Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grants

2017 Mini-grant winner - Outlet Dance Project Festival in New Jersey

2017 Mini-grant winner - Outlet Dance Project Festival in New Jersey

Community Mini-Grants Available! 

November 2017

It is the end of the year and with it comes the opportunity to apply for the 2018 Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grants! We can’t wait to see the incredible projects that will be proposed to connect communities with nature, birds, arts, and citizen science!
 
All mini-grant applicants are offered free Celebrate Urban Birds Kits and training to support their events (even if their proposals are not funded). Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birding is needed. Mini-grants range from $100 to $750.

Here are the requirements for your proposed program, festival, or event:

  • It must take place within 2018
  • The funds can only go to organizations (not to individuals)
  • The  Celebrate Urban Birds 10-minute citizen science observation must be included
  • It must incorporate greening or habitat improvement activities  
  • The arts should be integrated in a meaningful and authentic manner 

We love out-of-the-box ideas! We encourage businesses, hospitals, healthcare organizations, senior centers, and community centers to apply. In the past, we've offered mini-grants to an ice-cream shop that gave coupons to customers who collected data and planted bird-friendly flowers; an oncology center that encouraged patients to collect data while they waited for appointments; a courthouse that offered outdoor programming for children waiting for their parents; a theater troupe that connected inner-city youth with nature; a day habilitation program that combined community work, gardening, birdwatching, and the arts; and many youth-led community greening projects.

We will share selected mini-grant projects broadly to inspire others to organize events in their communities.

Our application is simple and straightforward. You don't need to know anything about writing grant proposals to apply. Simply answer our questions about what you plan to do, where, when, and with whom. We'd be happy to help! Email: kap7@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2455.
 
We will be accepting applications through December 31, 2017.
 

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Celebrate Urban Birds -- Increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sciences

Job Announcement: Fish and Wildlife Biologist

The Department of the Interior is hiring a Fish and Wildlife Biologist to serve as part of the Panama City, FL Ecological Services Field Office. 

Responsibilities:

As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist, you will be responsible for:

- Coordinate and facilitate activities pursuant to sections 4,6,7,8, and 10 of the Endangered Species Act.

- Plan and conduct status surveys for both listed and candidate species.

- Plan, investigate, conduct, and review on-site ecological investigations.

- Conduct private lands-program habitat restorations, including land-owner contacts, mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, seeding, and other related activities.

- Prepare objective and complete written reports and deliver oral presentations.

Qualifications:

  1. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your: Knowledge of natural resources management; Knowledge of policies, procedures, and applicable Federal statutes and legislation; Knowledge of refuge administrative operations; Ability to coordinate work, provide training, and effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse individuals and groups.; OR

  2. A master's or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.B. or J.D degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. One year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full- time graduate study.; OR

  3. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

For more complete information about this job opportunity, please see the Job Announcement on USAJOBS.

Sandills Temporary Job Announcement

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Position: General Utility Worker

Location: 2995 N US Hwy 1 Hoffman, NC 28347

Position Duration: Temporary, 11 months

Compensation: $11.53 per hour, shared housing and utilities provided

Description:

Primary work responsibility involves assisting with habitat development on game lands, general maintenance of Public Boating Access Areas and assistance to agency programs conducting various wildlife and fishery surveys as designated by the Wildlife Resources Commission. A considerable amount of work will consist of operating farm tractors, crawler tractors, mowers and other heavy equipment and trucks. This employee assists in work to enhance wildlife populations through cultural practices to restore or improve native habitat. A considerable amount of time will be involved with prescribed burning, managing wildlife openings, chemical application, creating early successional habitat and restoring altered ecosystems. Infrastructure-related duties will include but are not limited to maintenance of roads and grading, dikes, trails, game land boundary, docks, navigation aids and parking areas. Duties also include participation in assisting with wildlife surveys, and general maintenance of equipment and facilities such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shop and storage buildings. Applicant must be able to lift at least 50lbs. and willing to work in conditions such as inclement weather, biting insects and extreme temperatures. Employee will work under the direction of the Conservation Technician Supervisor, Conservation Technician Crew Leader and Conservation Technician Crew.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES:

  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of equipment and vehicles used in wildlife management and BAA maintenance and construction
  • Construction skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with crew members, other staff, cooperating agencies and organizations, and the public
  • Ability to utilize personal computers  
  • Ability to operate a wide variety of equipment to include agricultural machinery, heavy equipment, ATVs, fire pumper units, watercraft, chainsaws, 2-way radios, power hand tools and shop tools, as well as traditional hand and mechanical tools
  • Working knowledge of the practical techniques and procedures involved in wildlife management
  • Ability to operate and maintain equipment and vehicles used in wildlife management 
  • Ability to prepare written reports
  • Knowledge of land and forest management and agricultural practices
  • Wildlife and plant ID skills
  • Ability to conduct wildlife surveys and collect scientific data
  • Ability to apply pesticides and herbicides
  • Perform routine maintenance of access sites and building facilities such as trash clean-up, mowing, floor sweeping and cleaning

 

Recruitment Standards:

·       High School diploma or GED

·       Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing

·       Ability to operate and maintain power hand tools, small gasoline engines, and chainsaws

·       Ability to read maps and plans

·       General knowledge of various construction methods and practices

·       Knowledge of the types, habitats and habits of a variety of inland fish and wildlife species and their management

·       Working knowledge of dendrology and the equipment and techniques used in prescribed burns

 

Please send cover letter, resume and three current references to lee.criscoe@ncwildlife.org

BOU Twitter Conference 2017

November 28-29, 2017

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#BOU17TC is the first ever general ornithology Twitter conference. The event is inspired by the success of the three World Seabird Twitter Conferences (#WSTC, #WSTC2, #WSTC3) and is a cost-free way for researchers around the world to come together to share their research. 

Topics from over 70 researchers include most avian research areas that you can think of, as well as some that maybe you haven't thought of before. With keynote speakers including Pete Marra (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center), Caren Cooper (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences), and Virat Jolli (Biodiversity & Environmental Sustainability, India), #BOU17TC is one not to miss.

Taking part in the #BOU17TC is easy! Join from wherever you want, accessing the event on your PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet via the Twitter website or Twitter app using the conference tag #BOU17TC .

For more information on the conference, please visit the program website.

 

 

PhD Opportunity: Quantitative Population Ecology of Seabirds

The Quantitative Conservation Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle is now recruiting a PhD student to study quantitative population ecology of seabirds. 

More information can be found at depts.washington.edu/qcons/2017/11/08/phd-position/ . 

Serious and competitive candidates must apply for admission to SAFS by the admission deadline of December 15. 

M.S. and Ph.D. Opportunities: Human Dimensions of Citizen Science

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) at North Carolina State University invites applications for 1 M.S.-level and 1 Ph.D. assistantship beginning in Fall 2018 (start dates are negotiable). The successful applicants will work under the supervision of Dr. Caren Cooper <https://faculty.cnr.ncsu.edu/carencooper/> (Dept. of Foresty and Environmental Resources & NC Museum of Natural Sciences) and Dr. Lincoln Larson <https://faculty.cnr.ncsu.edu/lincolnlarson/> (Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management) to pursue degrees in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology <https://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/fisheries-wildlife-and-conservation-biology-program/graduate-programs/>, Natural Resources <https://mnr.ncsu.edu/>, or related field.

Assistantships are supported by an NSF-AISL project investigating participant dynamics, coordinated volunteer management, and associated outcomes across a broad landscape of citizen science projects. The 5-year study will focus on SciStarter <https://scistarter.com/>, the largest repository of citizen science projects in the world, using embedded assessments and other techniques to increase the capacity of citizen science projects to achieve scientific, learning, and conservation goals.

Project outputs will advance citizen science as a coordinated and collaborative discipline and will help to foster optimal recruitment and retention of citizen scientists – including those currently under-represented in the STEM fields.

 

Possible research directions include, but are not limited to:

·       Investigating impacts of citizen science project design and participation dynamics on scientific, learning, and conservation outcomes

·       Examining pathways to initial recruitment and subsequent retention in citizen science

·       Designing systems to enhance participant agency in navigating an ecosystem of diverse projects

·       Assessing project owner perceptions about volunteer aggregation, competition, and collaboration

·       Evaluating strategies for engaging under-represented populations in citizen science

 

Key Responsibilities & Opportunities (vary by degree objective):

   - Work with faculty advisors to advance citizen science theory and practice by conducting literature reviews and crafting innovative research projects (assisting or leading study design, data collection, and analysis).

   - Work with faculty advisors and partners to enhance capacity for project management in SciStarter, including the development of corporate staff volunteer programs.

   - Assist or lead in developing peer-reviewed journal articles, academic presentations, non-technical reports and outreach materials (e.g., Manual for Project Owners), and other project deliverables.

   - Train and supervise undergraduate research assistants and/or serve as a teaching      assistant in relevant courses.

   - Contribute to the activities of the cluster on Leadership in Public Science <https://facultyclusters.ncsu.edu/clusters/leadership-in-public-science/)> which offers unique intellectual focus and professional development in the realm of citizen science, open science, and science communication.

   - Engage with colleagues in the Biodiversity Research Lab <http://naturalsciences.org/research-collections/biodiversity-lab> at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where students will have ample opportunities to develop their science communication skills.

 

Required Qualifications:

   - BS (for MS opening) or MS degree (for PhD opening) in human dimensions of natural resources, social sciences, information sciences, or related field

   - Demonstrated research experience (data collection, analysis, and writing)

   - Excellent verbal and written communication skills

   - Strong commitment to public science

   - Interest in interdisciplinary (social and biological) research

·       Meet admissions requirements of the NC State Graduate School

 

Desired Qualifications:

   - Some background and/or coursework in ecology, conservation biology, or related field

   - Experience with quantitative research and analysis skills, including survey development and implementation

   - Experience with web analytics

   - Experience working in citizen science contexts as a researcher and/or practitioner

 

*Assistantship Package: *These assistantships provide a competitive stipend, tuition, student fees, and health insurance. They assume 20 hours per week dedicated to the project and 20 hours dedicated to coursework.

M.S. position is renewable for up to 2 years based on satisfactory progress. Ph.D. position is renewable for up to 3 years based on satisfactory progress.

 

Starting date: *The negotiable starting date for the assistantships is *August 15, 2018*.

 

How to Apply: Please begin the application process by sending an email copying both Dr. Caren Cooper (cbcoope3@ncsu.edu) and Dr. Lincoln Larson (LRLarson@ncsu.edu) with the following items in one PDF document:

1)    Letter of Intent (personal statement describing relevant experience and research interests, should also specify preferred assistantship – MS or PhD)

2)    Resume or CV

3)    Contact Information for 3 Academic References

*Positions will remain open until filled, with all applications submitted by January 15, 2018 receiving full consideration*. If selected for the position, applicants will be asked to submit an online application <https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.aspid=ncsu-grad> to the NC State Graduate School.

 

About the College of Natural Resources (CNR):

CNR <http://cnr.ncsu.edu/prtm> is a world leader in the sustainable use of natural resources. CNR’s comprehensive approach to teaching, research and service encompasses the many and varied ways in which people’s physical, economic and social needs are met through the wise use of natural resources. CNR is committed to interdisciplinary research, teaching and engagement, as nurturing and enjoying the environment and engineering sustainable products go hand-in-hand with helping communities and enterprises thrive. The faculty, staff, students and alumni of CNR are discovering and sharing real world solutions to real world problems every day.

About the NC Museum of Natural Sciences:

With 1.2 million visitors annually, the NCMNS <http://naturalsciences.org/> brings the public in contact with science and scientists. The Museum began in 1879, with many expansions to support both visitors and a growing research collection. In 2012, the NCMNS opened a new wing, the 80,000 ft2 educational and research facility called the Nature Research Center (NRC). Cooper’s lab is one of several enclosed in glass for visitors to view ongoing research by faculty and their students. The centerpiece of the museum is the Daily Planet, which is the largest globe in the world from the outside, and a 3-story multi-media theater on the inside. Cooper, graduate students, and other scientists have opportunities to talk to the public in this theater.

About the Campus & Community:

Campus life at NC State <https://www.ncsu.edu/> is lively and varied. It offers numerous opportunities for graduate students <https://grad.ncsu.edu/students/> hoping to build a rewarding and well-balanced life. The university is located in Raleigh, NC: consistently rated as one of the nation’s best places to live <https://realestate.usnews.com/places/north-carolina/raleigh-durham>, work and play!

If you have any questions about this assistantship opportunity, please contact either:

·       Dr. Caren Cooper <https://faculty.cnr.ncsu.edu/carencooper/> at
cbcoope3@ncsu.edu or 919-707-9273

·       Dr. Lincoln Larson <https://cnr.ncsu.edu/directory/lincoln-larson/>
 at LRLarson@ncsu.edu or 919-515-8947

*NC State is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information.*

 

Successful Night on Capitol Hill for the State of the Birds

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As many of you know, in August NABCI released a State of the Birds report focused on Farm Bill conservation programs and their benefits to birds.  One of NABCI’s key goals with this report is to inform and support a strong Farm Bill reauthorization in 2018, so the report’s release was only the beginning of a hard-hitting communication and outreach effort, targeted specifically at members of Congress who influence what is included in the next Farm Bill. 

As part of these efforts, on the night of October 4th, NABCI held a Farm Bill briefing in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. The speaker panel was impressive, with representatives from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative speaking about the importance of Farm Bill conservation programs to different regions, suites of species, general conservation, and private landowners. 

The Northern Bobwhite quail, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Golden-winged Warbler are three species whose habitats have been supported by Farm Bill Forestry programs. 

The Northern Bobwhite quail, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Golden-winged Warbler are three species whose habitats have been supported by Farm Bill Forestry programs. 

This event attracted strong participation from Congressional offices.  The briefing was co-sponsored by Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan and Senator John Boozman from Arkansas.  Senator Boozeman gave a few remarks to close out the briefing, and a senior staff member for Senator Stabenow spoke as well.  Other Senate offices sent staff to the briefing, including the offices of:  Senator Claire McCaskill (MO), Ben Cardin (MD), Tom Udall (NM), Bernie Sanders (VT), Richard Shelby (AL), Luther Strange (AL), Rob Portman (OH), Pat Roberts (KS), Tom Cotton (AR), John McCain (AZ), and Tim Kaine (VA).  The briefing attracted attention from the House of Representatives as well, with participation from the offices of Congressman Ted Yoho (FL), Don Bacon (NE), Chellie Pingree (ME), and Trent Kelly (MS).  Many of the staffers were frantically scribbling notes during the presentations- especially during Ken Rosenberg’s presentation, which kicked off the afternoon to give an overview of the Farm Bill State of the Birds. 

NACBI committee member Ken Rosenberg speaks about the State of the Birds report and Farm Bill conservation.

NACBI committee member Ken Rosenberg speaks about the State of the Birds report and Farm Bill conservation.

Although the briefing was excellent, perhaps the highlight of the evening was the subsequent reception, which NABCI co-hosted with the American Forest Foundation and Forest Resources Association.  The FRA represents ~500 organizations in the forest products industry.   The American Forest Foundation works with family forest owners to promote stewardship and conservation.  Bird conservation community members had the opportunity to mingle with private landowners from across the country, major land managers, and other representatives from the forest products industry, and share opportunities for collaboration.  One of the best comments overheard was from a private landowner from Alabama, who emphasized that most family forest owners want to do things for conservation - and they are looking for guidance on how.

This event was one of the first in what we hope will be many strong Farm Bill outreach efforts from the bird conservation community.  Several Joint Ventures are hosting Congressional field tours this fall, which will highlight projects that are positively influenced by the Farm Bill.  Some of our game-focused partnerships are conducting similar tours.  NABCI hopes that each of you will consider over the next year how you and your organization can use the State of the Birds report to showcase the importance of a strong Farm Bill to conservation.   

 

Written by Judith Scarl, US Coordinator of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative

PhD Opportunity: Ecology of Cats and Birds

 

The Flockhart Lab (tylerflockhart.com) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking an inspired PhD student to study the population ecology of free-roaming cats and birds in urban areas. The position involves conducting field surveys for birds and cats, vegetation/habitat sampling, interacting with residents and town administrators, and possibly mark-recapture of birds and fecal analysis. 

The ideal candidate would have skills in organizing volunteers, wildlife identification (must be proficient in eastern USA birds by sight and sound) and experience with the statistical software R. Individuals with bird banding experience would by extremely valuable to the project. Expect to communicate with partners, lead field staff, collaborate with diverse stakeholders and interact with researchers from a variety of institutions. 

The position will ideally start January 1, 2018 and is based at the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg is a small university town in western Maryland with an abundance of nearby outdoor recreational opportunities. Two years of support is available but the student will be expected to apply for both internal and external fellowships and funding opportunities for their research. 

To inquire about the opportunity please email with questions. To be considered for the position, please first email Tyler Flockhart (tyler.flockhart [at] umces.edu) a single PDF containing (1) a one-page statement of interest (2) a CV with relevant experience, unofficial transcripts & GRE (and if appropriate TOFEL) scores, and (3) contact information for two academic references. Please indicate “Wildlife Ecology PhD position” in your subject line. Your statement of interest should include why you suit the position and how the position will help you achieve your career goals. Applications will be evaluated as they are received but the deadline has been extended to September 15, 2017 as formal applications for grad school are due by the end of September, 2017

Job Opportunity: NC Sandhills ORISE Fellowship

The Nature Conservancy

North Carolina Sandhills ORISE Fellowship Announcement

 

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking candidates for one Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow stationed in the Conservation Center of the Sandhills located in Southern Pines, North Carolina.  This appointment will assist the TNC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to accomplish the mission of the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership (Partnership).  More information on the Partnership can be found at http://www.ncscp.org/.  Eligible candidates will have graduated with a natural resources related degree within three years of the hiring date.  The one-year appointment may be renewed for a total of up to four years for individuals with a master’s degree and up to 5 years for a PhD. We are looking for candidates who will commit to at least 3 years in this appointment. Information on the ORISE program can be found at: http://www.orau.org/maryland/participants/default.htm.  

The NC Sandhills TNC ORISE Fellow will help to advance the wildlife and habitat conservation mission of the Partnership through conservation planning and research, grant and project management, and data analysis. He or she will:

·               Provide technical GIS support for the Partnership.  Conduct GIS analyses to support conservation reserve design, land protection priorities, and special projects such as the Green Growth Toolbox.  Maintain updates and data records for the existing GIS database.

·               Support coordination of the Partnership by working directly with the Partnership Coordinator to facilitate meetings, participate in working groups, attend partner activities, and communicate with the public about the role of the Partnership.

·               Support implementation of the Partnership’s Monitoring Plan.  This will include collecting and compiling data on habitat quality, species, and management actions in longleaf pine, isolated wetland, and riparian habitats.

·               Support implementation of Partnership’s Conservation Plan, including compiling information for grant proposals and acquisition projects, promoting information sharing, and assisting with habitat management activities.  Maintain a geodatabase of management actions, results, and needs using Access and ArcGIS.

·               Conduct literature review and other research to inform actions of the Partnership.  Compile, synthesize, and communicate scientific or other information via oral and written presentations.

·               Assist TNC staff with prescribed burning, other land restoration activities, and fire effects monitoring.  Attend TNC staff meetings and retreats.  

 

Required Knowledge and Skills: 

1.         Bachelor’s degree required. Master of Science preferred in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife biology, or other relevant subject. Candidate must have graduated within the last 3 years.

2.         Familiarity with advanced principles of GIS and spatial modeling.

3.         Experience using ESRI software including ArcMap and other associated products.

4.         Proficiency in computer database management using Microsoft Access and/or willingness to learn.

5.         Ability to successfully work with a diverse suite of partners.

6.         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

7.         Familiarity with basic principles of conservation biology, ecology, and wildlife management.

8.         Familiarity with the longleaf pine ecosystem and related habitats and species, and/or willingness to learn.

9.         Certified in Wildland Firefighting and Prescribed Burning (S130/190, L180, I100) and/or willingness to become certified within 6 months and pass the pack test (carrying 45 pounds for 3 miles in 45 min).

10.      Able to pass federal security background check (includes fingerprinting) in order to access a government issued computer

11.      Highly motivated candidate who desires to be an effective part of a team that is on the leading edge of longleaf pine conservation.

 

The ORISE Fellow will not be an employee of The Nature Conservancy.  The Fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $3,400 - $3,900 depending on skills and experience. The Fellow will be responsible for his/her own taxes and health insurance.

The Nature Conservancy’s commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

For further information, please contact Jeff Marcus at (910) 915-8813.    To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and references to jmarcus@tnc.org by 8am September 25, 2017.

North Carolina Biodiversity Project Website

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone” Joni Mitchell famously lamented at the very start of the modern environmental movement. In the half century since then, conservation efforts have made tremendous advances but there is still a lot we don’t know, particularly about the number of plant and animal species we actually have in any one area, which species are declining and how fast, and what we can do to conserve them. This knowledge is needed more urgently now than ever, given the mounting rate of species extirpation and extinction. It also needs to be shared as widely as possible: successful conservation depends not only scientists and conservationists, but critically on a strong base of public support -- people in general need to continue to be interested in the natural world and to place a high value on its preservation.

The mission of the North Carolina Biodiversity Project is to compile and share information on the state’s multitude of species. We aim to describe all of what we have in the way of the state’s crickets, moles, ferns, salamanders, moths, mosses, damselflies, and whatever else flies, slithers, bounds, swims, creeps, or grows within North Carolina. In addition to providing lists of all the species verified to occur in the state, we also collect and share data on their distributions, phenologies, habitat associations, and conservation statuses as they exist specifically in our state.

In order to make this information as widely available and as useful as possible, we present it in a series of freely available websites and checklists. Our portal website is located at http://nc-biodiversity.com/ , which includes information on both our group and our individual members.  Its main function, however, is to provide a centralized set of links to our other, taxon-focused websites and checklists, as well as links to the websites of other groups that share our aims. From the Butterflies of North Carolina website originally created by Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard to the most recently added Orthoptera of North Carolina, we now have six websites up and running (some still works-in-progress). Checklists covering four additional taxonomic groups are also included and several more websites and lists are in the planning stages.

As outlined in our mission statement (see About the NCBP on our website), we hope to serve the interests of the scientific and conservation communities by providing as accurate and useful a set of records as possible. We also hope to enlist the general public as much as we can, both as a source of new information on species’ occurrences – several of our websites now allow online submission of records -- and as a critical base of support for conserving the state’s wondrous diversity of species and ecosystems. “Leave me the birds and the bees, Please”, as Joni Mitchell urged, but also the Venus Flytraps, Venus Flytrap Moths, Stygian Shadowdragons, Eastern Small-footed Bats, Rock-loving Coverts, Rock Gnome Lichens … the list is long!

Upcoming Request for Proposal: Henslow's Sparrow Breeding Ecology

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will soon issue a Request for Proposals (RFP - to be listed here) to investigate the breeding ecology of Henslow’s sparrows (Ammodramus henslowii) at its Voice of America Game Land in Beaufort County, NC. The Commission is proposing a 2-3 year study beginning Spring 2018 with the primary objective of quantifying sparrow reproductive success in relation to the use of prescribed fire.  The results of this study will be used to inform future management decisions for the species.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact John Carpenter (john.carpenter@ncwildlife.org) to discuss details or be notified when the RFP is issued.

Job Opportunity: Avian Conservation Biologist

The Species Conservation Planning Section (SCP) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking to fill a Biologist III position to assist the Section’s Avian Conservation Coordinator with conservation implementation and other avian conservation issues in Florida. If interested, please see the following job posting and contact information. Job posting closes on July 19th.

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/OCALA-OPS-F-&-W-BS-III-TNSM-77904004-FL-32399/416212700/

 

Contact: 

Craig Faulhaber, Avian Conservation Coordinator

craig.faulhaber@MyFWC.com

 

 

 

Upcoming Request for Proposal: Double-Crested Cormorants

In the coming weeks, The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP - to be listed here) to investigate the movement and populations of wintering Double-Crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritis) in North Carolina. The Commission is proposing a 2-year study beginning this winter to track monthly population levels, individual movements, and nest site associations. The overall purpose is to inform future management decisions for the species.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact Scott Anderson (scott.anderson@ncwildlife.org) or Allen Boynton (allen.boynton@ncwildlife.org) to discuss details or be notified when the RFP is issued.

Citizen Science Association Conference 2017

Interested in citizen science and how it is being used across disciplines, geographic boundaries, and scientific fields?

Want to see the latest research, projects, trends, and experiments in citizen science?

Join leading educators, researchers, community organizations, and others interested in citizen science at CitSci2017, May 17-20th in St. Paul, Minnesota, for four days offering:

  •   440 presentations- technical talks, symposia, and posters
  •   A Project Slam competition
  •   Create Together Day- an expert-led Hackathon to enhance citizen science ideas and tools
  •   A Night in the Cloud evening event featuring segments from the new PBS documentary series The Crowd and The Cloud
  •   Opening reception at the Science Museum of Minnesota
  •   Full day of workshops
  •   Field trips, a Bioblitz, and a public Festival

Our conferences give attendees the opportunity to access new resources and build connections that take their citizen science work to the next level. When asked what they love about our conferences, people say:

“I've been networking with new people thanks to the meeting, which has resulted in my being included as a collaborator on some new grants and has improved my access to resources that others have developed.  The networking opportunities afforded by the meeting were truly excellent.”

“Becoming aware of the depth and breadth of citizen science across the many disciplines of science, from neurons to great-blue herons, from microbes to whales.  Until you literally “meet” the people doing this work, it is easy to take it for granted or underestimate it.”

Visit www.citizenscience.org/citsci2017<http://www.citizenscience.org/citsci2017> for more information and to register. Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are also available, contact info@citizenscience.org<mailto:info@citizenscience.org>.

 

 

Connect and share before the event: We Tweet @CitSciAssoc about #CitSci2017

Call for Human Dimensions Success Stories in Bird Conservation

Please help us by submitting your human dimensions success stories in bird conservation!

(c) Missy McGaw NC Wildlife Resources Commission

(c) Missy McGaw NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The greater bird conservation community has identified a need for human dimensions success stories to be collected, organized, and shared with the community. As such, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Human Dimensions Subcommittee has volunteered to take on this project and we've created the following Google form to help collect and characterize the success stories where human dimensions/social science has been used to benefit bird conservation.

For the purposes of this data collection, success is defined as some sort of management, program (or approach), monitoring or conservation status change in response to considering/collecting the HD information. For example, what changed after HD information was collected?

Thank you in advance for helping us with this exciting and useful project! Authors will be contacted before success stories are posted.

The following link provides an example of how to complete the form. Feel free to submit multiple success stories by completing 1 form per success story.

Please feel free to send any papers and additional products related to your story to Ashley Gramza, NABCI Human Dimensions Subcommittee Co-Chair and National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator, agramza@vt.edu

Job Opportunity: NC Birding Trail Technician

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic person to serve as NC Birding Trail technician This position will help administer this ongoing statewide project. Please see the details below (or check out this pdf version):

Description

We will employ an assistant to the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB) to help administer the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT), and assist in other bird conservation projects as needed.

The primary duties this position will be responsible for engaging the public through social media, website, and at in person events. Additionally, the position with help with logistical duties related to NC Birding Trail site management and development of a new print version of the NC Birding Trail Guide. There may be opportunities for field work on various projects depending on availability and experience of the successful applicant.

The primary duties of the NCBT Assistant will be:

•         Develop content for website, social media and newsletter for NCBT (Twitter, Facebook, MailChimp/blog)

–         Prior experience managing social media in a business setting required - creativity a must!

–         Develop content for the NCBT website

•         Assist in the planning and development of a printed NC Birding Trail Guide or other promotional materials. This will be a complex, multi-partner project. The assistant’s duties may include:

–         Composing content for professional publication on websites, and in printed guide.

–         Communicating needs of the NCBT Steering Committee to graphics designers and publishers

–         Assisting with the procurement of media and graphics

–         Carrying out the needs and direction of the NCBT Steering Committee

The skills, experience, and enthusiasm of the successful applicant will determine the breadth and depth of any additional projects to work on. These may include:

•         Assist in the re-design of the NCBT website

•         Assist in the re-design of the NCBT Birder-Friendly Business Program

•         Attend/Represent the NCBT at events. The NCBT will often be present at festivals and other outdoor/bird related events. This requires engaging the public in conversations about birds and birdwatching, developing activities for younger participants.

•         Visit NCBT sites across the state

•         Assist with implementation of other activates outlined in the NCBT Strategic Plan

•         Literature review for other projects

The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various locations in the state will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work week averages 40 hours but longer work weeks may be required. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.

NC Birding Trail

The NCBT's mission is to champion conservation of bird habitat by promoting sustainable bird watching activities, economic opportunities, and education. Much of this work is carried out through publicizing the NCBT and raising awareness of the importance of habitat conservation and its connection to local economies.

Compensation

$14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.

Duration

11-months, begin April 2017

Qualifications

Four-year degree majoring in either recreation, tourism, communications, wildlife, or related disciplines.

Skills & Experience

•         Required

–         Knowledge of and familiarity with birding and the birding community (North Carolina experience preferred). Applicant will not be required to be a bird identification expert.

–         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

•         Demonstrated experience composing and editing publication-worthy content for both print and online media. Ability to modify writing style to fit venue (e.g., printed guide vs. social media).

•         Knowledge of the subject matter is helpful, but of greater use is innate communicative skill, particularly the abilities to ask incisive questions and to generalize broad information both pithily and accurately.

–         Proven track record working independently and in teams, working on multiple projects, and meeting deadlines.

–         Proficiency managing multiple social media accounts and a demonstrated understanding of the content and strategy appropriate to each.

–         Expert-level proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

–         Good organizational skills, personal motivation, and a love of wildlife work are essential!

–         Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5 & CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., WordPress)

•         Preferred

–         Ability to identify birds of North Carolina by sight and sound

–         Experience managing and manipulating data (e.g., retrieving data from online sources, formatting for data analyses)

Location

Raleigh, NC

Applications

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Scott Anderson at scott.anderson@ncwildlife.org. Please include the applicant’s name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.

Deadline for application is March 31st, or until the position is filled.

Job Opportunity: Data Analysis Technician

If you or anyone you know is interested in working on bird research projects and supporting NCPIF with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, please reply to the announcement below (or see the pdf version here):

Description

This temporary, 11-month position will assist the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB) with new and ongoing monitoring and research projects.

This year, the focus will be on data analysis and publication of a recently-completed 4-year project, the Riparian Breeding Bird Survey, the administration of North Carolina Partners in Flight, and assistance starting a project focused on double-crested cormorants.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in field surveys/projects and other duties focused on bird conservation issues throughout the year. These may include participation in larger-scale efforts such as the US Nightjar Network and Breeding Bird Surveys. Depending on the desires, skills, and abilities of the applicant, there may be opportunities for leading other WRC-priority projects may be developed and executed.

Primary duties of the Piedmont BCB Assistant will be:

•         Data management, entry, and analysis for the recently completed Riparian Breeding Bird Survey field work.

–         Data management and entry

–         Assist with data analysis

–         Create presentation materials (e.g., maps, graphs, photos)

–         Literature review

–         Assist in writing a final report, potentially for publication

–         Assist in development of plan for future riparian breeding bird monitoring (potentially including a citizen science component).

•         Assist with coordination of NC Partners in Flight

–         Developing and posting website content for a periodic newsletter and on social media.

–         Develop and maintain outreach materials related to projects.

•         Assist the BCB in addressing double-crested cormorant issues. This may include:

–         Development of double-crested cormorant informational materials

–         Field work to develop protocols and meet with constituents

–         Other duties as assigned

The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. The successful applicant will likely work out of their residence. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various locations in the state will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work week averages 40 hours. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.

Compensation

$14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.

Duration

11-months, begin April 2017

 Qualifications

Four-year degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Fisheries, Statistics, IT, or related field.

Skills & Experience

Required

  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife management and research, including a familiarity of assumptions of statistical techniques and the resulting requirements for data collection.
  • Strong proficiency with GIS and statistical software
    • Program R
    • ArcGIS (including GPS use, mapping data points, basic spatial analysis)
    • Expert data manipulation skills for analysis and for presentation of data
  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access.
  • Very good interpersonal skills as we work with many partners, volunteers, and the general public
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, personal motivation, ability to meet deadlines, and work independently

Preferred

  • Ability to identify southeastern birds by sight and sound. Experience conducting point counts or line transect surveys.
  • Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5 & CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., Wordpress)
  • Programming experience in Python
  • Comfortable working independently and responsibly in field conditions. Field conditions may range from hot, humid weather with biting insects in the summer to cold, rainy weather in the early spring and late fall.

Application

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Scott Anderson at scott.anderson@ncwildlife.org. Please include the applicant’s name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.

Deadline for application is April 14th, or until the position is filled.

Job Opportunity: 6-Month Waterbird Technician

Great Egret chicks on Monkey Island

If you or someone you know is interested in getting exceptional experience during a 6-month position with the NCWRC Waterbirds Investigations and Management Project, please respond to the announcement below:

Job Description: This position will assist the Wildlife Diversity Biologist (coastal waterbirds) with posting & protection of waterbird nesting habitats; preparation for & conducting standardized surveys of colonial waterbirds & shorebirds; data recording and entry into online databases; maintenance & repair of supplies & equipment; assistance with volunteer coordination; assistance with all aspects of waterbird meetings; data & literature searches; and other duties as they arise. The position requires frequent travel with occasional overnight stays. Primary responsibility will be central to northern coastal sites of North Carolina. Duty station will be a home office, ideally located in New Bern or a nearby coastal county.

Qualifications: Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology, Management, or Biology; Ecology; Zoology; Marine Biology; or similar field. Ability to identify shorebirds, terns, wading birds, gulls and other waterbirds. Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GIS software. Very good organizational skills. Conscientious data entry and management. Experience operating a boat in tidal waters, loading it onto a trailer, and driving a 4WD truck with trailer preferred. Very good interpersonal skills as we work with many partners, volunteers, and members of the public.

Compensation: $14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.

Duration: 6 months; begin April 2017.

Contact: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Dr. Sara Schweitzer at sara.schweitzer@ncwildlife.org

Deadline: March 31, 2017, Friday (an exception might be possible for a late submission)