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  1. The North American Banding Council has composed recommendations for banding during the COVID-19 Pandemic. http://www.nabanding.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Covid19-NABC_20200415.pdf Please circulate widely. Sincerely, Luke DeGroote NABC Chair Avian Research Coordinator Powdermill Nature Reserve Carnegie Museums of Natural History
  2. Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be conducting field surveys within several State Forests in central Pennsylvania to monitor the effects of prescribed fire through Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) efforts on forest bird communities. Job Description: The successful applicant will conduct off-road point counts at study sites across Pennsylvania and will be expected to work independently to complete up to 20 point-count surveys each survey morning at up to select sites over the season, bush-whacking on foot to most point locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, and rattlesnakes). The avian field technician will also be expected to assist with rapid vegetation assessments and should be familiar with standard measures of forest structure and cover. Other duties will include desktop field preparations, site access communications, data entry, and other tasks as needed. Qualifications: Positions require knowledge of and experience with identification of northeastern U.S. breeding birds by sight and (primarily) sound. Experience with avian survey techniques preferred. Individuals must be able to work well independently and as a team, and communicate closely with the project supervisor and other WPC staff. Able and willing to hike long distances and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer weather conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Preferred candidates will have completed or will be pursuing B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field. Pay: $12 per hour plus housing; 40 hour work-week, plus travel expenses (mileage and lodging during field work) Position Duration: mid-May to late-July (approximately 8 weeks) TO APPLY: Visit www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; click on Search Jobs and click on Apply in the section titled Field Assistant I, Avian Research (Requisition #167). Please include your resume, three references, and a cover letter detailing your experience surveying birds by sight and sound, extracting and banding birds, affixing transmitters to birds, and tracking birds via radio telemetry. All documents should be saved in one file to allow for upload through our Applicant Tracking System. The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process. Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity
  3. The Motus Wildlife Tracking System has revolutionized how we record animal movements in nature. Powdermill Avian Research Center (www.powdermillarc.org) and Willistown Conservation Trust are pleased to announce that they will be providing Motus technology workshops at Powdermill Nature Reserve April 5th -7th and at the American Ornithological Meeting June 25th, 2019. The workshop at Powdermill Nature Reserve will be held from 5pm Friday April 5h to noon Sunday April 7th. Powdermill Nature Reserve, the field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, is located in the beautiful mountains of Western Pennsylvania near Rector. The workshop is aimed towards those with little or no experience utilizing nanotags and the Motus Wildlife Tracking Network. Participants will gain hands on experience building a sensorgnome, setting up a Motus station, and attaching nanotags to live birds (for participants sub-permitted to band birds). Presentations will focus on project planning, examples of how the network has been used for research, and limitations of the technology. Workshop registration is $275 and includes meals Friday evening through Sunday morning, and shared housing in modest cabins on property free of charge (bring your own linens). Participants can build and take home their own Raspberry Pi sensorgnome (Funcube Dongles not included) for an additional $225. If you wish to stay elsewhere, standard accommodations are available at several nearby hotels for approximately $100 per night. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation. For more information and to register visit: https://powdermillarc.org/news/motus-workshop/ The workshop at the American Ornithology Meeting will consist of a two 4-hour sessions Tuesday June 25th in Anchorage Alaska. The morning session will cover project planning, equipment, and data management while afternoon session will focus on constructing a sensorgnome. The morning presentations will include development of local or regional networks, station equipment, transmitter selection and attachment, metadata, and data retrieval and processing using Program R. Participants in the afternoon session will get hands-on experience building and testing a fully functional, weatherproof sensorgnome using the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. There is an optional add-on fee to cover the cost of the sensorgnome if you would like to take yours home ($225, Funcube Dongles not included). For more information and to register visit: https://amornithmeeting.org/workshops-roundtables/. Additional questions can be sent to Jon Rice, ricej@carnegiemnh.org, or Luke DeGroote, degrootel@carnegiemnh.org.
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