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  1. Full announcement, attached. Announcement-final-2.pdf
  2. As of June 2, 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes our current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.* Free access to the NAP online content supports the mission of NAP--publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council--to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. In 1994, we began offering free content online. Before today's announcement, all PDFs were free to download in developing countries, and 65 percent of them were available for free to any user. Like no other organization, the National Academies can enlist the nation's foremost scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts to address the scientific and technical aspects of society's most pressing problems through the authoritative and independent reports published by NAP. We invite you to sign up for MyNAP --a new way for us to deliver free downloads of this content to loyal subscribers like you, to offer you customized communications, and to reward you with exclusive offers and discounts on our printed books. Sign up now. It's quick, easy, and free. Sincerely, Barbara Kline Pope Executive Director for Communications and The National Academies Press *There are a small number of reports that never had PDF files and, therefore, are not available for download. In addition, part of the "Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals" series is not available in PDF. Future titles in this series will also not have PDFs associated with them.
  3. In the United States and in Canada (and other countries as well), biologists cannot conduct research on live vertebrates without obtaining approval of their research protocol from their institution's Animal Care and Use Committee. But who are these people? Who gave them this authority? What are the standards by which they are assessing your research protocols? What do you need to know to make the process go smoothly? These questions and more will be answered at a conference organized by the Ornithological Council and the American Society of Mammalogists on Animal Welfare Act Compliance in Wildlife Biology. The conference will be held 26-28 October in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More details about the conference and the registration website can be found here: http://mysite.verizon.net/iacuc101/ We hope to have a good turn out of ornithologists, as this will be a great opportunity to not only learn more about the system but also to interact with the "powers that be" in the federal research and grant-making agencies that actually do make these rules! We will have representatives from the Animal Care program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the USDA (you know - the people who are actually writing the new regulations for birds), the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science (the people who write "THE GUIDE" - aka the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, otherwise known as THE BIBLE to your IACUC members), the American Veterinary Medical Association (which publishes the euthanasia guidelines), along with representatives of AAALAC International, the private accrediting organization that assesses the animal care programs at research institutions. Please contact Ellen Paul for further information. This post has been promoted to an article
  4. 4th International Sea Duck Conference, Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. September 12-16th. Want to learn more about sea ducks in Alaska and across the globe? Then join scientists from around the world for a stimulating and educational conference on sea duck conservation and research. The Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) has helped sponsor a North American Sea Duck Conference once every three years since 2002. These conferences provide opportunities for researches and managers to share information and research results, conduct workshops on specific issues, and to hold related meetings. Field trips to Kenai Fjords are available as well as an evening of entertainment by Mr. White Keys! - www.seaduckconference.com - Contact: info@seaduckconference.com
  5. Waterbirds, the International Journal of the Waterbird Society, is seeking a new Editor. The position announcement is posted in the Ornithological Jobs forum.
  6. Well known conservationist dies Published: 6:38PM Sunday April 10, 2011 Source: ONE News Kakapo - Source: NZPA Conservationist Don Merton has died in Auckland. The 72-year-old was well-known for his work with the kakapo recovery programme and in saving the Chatham Island black robin from extinction. Forest and Bird executive member Peter Maddison says without Merton the unique native New Zealand birds would probably be extinct. "He was a guru of the conservation movement," said Maddison. Merton, who was born in Devonport in Auckland but later moved to Gisborne, started work with the then Wildlife Service when he was 18. He quickly recognised the devastating impact rats and other introduced pests could have on native birds and worked to eradicate pests from many New Zealand offshore islands. Overseas conservationists recognised his talents and recruited him to help remove pests, especially on islands in the Indian Ocean. He retired from the Department of Conservation in 2005. Copyright © 2011, Television New Zealand Limited. [if you haven't read The Black Robin....you should]
  7. CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species, rewarding the best thesis of conservation relevance for migratory species with - 10,000 Euros For details, see http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2010/07_jul/nw_120710_CMS_Thesis_Award.htm Deadline for application is 15th of April 2011! In addition, we had several requests of extending the conditions for the acception period of the thesis to 4 years, which means that theses finished between May 2007 until April 2011 are eligible, to give those who (nearly) missed the last contest a chance. Please help us to spread the word, by forwarding our link, or by putting up a printed version of the announcement poster, which you can enlarge by a simple mouseclick, at your university or research station. Note that application is open for everybody and not bound to CMS member states citizens! Good luck, and hoping to hear from you, yours sincerely Klaus Riede PD Dr. Klaus Riede Global Register of Migratory Species - www.groms.de Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig Adenauerallee 160 53113 Bonn GERMANY - phone +49-(0)228-9122234
  8. The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is hosting two linked workshops in the summer of 2011 in our purpose-built facilities at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The aim of these workshops is to train participants in the latest methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys, including line and point transects. The workshops are taught by leading researchers in the field, using industry-standard software. The first workshop (30 August - 2 September) will run at an introductory level, and will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as described in the standard reference book "Introduction to Distance Sampling." The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use the program "Distance." Participants will gain a solid grounding in both survey design and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys. Note this year we have moved the 'automated survey design' topic out of the advanced workshop into the introductory workshop. The advanced distance sampling workshop (5-7 September) will include advanced treatment of: incorporating covariates in detection function modelling, analyses in which detectability on the transect line is not assumed to be perfect (the so-called g(0) problem) and spatial (or density surface) modelling. The aim of this workshop is to bring participants up to date with the latest developments in distance sampling methods and software. It is also an opportunity for those actively engaged in the design, analysis and execution of distance sampling surveys to discuss common issues and problems, and set future research directions. The workshop will be a combination of lectures and computer sessions, with considerable time for discussion. For both workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their data. Computer sessions take place in our modern computer classroom (attached to the seminar room); participants can use our computers or bring their own laptops. Additional details regarding the workshop can be found at our website http://www.ruwpa.st-and.ac.uk/distance.workshops/distance2011/workshop_overview.html -- Eric Rexstad Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling University of St. Andrews St. Andrews Scotland KY16 9LZ +44 (0)1334 461833 The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532
  9. BRADLEY LIVEZEY died in a car accident February 2011. He was curator of Birds at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His research focused on flightless birds and on using genetic analysis to study the evolution of birds, among other things. A seminal paper he authored in 1986 led to classifications of birds adopted by many field guides and books on waterfowl. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Grieves the Loss of Brad Livezey The first thing most of his friends and colleagues mention is that Brad Livezey loved birds. The renowned ornithologist died on the morning of February 8, 2011, in a two-car collision caused by icy road conditions near his home in Wexford, PA. He was 56 years old. Brad Livezey grew up mostly in Chicago and had already expressed an interest in birds at a young age. He completed two Masters’ degrees—one in wildlife ecology, one in mathematics—and earned his Doctorate at the University of Kansas in 1985. He came to Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1993 as Associate Curator of Birds, and was awarded full curatorship in 2001. During that time, he served as the museum’s first Dean of Science. Sam Taylor, former director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, stated, “Brad’s intellectual capacity was profound. In his role as first Dean of Science, he set standards for scholarship and curatorial review that are still employed today.” Brad’s contributions to the science of birds already border on legend. He was generally considered to be the world authority on the osteology—the study of skeletons—of birds. Perhaps his greatest legacy is the Higher-Order Phylogeny of Modern Birds, co-authored over the course of ten years with associate Richard Zusi of the Smithsonian Institution. This research opus analyzes more than 2,700 bird “characters”—traits such as beak shape, relative wing proportions, and feather characteristics—to create the most comprehensive bird classification scheme known to science. Brad was also one of the first researchers to embrace the concept that birds shared their evolutionary lineage with dinosaurs. Brad was an expert in systematics, the study of the diversification of life and the relationships among living things past and present. His research focused on the subdisciplines of phylogeny, the study of how groups of organisms are evolutionarily related, and morphology, the study of the form and structure of organisms. He was one of the top experts on the topic of waterfowl, generating seminal research on flightless species beginning with his 1986 publication on steamer-ducks. In a statement, Zhe-Xi Luo, PhD, longtime friend and former curator at the museum, affirmed that Brad’s work on how so many birds lost their capacity for flight is one of the finest examples of using phylogeny to understand the pattern of evolution. “Brad’s morphological studies on the relationships of all families of birds are all-encompassing and exhaustive in detail, and intellectually enriching. To me, Brad’s monographs on phylogenetic relationships of bird families are the best example of scholarship in morphological studies. But this is not just my view—Brad’s works are universally appreciated, and praised by his colleagues worldwide. His work is truly the most influential and profound work in bird systematics.” Beyond his scientific accomplishments, Brad was known to be very private but fiercely loyal to his work and to his loved ones. His closest friends tended to be people he had known since high school, and he was devoted to his dog, Bailey, a rescued Corgi. Brad was also a serious photographer who declined to move into the digital era, opting instead to stay with the traditional film format. When it came to birds, Brad was passionate about sharing information on his research and on ornithology in general. Stephen Rogers, collection manager of the department of birds which Brad helmed, teases that “there are 9,000 bird species, and Brad had an opinion on about 10,000 of them.” Brad’s encyclopedic knowledge of birds stemmed not only from interest in their evolutionary relationships, but from simple fascination with the beauty in their details, down to the tiniest feather. He was an avid birdwatcher, and enjoyed many birdwatching trips with his brother, Kent. Brad’s love of all things avian led to various collaborations with Carnegie Museum of Art. He was enthusiastic when asked to lend his expertise to exhibitions such as 2011's The Art of Structure, for which he collaborated on displays revealing relationships between the forms of eggshells and modern, thin-shelled architectural structures. The Museum of Art’s Curator of Education Marilyn Russell praises Brad for “going way out of his way” to support the recent Fierce Friends exhibition showcasing animals in art. Brad was very serious about bringing science to the public—he recorded entries for the exhibition’s audio guide interpreting artworks from a scientific viewpoint, an interdisciplinary approach that greatly appealed to him. At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Brad worked closely with the team that created the film OvirapTour for the museum theater. OvirapTour detailed the evolution of Anzu wyliei currently being studied by Carnegie Museum scientists. He was also a stickler for accuracy. Marilyn Niedermeier, an assistant to the museum’s bird banding program, laughed through her tears at the memory of how Brad’s colleagues would rib him with such witticisms as “dodo bird” (it’s really just “dodo”) and “seagulls” (it’s technically just “gulls,” some of which happen to live near the sea). In the same vein, Brad was known to challenge colleagues to strive for the highest possible level of scholarship. John Wenzel, PhD, director of the museum's environmental research center Powdermill Nature Reserve and Brad’s friend of more than 30 years, says that Brad was his “favorite intellectual sparring partner....Most people don’t think at that level.” Brad’s brand of heated collegial give-and-take was sometimes intimidating but was always in the interest of furthering the research that he loved. John Wible, PhD, curator of mammals, says, “My own research on understanding the evolutionary implications of mammal skeletons owes a debt to the high standards of Brad’s research.” Brad Livezey’s unfailing commitment to detail in both his life and his work led to his reputation as one of the best scientists in his—or any other—field. His legacy of scientific excellence, collegiality, and personality is indelibly etched upon this institution, and he will be deeply missed. As museum colleague John Rawlins, PhD, curator of invertebrate zoology, laments, “There is no one else like him in our era.”
  10. RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – 5-9 Oct 2011, Duluth, Minnesota. The Natural Resources Research Institute and Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will host the 2011 RRF conference in Duluth. Co-hosts include Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and Duluth Audubon. Organizers: Dr. Gerald J. Niemi, (University of Minnesota-Duluth), Dr. Matthew Etterson (US EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division) and Julie O’Conner (Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory). Contact: JULIE O’CONNER (EM: RRFinDuluth@aol.com, PH: 218-348-2291). This post has been promoted to an article
  11. 4TH WESTERN HEMISPHERE SHOREBIRD GROUP CONFERENCE – 11-15 Aug 2011, Vancouver BC Canada (URL: http://www.sfu.ca/biology/wildberg/4WHSG/4WHSG.htm)
  12. RAPTOR WORKSHOP: Accredited through University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point--Two 5-day workshops entitled "Introduction to Raptor Field Techniques" will be held in Stevens Point, WI by Eugene Jacobs of the Linwood Springs Research Station and Loren Ayers of the Wis. Dept. of Natural Resources. Session #1 6-10 Jun 2011 and session #2 20-24 Jun 2011. Receive first hand experience working with: live raptors, capturing, handling, banding techniques, broadcast call surveys, tree climbing, rappelling, blood sampling and more. Cost is $435 and space is limited, so register early. For more information and a registration form visit (URL: http://www.RaptorResearch.com)
  13. Depending on your country of citizenship (i.e., what passport you hold) you may also need a visa to enter Canada. Start here: http://www.cic.gc.ca...t/apply-who.asp This is the list of countries: http://www.cic.gc.ca...visit/visas.asp These are the exemptions: http://www.cic.gc.ca....asp#exemptions Applications are here: http://www.cic.gc.ca...t/apply-how.asp
  14. Even if traveling from the United States, and even if traveling by car, you must have a valid passport to enter Canada. You also need a valid passport to return to the United States. http://www.consular....requirement.asp http://www.dhs.gov/f.../travelers.shtm There are other documents, known as Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative complaint documents that may be acceptable: http://www.cbp.gov/x...n/ready_set_go/ But may as well get a passport... http://travel.state....sport_1738.html
  15. Please join us at the 2011 AOU annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, July 24-29 (see fully active website at http://www.birdmeetings.org/aou2011). The conference is located in one of the easiest cities to get to in the east, with excellent connections by air, rail and road. The meeting will be in the four-star Jacksonville Hyatt Regency, right on the river, where we have negotiated nightly rates of $109 single or double. The scientific program is filling fast, with symposia on Global Change, Avian Use of Second Growth Habitat, and Scrub Jays, as well as workshops on Teaching with Bird Data, and Assessing Landscape Connectivity for Birds. We also have plenary speakers each day, and will hold simultaneous oral platform sessions as well as an evening highlighting poster presentations. Jacksonville is known for great music, fresh seafood, and miles of the best beaches in the hemisphere. There are lots of places to eat both in the hotel and nearby on the Riverwalk. We have a full social schedule planned with kayak races on the river, Quiz Bowl, Ostrich Uproar 5k run, evening socials and the Awards Banquet. This part of the world offers immediate access to some of the most stunning coastal and wetland habitat in the southeast. Field trips during and after the meeting will highlight seabirds of the Gulf Stream, salt marsh and coastal habitats, and longleaf pine communities. The Call for Abstracts is active--deadline for receipt is May 1, 2011. Students, take note of the opportunities for travel and presentation awards on the website. Take advantage of the lower early registration costs (ends 26 June) and get yourself signed up for what promises to be an excellent and stimulating meeting. For more information about AOU 2011, please email aou2011@sgmeet.com.
  16. The Wildlife Services program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA has a federal advisory committee. For a number of years, the Ornithological Council has nominated ornithologists to serve on this committee and twice, ornithologist Clait Braun has chaired the committee. The National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (the Committee) advises the Secretary of Agriculture on policies, program issues, and research needed to conduct the Wildlife Services program. Wildlife Services (once known as Wildlife Damage Control) provides federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist. WS conducts program delivery, research, and other activities through its Regional and State Offices, the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) and its Field Stations, as well as through its National Programs. See: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/ Think: Double-crested Cormorants and other bird species that affect aquaculture, Monk Parrots, blackbirds, vultures, airport wildlife hazards...Wildlife Services is the agency charged with dealing with these issues. They have an operational branch and a small but stellar research program in Ft. Collins, Colorado (the National Wildlife Research Center: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/nwrc/index.shtml). If you are interested in serving, please contact OC Executive Director Ellen Paul at ellen.paul blank verizon.net Nominations are due by April 12. This post has been promoted to an article
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