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  1. This short, but intense, course immerses students into field work! Students work and live on island with a colony of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. They learn and use field techniques for studying both songbirds and seabirds, work with folks at a songbird migration banding station, and visit a local tern restoration colony. Come join us on Appledore Island at the Shoals Marine Lab in the Gulf of Maine for this awesome ornithological experience! https://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/course/field-ornithology
  2. Overview: This training program targets students with interest in wildlife handling, zoology, or veterinary science. Students will participate in annual capture and release programs focused on nonhuman primates, bats, birds, and small to medium size terrestrial mammals (rodents, marsupials, armadillos, tayras) in southeastern Peru. Participants will work alongside several wildlife biologists and veterinarians obtaining opportunities to handle a variety of mammalian and avian species, gaining valuable knowledge of their biology, learning to record morphometrics, collecting and processing a variety of samples, and becoming competent in several roles that are vital to a successful health screening program. Our work in this project is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR) in Perú. Program dates: May 27 – July 21, 2019 Start dates: May 27, June 3, June 10 Minimum stay required: 5 weeks (in special cases we will consider 4 weeks) Application deadline: April 14, 2019 (limited spaces available on a first-come basis) Program fee: $450/week; $2250 for 5 weeks Appeals to majors: Vertebrate Physiology, Anthropology, Veterinary Science, Zoology Training areas: Animal mark-recapture and handling, health assessments, vital signs monitoring, morphological measurement, sample collection and storage. Program link: https://fieldprojects.org/research/
  3. The Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society, in cooperation with Castleton University and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, will be hosting our 11th annual 2-week Wildlife Field Course in Castleton, Vermont, May 19-June 1, 2019. Please visit the course website for details and application materials: http://wildlife.org/ne-section/about/student-field-course/ The course fee is $950 and includes 3 undergraduate or graduate credits through Castleton University and room and board for the 2 weeks. The course is housed at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp near Castleton with much field work on the nearby Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area. The course emphasizes hands-on experience with basic field techniques (small mammal trapping, bird point counts, habitat sampling, radiotelemetry, etc.) and small group work organized around the theme of conducting a biological inventory. We also provide hunter education training and certification in Project Wild. The course is led by practicing wildlife biologists and ecologists who volunteer their time to serve as instructors providing great networking opportunities and career perspectives during evening discussion sessions. We usually have 20+ guest instructors from various state and federal agencies, consulting firms, and universities. The November/December 2017 issue of The Wildlife Professional (www.wildlife.org) has a short article on the course if you have access to it. Several chapters of The Wildlife Society offer full or partial scholarships to eligible students, too. Enrollment is capped at 20 students and we currently have 16 registered and hope to fill up soon. Please do not reply to this email with questions but contact me at: twsmcdonald@gmail.com. Dr. John E. McDonald, Jr. Immediate Past-President and Fellow, The Wildlife Society Associate Professor Department of Environmental Science 204D Wilson Hall Westfield State University Westfield, MA 01086 jemcdonald@westfield.ma.edu 413-572-8393 (w) 413-446-8389 (cell) Associate Editor, Wildlife Society Bulletin, Journal of Wildlife Management,and Ursus http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/environmental-science-department
  4. Online Oiled Wildlife Response Training The University of California at Davis, USA and Massey University, New Zealand have jointly developed university endorsed and research driven online Oiled Wildlife Response Training (OWRT). The first level “Foundations in oiled wildlife response” is now online and available for participation at https://owrt.org/. Second level courses including “Rehabilitation and facilities in oiled wildlife response” will be available by early 2019. These courses are developed by the only two Universities in the world with comprehensive oiled wildlife readiness and response programs. These world leaders in higher education are also at the forefront of oiled wildlife research – advancing knowledge of best practice in the management and care of oiled wildlife. UC Davis and Massey University have led more than 70 oiled wildlife responses throughout the world, meaning this OWRT has been developed and delivered by highly experienced oil response researchers, trainers, and practitioners. OWRT trains to international best practice standards for oiled wildlife response and management. For more information and to enrol please visit the website https://owrt.org/. Foundations Course Overview: Foundations in oiled wildlife response covers the fundamental elements needed for a person to be involved in an oiled wildlife response. There are eight online modules to the Foundations course including: Topic 1: Petroleum • Components and types of petroleum • Hazard and risk associated petroleum • Weathering of oil Topic 2: Historical spill information • The changing sources of spilled oil • Circumstances and consequences of example oil spills Topic 3: Effects of petroleum when spilled • Areas affected by an oil spill • The effects of oil on animals Topic 4: Advanced preparation for oil spills (Preparedness) • Advanced planning necessary to respond to an oil spill Topic 5: The oil spill response • Goals of an oil spill response • Overall oil spill response timeline • Overall oil spill response structure • Rules governing an oil spill response Topic 6: The oiled wildlife response • Why we respond to wildlife • Goals of a wildlife response • Factors affecting the scope of a wildlife response • Functional activities of an oiled wildlife response Topic 7: You as a responder • Notification, mobilization and demobilization • How to get hands on experience • Go-bag • Considerations Topic 8: Health and Safety • Human safety first • Types of hazards • Reducing risk • Hot zone, cold zone and warm zone/contamination reduction zone
  5. WINTER COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT (Jan. 4-24, 2019) TROPICAL RAINFOREST CANOPY ACCESS TECHNIQUES (CAT W-19) COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hill facing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and seagrass ecosystems lie out in front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests lie directly behind. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. See: http://www.itec-edu.org/ for details. INSTRUCTOR: Bill Maher, Tree Climber Coalition, 251 Oak Grove Rd., Dawsonville, GA, 30534. Telephone 229-732-5973, email: billmaher251@windstream.net, Specialty: Tropical canopy access for research. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide students with the methodology and expertise necessary to explore and conduct research in the tropical forest canopy. The course involves a hands-on approach to the techniques necessary for accessing the canopy as well as lectures on various topics relating to climbing techniques, safety while climbing, facilitation of climbing activities, and combining scientific research with climbing. This course is the equivalent of the Basic Canopy Climbing Course, the Canopy Access Technicians Course, and the Facilitators Course, all done back-to-back over the length of the session. Certification confirming participation in the course will be awarded to those completing the course satisfactorily. For more information, contact Bill Maher or go to: http://www.itec-edu.org/forest-canopy-access-techniques/. INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS: Working closely with faculty and students in other courses, climbers will be responsible for designing and completing an original in-canopy research project of their choosing. These projects will be carried out during the second half of the course and students will have about 10 days for data collection. A few days before the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report, prepare a presentation of their work and orally present their findings at a station-wide symposium on the last day of the course. COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Winter field courses are three weeks in length. The CAT W-19 will run from January 4 through January 24, 2019. TUITION: $1500 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals, use of all facilities, local transportation and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 10, 2018. The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC. APPLICATIONS can be found at: http://itec-edu.org/education-programs/application/. CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL, Gainesville, FL 32605, tel: 352-367-9128, email:itec@itec-edu.org, web: http://www.itec-edu.org/ ITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996.
  6. Powdermill Avian Research Center (www.powdermillarc.org) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its second workshop on Motus technology beginning 5pm Friday October 5th, and ending 2pm Sunday October 7th 2018. The workshop will be held at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh) 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 Network. Participants will gain hands on experience 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). We are also offering a “build your own sensorgnome” option for an additional $225, you can learn to build you own sensorgnome and then take it home with you at the end of the workshop. 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. If you are interested in attending, please visit the following link and fill out a registration form: https://powdermillarc.org/news/motus-workshop/
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