Newsline November 6, 2017
EVST ranked in highest value pool in UM’s reprioritization process!
- Dr. Rosalyn LaPier to present at the Wheeler Center in Bozeman, Nov 6.
- Bob Ream Lecture and Memorial Gathering, Nov 8 – Please note time and venue changes!
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)
EVST prof Dan Spencer speaks on “Knowing Earth, Loving Earth: Ethics and Science in the Anthropocene”, Nov 8.
- Reinvest Montana meets Mondays.
- November volunteer opportunities with MT Natural History Program.
- Help Track the Fall Raptor Migration at MPG Ranch, Nov 8.
- Help reseed land near Rock Creek, Nov 14.
- Songbird Saver: Help Test New App to Help Prevent Birds from Colliding into Towers.
- Strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making about dams, Nov 6.
- Community meeting on closed Frenchtown pulp mill Superfund Site, Dec 7.
- Stream Ecology talk, Nov 8.
- Monarch Butterflies – their story, Nov 9.
- Botanical Stories from the Bitterroot, Nov 9.
- Seed Saving Classes for farmers with Organic Seed Alliance, Nov 11 & 12.
- What’s Up with Peregrine Falcons in Montana, Nov 13.
- Solar-Ease workshop, Nov 14.
- Produce Safety Grower Training: Nov. 14 - Bozeman, Dec. 6 - Great Falls.
- Building a Healthier Missoula: Promoting Health Equity for All summit, Nov 16.
- Some interesting Geography courses offered spring 2018.
- Internships with the UM FLAT, Spring 2018.
- Jobs with Impact for those graduating soon.
- Yellowstone Forever seeks seasonal instructors.
- Montana Outdoor Science School seeks Executive Director, Bozeman, Montana.
- GIS job in Missoula, apply by Dec 1.
- Industrial Technology Career Fair Planned for Nov. 15 at Missoula College West Campus.
- MTCC Civic Engagement Scholarship for UnderGrads, Application deadline Nov 27.
- Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship 2018 Program, apply by Jan 3.
- MT Water Center has Water Resource Fellowships for Graduate Students, deadline Nov 21.
- How can I ensure that I will finish my degree in a timely fashion? Register ASAP!
- Watershed Education Network FUNdraiser – U NITE on Nov 8.
- Gobble, Gobble, Garage Sale fundraiser for the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, Nov 11.
- Learning about and supporting Agroecology, submit comments by Dec 1.
- New Sustainability Educator for Missoula County will work on Climate Action Plan.
- Free books!
EVST ranked in highest value pool in UM’s reprioritization process!
EVST has been receiving congratulations from other departments for being ranked in the highest value pool of programs by UM’s reprioritization process – see more here. This means that the EVST program is a priority for development and growth. And why is that? EVST prof Len Broberg expressed it well: We are blessed with terrific students, outstanding teachers, premier fundraisers, top-notch staff and creative innovators. All that energy and tireless devotion to EVST wins us the honest appreciation of our colleagues. Good work everyone, and special thanks to Chair Phil Condon for stepping in straight off a sabbatical to take on all this work and see us to a successful conclusion. So, take some time to celebrate and congratulate one another.
Dr. Rosalyn LaPier to present at the Wheeler Center in Bozeman, Nov 6.
Please join us for an evening with Rosalyn LaPier, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Montana, will present "From Prairies to the Atomic Age: Family and Farming on the Blackfeet Reservation" as part of the Center for Western Lands and Peoples’ Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series. After the demise of the Northern Plains bison, the U.S. government worked to turn the Blackfeet into farmers and ranchers. Yet, the winter of 1920 was almost as bleak at the "starvation winter" of 1883. In 1921, the U.S. government tried a new system, the "Five Year Industrial Program," and organized communities under the auspices of the "Piegan Farming and Livestock Association." Aimsback, a traditional spiritual leader, became a farmer and community leader. His family story reflects the changing world of the Blackfeet from the prairies to the atomic age in Montana. Rosalyn LaPier is an award winning Indigenous writer, ethnobotanist and environmental historian who studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) learned from elders and the academic study of environmental and religious history. As an activist, her longtime passions include environmental justice on Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. This year, as a National Steering Committee member, she was one of the organizers of the March for Science held on April 22, the largest day of science advocacy in history. Her latest book is “Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet”. LaPier, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis, holds a bachelor’s in physics and a Ph.D. in environmental history. This talk is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The talk will be followed by a reception in the lobby of the Museum of the Rockies. When/Where: 6PM on November 6 at the Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium, Bozeman.
Bob Ream Lecture and Memorial Gathering, Nov 8 – Please note time and venue changes!
Bob Ream was a long-time friend of EVST and the Environment. He died earlier this year. He will be honored on the UM campus with this program: 11am: a public lecture by UM Forestry’s Diane Boyd in Forestry 106, “It’s the Journey and the Destination for Montana’s Wolves”. 5:30 -7:30 pm: a memorial gathering that evening for everyone at the Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Dr. up the Rattlesnake. We hope to do some fundraising for The Bob Ream Memorial Fund for Wilderness and Civilization as well. Bring stories, pictures to share. There will be PIE. Here is the link for the FB event page.
EVST prof Dan Spencer speaks on “Knowing Earth, Loving Earth: Ethics and Science in the Anthropocene”. Nov 8.
Dan Spencer will be the final speaker in the lecture series ¨Navigating a Changing World: Challenges We Face and Where to Find Hope”. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm at the Missoula Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Cost: Free for students. Others: $10/$5 MNHC members. Registration recommended. Please visit www.MontanaNaturalist.org for more information.
Reinvest Montana meets Mondays.
UM students have voted several times to divest from fossil fuels, but the UM Foundation continues to stay in these investments. Reinvest Montana is a student group working on divestment. They invite you to attend their weekly meetings and see how you can help. Meetings are Mondays at 6 pm in UC 329. You can contact Reinvest MT here.
November volunteer opportunities with MT Natural History Program.
Helping with evening programs: Nov 8, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Climate Change Lecture Series with Dan Spencer; Help with check-in, drinks, and clean-up as needed. Clean-up entails lifting of chairs and a stage. Bonus: you hear the lecture for free! Nov 29, & 30 5-7 p.m. - Holiday Wreath Workshop; Assist participants with wreath and bow creation, and assist with clean-up. Some background in wreath making or bow tying required. Lead a Discovery Day (hike, craft class, etc.) Working with kids: Homeschool program – Fridays 1-2pm; Mini Naturalists program (pre-K), Thursdays 9:45-11:30am; Kids Activity, Saturday Nov 18 2-3pm, using the microscope. For more information and to sign up, contact Christine Morris here.
Help Track the Fall Raptor Migration at MPG Ranch, Nov 8.
Join MPG Ranch (near Lolo) and Raptor View Research Institute as we track the fall raptor migration. Volunteers will help observe and identify migrating raptors. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to assist with banding. Bring binoculars and dress for the fall weather! Space is limited. No lunch provided on these days. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register & for directions or at 406-396-6285. When: Nov 8, 11am - 3pm.
Help reseed land near Rock Creek, Nov 14.
Five Valleys Land Trust will be broadcasting native seed on conservation property near Rock Creek on Tuesday Nov 14, and could use some helpers to turn the crank on the hand seeders. Here’s a chance to see some beautiful land, help restore it, and earn some service hours for service classes. WHEN: Nov 14 from 9:30-2:30. To volunteer and get more info, contact by email Jenny Tollefson or call 406-549-0755.
Songbird Saver: Help Test New App to Help Prevent Birds from Colliding into Towers.
An estimated seven million birds die each year in North America by colliding with broadcast and cell towers. These birds – primarily night-flying songbirds on migration, such as Yellow-billed Cuckoos – are either attracted to or disoriented by the lighting systems, especially when night skies are overcast or foggy. Now, a website developer who loves birds has created a new app to make it easy to help implement a solution. With Stan Weigman’s Songbird Saver, you can enter your zip code to find tall towers near you, then send a request to operators asking them to turn off steady-burning red lights. This simple change is known to reduce bird mortality by about 70 percent. The SongbirdSaver app is now in testing before a larger rollout planned for later this year. Please give it a try, provide your feedback, and be part of a simple change that will save birds in your community! (Note: Some of the data driving the app – including tower owner e-mail addresses – may be out of date. If you receive an email bounce-back from a tower operator, please print and mail your letter. Please provide your feedback on Songbird Saver to American Bird Conservancy ABC’s Steve Holmer).
Strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making about dams, Nov 6.
Three researchers from the University of New Hampshire will present their The Future of Dams Project, specifically: “Strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making about dams: Multi-scale, coupled-systems research on ecological, social, and economic trade-offs.” The speakers will address how they foster interdisciplinarity and leadership in team research process. They will also present specific elements of the project, including: a course offered on Sustainability Science across institutions in NH, ME and RI; and the conceptual basis for their work that combines an understanding of socio-ecological systems around dams and the knowledge systems that govern how scientific information informs decisions. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 6 from 4:30 to 5:20 in Stone Hall 304.
Community meeting on closed Frenchtown pulp mill Superfund Site, Dec 7.
The Frenchtown community has created a Community Advisory Group (CAG) to discuss and comment on EPA’s plans to clean up the closed pulp mill on the Clark Fork River near Frenchtown. The next meeting will be Nov 7 at 6pm at the Frenchtown Fire Hall. Everyone welcome. The meeting will quickly review past tasks, experience the Bonner mill cleanup, and the results of the mill site tour in October. And will work on goals for the group. UM grad student Jennifer Harrington is the moderator. If you can’t make the meeting and wish to suggest some goals, send them to Jeri at 880-4080 or email here. More info on the group’s Facebook page.
Stream Ecology talk, Nov 8.
Robert Hall of UM will speak on "Ecological implications of alternative geomorphic states in streams". When/Where: November 8th, 4pm -4:50pm in Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) 110.
Monarch Butterflies – their story, Nov 9.
Montana Natural History Center and Missoula Insectarium present Dr. Anurag Agrawal of Cornell University, who will talk about monarch butterflies, known for their bright colors, love of a toxic plant, and epic annual migration from the US and Canada to Mexico. Agrawal will present current ideas regarding the recent decline in monarch populations, including habitat destruction and increased winter storms. Free. Great for all ages. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 9, 7-8:30pm at The Wilma at 131 Higgins Ave.
Botanical Stories from the Bitterroot, Nov 9.
Join Steve Shelly, U.S. Forest Service Regional Botanist, as he tells native plant lovers about “Uncommon Habitats, Rare Plants and Research Natural Areas – Botanical Stories from the Bitterroot”. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 9, 7pm at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, Stevensville.
Seed Saving Classes for farmers with Organic Seed Alliance, Nov 11 & 12.
Want to polish your seed cleaning skills? OSA offers two workshop opportunities in Montana this November. Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host two hands-on trainings in Montana next month focused on seed harvesting, handling, and quality. The first event will teach organic specialty crop producers and experienced seed savers how to improve the quality of the seed they grow. Improve the Quality of the Seed You Grow: When/Where: November 11, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Cost: Free of charge. Register for the Nov 11 event here. The second event will teach farmers hands-on methods for improving their seed cleaning skills. Space is limited so interested participants are encouraged to register early. Take Your Seed Cleaning Skills to the Next Level: When/Where: November 12, at the Good Egg Farm, 50537 Moiese Valley Rd., Moiese. Cost: Free of charge. Register for the Nov 12 event here.
What’s Up with Peregrine Falcons in Montana, Nov 13.
The Five Valleys Audubon meeting on Monday, November 13 will feature Jay Sumner of the Montana Peregrine Institute. The Institute’s findings on the status and conservation of Peregrine Falcons in Montana will be featured at 7:00 p.m. in UM’s Gallagher Business Building room 123.
Solar-Ease workshop, Nov 14.
Join Climate Smart Missoula, MREA, and partners for an informational workshop all about going solar. We aim to make it easy. Learn about current opportunities, policy, and the process for installing residential solar, from tax benefits and financing to choosing an installer. Bring your questions! WHEN/WHERE: Nov 14 at 7pm at the Public House, 130 E Broadway.
Produce Safety Grower Training: Nov. 14 - Bozeman, Dec. 6 - Great Falls.
Do you grow, harvest, pack or hold fruits and vegetables? Do you want to learn more about produce safety practices and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule? Register online.
Building a Healthier Missoula: Promoting Health Equity for All summit, Nov 16.
The Invest Health Missoula team invites the Missoula community to the Building a Healthier Missoula: Promoting Health Equity for All summit. The goal is to learn how to align our work so that we can help give all Missoula residents the opportunity to live healthy lives in all places. Our community's infrastructure is a critical piece of how Missoula meets the needs of residents. Throughout Missoula we all have an opportunity to include quality health and wellness into plans, policies, trainings and systems, in the ways people, live, work, play, and learn. We can do better, more meaningful work if we do it together. More info and Registration here. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 16 from 8 am to noon at UM's University Center Theater.
Some interesting Geography courses offered spring 2018.
GPHY 421 - Sustainable Cities (TR 3:30-4:50); GPHY 433 - Cultural Ecology or "Community Resilience" (TR 9:30-10:50); GPHY 486/9 - Transport Planning & GIS (MWF 9:00-10:50); GPHY 564 - Planning Design (W 11-1:50) – Undergrads need to be Seniors w/3.0+ GPA, not offered again until SP 2020.
Internships with the UM FLAT, Spring 2018.
This is a 1 credit, supervised internship (3 hours/week) assisting FLAT Mates in their group project. Together, we'll secure funding and materials to redesign and rebuild our garden and commonspace. Through the process, you'll learn skills pertaining to project management, working collaboratively in a group and urban agriculture. Qualifications: Students from all departments are encouraged to apply; previous experience with sustainable living, construction, or appropriate technology is not required; self-motivation, responsibility and interest in working collaboratively to develop creative solutions for sustainable living; ability to self-direct, as some tasks will be unsupervised; strong sense of time management and ability to meet deadlines with product deliverables. Application Materials and Instructions: Please email the following to the UM FLAT. Resume, Cover Letter and answers to the following questions: Why are you interested in the FLAT internship, and what do you hope to gain from this experience? Why are you a good candidate for an internship? Consider an academic interest, past professional/volunteer experience, and personality.
Jobs with Impact for those graduating soon.
Impact is hiring a new class of organizers. Fall application deadline is next Friday, Nov. 10. Impact organizers are on the ground to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to demonstrate the commitment to keeping our promises on climate change, and transitioning a sustainable, renewable energy economy. Many Impact organizers work with elected leaders in states across the country to meet goals of getting to at least 10 percent solar by 2030. Grassroots efforts like these have helped triple solar nationwide in just the last two years. So if you are searching for full-time work after graduation, being an Impact campaign organizer position could help you build the skills for a career in advocacy or organizing.
Yellowstone Forever seeks seasonal instructors.
Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our combined operations include 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $5.1 million; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of over 300,000 worldwide. Yellowstone Forever has provided over $100 million of cash support and over $55 million of in-kind support since 1933. Our mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come. The Seasonal Instructors are part of a dedicated educational staff committed to connecting visitors to Yellowstone through exceptional field teaching. Seasonal instructors are educators, guides, and naturalists. They are responsible for providing in-depth education about Yellowstone’s natural, geologic, and cultural history to visitors from across the country and around the world. They are experienced outdoor leaders who create a comfortable learning environment while keeping their participants safe in inclement weather, wildlife habitat, and while driving them in institute vehicles. Job description and application info here.
Montana Outdoor Science School seeks Executive Director, Bozeman, Montana.
The Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is seeking new Executive Director. Founded in Bozeman in 1994, MOSS promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of the natural world through quality educational experiences. MOSS provides school programs throughout southwestern Montana, summer camps, and participates in a variety of community oriented festivals and other science education-related programs. Annual Salary: $50,000 to $55,000. Full Job Description and Application Link can be found here.
GIS job in Missoula, apply by Dec 1.
Geodata Services, Inc. in Missoula is advertising for an experienced GIS Analyst to join our team. Job description and application info here. Closing Date: December 1, 2017. Compensation Range: $19 to $21 per hour.
Industrial Technology Career Fair Planned for Nov. 15 at Missoula College West Campus.
Missoula College University of Montana students will have the opportunity to learn about post-graduation employment opportunities, as well as network with employers to address current workforce needs, at the upcoming third annual Industrial Technology Career Fair. The fair, organized by UM’s Office of Career Services, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Missoula College West Campus, located at 2795 37th Ave. It is free and open to all current UM students, prospective students and alumni. For more information or registration details, call Mani Stubbs, UM Office of Career Services career counselor, at 406-243-6830 or email Manuel Stubbs.
MTCC Civic Engagement Scholarship for UnderGrads, Application deadline Nov 27.
MTCC's Civic Engagement Scholarship honors the contributions college students make to community life in Montana and beyond. The $1000 scholarships recognize undergraduate students who have made a significant community-based service effort while pursuing a degree or certificate. MTCC selects six current undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college at a MTCC affiliate campus. All applications meeting the required criteria (below) will be considered. Winners will be notified on December 14, 2017. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must be an undergraduate student who has completed at least one year of college at a MTCC affiliate campus, Must have completed a FAFSA application, Must be attending a MTCC affiliate institution in Fall 2017, Must be attending a MTCC affiliate institution in Spring 2018, Must submit your application on or before November 27, 2017. READY TO APPLY? Applications must be filled out via MTCC’s secure Submittable platform. Setting up an account with Submittable takes less than a minute, requiring only your name, email and a password. Once registered you can review the questions and begin filling out your application, which can be saved so you can return to is as often as necessary until it is complete and ready for submission. All required sections (noted by an asterisk) must completed in order to submit your application. If you have any difficulties accessing the application, please contact Kathy Peters or call 406-218-1570. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship 2018 Program, apply by Jan 3.
The MLEF Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible Fossil Energy sites in Washington DC, PA, WV, OR, LA, TX, TN, WA, CA, NM. Eligibility: US citizens at least 18 years old with a cumulate GPA of at least 3.0; Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application; Be available to participate in the full 10-week program. Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST. How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted here. Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found here. For questions please email us here.
MT Water Center has Water Resource Fellowships for Graduate Students, deadline Nov 21.
Each year, the MT Water Center provides Water Resource Fellowships to MT grad students. Funds can be used for materials, travel, lab fees, etc. Maximum request is $2000. Proposals are due Nov 21. Funds are available for use from 3/1/2018 to 2/28/2019. General info found here, and more detailed application info here. Questions? Contact Whitney Lonsdale or 406-994-4454, new assistant director at the Water Center.
How can I ensure that I will finish my degree in a timely fashion? Register ASAP!
Students are concerned as to how UM’s Prioritization process may impact their ability to finish their degree in a timely fashion. Attached is information on that process. UM is committed to helping all students finish in a timely fashion despite changes being proposed at UM. But the best thing students can do to ensure that they finish in a timely fashion is to REGISTER as early during the registration process as you can. This makes it more likely that you will get into a class that may fill up, and that you will ensure that a class you want to take will not be cancelled due to low enrollment. So, register as early as you can – so you can graduate as soon as you can.
Watershed Education Network FUNdraiser – U NITE on Nov 8.
Help WEN keep kids splashing and learning science in our local streams. On Wed, Nov 8 from 5-8pm – mingle with the WEN’ers at the North Side Kettlehouse. Learn about WEN’s programs and how you can help. There will be tasty beverages and a raffle of a Patagonia jacket.
Gobble, Gobble, Garage Sale fundraiser for the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, Nov 11.
Get a deal and/or donate some stuff to the Peace Center’s Gobble, Gobble Garage Sale! If you have items to donate, bring them to the Center before November 8 already priced to sell. We will only accept pre-priced items to make it easier on our volunteers. Thanks! WHEN/WHERE: The sale will be Saturday, November 11, 10 am-3 pm at the Rankin Peace Center, 519 S Higgins Ave.
Learning about and supporting Agroecology, submit comments by Dec 1.
Agroecology shows tremendous promise to support farmers' livelihoods while achieving positive social and environmental outcomes such as reducing water pollution, adapting to climate change, and improving soil health. The Union of Concerned Scientists have assessed public support for agroecology research and summarized their findings in this report, “Opportunities, Obstacles, and Needs Surrounding Public Support for Agroecology: A Survey of Scientists”. Currently, The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA's primary funder of competitive agriculture research in the US, is seeking input from citizens regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and farming. If you would like to submit comments on the value of sustainable food and farming and agroecology, you can submit comments here. Click here for talking points that the Union of Concerned Scientists have compiled on the value of agroecology.
New Sustainability Educator for Missoula County will work on Climate Action Plan.
Eliot Thompson is working as the sustainability educator for Missoula County Community & Planning Services as an Energy Corps member. He grew up in Effingham, Illinois and received a bachelors in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eliot has previous experience in local government as a community development intern for Monticello, Il. His primary objective during his service is to complete the County’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from county operations and facilities, so help him out if you can.
As faculty and staff retire, often they have lots of books to give away. A long-time staffer left a ton of books in the basement hallway of the Natural Science building (on top of the green cabinets between rooms 116 and 117). He would love for EVST students to help themselves. Also, Garon Smith, environmental chemist, gave EVST a big box of books when he retired. They are sitting in the hall near the EVST office. Help yourself. These books need a home.