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Jean Woods

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  1. The Delaware Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce a paid fellowship program for college students and recent graduates in the Bird Department of its Collections and Research Division. The fellowship is supported by the Brokaw Family Foundation and is named after Howard and Dede Brokaw. Howard was a Founding Patron and former Honorary Trustee of the Museum who contributed to ornithology and bird conservation throughout his life. In 2006, he received the American Ornithological Society’s Marion Jenkinson Award and was a Trustee of the Society for 25 years. Howard was a strong supporter of bird research and conservation in Delaware. For example, he participated in the first Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas (1983-1987) and was a supporter of the seminal Birds of Delaware. The lead author of this book was Gene Hess, Collections Manager in the Bird Department at the Museum (now retired). The Museum continues its leadership in bird research and conservation in Delaware through the work of Jean Woods, Curator of Birds. Her current projects include work with the 2nd Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas and her work with the Delaware Shorebird Project. The Brokaw Fellowship will support a student to work with Dr. Woods in the Bird Department on a research project. Work may range from collecting data to analysis and dissemination of results. Fellows will also have an opportunity to contribute to the Museum’s science communication activities and will be expected to make a presentation about their work. In 2018 work will focus on analyzing and writing up results of the 2nd Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas project. Eligible students should be pursuing a degree in Biology and have experience as a bird watcher or with other types of bird research. Students should be entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study or may have recently graduated. Students will be paid an hourly rate commensurate with experience. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks is required (total 160 hours) and may take place anytime during the year. Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to treed@delmnh.org (or Delaware Museum of Natural History, Attn: T. Reed, Human Resources, P.O. Box 3937, Wilmington, DE 19807-0937). The submission deadline is Friday, April 2. The cover letter should address: The career goals of the applicant and how the research fellowship would advance their goals. Any special skills and experience the applicant brings to the fellowship. The applicant’s bird watching experience, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. The academic courses taken by the applicant that are relevant to this fellowship (and grade earned). A sample of the applicant’s scientific writing (e.g. a recent lab or project report, blog post).
  2. The mission of the Delaware Ornithological Society is "is the promotion of bird watching and the study of birds, the advancement and dissemination of ornithological knowledge, and the conservation of birds and their environment." We are a community of people interested in observing and enjoying birds, whether in a back yard or at one the many excellent birding sites in the area. You’ll also find people dedicated to helping conserve birds and the habitats they depend on. There are many opportunities to learn and grow, whether through the engaging speakers at our monthly meetings, by attending one of our many field trips with expert leaders, or by participating in one of the society’s many citizen-science projects. No matter what your interests, at DOS you’ll find a community of people with interests similar to yours. The activities of the DOS are centered primarily in Delaware and nearby areas. Monthly meetings are held at the Ashland Nature Center, located near Hockessin, Delaware. Field trips happen around the state and in nearby portions of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Please explore this site to learn more about the DOS and take advantage of the many resources we have gathered. Visitors are always welcome to join us for one of our monthly meetings or field trips.
  3. The Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) Conservation Science Grants support innovative investigations into bird conservation challenges. DOS encourages projects with a strong emphasis on species and habitat conservation and management. We also are interested in projects that greatly enhance our understanding of the conservation requirements of bird species of conservation concern. To be eligible for funding, projects must be located within the state of Delaware or within the Delaware Estuary in Pennsylvania or New Jersey (see map). Projects in adjacent areas with results that are transferable to this focus area may be considered at the discretion of the committee (please contact us before submitting). Grants are reviewed annually by a grant review committee appointed by the DOS Conservation Chair. Size of grants: Not to exceed $3,000 Eligibility: Open to non-profit organizations; university-affiliated researchers, including graduate students; and to qualified unaffiliated researchers. University-affiliated proposals must be submitted directly by the Principal Investigator. Timeline: Applications must be received by 4 pm on March 29, 2019. Ineligible activities: travel to conferences, travel other than for direct field or lab work, meals and lodging, full time PI or graduate student salary, overhead, administrative expenses. Access application materials at http://www.dosbirds.org/dos-conservation-science-grants/
  4. The Collections & Research Division of the Delaware Museum of Natural History announces the availability of graduate student grants in support of research in the Museum’s collections. The award will be used toward travel and lodging expenses for a student to visit DMNH to study our world-class collections and library. Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program and pursuing collections-based research leading to publication. Students do not need to be U.S. citizens and may be attending a school outside the U.S.A. Applicants should submit a research proposal (not exceeding two pages) outlining the thesis project and specifically the work to be accomplished at DMNH, a brief CV, a budget, and one supporting letter from a faculty advisor. Requested amounts may be up to $1,000 for travel within the U.S.A., up to $1,500 for travel from outside the U.S.A., and cannot exceed the actual cost of travel. Applicants wanting to conduct research requiring destructive sampling or dissection should review our Policy on Destructive Sampling (http://www.delmnh.org/birds/) and submit the requested information as part of their application. Applications may be submitted electronically or by standard mail. Application deadline is March 15 each year and travel must occur before the end of the year. Students can apply for an additional $100 honorarium if they give a short (30 minute) presentation on their research to the general public while at the Museum or write a 200-word article for the Museum’s newsletter or blog. Presentations/articles do not have to be on the research being done during the museum visit but may be on any collections-based or natural history research the applicant has done in the past. A short description of the proposed presentation or article should be included with the grant application. DMNH Collection Research Grants are made possible by the Museum’s Society of Natural History of Delaware Fund. The fund was created in 2015 to provide perpetual financial support of programs for the cultivation and study of the natural sciences at the Museum. For further details visit http://www.delmnh.org/collection-research-grants/
  5. The Collections & Research Division of the Delaware Museum of Natural History announces the availability of graduate student grants in support of research in the Museum’s collections. The award will be used toward travel and lodging expenses for a student to visit DMNH to study our world-class collections and library. Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program and pursuing collections-based research leading to publication. Students do not need to be U.S. citizens and may be attending a school outside the U.S.A. Applicants should submit a research proposal (not exceeding two pages) outlining the thesis project and specifically the work to be accomplished at DMNH, a brief CV, a budget, and one supporting letter from a faculty advisor. Requested amounts may be up to $1,000 for travel within the U.S.A., up to $1,500 for travel from outside the U.S.A., and cannot exceed the actual cost of travel. Applicants wanting to conduct research requiring destructive sampling or dissection should review our Policy on Destructive Sampling (http://www.delmnh.org/birds/) and submit the requested information as part of their application. Applications may be submitted electronically or by standard mail. Application deadline is May 1 each year and travel must occur before the end of the year. Students can apply for an additional $100 honorarium if they give a short (30 minute) presentation on their research to the general public while at the Museum or write a 200-word article for the Museum’s newsletter or blog. Presentations/articles do not have to be on the research being done during the museum visit but may be on any collections-based or natural history research the applicant has done in the past. A short description of the proposed presentation or article should be included with the grant application. DMNH Collection Research Grants are made possible by the Museum’s Society of Natural History of Delaware Fund. The fund was created in 2015 to provide perpetual financial support of programs for the cultivation and study of the natural sciences at the Museum. The Collections DMNH’s Bird Collection is worldwide in scope, with special strengths in North and Central America and the Philippines. Approximately 67,000 study skins, 11,000 skeletons, and 2,500 spread wings represent over 4,000 species. The bird egg collection comprises another 36,000 specimens, forming the second largest egg collection in North America. Applicants are strongly encouraged to investigate our holdings prior to submitting an application. Information about skeleton, wing, and study skin holdings is available at www.vertnet.org or www.idigbio.org. Requests for information about our egg collection should be sent to Jean Woods, Curator (jwoods@delmnh.org). The DMNH Mammal Collection contains approximately 6,000 specimens prepared as study skins, skulls, and skeletons. Approximately half were collected in the Philippines in the 1960s and the remainder are from the United States, with a good collection of material from the Delmarva Peninsula. Requests for information about the mammal collection holdings should be sent to Jean Woods, Curator (jwoods@delmnh.org). Address bird and mammal applications and inquiries to: Dr. Jean L. Woods, Curator of Birds Delaware Museum of Natural History P.O. Box 3937 Wilmington, DE 19807-0937 Phone: (302) 658-9111 ext. 314 Fax: (302) 658-2610 TTY: (800) 232-5460 DMNH’s extensive Mollusk Collection consists of more than 2 million specimens and 18,000 species in over 220,000 cataloged lots. The collection contains all seven living classes of Mollusks, but is predominantly marine gastropods (50%), freshwater and land gastropods (25%), marine bivalves (15%) and freshwater bivalves (5%). Geographic strengths include the Indo-West Pacific and the Caribbean; approximately 7% of the collection is from the Philippines. Most specimens are recent; however, there is some Cenozoic fossil material. Major collections include the Norton Philippine Mollusk collection, the R.W. Jackson landsnail collection from Central and South America, the Shriner fossil collection, and the Weaver-duPont Volutidae collection. In addition, we have over 1,200 type lots described in two annotated type catalogs (Nemouria issues 36 and 41). The Mollusk collection is not currently available on line. Requests for information about our holdings can be sent to Mr. Alex Kittle, Collections Manager (akittle@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111 ext. 311). Please address applications and grant-related inquiries to: Dr. Liz Shea, Curator of Mollusks Delaware Museum of Natural History P.O. Box 3937 Wilmington, DE 19807-0937 Phone: (302) 658-9111 ext. 319 Fax: (302) 658-2610 TTY: (800) 232- 5460 eshea@delmnh.org
  6. Brian, yes, my flight leaves at 8:00 am so I would need an early shuttle. I might want to leave maybe 6:00 am to allow for delays since it is a 30-40 minute ride. Jean
  7. Looking to share a ride from/to the airport Arrive Monday 1130h depart Sunday 800h Please e-mail me at jwoods@delmnh.org Thanks!
  8. I have a full set of Birds of North America in slipcovers to find a new home for courtesy of a local family. Free to not-for-profit institutions for cost of shipping (or pickup in Delaware). Individuals- make an offer (including shipping). Contact Jean Woods, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, DE at jwoods@delmnh.org.
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