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  1. Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a Mendel Science Experience Post-doctoral Fellow within the Department of Biology, in the area of behavioral ecology. The position has a starting date of August 2019. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. The Fellows program is designed to enhance the College’s teaching of science to non-science majors through the Mendel Science Experience (MSE) program and to foster the professional development of recent Ph.D. recipients on a career path leading to faculty positions. Positions are 50:50 research and teaching. The fellow will conduct research in collaboration with the faculty mentor (Dr. Robert Curry, http://robertcurrylab.com) and will have opportunities to supervise undergraduate research. In addition, the fellow will team-teach a laboratory science course for non-science majors and develop undergraduate or Masters-level courses in ecology and/or animal behavior. Initial appointment is for two years, with a third year possible by mutual agreement between the fellow, the faculty mentor, and the College. Further information about the department is available at http://biology.villanova.edu. Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Biology/Biological Sciences or a related field and research interests in behavioral and evolutionary ecology of birds or spiders are encouraged to apply (https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/15607). Applicants with expertise in field studies of avian cognition, social networks, mate choice, or hybridization will be particularly well suited for this position; applicants with expertise concerning the ecology of spiders may be considered. The successful candidate will join the Curry Lab in which research focuses on the behavioral, evolutionary, and cognitive ecology of songbird hybridization, as well as the evolutionary and behavioral ecology of herbivorous ant-acacia jumping spiders. The successful candidate will also gain formal teaching experience, including team-teaching a MSE lab course with the mentor and developing her or his own courses in the applicant’s area of expertise. The MSE course planned for Spring 2020 will use a focus on students’ family trees and DNA test results as an approach for introducing conceptual and factual information about heredity and genetics, with interdisciplinary connections to history, geography, sociology, and more (http://robertcurrylab.com/courses/all-in-your-family/). The fellow may also have an opportunity to team-teach a field course in Tropical Ecology.
  2. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: WOS will hold its 2017 annual meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Scientific sessions will take place on 10 and 11 March. Field trips and social events will take place at localities including Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Dr. Frank Moore will deliver the 2017 Margaret Morse Nice Lecture on 10 March. Dr. Jerry Jackson of FGCU is the Chair of the Committee on Local Arrangements. Meeting Website: http://www.wilsonsociety.org/wos2017/index.html Click here to view the meeting
  3. BIRDNET, the web site of the Ornithological Council, has moved to a new server at the Smithsonian Institution, which kindly hosts the site. Please update your bookmarks to http://naturalhistory.si.edu/BIRDNET/index.html for news about the OC, and for a variety of resources for ornithologists.
  4. From Jack's son Eric: "For those of you who knew him and haven't yet heard the news, I am sad to report the death of my father, Jack Hailman. He was hospitalized on Dec. 26 with an acute illness which turned out to be the worsening of a lung condition that had been slowing him down for the past several months to years but which hadn't been recognized. After several difficult weeks, when it became clear he would not recover, we got him home and he died with his family at his side."
  5. Application portal for 1st Jed Burtt Mentoring Grants from the Wilson Ornithological Society is now open. Application deadline is 1 Dec. http://
  6. Bay Ferries has announced the schedule for the ferry running between St. John, New Brunswick, and Digby, Nova Scotia. This is a crossing of ~ 2.5 hours, with a lead of ~ 1 hour required before boarding (but no customs delay on the Nova Scotia side). This new boat will make 2 NB-to-NS crossings a day (0800h - 1030h, and 1430h - 1700h). From Digby, the drive to Wolfville—traversing the length of the beautiful Annapolis Valley—takes ~ 2 hours. Anyone taking this route may want to consider using the evening crossing and then staying in the many Bed-and-breakfast options in Digby, historic Annapolis Royal, or other towns along the way. Return trips will depart from Digby at 1115h and 1730h. Conference attendees wishing to participate in the Brier Island pelagic trip on 19 July will probably have time to catch the 1730h departure on the same day if you plan on leaving Brier immediately after the pelagic cruise (the drive from Brier to Digby takes ~ 2 hours, including 2 short auto ferry crossing (no reservations for those needed)).
  7. Online registration is now OPEN. Instructions and link to the payment site are available here. We have extending the deadlines for both Early Bird registration and for Abstract submission to Friday, 10 April. Individuals wishing to register by mail can do so using the form on the conference web site. The Early Bird rate will apply to submissions postmarked on or before 10 April. The information below supersedes previously posted rates. Listed rates do not include Harmonized Sales Tax (15%); rates shown are in $CAD (exchange as of 21 March: US$1 = CAD$1.25). Early bird: on or before 10 April Regular: $250 Students: $125 Regular and Student registration includes eligibility to submit an abstract for the scientific program; admission to scientific sessions; 2 box lunches; and admission to exhibits, coffee breaks, and Icebreaker reception. Optional items include banquet tickets (free for Student Presenting Authors), field trips, and t-shirts. Guests: $50 (includes admission to exhibits, coffee breaks, and Icebreaker reception) 11 April – 1 June Regular: $300 Students: $150 Guests: $50 After 1 June Regular: $350 Students: $175 Guests: $50
  8. Olson, S. L. 2015. History, morphology, and fossil record of the extinct Puerto Rican Parakeet Psittacara maugei Souancé. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:1-12. Freed, L. A., D. Warakagoda, R. L. Cann, U. Sirivardana, and U. Hettige. 2015. A hybrid swarm of Dinopium woodpeckers in Sri Lanka. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:13-20. Ralston, J., D. A. Ermacor, and J. J. Kirchman. 2015. A new wood warbler hybrid (Oreothlypis celata x O. ruficapilla) from the Adirondack mountains, New York. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:21-28. Gilbert, W. M., and G. C. West. 2015. Morphological expression in putative intergrades between two subspecies of Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:29-42. Travers, S. E., B. Marquardt, N. J. Zerr, J. B. Finch, M. J. Boche, R. Wilk, and S. C. Burdick. 2015. Climate change and shifting arrival date of migratory birds over a century in the northern Great Plains. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:43-51. Goławski, A., Z. Kasprzykowski, E. Mróz, M. Rzępała, and S. Chmielewski. 2015. The differences in habitat selection in two sympatric species of eastern Poland: the White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) and the Black Tern (Chlidonias niger). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:52-58. Stanley, T. R., C. L. Aldridge, D. J. Saher, and T. M. Childers. 2015. Daily nest survival rates of Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus): assessing local- and landscape-scale drivers. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:59-71. Gómez, C., V. Gómez-Bahamón, L. Cárdenas-Ortíz, and N. J. Bayly. 2015. Distribution of Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds along a South American elevation gradient during spring migration. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:72-86. Port, J., and H. F. Greeney. 2015. The Spotted Barbtail (Premnoplex brunnescens): male and female parental effort during the nestling period. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:87-91. Kingwell, C. J., and G. A. Londoño. 2015. Description of the nest, eggs, and nestling of Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrants (Myiotheretes fuscorufus). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:92-97. Bornschein, M. R., M. A. Pizo, D. D. Sobotka, R. Belmonte-Lopes, C. Golec, T. Machado-de-Souza, M. R. Pie, and B. L. Reinert. 2015. Longevity records and signs of aging in Marsh Antwren Formicivora acutirostris (Thamnophilidae). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:98-102. Katzner, T., T. A. Miller, J. Rodrigue, and S. Shaffer. 2015. A most dangerous game: death and injury to birds from porcupine quills. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:102-108. Slager, D. L., and P. G. Rodewald. 2015. Disjunct nocturnal roosting by a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) during migratory stopover. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:109-114. Hadad, E., A. Roulin, and M. Charter. 2015. A record of communal nesting in the Barn Owl (Tyto alba). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:114-119. Freire, D. A., F. B. R. Gomes, R. Cintra, and W. G. Novaes. 2015. Use of thermal power plants by New World Vultures (Cathartidae) as an artifice to gain lift. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:119-123. Miller, E. T., S. K. Wagner, J. Klavins, T. Brush, and H. F. Greeney. 2015. Striking courtship displays in the becard clade Platypsaris. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:123-126. Mark, M. M., and N. A. Gamez-Rugama. 2015. Social interactions between adult and juvenile Striped Cuckoos (Tapera naevia). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:127-131. Botero-Delgadillo, E., Y. Poblete, and R. A. Vásquez. 2015. Nestling mortality as a consequence of interspecific competition between secondary cavity nesters in the sub-Antarctic forests of Chile. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:131-134. Torres-Mura, J. C., M. L. Lemus, and F. Hertel. 2015. Plastic material in the diet of the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:134-138. Gotanda, K. M., D. M. T. Sharpe, and L. F. D. Léon. 2015. Galapagos Mockingbird (Mimus parvulus) preys on an invasive mammal. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:138-141. Novitch, N. R., M. Westberg, and R. M. Zink. 2015. Migration of Alder Flycatchers (Empidonax alnorum) and Willow Flycatchers (Empidonax traillii) through the Tuxtla Mountains, Veracruz, Mexico, and the identification of migrant flycatchers in collections. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:142-145. Pulgarin-R, P. C., and O. A. Laverde-R. 2015. The nest and eggs of the White-tipped Quetzal (Pharomachrus fulgidus) from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Northern Colombia. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:145-148. Hansen, J., M. Ek, T. Roslin, J. Moreau, M. Teixeira, O. Gilg, and N. M. Schmidt. 2015. First observation of a four-egg clutch of Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:149-153. Cerqueira, P. V., G. S. R. Gonçalves, S. d. A. Sousa, R. L. Paz, A. S. Landim, and M. P. D. Santos. 2015. First record of the Ornate Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus) from the Brazilian Caatinga. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:153-156.
  9. The Nova Star web site is here: http://novastarcruises.com The crossing takes 11 hours, departing Portland in the evening (8 pm EDT) and arriving in Yarmouth at 8 am (ADT; one hour time difference vs. EDT). It's a good idea to pay extra for a cabin ... although staying up all night in the lounge is an option, as are the reservable recliner chairs. The return trip departs Yarmouth at 9:30 am (ADT) and arrives in Portland at 7 pm (EDT). The day crossing offers good whale- and seabird-watching.
  10. Joint meeting of AFO, SCO-SOC, and WOS, 15 – 19 July 2015, Wolfville, Nova Scotia Notice and Call for Papers (PDF) attached below. Follow meeting news via Twitter @AFOSCOWOS15, #AFOSCOWOS15 AFO-SCO~SOC-WOS-2015.pdf
  11. Volume 126, Number 4 CONTENTS December 2014 Major Articles 623 Long-term dynamics of bird use of clearcuts in post-fledging period Paul A. Porneluzi, Rafael Brito-Aguilar, Richard L. Clawson, and John Faaborg 635 Systematics of the obligate ant-following clade of antbirds (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) Morton L. Isler, Gustavo A. Bravo, and Robb T. Brumfield 649 Canada to Tierra del Fuego: species limits and historical biogeography of the Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) Mark B. Robbins and Árpád S. Nyári 663 Geographic and seasonal distribution of a little-known Brazilian endemic rail (Aramides mangle) inferred from occurrence records and ecological niche modeling Rafael Sobral Marcondes, Glaucia Del-Rio, Marco Antonio Rego, and Luís Fábio Silveira 673 Differences in bird assemblages between native natural habitats and small-scale tree plantations in the semiarid midwest of Argentina Fabricio D. Cid and Enrique Caviedes-Vidal 686 Nesting ecology of grassland songbirds: effects of predation, parasitism, and weather Sarah M. Ludlow, R. Mark Brigham, and Stephen K. Davis 700 Survival of Red-headed Woodpeckers’ (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) nests in northern New York Jacob L. Berl, John W. Edwards, Jeffrey S. Bolsinger, and Todd E. Katzner 708 Agonistic behaviors between Chestnut-sided (Setophaga pensylvanica) and Golden-winged (Vermivora chrysoptera) warblers are unlikely a result of plumage misidentification John A. Jones and Lynn Siefferman 717 Breeding biology of the Spotted Barbtail (Premnoplex brunnescens) Daniel Muñoz and Thomas E. Martin 728 Habitat and food preferences of the endangered Palila (Loxioides bailleui) on Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i Steven C. Hess, Paul C. Banko, Linda J.Miller, and Leona P. Laniawe 739 Leg abnormalities and leucocyte profiles in the European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates p. pelagicus) from the Faroe Islands 746 Prevalence of haematozoa in migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls (Aegolius acadicus) of eastern North America Emma I. Young and Glenn A. Proudfoot Short Communications 754 Diet of nestling Spectacled Tyrants (Hymenops perspicillatus) in the southeast Pampas Region, Argentina Matías G. Pretelli, Daniel A. Cardoni, and Juan P. Isacch 759 Relative abundance of parrots throughout the Yucatan Peninsula: implications for their conservation Alexis Herminio Plasencia-Vázquez and Griselda Escalona-Segura 767 Multiple broods and nest success in Western Yellow-breasted Chats (Icteria virens auricollis) in the south Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada René McKibbin and Christine A Bishop 771 Predation of small-bodied mammals (Callithrix and Kerodon) by Laughing Falcons (Herpetotheres cachinnans) in the semi-arid Caatinga scrub forest of the Brazilian Northeast Tacyana D. Amora and Stephen F. Ferrari 775 Site fidelity, residency, and sex ratios of wintering Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) on the southeastern US Atlantic Coast Doreen Cubie 778 Observations of a bilateral gynandromorph Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Brian D. Peer and Robert W. Motz 782 William and Nancy Klamm Service Award for 2014: Douglas A. James 785 Ornithological Literature John R. Faaborg, Book Review Editor 800 Proceedings of the Ninety-Fifth Annual Meeting 816 Reviewers for the Wilson Journal of Ornithology 818 Index to Volume 126 Contents of Volume 126
  12. Alan Crawford, Jr., of Devon, PA, passed away at home on 23 August 2014. Mr. Crawford was a Life Member of the Wilson Ornithological Society, and he served for many years as a Trustee of WOS, with responsibility for overseeing the society's finances. An active civic leader, Mr. Crawford had served also on the Boards of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, the Philadelphia Zoological Association, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, among many others.
  13. Space is available for undergraduate- and graduate-level versions of my summer field ecology course. This 2-credit Villanova University summer session course (http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/summersession.html) is open to science students enrolled in other universities and colleges. It features a hybrid format that includes online work in June, a 2-week field trip to Nova Scotia in early July, and online follow-up activities in late July. Students need to be present in person only for the trip (tentative dates: 30 June - 13 July). Emphasis will be on terrestrial and marine habitat diversity; field identification of plants and animals; field ornithology methods including bird-banding; whale- and seabird-watching; and regional natural resource ecology. Additional information (including costs) is at http://www98.homepage.villanova.edu/robert.curry/NS2014/index.htm Questions? Contact robert.curry@villanova.edu
  14. The Association of Field Ornithologists and the Wilson Ornithological Society invite all ornithologists to attend our joint annual meeting at Salve Regina University in beautiful Newport, RI, 29 May - 1 Jun 2014. Highlights will include the Margaret Morse Nice Plenary Lecture by Dr. Don Kroodsma ("Birdsong: the hour before the dawn"; Fri, 30 May); invited symposia (Sat, 31 May) on Osprey biology and The biochemistry of frugivorous diets and implications for conservation; contributed talks (Fri and Sat); contributed posters (Fri evening); a special AFO Lunch; banquet (Sat); and field trips. Complete conference information is available at http://wos.salvereginablogs.com/. The web page for submitting abstracts is now open (deadline: 15 March). Early registration also closes on 15 March. Until that date, registration for students is "a steal" at only $50!! AFO and WOS will also jointly sponsor free banquet tickets for all students who are orienting authors of talks or posters.
  15. WOS is now active on Twitter. Follow us @WilsonOrnithSoc Posts will include highlights from the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, as well as ornithological news from around the world. Do you have a suggestion about how the Twitter feed can benefit WOS members and ornithology? Please reply to this message to post your ideas.
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