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Tim O'Connell

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  1. Job Duties and Responsibilities: OVERVIEW Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking experienced field technicians to conduct point counts throughout the Southern Great Plains, from northern Texas and eastern New Mexico up to the Nebraska panhandle for the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. These positions represent an excellent opportunity to explore the Great Plains on both public and private lands in a mix of grassland and shrub habitats including short- and mixed-grass prairie, mesquite bosques, and riparian systems while advancing avian conservat
  2. Mary was such a wonderful role model, mentor, scientist, conservationist, editor, human, etc. Those of us lucky enough to have had the chance to work with her in service to the Wilson Ornithological Society understand how much we benefited from her leadership and will much we will miss her friendship. We will be scheduling some time for a special remembrance of Mary at our joint annual meeting with the Association of Field Ornithologists in Cape May, NJ, 27–30 October.
  3. We from the apostrophe'd community can never celebrate the loss of one of our own. I, for one, will miss the plural possessive in the AOU.
  4. Did you know that the Wilson Ornithological Society maintains a guide to graduate programs in Ornithology? http://www.wilsonsociety.org/pubs/studies.html
  5. Hear, hear! These quantitative skills are not just the purview of theoretical ecology either. Even such basic endeavors as surveys (that now must account for detection probability) and nest success (that now must model daily survivorship) require a level quantitative savvy greater than I picked up 25 years ago. This means that it's not just academics who need these skills. The other revolution has been the rise in generalized linear modeling using AIC. I was 3 credits from a stats minor in grad school, but nothing I did prepared me to analyze data the way editors and referees expect it
  6. Outstanding plenary lecture from Don - informative and entertaining!
  7. Congrats to the winners and a round of applause for the judges!
  8. Even better - great idea Wil. Chris, is Wil's suggestion technologically feasible at this time?
  9. I had a discussion with a "young professional" tonight at the NAOC-V who expressed his disappointment that a workshop he attended didn't really train participants in the nuts and bolts of how to do a particular analysis technique that's very difficult to master on one's own. He throught the instruction followed the same tortuous path of most stats classes - emphasis on theory when what people really need to know is "how do I set up my data to make that graph"? He said that he wished someone at these meetings would just have a room with some computers set up and somebody there to just show yo
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