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  1. RE: Request for encounters of gynandromorphic Black-throated Blue Warblers Banders: After capturing and banding an AHY Black-throated Blue Warbler exhibiting gynandromorphism at our fall banding station at Whigg Meadow, Tennessee, I'm curious about other gynandromorphic encounters of this species, or in other members of Parulidae. Doing a quick online review, I found 9 independent reports (publications; social media; listservs) of gynandromorphic BTBW. These include records from New York (4), West Virginia (1), Tennessee (1), Georgia (1), Jamaica (1), with the first published report from California in 1987. Perhaps there are other observations, so I would appreciate any information. If interested, please consider sharing the location, date, observer(s)/bander(s), photos showing degree of gynandromorphism and if banded, age and any morphometric data. Please contact me privately at the email listed below. Many thanks, Eric Soehren esoehren <at> gmail.com
  2. Support is available for 3.5 year Ph.D. assistantship in wildlife ecology in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University. Project focus is on how Osprey, Bald Eagle, and other raptors use power transmission infrastructure during breeding and non-breeding seasons, evaluating intra-annual movements and fidelity to site and various structures for nesting and seasonal activities. Research will be carried out over the Tennessee River Valley (including AL, KY, MS and TN). Candidates should possess an M.S. in ecology or related field, experience in working with raptors – including experience with banding large birds – and be able to illustrate experience and interest working with avian communities of the southeastern United States. Strong quantitative and GIS skills are preferred as is technical climbing experience and in working at heights. The PhD student will join a department with expertise in ecological phenomena ranging in scale from microcosms to broad geographic extents. Tentative start date for the PhD program is May 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Rush (scott.rush@msstate.edu). Applicants should attach CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. Competitive stipend and tuition. Candidates will be required to formally apply to and be accepted by the Mississippi State University Graduate School (https://www.grad.msstate.edu/)
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