of Plye, molt strategies, mist netting, bird extraction, processing, banding and principled ethics of the NABC. Certification: Takes place 26-27 March 2021, arrival 25th March, departure 28th March.
  6. As a Biological Science Technician (Avian), you will work to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats. Multiple positions will be hired; most will involve extended remote field work conducting seabird monitoring. Responsibilities Assist in conducting wildlife surveys by counting various species and keeping detailed and accurate field reports. Tabulate field data. Prepare graphs, tables, habitat maps, etc. Maintain field camps and equipment. Travel Required 76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position. http
  7. Baylor prof Fred Gehlbach, last of 'old-time naturalists,' dies at 85 Fred Gehlbach, a longtime Baylor University biology professor, died this week after a lifetime sharing his explorations of owl behavior and the hidden connections of nature with students, readers and the Waco community. Gehlbach, 85, died Monday after several years of declining health. Gehlbach was known primarily as an ornithologist and a leading expert on Eastern screech owls, winning a special award this year from the World Owl Hall of Fame. He studied a single colony of screech owls for more
  8. They accidentally included the period in the link. Copy and paste the link, delete the period, it will work.
  9. Who We Are The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally focused institution for research, training, and public communication relating to birds and biodiversity. The Lab of Ornithology is home to a vibrant community of several dozen postdoctoral researchers working across all six centers, and we strive to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for this community that fosters personal growth and career advancement. Within the Lab of Ornithology, The Center for Avian Population Studies (CAPS) carries out the Lab’s mission to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity
  10. How a scientific spat over how to name species turned into a big pl... https://phys.org/news/2020-07-scientific-spat-species-big-nature.html Home / Biology / Ecology JULY 27, 2020 How a scientific spat over how to name species turned into a big plus for nature https://phys.org/news/2020-07-scientific-spat-species-big-nature.html by Stephen Garnett, Les Christidis, Richard L. Pyle and Scott Thomson, The Conversation Taxonomy, or the naming of species, is the foundation of modern biology. It might sound like a fairly straightforward exercise, but in fact it's complicated
  11. Dr. H. Ross Hawkins June 9, 1939 to July 9, 2020 We are saddened to announce the death of Dr. H. Ross Hawkins. Ross was in Hospice of the Valley for five days in Scottsdale, Arizona, and died at 81 of complications from an aortic aneurysm. Ross lived a ‘hummingbird-inspired’ and ‘joy-filled’ life. As Founder and Executive director of the International Hummingbird Society headquartered in Sedona, Arizona, he touched many lives in the community with his unwavering enthusiasm for and deep knowledge of hummingbirds. This wealth was shared through the seven years
  12. For several years, word has been circulating about an international effort to reconcile the differences among various taxonomic checklists of birds. In response Frank Gill and David Donsker initiated discussions amongst the various checklist compilers on the possibility of developing a single, consistent checklist of all the birds of the world. As the IOU notice explains, "The International Ornithologists’ Union (IOU) has formed the Working Group on Avian Checklists (WGAC) with a broadened purpose and function. Its primary purpose will be to produce and maintain on the IOU website an ope
  13. NEWS RELEASE (from The Peregrine Fund) For immediate release, 17 June 2020 To save a species from extinction we must know that it exists Boise, Idaho - A new study shows that there is substantial disagreement among scientists on the number of species of birds, which prevents accurate decision making for prioritizing conservation efforts. The study, “Toward reconciliation of the four world bird lists: Hotspots of disagreement in taxonomy of raptors,” uses birds of prey as an example for why this problem requires immediate resolution. Birds of prey represent approximately 5.5% of
  14. 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. Late last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) analyzing their proposed rule to limit the reach of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by exempting incidental take (or unintentional killing or harming) of birds. The Ser
  15. Nominees Sought for Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council to Promote Technology Innovation in Wildlife and Habitat Conservation May 12, 2020 Contact(s): Laury Marshall, 703-589-6947, Laury_Parramore@fws.gov The U.S. Department of the Interior seeks experts and leaders in wildlife and habitat conservation technology to advise the Secretary of the Interior as part of the newly formed Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council. The Council, established under the 2019 John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, will act as a catalyst for
  16. From The Ibis: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ibi.12822?fbclid=IwAR0nsfy9G0r78EzfGAJqJUpxes3utTyygvYwuruCG7qwuAzU3iitB8I1tpc With the death of Colin Pennycuick on 9 December 2019 at the age of 86 years, the ornithological community has lost a doyen of avian biology whose passion for flying informed his pioneering research into avian flight for over five decades. His innovative studies, which famously include developing the use of wind tunnels for studying flight performance, led to him to describing key principles underlying the mechanics of flight. A leading author
  17. From Fred C. Schaffner: It’s taken me a long time to internalize this, and I can only offer my sincerest apologies to Heaven for delaying so long. Colin J. Pennycuick was the only true genius I have ever known and I cannot imagine meeting anyone of his calibre ever again. He was kind and patient with mortals like me, jovial, eccentric, and humble, sometimes hilarious, and always in good cheer. Often, we were the only ones in the room who understood one another’s jokes. I’ve tried to be as good a teacher and mentor as he, but matching his genius would be impossible. I had the honor of bein
  18. The NAOC Steering Committee has canceled the in-person North American Ornithological Conference planned for Puerto Rico this August, due to concerns over health and safety. In its place, there will be a scaled-down virtual NAOC, taking form to be held during the week of August 10th. https://naocbirds.org/ An Important Announcement 23 April 2020 After weighing a range of options due to our concern for the health and safety of our attendees and the people of Puerto Rico, the NAOC Steering Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person North American Ornitho
  19. In Memorium: Robert Charles Leberman (April 3, 1937 – March 10, 2020) by Robert S. Mulvihill Robert (Bob) Leberman passed away peacefully at his home at Powdermill Nature Reserve on March 10, 2020, after a courageous six-year-long battle with a rare “soft tissue” cancer, called leiomyosarcoma, which necessitated an above-the-knee amputation of his left leg. He was just a few weeks shy of 83 years old when he died. Born in Meadville on April 3, 1937, Bob was the second child of Charles and Mary (Nodine) Leberman. His surviving older brother is Ronald F. Leberman. The Leberma
  20. We hope you and your loved ones are doing well during this trying time. After much careful deliberation, the U.S. Geological Survey, Canadian Wildlife Service, and Mexican National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity have decided to cancel all North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) field activities for 2020. We would prefer to be in the field collecting BBS data this spring, however, potential exposure to the health risks and hardships of COVID-19 is too great. Furthermore, the suspension of nonessential travel and activities in many locales as well as diminished acces
  21. Yes and no. The worst problem - the fact that the system was telling you that no permit was needed - was partially corrected on April 4. At least now it tells you that "action is required." However, it still doesn't tell you what action or anything else. It says: "Uh oh, something's not right. This request has not yet been defined in this assistant and documentation may or may not be required. Please use the Contact Us link on the page for guidance." Moreover, they have still not added the definitional categories (such as Avian, all - research) and "various countries." Bott
  22. As of 29 May 2020, Ornithological Council executive director Ellen Paul will be leaving the organization. Taking her place will be Laura Bies, formerly the director of government affairs at The Wildlife Society. The Ornithological Council will, as of June 1, become a half-time entity for the foreseeable future, so please be patient if you do not receive immediate responses. Please be sure to take note of the contact information for Ms. Bies: laurabiesoc@gmail.com
  23. Updated 4/1/2020 Organizers of NAOC 2020 continue to monitor developments related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) outbreak and potential impact on global travel to Puerto Rico. We are tracking information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization to guide our action, as well as the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. While no official decision to cancel the meeting has been made at this time, society leaders and NAOC organizers are considering various options available to us, including converting some aspects of the conference
  24. The joint conference between the Raptor Research Foundation and the Neotropical Raptor Network originally scheduled for October 2020 is now postponed to October 2021. RRF and our co-hosts at The Peregrine Fund carefully considered the health, financial, and logistical challenges of organizing and hosting a conference during the coronavirus pandemic. While October 2020 seems like a long time away, the planning for this meeting had a tight timeline to ensure we could host a large number of registrants from outside the United States. Many factors went into this decision including the unknown
  25. 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. The comments (attached here) filed by the Ornithological Council pertain to the NEPA Scoping notice and not the actual proposed regulation. That proposed regulation comprises policy only; it does not entail any scientific information or analysis. As an organization representing scientific so
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