Newsline November 28, 2016

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Good News Item

  1. US Aquatic Biodiversity Map coming soon; citizen scientists will need to help.
  2. Trumpeter swan restoration marks a milestone.

Around EVST

  1. EVST student produces radio program on the Stream Team for MTPR.
  2. EVST alum reads her poems along with Montana Poet Laureate, Dec 2.
  3. EVST’ers calling local dances in December.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. EVST Group hosts film viewing and discussion, Nov 30 at 5:00pm.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Nominate Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Heroes by Jan 15.
  2. Blackfoot land management council seeks members, apply by Nov 30. 
  3. Help strengthen the next generation of land stewards, meeting Nov 29.
  4. Rally for Safe Products, Dec 1. 
Educational Opportunities
  1. Social Equity in Public Administration, Nov 28.
  2. Flathead Basin studies – pollution and invasive species, Nov 29.
  3. Opening for Spring 2017 semester flat-mate at the UM FLAT, apply by Dec. 1.
  4. Elk management in the Northern Sapphires, Dec 2.
  5. Planetarium show at UM Payne Native American Center, Dec 2.
  6. Avalanche Awareness, Nov 30 & Dec 7. and Avalanche Transceiver clinics, Dec 4 & Dec 11.
  7. Explore wintering birds in Mission Valley, Dec 4.
  8. Make the most out of your time in graduate school and land a killer job after graduation. 
  9. Give a paper at Floodplain conference in Missoula next spring, abstracts due by Dec 30. 
  10. 7th Intl. Symposium on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, abstracts due Jan 30.

Jobs and Internships

(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Spring Internships with Forward Montana, apply by Dec 15.
  2. Campus organizer (paid) for American Rivers, apply by Dec 30.
  3. Graduating in Dec? American Rivers has position for you, in Washington DC, apply by Jan 31.

Funding

  1. Grants for Wildlife Projects, apply by Dec 15.
  2. American Alpine Club Research Grants, Apply by January 15, 2017.

Housing

  1. Room for Rent, Available December 1.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Missoula Bike Auction, Nov 30.
  2. Celebrate with Climate Smart Missoula, Dec 1. 
  3. Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet, Helena, MT. Dec 3.
  4. Write a trail description for MT Wilderness Association on your favorite getaway place.
  5. Area Holiday Get Togethers.

Good News Item

US Aquatic Biodiversity Map coming soon; citizen scientists will need to help. 

New e-DNA techniques make it possible to determine what species live in a stream just from water samples. As the technology improves, US Forest Service and UM researchers hope to create a dynamic map of aquatic species around the US. The information will be integrated with climate data to assess impact of climate change on aquatic biodiversity. Many samples are needed, and USFS is hoping that citizens will help.  Read article “Scientists Go Big With First Aquatic Species Map for US West

Trumpeter swan restoration marks a milestone.

The Blackfoot Challenge has been working with a host of partners to restore trumpeter swans to the Blackfoot watershed since 2003, and we are excited to report that 2016 has seen the most pairs of trumpeters in the Blackfoot, the greatest number of nests, and the most cygnets hatched here since reintroduction efforts began. Read more at Blackfoot Valley Adopt a Swan.

Around EVST

EVST student produces radio program on the Stream Team for MTPR. 

EVST student Noah Rott produced an MTPR radio program on Watershed Education Network’s Stream Team program. The stream team monitors local stream water quality often in collaboration with local watershed groups. The program has aired several times on MTPR and may again in the future. But you can listen or read the article written by Noah “Citizen Scientists Get Hands-On Experience At Lolo Creek” at the MTPR website.

EVST alum reads her poems along with Montana Poet Laureate, Dec 2. 

EVST alum Karen Schalm (now coordinator of UM’s Creative Writing program), will read some of her poems along with several other local poets, including Montana Poet Laureate and UM alumnus Michael Earl Craig. The poets will share poems and memories of UM’s Creative Writing Program dating back to the days of Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees. Read more: Montana Poet Laureate to Read From New Anthology For more info Contact: Karin Schalm, program coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267, karin.schalm@mso.umt.edu. WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.

EVST’ers calling local dances in December.

EVST alum Caroline Stephens will call the Square Dance at the Top Hat on Dec 6 while the Beet Tops play old time tunes. No experience needed, dances are taught and called. Free, but donations gratefully accepted. WHEN: Dec 6 from 8-10pm; WHERE: Top Hat, 134 W. Front.

EVST professor Vicki Watson will call a contra dance for First Night (Dec 31) to old time tunes by Sassafras Stomp. No experience needed; dances are taught and called.  Note – you will need a First Night button to attend. WHEN: Dec 31 from 6-8pm; WHERE: Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins.

Featured Events

EVST Group hosts film viewing and discussion, Nov 30 at 5:00pm.

What: "How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change”. When/Where: Wednesday, Nov 30, 5 p.m. Movie starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. at 1151 W. Broadway. Why: To take action for climate change in our community and fundraise for the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund, which supports the legal defense of warriors protecting land, water, and human rights. Created by Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND), “How to Let Go of the World” takes us on a journey across 12 countries on six continents to ask, “What are the things that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?” This documentary will uplift and inspire you to be a positive force for change. After the film, local nonprofits including Climate Smart Missoula, 350 Missoula, Reinvest Montana, and the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center will highlight ways to take action on climate and social justice issues in our own community. The movie is about two hours long, so feel free to bring food. Event is FREE and open to the public. Donations to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund will be accepted via cash or credit card.

Volunteer Opportunities

Nominate Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Heroes by Jan 15.

The MT Wetland Council and Watershed Coordination Council are seeking nominations for the 2017 Montana Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Awards. The awards ceremony will be March 20, 2017 at the Montana State Capitol, and will recognize and honor individuals and groups who exemplify excellence and commitment to wetland or watershed conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement in Montana. Nominations are due by January 15. Details and nomination form in Word document can be downloaded from DEQ Wetlands

Blackfoot land management council seeks members, apply by Nov 30. 

The Blackfoot Community Conservation Area (BCCA) Council manages, on behalf of the community, the 5,609-acre Core area of the BCCA. To represent the diversity of community interests, the Council is comprised of 15 people, representing these interests: landowners, government agencies, user groups (recreationists, businesses, etc). The Council is seeking applicants to fill three-year term positions, beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2019. Applications are due Nov 30 and for more information/application please visit BLACKFOOT COMMUNITY CONSERVATION AREA APPLICATIONS. 

Help strengthen the next generation of land stewards, meeting Nov 29.

The Blackfoot Challenge Education Committee designs stellar place-based educational programs that get kids outdoors to learn about natural resources and the rural way of life in the Blackfoot. Composed of teachers and interested community members, this committee meets twice annually to discuss and design programs like Trumpeter Swan Release DayYouth Field Day, the Naturalist Speaker Series, and stream and forest monitoring. They're looking for new members, and the next meeting is November 29 at Trixi's in Ovando. If you're interested in getting involved, contact Education Coordinator Elaine Caton: elaine@blackfootchallenge.org

Rally for Safe Products, Dec 1. 

Women’s Voices for the Earth invites you to join a rally outside the Missoula Dollar Tree store on Dec 1 to ask for safe products now!   A report by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions found products from Dollar Tree contained toxic chemicals like lead, phthalates, polyvinyl chloride, chromium, antimony and others. These chemicals cause asthma, cancer, learning disabilities and other ailments. This is one of 50 other actions at Dollar Stores around the country this week. Let us know you’re coming at: erins@womensvoices.org When/Where: Thursday, Dec 1, from 12:30 – 1:00 PM at Dollar Tree 2704 Brooks St. What’s needed: You!  We’ll have signs and info available.

Educational Opportunities

Social Equity in Public Administration, Nov 28.

Beverly Edmond, UM Provost, will speak on “Social Equity in Public Administration--An African-American Perspective”. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, Nov 28, 3:00-4:30 PM at UM Law School, Room 101.

Flathead Basin studies – pollution and invasive species, Nov 29. 

Tom Bansak of the UM Biostation on Flathead Lake will speak on Aquatic Invasive Species issues in the Flathead basin and beyond. Flathead Lake’s food chain has changed drastically over the years due to introduction of a series of exotic species. Recent detection of invasive mussels in Montana have resulted in boating closures in some areas, and in increased monitoring for invasive species in Flathead Lake. Tom will also tell about summer classes offered at the biostation – a beautiful place to spend some or all of the summer (scholarships available). WHEN/WHERE: Nov 29, 3:30-4:50pm at Soc Sci building, room 352.

Opening for Spring 2017 semester flat-mate at the UM FLAT, apply by Dec. 1.

All departments encouraged to apply. The UM FLAT is a living and learning demonstration house for our campus and community, come join us as we make sustainable living more approachable! Applications due December 1st at 5pm MST.  

Elk management in the Northern Sapphires, Dec 2. 

Please join MPG Ranch for refreshments and a presentation by Philip Ramsey and Craig Jourdonnais on elk management in the Northern Sapphires. Currently, elk numbers are at an all-time high and exceed population objectives. Hear their ideas on how to increase hunter access to private lands in this area, while working to preserve herd health and genetic diversity. Discussion and comment will follow the presentation. WHEN: Dec 2, Open house is 5-5:30pm; presentation and Q&A is from 5:30-7pm. WHERE: MPG Office—Building B. Located next-door to Rockin’ Rudys. 

Planetarium show at UM Payne Native American Center, Dec 2.

A UM Physics and Astronomy faculty member will lead a tour of the current night skies of Missoula, pointing out noteworthy objects, constellations, planets or upcoming events visible in the night sky. The show will then shift to an engaging topic chosen by that evening’s presenter. Topics range from unique night-sky phenomena, our solar system and its exploration, extrasolar planets within the Milky Way, stellar groupings in our galaxy or large-scale patterns of the universe as a whole. Admission is open to all, but tickets must be purchased in advance through Eventbrite. Shows often sell out in advance. WHEN/WHERE:  Dec 2 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. in Native American Center room 13.

Avalanche Awareness, Nov 30 & Dec 7. and Avalanche Transceiver clinics, Dec 4 & Dec 11.

Refresh yourself on how to stay safe while out enjoying the snow. The Outdoor Program will host two free avalanche awareness lectures, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, to help keep you informed on the dangers of the backcountry and how to recognize the signs of potential avalanche. WHEN/WHERE:  Nov 30 & Dec 7, at 6pm in UM’s North Underground Lecture Hall. The Outdoor Program will also host two avalanche transceiver clinics this winter, serving as an introduction to and/or a refresher course on using avalanche transceivers. The first class will be on Sunday, Dec. 4 (register by Dec. 2) and the second class will be on Sunday, Dec. 11 (register by Dec. 9). The classes are from 9-2 pm at the Outdoor Program (UM Student Recreation Center), and they cost $15 each, which includes instructions and a beacon.

Explore wintering birds in Mission Valley, Dec 4.

On Sunday, December 4, Five Valleys Audubon will explore the Mission Valley in search of raptors and other wintering birds. At this time of year the Mission Valley draws one of the highest concentrations of wintering birds of prey in the western United States. Raptors that might be seen include Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, and owls, falcons, and eagles. Meet in the northwest corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot for departure at 7:50 a.m. or at the Cenex station on the south side of Ronan at 9 a.m. for this all-day trip. Bring a lunch and dress warmly. For more information call 549-5632.

Make the most out of your time in graduate school and land a killer job after graduation. 

ICN offers 1 credit seminar on how to thrive in graduate school and in the job-search period thereafter. The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Network (ICN) is a graduate student initiative that promotes interdisciplinary research and professional development. The course (1 credit) will take place on Mondays during the spring semester from 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Topics to be covered include how to run effective committee/advisor meetings, how to maintain a healthy work-life balance, how to give compelling presentations, how to use academic experience to find work outside academia, how to hone your CV, and how to network both in academia and the private sector. Students will leave this course uniquely prepared to enter the labor market or to continue their paths through the academic world. Additionally, students will have the chance to be a part of a diverse cohort of graduate students from an array of departments and programs. The CRN is 35197 and the course can be found on CyberBear under Biology-General, Special Topics course number 595; the course instructor is listed as Mandy Lynn Slate.

Give a paper at Floodplain conference in Missoula next spring, abstracts due by Dec 30. 

The Association of Montana Floodplain Managers (AMFM) invites you to consider presenting at the Annual AMFM Conference, March 6-9, 2017 in Missoula. Abstracts must be received by December 30. If you are interested more info can be found at the DNRC link (pdf). If you have been doing any research in the floodplain, it may be of interest.  Floodplain managers are interested in learning about all the services provided by floodplains.

7th Intl. Symposium on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, abstracts due Jan 30.

The symposium will be held August 22-26, 2017, Big Sky Resort, MT. WETPOL is the preeminent global conference bringing together scientists, engineers and practitioners working on the use of wetlands for water quality improvement. To be held in the USA for the first time, this conference will create unique opportunities for collaborative exchange and new participants are encouraged to attend. A full program focused on domestic wastewater treatment wetlands, urban stormwater wetlands and bio-swales, riparian wetland restoration, wetlands in agricultural settings and wetland biogeochemistry is planned. The conference will include one day of field trips to explore examples of constructed, restored and unique natural wetlands and riparian areas in the region. More information can be found at the WETPOL 2017 page, and includes links for formatting and submitting abstracts.

Jobs and Internships

Spring Internships with Forward Montana, apply by Dec 15.

Forward Montana is looking for 8 spring 2017 interns interested in learning the ins and outs of grassroots organizing in Montana. Through a combination of class time and field-hours interns develop skill sets in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaign planning, event planning, citizen lobbying, mobilizing peers, organizing technology and voter registration all while earning 2 upper division credits. Please contact Michael Nelson at michael@forwardmontana.org with questions. Applications available today! All applications are due no later than December 15, 2016. 

Campus organizer (paid) for American Rivers, apply by Dec 30.

American Rivers seeks an independent contractor to serve as a part-time campus organizer who will coordinate on-campus and Missoula-based outreach efforts for our Northern Rockies office. The contractor will help build support for our campaign to gain new protections for rivers flowing across public and private lands in western Montana. Contract wages are $2,500 based on approximately 10-12 hours a week over the semester and based upon achieving the deliverables of the contract. Preferred start & end dates: Jan 23-May 20, 2017. Apply by Dec 30. Campus Organizer job description and application information.

Graduating in Dec? American Rivers has position for you, in Washington DC, apply by Jan 31.

The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers provides an excellent professional development opportunity for talented post-graduates pursuing careers as leaders in the field of conservation advocacy. Recent graduate degree (MA/MS/PhD/JD/MBA) recipients will focus on an applied research project that will make a tangible contribution to American Rivers’ mission. Working with a team of professional staff, the Fellow will apply practical research and advocacy skills and develop a network of professional contacts in their field of expertise. The Fellow will be an integral part of a dynamic organization comprised of experienced conservationists and emerging leaders, and will participate in a range of river conservation activities. Full information and application at American Rivers

Funding

Grants for Wildlife Projects

Apply by Dec 15.  Applications are now being accepted for the Audubon Wildlife Fund of Montana grant program through December 15, 2016. The program gives small grants (approx. $500 suggested maximum) to projects benefiting nongame wildlife and their habitats. Funds can be used for mileage, equipment, printing, and communications (but not salaries, stipends, and personal equipment). For more information, including a grant application, guidelines, and a list of past grant recipients, visit the Montana Audubon website.

American Alpine Club Research Grants

Apply by January 15, 2017. The AAC Research Grants support scientific endeavors in the mountains and crags around the world. Grant Objective: Fund projects that contribute vital knowledge of our climbing environment, enrich our understanding of global climber impacts and support and improve the health and sustainability of mountain environments and habitats. Grant Amounts: $200-$1500. Application Period: November 15, 2016 – January 15, 2017. Application Instructions areavailable on the AAC Research Grants webpage.

Housing

Room for Rent, Available December 1.

Lower level room with private bath available to rent! $575/month plus utilities (internet, water, electricity). Lease goes through June 1st 2017—perfect for the semester schedule. Located less than a block away from Draughtworks and Missoula Fresh Market. Seeking a friendly, respectful housemate. View full posting on Craiglist; Contact Amelia Thornton at 406-250-5616 or ameliarthornton@gmail.com

Miscellaneous - Resources

Missoula Bike Auction, Nov 30.

The next City of Missoula bike auction will take place Wednesday, November 30th at Gardner Auction Service beginning at 5pm.  The bicycles auctioned typically have been lost or stolen and have been recovered by local law enforcement.  The City keeps the bicycles for 60 days.  After that, any that are not claimed by their owners can be sold at auction.  Bikes are available to view at Gardner's beginning at 8am the morning of the auction. Contact: Ben Weiss, Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager 406-552-6352 WHEN: Nov 30, 5 pm until all the bikes are gone or midnight. WHERE: Gardner's Auction Service at 4810 Hwy 93S.

Celebrate with Climate Smart Missoula, Dec 1. 

2016 marks the first full year of Climate Smart Missoula. Come Celebrate with them. WHEN: Dec 1 from 5 pm until closing. WHERE: 1151 W Broadway St.

Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet, Helena, MT. Dec 3.

The Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame honors people, both living and deceased, who have made significant and lasting contributions to the restoration and conservation of Montana’s wildlife and wild places. The purpose of the awards is to recognize Montana’s historical and contemporary conservation leaders and to ensure their stories become part of Montana’s outdoor heritage. Please join us on December 3 at the Radisson Colonial Inn in Helena for the banquet. Banquet tickets are $50 per person and includes dinner, entertainment by Shane Clouse, and the awards presentation. For information or to purchase tickets, please visit Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation.

Write a trail description for MT Wilderness Association on your favorite getaway place. 

MWA asks hikers to place trail descriptions of their favorite trails on MWA’s interactive trail map. Here’s how: 1. Go hike (or ski, run, ride horseback…) 2. Jot down driving directions and trail info. Take this field worksheet with you to record all the info you’ll need. 3. Send three to five photos and your notes to krandzio@wildmontana.org. And she’ll add your description to hikewildmontana.org. More than 100 volunteers have already helped add 300 trails, but we’re still missing lots of great destinations. If you would like to see if your favorite trail has been added or you would like to make additions, visit hikewildmontana.org and check it out!

Area Holiday Get Togethers

  • Clark Fork Coalition’s annual Holiday Party, Dec 2. Join your fellow river rats in celebrating the season – great food & drinks – all free. You can support the Coalition by buying raffle tickets, participating in their online auction, or just JOINING! When/Where:  Friday, Dec 2, 5-9pm, 140 S. 4th W.
  • Five Valleys Land Trust Holiday Party, Dec 2. Enjoy some holiday cheer with friends and discuss this year’s challenges and accomplishments. When/Where: Dec 2 from 5-7pm at 120 Hickory Street. 
  • Montana Wilderness Association Holiday Party & potluck. Dec 5. Holiday cheer & friends plus Wilderness Hero award, info on WildFest 2017 & Winter Wilderness Walks, elections & annual report of accomplishments. When/Where: Dec 5, 6-8pm at 2230 McDonald Ave. 
  • Bitterroot Water Forum Holiday Party – a Celebration of Clean Water and Community! When/Where: Tuesday, December 13th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Elks Lodge 203 State St, Hamilton, MT 59840 What: A chance to celebrate and thank you for your support of clean water in the Bitterroot.

This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.