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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. https://mailchi.mp/amplifythefuture.org/scholarship-for-birders-in-stem
  12. Apply here. Position Summary The Director of Conservation will lead the development of landscape level conservation objectives for the implementation of Audubon’s priority conservation strategies in Vermont for the benefit of birds and the places they need to thrive. They will be responsible for leading the Vermont conservation team in achieving the science driven conservation objectives of the National Audubon Society (NAS) with a particular focus on working lands and forests; specifically leading forest protection and stewardship efforts, as part of Audubon’s Healthy Forests Initiative. They will design and conduct programs aimed at engaging private, non-profit and forest owners and managers, both public and private, to promote sustainable forest management techniques that create habitat required by priority forest bird species. As Director of Conservation, they will work with other conservation leadership in the Atlantic Flyway. They will collaborate with natural resource agencies (federal, state, county, and municipal), and private conservation organizations, for successful implementation of their work across the landscape in Vermont and the Flyway. The Director of Conservation will work closely with national, flyway, and state fundraising, science, engagement, and policy teams to build sustainable income streams, engagement efforts, and conservation science strategies, and will support policy priorities to further Audubon’s conservation objectives in the region. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director for Audubon Vermont, the Director of Conservation will manage the conservation staff in Vermont, including tracking conservation activity and defining measures of success. They will develop funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and individuals. This role will also be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and managing the funding relationships with natural resource agencies at multiple levels of governance along with some funder and donor relationships as assigned. Essential Functions In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and implement conservation strategies for the benefit of birds in Vermont and the region. Working with the Executive Director and VT conservation team, design and direct the conservation programs in Vermont to be fully aligned with NAS’ strategic plan, maximizing Audubon’s impact by integrating work across the full suite of Audubon’s national and regional science, conservation, network, policy, and development teams. Lead efforts to identify, prioritize, and increase implementation of healthy forest practices in Vermont to restore, manage and protect habitat required by priority bird species. Support and oversee the work of the conservation team in other key areas including the protection of bird species of greatest conservation concern, and the implementation of the Bird Friendly Farming, and Birds and Watersheds programs. Further Audubon’s reputation through building partnerships and coalitions with a network of land and wildlife management agencies, NGOs, and community scientists. Oversee the incorporation of community science engagement in Audubon’s conservation work and the analysis of these data and those collected by Audubon staff to inform adaptive management strategies and understand outcomes of conservation action. Manage staff and engage volunteers, as needed, to implement Audubon’s conservation programs. Design, implement, and direct measures of success focused on birds and habitat across priority landscapes. Provide technical expertise related to birds and habitat in the region to internal and external audiences and partners. Research and secure public and private funding opportunities to support conservation programs. Support the Audubon Vermont Executive Director with development activities including solicitation of gifts and prospect development. Specific activities may include, but are not limited to, leading bird walks and giving presentations to existing and prospective donors. Coordinate with policy, education, and communications staff not under direct supervision to guide planning, monitoring, and conservation implementation in the areas overseen by Audubon Vermont. Integrate these efforts into Atlantic Flyway conservation plans and goals. Qualifications and Experience B.S. in ornithology, avian ecology, forestry, natural resources, conservation biology, wildlife management, or a closely related field required, Master’s or PhD degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. 10+ years of experience in natural resources management, biology, or related environmental or conservation work and at least 3 years of management experience, specifically leading professional teams. Licensed Vermont forester, or ability to become one, preferred. Knowledge of and ability to identify birds of Vermont and their habitat requirements, working knowledge of native plants and shrubs that support birds in Vermont, and understanding of conservation issues in Vermont. Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations. Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non‐technical audiences. Experience in project management including managing grants (writing proposals, coordinating with relevant funders, completing reports, and administering contracts), and stewarding other relevant projects. Experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, metrics, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners. Fundraising experience, specifically from public agencies and in conservation preferred. Experience working with public agencies (federal, state and local). Self‐motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non‐structured environment. Ability to traverse uneven and steep terrain in inclement weather while carrying field equipment with or without accommodation. Willingness to travel in cars, planes, boats and other vehicles. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, working knowledge of GIS technology preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation.
  13. Dear Colleagues, Most of you have probably heard about the explosive eruptions of La Soufriere Volcano on St. Vincent. They began on April 9th and have continued almost daily. The dome collapsed on April 12th and pyroclastic flows began. The volcano is decimating nearby towns, agriculture, and rivers, and has blanketed the entire country in ash. Right now the country is dealing with the humanitarian crises—evacuating people out of the danger zone and making sure that evacuees and all other residents have access to clean water and shelter. We have been in touch with several of our colleagues and all are safe, thank goodness. We don’t know how the threatened St. Vincent Parrot is doing and we don’t know what will happen with the volcano - it could continue to erupt for days or weeks. . . We have been in touch with a few international organizations that are all concerned about the parrot and other wildlife and also the Forestry Dept in St. Vincent. We will follow the Forestry Dept's guidance and directives on what help is needed and when. Everything is complicated and more challenging with covid! Today we launched a crowd funding page to raise money to assist with rescue and rehab of the St Vincent Parrot. Read more on the site: bit.ly/Volcano-Relief-StVincent-Parrot Dear Colleagues, Most of you have probably heard about the explosive eruptions of La Soufriere Volcano on St. Vincent. They began on April 9th and have continued almost daily. The dome collapsed on April 12th and pyroclastic flows began. The volcano is decimating nearby towns, agriculture, and rivers, and has blanketed the entire country in ash. Right now the country is dealing with the humanitarian crises—evacuating people out of the danger zone and making sure that evacuees and all other residents have access to clean water and shelter. We have been in touch with several of our colleagues and all are safe, thank goodness. We don’t know how the threatened St. Vincent Parrot is doing and we don’t know what will happen with the volcano - it could continue to erupt for days or weeks. . . We have been in touch with a few international organizations that are all concerned about the parrot and other wildlife and also the Forestry Dept in St. Vincent. We will follow the Forestry Dept's guidance and directives on what help is needed and when. Everything is complicated and more challenging with covid! Today we launched a crowd funding page to raise money to assist with rescue and rehab of the St Vincent Parrot. Read more on the site: bit.ly/Volcano-Relief-StVincent-Parrot See also text and photos on our blog, just published: bit.ly/St-Vincent-Parrot-Appeal-Blog Please donate if you are able! and please share the GoFundMe link with your networks. We shall keep you informed of news about the parrots and recovery plans. bit.ly/St-Vincent-Parrot-Appeal-Blog Please donate if you are able! and please share the GoFundMe link with your networks. All the best, Lisa Sorenson Executive Director Birds Caribbean
  14. Description The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based out of the University of Florida in Gainesville and oversees several ongoing wetland-related research projects. We are seeking a highly motivated technician to assist with monitoring of Snail Kites in Florida. The fieldwork involves the extensive use and operation of airboats. Applicants must be willing to work long, flexible hours while maintaining a positive attitude in a hot, humid environment; some days involve working from sunrise to sunset. All of the necessary training will be provided, including airboat operation and maintenance. Duties include behavioral observations, nest searching, handling and banding snail kite nestlings, data entry and maintenance of field equipment and boats. Applicants must be able to get in and out of boats in deep water, walk up to .3 miles through water, and lift 50lbs. Salary: $12/hour + housing. Housing will be provided at 3 Lakes Wildlife Management Area Kenansville, FL. Applicants should be comfortable living in a field house with other coworkers. Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife, or a related field. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license. Ability to comfortably band and handle wild raptors is preferred, but not necessary. Ability to navigate and comfortably use GPS units is also preferred. This position starts ASAP and continues until June 30, 2021. Interested persons should send a resume with a cover letter and contact information for three references to Brian Jeffery (bjeffe01@ufl.edu). Contact Person Brian Jeffery Contact eMail bjeffe01@ufl.edu
  15. Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) Population Ecology and Interactions with Shorebirds on Fire Island, New York Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Many studies have shown that predation is a key determinant of piping plover reproductive output, and predator management often is used to improve piping plover breeding success. The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a key predator in a number of piping plover nesting areas. Despite the recognition that predator management is an important part of piping plover management along the entire U.S. coast, there still are many gaps in our knowledge of the foxes, fox responses to management, and the effects of foxes and fox management on piping plover habitat use and reproductive output. In order to effectively and efficiently design long-term red fox management, monitoring is needed to 1) assess the abundance and reproductive success of red foxes on Fire Island, especially as the population recovers from a recent mange-related decline, and 2) quantify the interactions between red foxes and piping plovers. We will use track and scat surveys, and camera monitoring of discovered dens, to accomplish these objectives. The technician will join this collaborative project overseen by Drs. Sarah Karpanty, Jim Fraser, and Dan Catlin and project manager and research scientist, Katie Walker. This individual will work collaboratively with this Virginia Tech team, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, New York State, and county and local governments in the study area. This individual will also join a collaborative team of other students, technicians and post-docs at Virginia Tech in the labs of the PIs. For examples of ongoing projects, see http://vtshorebirds.fishwild.vt.edu. Duties: Activities will be conducted between 1 April-August 30th annually. Start date in 2021 is negotiable. $560/week, or higher based on experience, plus free housing. Pay is negotiable based on experience and/or if person has own local housing. Work will involve surveying for fox individuals, dens and scat; analyzing fox scat; assessing habitat; collaborating and assisting on piping plover field work including trapping, banding and resighting piping plovers, nest searching and monitoring, and brood monitoring; operating trucks, boats, and UTVs. Fieldwork involves long hot days, early mornings and nights. Candidate must be able to work as part of a team and independently, and keep a positive attitude through long field days (up to 12 hrs/day and 6 days a week). Incumbent will live at a field site on the south shore of Long Island during which time housing will be provided unless other local housing is available. This will be an excellent project for someone wishing to make a research contribution to basic science and, simultaneously, to the design of predator management and avian conservation strategies. The field team and program will follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols, including pre-season quarantine, mask wearing, social distancing, and pod-style living if sharing of housing is necessary. Qualifications Qualifications: B.S. in Wildlife Science, Ecology, Conservation Biology or closely allied field. Previous field experience required, preferably with carnivores. Experience with tracking canids and camera-trapping preferred. Demonstrated ability to get along with cooperators including USFWS, US Army Corps of Engineers, state and local authorities. Willingness to work long hours in the hot sun in remote conditions. To apply: email C.V., 1 page letter of application, degree title and GPA for all degrees, and names and contact information for 3-4 references including at least one academic reference. Finalists will be asked to participate in a phone interview. Send information to Katie Walker, Li.pipingplover@gmail.com . Candidate selection will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. We recommend applying as quickly as possible. Contact Person Katie Walker Contact eMail Li.pipingplover@gm
  16. https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/post-doctoral-researcher-florida/ I am seeking applicants for an 18 month post-doctoral fellow position at the University of Florida in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation program and the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, to start in May 2021 (or soon thereafter). The Post-doc will primarily focus on developing a prioritization plan for the US Fish and Wildlife southeast regional bird conservation effort. In response to recent published research that North America has lost up to 3 Billion birds in the last 50 years the FWS wants to design a plan for prioritizing migratory bird conservation actions and research. Our focus is on developing a framework to categorize public trust bird species into conservation classifications, and for developing plans to improve conservation status of public trust species. The work will primarily involve using the tools of structured decision making to understand FWS objectives and design value functions that assess alternative management strategies. Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in Wildlife Conservation, Ecology, Decision Science or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with elicitation and facilitation experience and some knowledge or experience with Structured Decision Making. For more information regarding the position, please contact Conor P. McGowan, conor.mcgowan@ufl.edu. Qualifications: Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in Wildlife Conservation, Ecology, Decision Science or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with elicitation and facilitation experience and some knowledge or experience with Structured Decision Making. Contact: Conor McGowan Phone 3343294480 Email conor.mcgowan@ufl.edu
  17. The artificial light at night Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for processing, analyzing, and synthesizing radar, community science, and remote sensing data through peer reviewed publication on the impacts of artificial light on migration bird land use and flight patterns. The post-doc will work closely with PI Horton (CSU) and Co-I Henebry (Michigan State University). Lead the primary organization, processing, and integration of weather surveillance radar and community science data. Facilitate the linkage of these data layers with remote sensing products in an effort to characterize land-use (and airspace use) patterns of migratory birds – particularly in regard to artificial light pollution. The post-doc will focus on urban centers (~120) from the Central Flyway of the United States. Required: 1. Ph.D. degree in a pertinent biological, remote sensing, or computer science field by start date of position. 2. Must also have demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in the areas of ecology, quantitative ecology, remote sensing, or movement ecology. 3. Demonstrated competency in statistical modeling, proficiency in R coding, extensive experience in remote sensing, and ability to handle and organize large datasets. Preferred: 1. Experience working with weather surveillance radar data and processing. 2. Experience working with Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) reflectance imagery. 3. Experience in movement ecology with an emphasis in bird ecology. 4. Demonstrated experience working in collaborative research settings. More info and to apply: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/84238
  18. The Guigueno Lab is seeking a post-doctoral fellow with excellent leadership and communication skills, and a passion for animal cognition and neuroscience research on birds. Position is fully-funded for one year, with a chance of renewal. Responsibilities will be split between research and lab managerial duties. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens/permanent residents and/or applicants with skills in unbiased stereology and immunofluorescence. Indigenous, visible minorities, first-generation students and women applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Start date is flexible (1 May 2021 – 15 June 2021). Applications will start being reviewed on March 31, 2021. If you are interested in joining the lab, please send an e-mail with the following items: 1) A cover letter explaining why you want to join our team 2) Your updated C.V. 3) Your unofficial university transcripts Also, please familiarize yourself with information on the following McGill web pages: - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding) - Department of Biology (https://www.mcgill.ca/biology/)
  19. APPLY VIA THIS WEBSITE. STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS. THE POST BELOW IS NOT A COMPLETE ANNOUNCEMENT. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/593639900# As a Wildlife Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following: Provides support for and oversight of seabird monitoring and data management activities throughout the USFWS Pacific Regions. Builds partnerships within the seabird conservation community, including USFWS and other organizations, other federal and state agencies, and entities contributing to seabird conservation by promoting understanding of and support for seabird inventory and monitoring initiatives, programs, and issues. Provides assistance and directly develops seabird survey projects that collect data as well as supports their data management, data visualization, data analyses techniques, and related topics. Works with USFWS programs in the Pacific Regions to identify seabird survey needs as well as work with conservation organizations and other federal and state agencies to identify role of the Refuge System within national seabird monitoring initiatives. Coordinates seabird survey activities throughout a vast geographic area that encompasses Pacific regions of the USFWS. Effectively communicates program planning, work priorities, and scientific accomplishments to an array of constituents using a variety of communication tools and techniques. Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov. Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply). Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation. Driver?s License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure. Firearm: for Alaska locations: Selectees will be required to carry a firearm in the performance of your duties. Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required. Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period. Qualifications Only experience and education obtained by 03/12/2021 will be considered. In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification. Basic Requirement: Degree: biological science that included: -At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and -At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and -At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. OR Combination of education and experience: equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Minimum Qualification [GS-0486-12] One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-11 in the Federal service. Experience may include; creating and maintaining partnerships within the USFWS and with Federal, State, Universities, tribes and other NGOs to design and coordinate surveys and associated data management and develop collaborative projects to ensure effective and coordinated bird monitoring programs that support planning and implementation in a management decision making process.. OR Basic education requirement. OR A combination of education and experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the requirement 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). 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Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements 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. 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  20. Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate Salary: GS-12 salary (approx. $87,000/year) with benefits Location: Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD Performance Period: 13 months, renewable up to 4 years conditional on funding Application Deadline: March 19, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found Position Summary: USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge (formerly, the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate with interests in population modeling, decision analysis, dynamic optimization, and migratory bird management. Incumbent will develop and evaluate novel approaches for management decision making for dynamic systems, with a focus on waterfowl harvest management. Fish and wildlife systems are undergoing rapid, uncertain, but inevitable changes due to global climate change. As a result, the best available science and empirical observations of the past may represent conditions that have little relevance to future conditions. However, under the current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adaptive harvest management decision framework for North American waterfowl there is an assumption of system stationarity, i.e., that the underlying population dynamics, while possibly stochastic, are nevertheless time-invariant. Waterfowl are susceptible to climate change through their dependence on coastal and inland wetlands, and new demographic models indicate complex, nonlinear relationships between climate and density in waterfowl populations. We seek to determine the properties of optimal time-dependent adaptive resource management policies when natural systems are undergoing non-stationary system change. The proposed work will have both targeted effects on waterfowl harvest management in North America and broad theoretical implications in considering non-stationarity in natural resource management. This work will bring visibility and a theoretical framework to dynamic decisions made in the face of climate change, a topic that is deeply relevant to present environmental management but that is largely lacking from current applications in natural resource conservation. Incumbent will work closely with a team of quantitative ecologists with USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center and the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management Branch of Assessment and Decision Support. They will also participate in a Powell Center Working Group focused broadly on developing guidance for time-dependent natural resource management in the face of system change. Qualifications Minimum Requirements: 1. Ph.D. in biology (wildlife), ecology, or related field, with a focus on quantitative methods in population ecology. 2. Applicant must have received PhD within the last 5 years. 3. Applicant must be a US citizen. 4. Proficiency with computing platforms, including R and MATLAB. 5. Familiarity with concepts of decision analysis and wildlife population modeling. Desired Abilities: Competitive candidates will have a strong background in decision analysis and population modeling. Strong programming skills are required, including proficiency with R or similar platforms for data manipulation and quantitative modeling, and proficiency with MATLAB or similar platforms for dynamic optimization. The successful candidate will have excellent written and personal communication skills and demonstrated success in working closely with management agencies on applied questions in wildlife conservation. Application: Applicants should email: (1) a letter describing your background and interests – the letter should address specifically how the applicant meets both the minimum requirements and the desired abilities, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Michael Runge (mrunge@usgs.gov) and Dr. Anna Tucker (amtucker@usgs.gov). Please include “System change postdoc” in the subject line. For further information, contact: Michael Runge (mrunge@usgs.gov) USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708
  21. Matthew Halley is an evolutionary biologist, historian, and musician based at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANSP) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He has lived in many countries around the world and has taken expeditions to remote places in search of scientific knowledge. Matthew is a fifth-generation American, born in Pennsylvania and descended from German-Slovak immigrants. His ancestors were soldiers, coal miners, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. To His knowledge, I am the first ornithologist in my family tree. This website is a place where I compile the fruits of my academic and musical activities. His ornithology articles are terrific - fascinating, well-written, and truly worth your time. Like this: https://matthewhalley.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/who-was-the-first-non-male-american-ornithologist/ And this: https://matthewhalley.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/charlie-parkers-ornithology-played-by-an-ornithologist/ Or this https://matthewhalley.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/more-beards-of-american-ornithology-3/ Do yourself a favor - spend a few minutes, over your morning shade-grown coffee - wandering around Halley's musings.
  22. NASHVILLE-Martha Hays Cooper died peacefully at home in Nashville on Thursday, Feb. 4, after years of struggling with Alzheimer’s. “Ookie”was married to Rep. Jim Cooper for almost 36 years, mother of their three amazing children, Mary (Scott Gallisdorfer), Jamie, and Hayes, and grandmother of the incomparable Jay. Martha was born on Sept. 13, 1954, the second child of the late Dr. A.V. Hays and Dr. Martha Hays Taylor of Gulfport, Mississippi. Her siblings,Art Hays (Debbie) of Gaithersburg, MD, and Mary Hays Peller (Steve) of New Orleans,survive her. Martha graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1976 and from Mississippi State in 1980 with an M.S. in ornithology. Her first job was in a cubbyhole in the attic of the Natural History Museum, the Bird Division of the Smithsonian, staffing the first two editions of the million-selling National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. An adventuresome soul, Martha smoked cigars in swamps to repel mosquitoes, made lifelong friends in Buenos Aires, taught children and studied Puffins for the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, protected Least Terns on Gulf of Mexico beaches, camped in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and worked the Galápagos Islands for World Wildlife Fund,all while keeping an African-Grey parrot named Baroot in her kitchen. Martha lived in Georgetown and drove a 1971 Robin’s-egg-blue Volvo P1800E when she met Jim, the youngest congressman in the U.S., who proposed at a White House Christmas party. Part Audrey Hepburn, Ali MacGraw, and Penelope Cruz, Martha was wary of politics until she lived in Shelbyville with Jim’s mother for a few months in 1984 to manage Jim’s first re-election campaign. The experiment worked. They married on April 6, 1985,followed by the birth of Mary Argentine in 1990, John James Audubon in 1991, and Hayes Hightower in 1995.Martha loved Mardi Gras, Galatoires (“the big G”), hurricanes and snow,peonies, Little Cayman Island,Ernie Banks, homemade popovers, Radnor Lake, friends in the Query and Centennial Clubs, Aretha Franklin and Paul McCartney, Standard Poodles(Ruby, Sirius Black, and Romeo), Cicadas, golf, City House’s belly-ham pizza, families of Crows, Prince Charles, her Cardinal-red 2003 Mini-Cooper, and the Hermitage, serving as Regent of the Ladies’ Hermitage Association.Her favorite president was Barack Obama; favorite bird: Upupa epops. Martha’s charm and optimism were heroic, eclipsing her illness. She ALWAYS smiled and said thank you.She loved car travel; on bumpy roads she’d say “this makes me wiggle.”In recent years,she drew wobbly hearts on everything...with a Sharpie when she could find one.
  23. Memberships are *FREE* in 2021 to #BIPOC #LGBTQ & #Disabled community members! Membership benefits: - apply to student grants - access Picoides - meeting registration discount Apply here: https://hocking.biology.ualberta.ca/sco/
  24. PhD Research Assistantship: Applied Conservation and Management Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Project Description: A PhD research assistant position is available starting the Fall 2021 Semester to conduct research in applied conservation and management as part of the NOAA Firebirds project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The successful candidate will develop research projects within the following themes as a part of their doctoral dissertation: 1) conservation and ecology of rails, 2) habitat enhancement of high marsh ecosystems with prescribed fire, and 3) Structured Decision Making. The candidate will have the opportunity to narrow down specific research questions based on their interests. Research activities will be conducted from the INHS Forbes Biological Station and along the Gulf of Mexico Coast. Field activities will occur in Mississippi and Alabama, primarily, and will require the candidate to spend 3-4 months a year in the Gulf (Housing Provided). Additionally, as part of the NOAA Firebirds team, there will be opportunities for collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as professional development opportunities such as structured decision-making workshops. Further information about Forbes Biological Station and the NOAA Firebirds project can be found at: https://www.inhs.illinois.edu/fieldstations/forbes and https://noaafirebird.home.blog/ The student will be advised by Dr. Auriel Fournier (https://aurielfournier.github.io/), an Assistant Research Scientist and Director of the Forbes Biological Station at the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS; https://www.inhs.illinois.edu/) and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (nres.illinois.edu) and Dr. T.J. Benson (https://publish.illinois.edu/tjbenson/) Senior Wildlife Ecologist at INHS and Research Associate Professor in NRES. The Illinois Natural History Survey is one of five scientific surveys housed within the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and the successful candidate will pursue their degree through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at UIUC and the candidate must meet the minimum admission requirements of the NRES graduate program (https://nres.illinois.edu/graduate/apply). Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or related field. Competitive candidates will have an interest in learning or expanding their quantitative skills, an interest in applied conservation and management, and expertise or experience with wetlands, marsh birds, or prescribed fire would be beneficial. Boating skills would also be helpful. A collaborative, positive attitude and eagerness to learn new skills are necessary for the successful candidate. Salary and Appointment: This position includes a 50% research assistantship with a tuition waiver through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Application: Applications should be received by March 1, 2021 for consideration. Interested applicants should email a single PDF to auriel@illinois.edu that includes: 1) cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and if/how you meet the qualifications listed above, 2) CV, 3) GRE Scores, 4) names and contact information for three professional references, and 5) copies of unofficial transcripts. Please put “Firebirds PhD Application” in the email subject line and include your last name in all attached file names. Please also feel free to reach out to Dr. Auriel Fournier if you have additional questions or would like to schedule a conversation. The successful applicant will be expected to formally apply to the NRES graduate program at UIUC. All admission decisions must be approved by the NRES Director of Graduate Studies. Deadline to apply to NRES is May 15, 2021. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
  25. Dr. Gilbert L. Twiest, 83, of Shippenville, passed away at Indiana Regional Medical Center on Jan. 7, 2021. Born on April 23, 1937, in Muskegon, Mich., he was the son of August and Mildred Bond Twiest. He married Linda Dancz in 1958 and was married for 58 years. Gilbert received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Toledo. Gilbert was a faculty member of the biology department at Clarion University from 1968 to 1998 during which time he worked closely with educators and scientists. He was an active scholar and provided service to a great number of organizations as well as influencing thousands of his students throughout the years. He was president of the Council for Elementary Science International and was a founding member and board member from 1994 to 1998 of the North American Nature Photography Association. He was also a lifelong member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association, and active in the Audubon Society. Gil worked closely with the McKeever Environmental Learning Center, teaching courses, giving lectures and exhibiting his photography there. An avid birder, ornithologist and photographer, Gilbert published several filmstrip series in the 1960s and ’70s, and later had his photographs featured in a variety of periodicals, including several that were chosen for covers. He was also proud of a photograph in the Encyclopedia Britannica. He took great pride in his farm and worked tirelessly to keep it up. He was a renaissance man who taught both his sons construction techniques as well as plumbing and electrical skills. While on the farm, he built several pole structures with his sons. Gilbert also did woodworking and passed this hobby on to his sons. He enjoyed small-game hunting with the dogs he trained. Gilbert also had a great love of Chrysler automobiles. He attended the Hershey and Carlisle car shows for the past 30 years with friends and family while amassing a car collection of 20 vehicles. Gilbert and Linda, who was his lifelong companion in living life to the fullest, traveled the world birding, including trips to Brazil, New Zealand and Mexico. He traveled extensively, traveling to all 49 states by RV, often with his two sons in their motorhomes. The longest of these trips was to Alaska where he was accompanied by both of his sons and their families for major portions of the excursion. He valued family and family history and compiled books of letters, stories from his childhood and albums of pictures and gave them to his children and grandchildren. Gilbert is survived by his sons, Dr. Mark G. Twiest and his wife, Dr. Meghan Twiest, of Home; and Capt. Bradley J. Twiest and his wife, Tracy Twiest, of Slippery Rock; his daughter Suely AF Rodrigues and her husband, Luiz CD Silviera, of Sao Paulo, Brazil; his grandchildren, Burkely (Twiest) Gallo and her husband, Jed Gallo, of Norman, Okla.; Kylie Twiest and fiance Nick Steele, of Cranberry; and Ben Twiest, of Slippery Rock; and Marianna and Julia Rodrigues-Silveira, of Sao Paulo. He was preceded in death by his daughter Pam; his son-in-law David Emig; wife Linda; his parents; his brother Jack, of Muskegon; and sister Trudy, of Dayton, Ohio.
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