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  1. The preliminary program will be available on http://sco.biology.ualberta.ca/program.html very shortly. You can also follow along using the #SCO2013 hashtag on Twitter
  2. (le français suit) This is the third call for abstract submissions for the SCO - SOC Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 12 – 14, 2013. We welcome Canada’s ornithological community to enjoy plenaries, submitted oral and poster presentations, field trips and celebrations with us in the heart of Canada. For more information, please visit http://sco.biology.ualberta.ca/. Deadline for oral presentation abstracts: June 15, 2013 Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations to be included in abstract booklet and program: June 15, 2013 Deadline for poster presentations without inclusion in abstract booklet and program: July 11, 2013 (these posters will be presented in the poster room, and listed on a handout that is separate from the program) The theme for our conference is, “Should we conserve endangered species or endangered spaces?” While this will be the focus of our plenary presentations, we welcome abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations on any topic related to ornithological research in Canada. Submissions about bird species that occur outside of Canada are also welcome. Proposed oral sessions include but are not restricted to citizen science, conservation biology, behavioural ecology, landscape ecology, reproductive ecology, physiology and landscape genetics. Abstract information guide: Email abstracts to nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca by the deadlines outlined below. Abstracts, and text on PowerPoint slides, may be in English, French, or bilingual. We encourage bilingual presentations where possible. The oral component of the presentation should be in English. Please follow this format for submissions (maximum 250 words) in Times New Roman 12 pt: Preferred format: oral [or poster] Lockhart, J., and Koper, N. Assessing the relative effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on grassland songbird communities in southwestern Manitoba. Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba Contact information [optional]: nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca Grassland birds have declined more rapidly than birds of any other ecosystem … etc. To propose a workshop, please contact Nicola Koper at nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca. Ceci est le troisième appel de communications pour ce congrès annuel. Nous sommes heureux d’inviter la communauté des ornithologistes canadiens à assister aux présentations plénières et contribuer aux présentations orales ou par affiches, ainsi qu’aux sorties sur le terrain et autres activités avec nous en plein cœur du Canada. Pour plus d’informations, s’il vous plaît visitez http://sco.biology.ualberta.ca/. Date limite pour offre de présentation orale: 15 juin 2013 Date limite pour offre de présentation par affiche à inclure dans le recueil de résumés et le programme: 15 juin 2013 Date limite pour offre de présentation par affiche sans inclusion dans le recueil de résumés et le programme: 11 juillet 2013 (ces affiches seront présentées dans la salle prévue à cet effet, et listées sur un feuillet qui sera offert séparément au programme). Le thème de notre congrès sera « devons-nous protéger les espèces ou les espaces menacés? ». Les plénières focaliseront sur ce thème, mais nous attendons des offres de communications orales ou par affiche sur tous les sujets touchant la recherche ornithologique canadienne. Les offres de communications portant sur des espèces non canadiennes seront aussi bienvenues. Les sessions orales porteront de manière non exclusive sur la participation des citoyens à la science, la biologie de la conservation, l’écologie comportementale, des paysages, de la reproduction, la physiologie, la génétique des paysages. Guide de présentation des résumés: Envoyez votre résumé par courriel à nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca au plus tard aux dates présentées ci-dessous. Les résumés et le texte des présentations PowerPoint peuvent être en anglais ou en français. Nous encourageons les présentations bilingues, mais la portion orale des présentations doit être en anglais. SVP respecter le format suivant (maximum 250 mots) en Times New Roman 12 pt: Format préféré: oral [or poster] Lockhart, J., and Koper, N. Assessing the relative effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on grassland songbird communities in southwestern Manitoba. Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba Contact information [optional]: nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca Grassland birds have declined more rapidly than birds of any other ecosystem … etc. Pour soumettre un atelier, SVP communiquez avec Nicola Koper à : nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca
  3. (le français suit) This is the third call for abstract submissions for the SCO - SOC Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 12 – 14, 2013. We welcome Canada’s ornithological community to enjoy plenaries, submitted oral and poster presentations, field trips and celebrations with us in the heart of Canada. For more information, please visit http://sco.biology.ualberta.ca/. Deadline for oral presentation abstracts: June 15, 2013 Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations to be included in abstract booklet and program: June 15, 2013 Deadline for poster presentations without inclusion in abstract booklet and program: July 11, 2013 (these posters will be presented in the poster room, and listed on a handout that is separate from the program) The theme for our conference is, “Should we conserve endangered species or endangered spaces?” While this will be the focus of our plenary presentations, we welcome abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations on any topic related to ornithological research in Canada. Submissions about bird species that occur outside of Canada are also welcome. Proposed oral sessions include but are not restricted to citizen science, conservation biology, behavioural ecology, landscape ecology, reproductive ecology, physiology and landscape genetics. Abstract information guide: Email abstracts to nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca by the deadlines outlined below. Abstracts, and text on PowerPoint slides, may be in English, French, or bilingual. We encourage bilingual presentations where possible. The oral component of the presentation should be in English. Please follow this format for submissions (maximum 250 words) in Times New Roman 12 pt: Preferred format: oral [or poster] Lockhart, J., and Koper, N. Assessing the relative effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on grassland songbird communities in southwestern Manitoba. Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba Contact information [optional]: nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca Grassland birds have declined more rapidly than birds of any other ecosystem … etc. To propose a workshop, please contact Nicola Koper at nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca. Ceci est le troisième appel de communications pour ce congrès annuel. Nous sommes heureux d’inviter la communauté des ornithologistes canadiens à assister aux présentations plénières et contribuer aux présentations orales ou par affiches, ainsi qu’aux sorties sur le terrain et autres activités avec nous en plein cœur du Canada. Pour plus d’informations, s’il vous plaît visitez http://sco.biology.ualberta.ca/. Date limite pour offre de présentation orale: 15 juin 2013 Date limite pour offre de présentation par affiche à inclure dans le recueil de résumés et le programme: 15 juin 2013 Date limite pour offre de présentation par affiche sans inclusion dans le recueil de résumés et le programme: 11 juillet 2013 (ces affiches seront présentées dans la salle prévue à cet effet, et listées sur un feuillet qui sera offert séparément au programme). Le thème de notre congrès sera « devons-nous protéger les espèces ou les espaces menacés? ». Les plénières focaliseront sur ce thème, mais nous attendons des offres de communications orales ou par affiche sur tous les sujets touchant la recherche ornithologique canadienne. Les offres de communications portant sur des espèces non canadiennes seront aussi bienvenues. Les sessions orales porteront de manière non exclusive sur la participation des citoyens à la science, la biologie de la conservation, l’écologie comportementale, des paysages, de la reproduction, la physiologie, la génétique des paysages. Guide de présentation des résumés: Envoyez votre résumé par courriel à nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca au plus tard aux dates présentées ci-dessous. Les résumés et le texte des présentations PowerPoint peuvent être en anglais ou en français. Nous encourageons les présentations bilingues, mais la portion orale des présentations doit être en anglais. SVP respecter le format suivant (maximum 250 mots) en Times New Roman 12 pt: Format préféré: oral [or poster] Lockhart, J., and Koper, N. Assessing the relative effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on grassland songbird communities in southwestern Manitoba. Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba Contact information [optional]: nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca Grassland birds have declined more rapidly than birds of any other ecosystem … etc. Pour soumettre un atelier, SVP communiquez avec Nicola Koper à : nicola.koper@ad.umanitoba.ca
  4. The 2013 SCO meeting website is now up - http://sco.biology.ualberta.ca/ Abstracts are due 15 June. See the website for details.
  5. An International Journal of Marine Ornithology
  6. Society of Canadian Ornithologists - Société des ornithologistes du Canada 32nd Annual General Meeting - 32e Congrès Annuel University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB 6pm August 12 – 9pm August 14, 2013 (LE FRANÇAIS SUIT) I would like to invite all of our friends and colleagues to the Society for Canadian Ornithologists Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in August of 2013. Our preliminary schedule is as follows: Monday August 12 6pm – 10pm Tapas and wine reception, slideshow, identification quiz (professionals against students maybe?!) Tuesday August 13 9am – 4pm Plenaries and submitted presentations 5pm – 10pm Banquet at Fort Whyte Alive Nature Centre (buses) · Outstanding local Manitoban food · Hiking and birding in Fort Whyte’s deciduous forest, grassland, wetlands and lake habitats · For more information: www.fortwhyte.org/about Wednesday August 14 9am – 12pm Plenaries and submitted presentations 12pm – 1pm Lecture on Manitoba’s birds, in prep. for … 1pm – 6pm Field trip to Oak Hammock Marsh for birding and hiking (buses) 6pm – 9pm Barbeque at Oak Hammock Marsh ~ 9pm buses return to University of Manitoba (approx. 1 hr drive) · For more information: www.oakhammockmarsh.ca More information will follow once we have the website up. I will be looking for a few extremely skilled birders to lead smaller groups on field trips in Oak Hammock Marsh. If you want to volunteer, please let me know. ==================== Par la présente, j’invite nos ami(e)s et nos collègues à la congrès annuelle de la Société des ornithologistes du Canada en août prochain à Winnipeg (Manitoba). Voici un aperçu de l’horaire tentative: Le lundi 12 août 18 h à 22 h Réception tapas et vin ; présentation ; compétition d’identification (professionnels vs étudiants peut-être?) Le mardi 13 août 9 h à 16 h Séances plénières et présentations 17 h à 22 h Banquet à Fort Whyte Alive Nature Centre (un transport autobus sera disponible) · Gastronomie manitobienne · Randonné et observation d’oiseaux dans la forêt, les prés, les marais de cet habitat doté de nombreux lacs · Pour de plus amples informations: www.fortwhyte.org/about Le mercredi 14 août 9 h à midi Séances plénières et présentations midi à 13 h Conférence sur les oiseaux du Manitoba en vue de l’excursion en après-midi 13 h à 18 h Excursion accompagnée au marais Oak Hammock Marsh (un transport autobus sera disponible) 18 h à 21 h BBQ – Oak Hammock Marsh. · Pour de plus amples informations: www.oakhammockmarsh.ca 21 h Retour en autobus à l’université du Manitoba (trajet d’une heure) Des informations supplémentaires seront disponibles sur le site web à venir. Je serai à la recherche d’ornithologistes informés pour diriger des petits groupes d’observateurs lors des randonnés au marais Oak Hammock Marsh.
  7. 2013 Stable Isotope Short Courses at the University of Utah Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology, June 3-14, 2013 Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry, June 17-28, 2013 https://itce.utah.edu/courses.html - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - We are pleased to open the application period for the 2013 Stable Isotope Short Courses at the University of Utah. In addition to the 18th annual offering of the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology Course (aka “Iso-Camp”) this year we are introducing a new companion course, Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry (aka “The SPATIAL Short Course”), focused on large datasets, spatial analysis and modeling, and scaling with isotopic data. Both classes will be limited-enrollment, multi-instructor lecture (morning) and laboratory (afternoon) short courses. The courses are targeted to graduate students and postdoctoral investigators interested in learning more about the applications of stable isotopes at natural abundance levels to environmental, biogeochemical, marine, and ecological studies. A limited number of lecture-only slots will be reserved for postdocs and faculty looking to gain exposure to scientific and technical course content without the full emersion experience offered by the full lecture+lab sequence. The courses will: 1) be offered at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City 2) be limited to 25-27 participants in order to maximize interaction and access to laboratory resources; an additional 5 openings for the lecture-only course will be made available for postdocs and faculty 3) consist of a morning lecture/discussion and an afternoon laboratory; each course will feature ~17 instructors, experts selected from across the country for their breadth and for their interest in teaching and interacting with students 4) include a hands-on laboratory experience each day. For Iso-Camp the laboratory experiences will include full access and use of ThermoElectron isotope ratio mass spectrometers and Picarro cavity-ring down spectrometers; the IRMS is equipped with elemental analyzers, continuous flow capacities, GC, TCEA, pre-con, laser, common-acid-bath; available also are vacuum preparation lines for organic and inorganic compounds of biological and environmental interest. For the SPATIAL short course students will work with Picarro CRDS analyzers and a range of geospatial data management and modeling software, including ArcGIS, IsoMAP, and various research software packages developed and used by the instructors, their students, and collaborators. Many of the evenings in both courses will be set aside for discussions of current research interests, group dinners, additional talks, and also there will be opportunities for social events in the nearby Wasatch Mountains. Typically our applicants have come from all across the United States as well as from many different foreign countries. We select students with a diversity of academic interests, geographical diversity, and research experiences in mind. We seek students with broad interests who are interested in learning broadly about stable isotope applications and in interacting with both other students and faculty. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Past participants have had backgrounds in disciplines including animal and plant physiology, ecology and ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, anthropology, atmospheric science, marine science, oceanography, paleontology, forensic science, industry, and geology. Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2013. Application forms for both courses can be reached through the webpage https://itce.utah.edu/apply.html. We will notify applicants about February 28, 2013 regarding acceptance into the course and how to begin planning for lodging arrangements, tuition payments, reading materials, etc. We will be offering a limited number of scholarships to support course fees and lodging expenses for participants in each course. If you are interested in being considered for one of the scholarships, additional information beyond the initial application is required. Details are posted on the application website. We will announce scholarship recipients on or about February 28, 2013 as well. On behalf of the other instructors who participate in these courses from our campus as well as from across the United States, let us say that we look forward to your application and encourage you to explore our website. Happy Holidays. Gabe Bowen, Thure Cerling, and Jim Ehleringer
  8. Dr. William C. (Bill) Wakefield passed away in Hobart, Tasmania on 28 July 2011 after a lengthy illness. A physician by trade, Bill worked for many decades (in his spare time!) with Pacific and Silver Gulls in Tasmania, was an enthusiastic birder, and wonderful teacher. http://tassiebirds.blogspot.com/2011/07/tasmanian-birding-stalwart-dies.html
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