Newsline October 30, 2017
New Missoula College achieves Gold Level of green building design!
- EVST alum Sean Sullivan speaks on Using Aquatic Life to Assess Stream Health and Inform Policy, Oct 31.
- EVST prof was featured speaker at Diversity STEM conference.
- EVST prof Dan Spencer speaks on “Knowing Earth, Loving Earth: Ethics and Science in the Anthropocene”, Nov 8.
- Bob Ream Lecture and Memorial Gathering, Nov 8.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)
Interfaith/peace speaker at UM for Diverse U, Nov 1 & 2.
- Volunteers Needed!
- Volunteer Work Day at Hamilton River Park, Nov 2.
- Volunteer opportunities with the Sierra Club, Nov 1, 2, and 8.
- Turning those leaves into compost with the help of the Garden City.
- Help 1000 New Gardens put Missoula food gardens to bed for the winter, Nov 5 or Nov 11.
- Nonprofit renewable energy group seeks treasurer.
- Increasing resilience across the food, energy, and water sectors in the Columbia River Basin, Oct 30.
- Tanzania: Island of Peace, Nov 1.
- Sustainable Shelter/Transportation/Water/Energy/Food lecture series, Tues/Thurs, Oct 31 to Nov 14.
- Mountain Line to host series of open houses for Strategic Plan update, Nov 2-16.
- MUD Harvest Wreath Workshop, Nov 2.
- Metcalf Refuge attracts late migrants – see them on Nov 4.
- MT Forest Collaboration Network (MFCN) Workshop “OVERCOMING ADVERSITY & CONFLICT”, Nov 6-7.
- Public information meeting on progress on the Clark Fork River Superfund cleanup, Nov 7.
- MT PBS program on aquatic invasive species in Montana.
- Conference for water quality professionals in Missoula next May, abstracts due Dec 15.
- November Programs at the Montana Natural History Center.
- Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, apply by Nov 17, desired start date January 2018.
- Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources (B.E.A.R.) searching for new VISTA member in Ravalli County.
- Apply for $1000 to support your research/creative work, apply by Nov 27.
- Missoula Festival of the Dead events, Nov 1 & 2.
- Home ReSource's 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction, Nov 3.
New Missoula College achieves Gold Level of green building design!
The recently opened Missoula College building on East Broadway has achieved a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Some of the green features incorporated in its design include: Bike parking for 100 bikes or 9% of all students, faculty and staff, as well as Mountain Line and UDASH bus options; Energy saving through groundwater cooling, efficient gas-fired boilers, chilled beams in classrooms and offices, efficient restroom fixtures and insulation; Building materials comprised of 20% recycled content and 11% locally produced; Green power purchased to offset 70% of the electricity used in the building for two years; Light fixtures controlled by occupant sensors; Recycling stations on each floor; Construction waste diverted from the landfill and stormwater runoff prevented from running into the river. Additionally, the building construction occurred adjacent to a video-monitored osprey nest to minimize impact to the species.
EVST alum Sean Sullivan speaks on Using Aquatic Life to Assess Stream Health and Inform Policy, Oct 31.
EVST alum Sean Sullivan works at Rhithron Associates, a consulting firm started by another EVST alum Wease Bollman. Rhithron analyzes aquatic invertebrate samples for many US and state land & water management agencies – and can learn an amazing amount of information from a jar of bugs collected from a stream. Sean will be speaking to two EVST classes on Tuesday Oct 31, and everyone is invited. Halloween costumes are welcome (especially with a bug theme). Oct 31, 9:30-10:50 in Rankin 203 - How macroinvertebrate and algal ecology inform water policy AND Oct 31, 12:30-1:50 in Rankin 204 - Understanding ecological niche, traits, and behaviors to assess stream condition in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Plains Ecoregions.
EVST prof was featured speaker at Diversity STEM conference.
It was an honor for Environmental Studies Associate Professor Rosalyn LaPier to serve as a featured speaker at the Friday night dinner of Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), with 4,000 present. It "is the largest Diversity in STEM conference in the country." #SACNAS2017 #UniversityofMontana. " For over 40 years SACNAS has been the leading multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country. Since its inception, our SACNAS family has grown from the number of people who can fit in to an elevator to over 25,000 SACNISTAs (members, partners, and friends)”. In addition, Ranalda Tsosie, Interdisciplinary PhD student (working with Vicki Watson) won the "Traditional Knowledge" graduate student presentation award at the conference. Congratulations Ranalda and Ranalda. #SACNAS2017.
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.
Bob Ream Lecture and Memorial Gathering, Nov 8.
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 Schreiber 303, “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.
Interfaith/peace speaker at UM for Diverse U, Nov 1 & 2.
SALAM (Standing Alongside America's Muslims) and UM's DiverseU welcomes Ann Holmes Redding to Missoula to help elevate the issue of misinformation around the Islam religion and Muslims in America, and to help us all make peace with those who are different than ourselves. Ann is a former Episcopal priest who also converted to Islam and claims both as part of her identity. Dr. Redding was defrocked as a priest in 2009 for having become Muslim and has spent years addressing issues of interfaith, peace, race and gender. Wed, Nov. 1: Diverse U Together Banquet: 6:30 in the UC Ballroom with Ann Holmes Redding as the keynote speaker; “What is our Piece of the Peace?”. All students, UM faculty and staff, church, and community members welcome to join! Free of charge! Thur, Nov. 2: Ann Holmes Redding workshop, “Making Peace with Religion”; 10am-12noon in the University Center (3rd floor).
The UM Office of Sustainability and ASUM Transportation are looking for volunteers to participate in the bi-annual Parking Lot Occupancy Count. Those who want to offer extra credit to students for helping out, organize a group, or volunteer individually, please use our volunteer sign-up form to schedule a time. We need volunteers for 1-hour shifts on Tues, Oct. 31, Weds, Nov. 1, and Thurs. Nov. 2. Shifts are from 10am-11am, noon-1pm, and 2pm-3pm. We use this very important data to guide decisions about parking permits, types of parking spaces around campus, and facilities planning. Questions? Feel free to reach out to Eva Rocke or Jordan Hess.
Volunteer Work Day at Hamilton River Park, Nov 2.
Bitterroot Water Forum and the City of Hamilton will work with volunteers to install about riparian plants on an eroded river bank, and install a simple fence to protect the area. Please bring: Lunch, water, work gloves, long pants and long sleeves recommended, sturdy shoes or boots, hat, rain gear, sunscreen, & sunglasses. Please RSVP: email Julia at BWF. When: Thursday, November 2nd at 10am. Where: Hamilton River Park.
Volunteer opportunities with the Sierra Club, Nov 1, 2, and 8.
Nov 1 & 2 (6-8pm) Phone bank encouraging folks to attend a public hearing in Spokane on Nov 8 addressing Avista Corporation’s plans for use of coal energy in the future. Where: 315 S. 4th St East. Nov 8 – attend the above hearing yourself (Sierra Club is providing free rides). Leave Missoula at 8am and return by 8pm. For more info or to help with either of these, contact David Merrill at Sierra Club.
Turning those leaves into compost with the help of the Garden City.
If you are not able to compost the many leaves falling in your yard, Garden City Compost would like them. The city of Missoula has leaf collection days to help save landfill space, and to further recycling efforts by helping turn leaves into compost. To help out, please remember to rake your leaves into the street prior to the first day of your scheduled collection dates. Collection days begin at the start of November and cover the city area by area. Find the times, areas, and maps on the city website.
Help 1000 New Gardens put Missoula food gardens to bed for the winter, Nov 5 or Nov 11.
1000 New Gardens helps Missoulians put food gardens in their yards, and helps them maintain those gardens. Meet at Caras Park at noon on Nov 5 (also Nov 11) to work for the afternoon. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring some drinking water. For more info, contact 1000 New Gardens here.
Nonprofit renewable energy group seeks treasurer.
Montana Community Affordable Renewable Energy Saves (MT CARES), A local nonprofit group, is looking for a treasurer. Could be good experience in nonprofit management for the right person. If interested, contact Russ Doty for the full job description. This is a volunteer position.
Increasing resilience across the food, energy, and water sectors in the Columbia River Basin, Oct 30.
The Food-Energy-Water Nexus seminars continues with a talk by Jennifer Adam, an associate professor in Civil Engineering at Washington State University and associate director of the State of Washington Water Research Center. She works with collaborative and interdisciplinary teams to apply integrated models to inform natural and agricultural resource management. She will present a new NSF- and USDA-funded project focused on the food, energy, and water nexus of the Columbia River basin, as well as results from related projects focused on the water-food nexus. WHEN/WHERE: Monday October 30th from 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304.
Tanzania: Island of Peace, Nov 1.
Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa. Mdodi Florence is a “Leader” from Tanzania, where he leads a non-governmental organization (Save Education and Future Development Foundation) that is environmentally oriented and aimed at improving the quality of life of fellow rural Tanzanians. This seminar will explain why Mdodi is here in the US for four months as part of the US State Department’s Community Solutions Program, and describe the environmental challenges and blessings found in his rural community in Tanzania. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Nov 1 from noon to 1pm at the US Forest Service building on the SE corner of UM campus (south of the Clapp building), in the 2nd floor conference room.
Sustainable Shelter/Transportation/Water/Energy/Food lecture series, Tues/Thurs, Oct 31 to Nov 14.
Missoula Sustainability scientists and advocates will explain how the Missoula community works to meet its basic needs more sustainably and how to improve on these efforts. All welcome to attend. The presentations are on the following dates from 3:30 to 4:50 in UM’s Social Science building room 352: Oct 31, Sustainable Food, Josh Slotnick, PEAS, www.gardencityharvest.org; Nov 2, Sustainable Transportation, Jordan Hess, ASUM transportation and Bob Giordano, MIST; Nov 7, Sustaining Water, Michelle Hutchins and Travis Ross, Missoula Valley Water Quality District; Nov 9, Sustainable Energy, Andrew Valainis, www.montanarenewables.org; Nov 14, Sustainable Shelter, Steve Loken, LokenBuilders.com.
Mountain Line is hosting an Open House series in different neighborhoods throughout Missoula to review two main alternatives for future service enhancements. Should our highest priority be shorter waits for buses, with more frequent Bolt! service across more of the city? Or is the highest priority to offer some service later at night, earlier in the morning, and on Sundays and holidays? At these Open House sessions, you’ll have a chance to look over different maps of potential futures for Mountain Line, and tell us what YOU think about this choice. More info here. Each Open House runs from 5:30pm to 7pm and will include a brief presentation and question and answer session with Mountain Line staff and transit design experts. There will be a presentation each night at about 6:15pm. Attendees may drop in at any time during the events. Open Houses are scheduled at the following times and locations: Thurs., Nov. 2, 5:30pm – 7pm, Florence Hotel Lobby, 111 N. Higgins; Thurs., Nov. 9, 5:30pm – 7pm, Home ReSource Community Room, 1515 Wyoming St.; Wed., Nov. 15, 5:30pm – 7pm, Univ. Villages Community Room, 2595 Maurice Ave.; Thurs., Nov. 16, 5:30pm – 7pm, Missoula Fairgrounds Arts Building, 1101 South Ave.
MUD Harvest Wreath Workshop, Nov 2.
Build a beautiful seasonal wreath for your door or table with Earth Within owner Melissa Lafontaine. More details! When/Where: Thurs. Nov 2 6-8pm @ Home ReSource's Community Room.
Metcalf Refuge attracts late migrants – see them on Nov 4.
Waterfowl and other migrants are flying south, and the Metcalf refuge near Stevensville attracts many of these birds. Join Five Valleys Audubon for a full-day field trip on Saturday, November 4 to discover these species. Meet in the northwest corner of the Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 a.m. Bring a lunch and binoculars. For more information, contact Larry at 549-5632.
The Montana Forest Collaboration Network is inviting representatives of collaborative groups working on natural resource issues across Montana to attend this Workshop. We need your input so MFCN will be an organization that is helpful to the independent, locally formed, community-based groups that are working with public land management agencies. More info here.
Public information meeting on progress on the Clark Fork River Superfund cleanup, Nov 7.
Status updates will be given by project officials and a question and answer session will follow. In addition to the project update, MT FWP biologists will give a brief presentation on fish monitoring results. For more information, please contact: Karen Ogden or at 406-444-6360. When/Where: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7-8:30 pm at the Deer Lodge Elks Lodge, 230 Main St.
MT PBS program on aquatic invasive species in Montana.
"Enemy on our Shores" summarizes the situation since the first detections of invasive mussels in Montana were reported in November 2016. Aquatic Invasive Species experts from a variety of state, federal and tribal agencies as well as scientists from the UM Biological Station share their knowledge and views on the current threat and possible future outcomes. You can view this 28 minute program at this site. A much shorter video created by the Flathead Lakers you can watch to learn more about this threat and what you can do to be part of the solution!
Conference for water quality professionals in Missoula next May, abstracts due Dec 15.
The MSAWWA - MWEA Program Committee and the MSAWWA Education Committee are beginning to prepare for the 2018 Conference to be held in Missoula, May 15-18. This conference is one of the primary educational opportunities for water quality professionals in Montana and provides presenters with a collective audience of people representing the water, wastewater, and water resources fields. The committees would like to invite you to consider topics relevant to our fields and submit an abstract for selection. Please click on the link below for additional details and submission information. Deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2017. The submission form is completed online. A copy of the abstract and short bio must be emailed to Robin Barnes, Exec. Secretary. Click on this link for more information and submission instructions: 2018 Joint Conference Call for Program Abstracts.
November Programs at the Montana Natural History Center.
miniNaturalists PRE-K Program: The miniNaturalist Pre-K program will engage youngsters in the exploration of the natural world through fun hands-on activities, games and play. November’s theme is ‘Delightful Deer, Moose, and More’. Date: Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30. Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am. Cost: Program is free with admission to the Montana Natural History Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY OPENING: Alan McQuillan: ‘Trees’ - The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for internationally-acclaimed photographer Alan McQuillan. The show’s theme is trees in all their beauty. Please join us for the First Friday Gallery Opening! Date: Friday, November 3, Time: 4:30-6:30 pm. EVENING LECTURE SERIES: Navigating a Changing World: Perspectives on the Challenges We Face and Where to Find Hope - Dan Spencer, Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana will be the culminating presenter in this lecture series. Join us for his lecture, Knowing Earth, Loving Earth: Ethics and Science in the Anthropocene. Date: Wednesday, November 8, Time: 7:00 pm. Registration and cost: $10/$5 MNHC members, Free for students. Registration recommended. EVENING PROGRAM: Of Monarchs and Milkweed - Dr. Anurag Agrawal, professor of biology and entomology at Cornell University, will talk about monarch butterflies, known for their bright colors and epic annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico. Yet there is much more to the monarch than its distinctive presence and mythic journeying. Learn about their close evolution with milkweed and current ideas regarding their population decline. Co-hosted by the Missoula Insectarium. Date: Thursday, November 9, Time: 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm; Location: The Wilma, 131 S. Higgins Ave. Cost: Free. EVENING PROGRAM: Naturalist Trivia Night! Hosted by the Missoula Insectarium - Join other rowdy naturalists in trying to answer nature trivia questions. Tonight’s focus will be bugs thanks to our hosts the Missoula Insectarium. You can bring a team or join up with friendly folks when you arrive. Date: Wednesday, November 15, Time: 7:00 pm. Cost: $5 suggested donation, MNHC members free. MEMBERS-ONLY DISCOVERY DAY: University of Montana Zoological Museum Tour - Members of the Montana Natural History Center get a special opportunity to tour the UM’s Zoological Museum with a naturalist. Become a member today! View the large collection of bones and skins and learn how researchers use the materials for science. Date: Friday, November 10, Time: 3:00- 4:00 pm (Tour I) and 4:00-5:00 pm (Tour II). Cost: MNHC membership and registration for the event is required. Please email S Potts to register. Location: Meet at the Zoological Museum at the UM. SATURDAY KIDS’ ACTIVITY: Under the Microscope - Enjoy the view through a microscope! We will have high powered and field microscopes available to examine an array of natural objects. Use this new perspective to create a piece of amazing abstract art. Date: Saturday, November 18, Time: 2:00-3:00 pm. Cost: This program is free with admission the Montana Natural History Center. EVENING PROGRAM: Holiday Wreath Workshops - Make a beautiful holiday wreath out of local conifer boughs. We will show you how to create the frame, attach greenery, and add decorations. As you work, learn how to identify conifers by their needles and cones. Go home with a masterpiece! Dates: Wednesday, November 29 and 30, Time: 5:00- 7:00 pm. Cost: $15/10 MNHC members. Registration is required. ALL EVENTS HELD AT MONTANA NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. Please call 327-0405 or visit Montana Naturalist for more information.
Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, apply by Nov 17, desired start date January 2018.
This is a full-time position responsible for the daily management of the organization, including fundraising, budgeting, program planning and implementation, staff and independent contractor supervision, program oversight, office management, and complying with the legal responsibilities of non-profits. The Executive Director (ED) works in close partnership with the Board of Directors to manage the financial health and overall direction of the organization. Annual budgets average around $1.4 million combined for the eight program areas. Program work is accomplished at the committee level, with board oversight for strategic planning and administration. Each committee is chaired by a board member or partner, and a full- or part-time staff member coordinates each committee. Each committee facilitates participation by diverse stakeholders, builds partnerships that serve overlapping values, and finds resources to implement activities. The ED supervises all coordinators. The ED’s work location is the Blackfoot Challenge office located in Ovando, MT with occasional work from a home office. Full Job Description and Application instructions can be found here. Deadline: November 17, 2017 or until position is filled. Start Date: January 2018 desired.
Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources (B.E.A.R.) searching for new VISTA member in Ravalli County.
The VISTA will develop a new volunteer-based program to provide additional mentoring services in Ravalli County, increasing the number of at-risk youth receiving mentoring services. The VISTA will evaluate partnerships with existing community organizations and coalitions to leverage resources to ensure successful delivery of the new volunteer program. The VISTA will build organizational presence and recognition in the community and on media outlets promoting B.E.A.R.’s volunteer mentoring program. The VISTA will work with B.E.A.R. staff and community partners to apply for funding opportunities to ensure the sustainability of the project. More information and directions for application can be found at this link. Applications accepted until December 19, 2017. Program Start/End Dates: 1/26/2018 to 1/25/2019.
Apply for $1000 to support your research/creative work, apply by Nov 27.
The Research and Creative Scholarship Fund committee is accepting applications for winter/spring proposals. The committee will fund projects that occur within the following range of dates: Jan. 1 – June 30, 2018. If your project occurs later than this time, do not worry! Applications for the scholarship will open up again in March for summer/fall proposals. What: A scholarship for undergrads and grads who need up to $1,000 to help fund: A research project, an academic creative work or travel to attend or present at a conference, volunteer, or participate in professional development. Where: Find the application on the ASUM website here.
Missoula Festival of the Dead events, Nov 1 & 2.
November 1 - Poets of the Dead. Union Club Bar & Grill, 6:30-7:30pm Join the Eves of the Dead poets Sheryl Noethe, Zan Bockes, Jack Schifflet, Jason Theroux, and more for an evening of poetry for the dead and the living. November 2 - 6:15pm: Pre-procession performances at Circle Square with the Hypsy Gypsies (belly dancing, numerous traditions); 7:00pm: Festival of the Dead Procession starts at Circle Square; 7:30pm: Post-procession performances at Caras Park include: UM African Dance Class and Unity Dance and Drum. Volunteer opportunity - "Deadt Collectors" needed during the procession to gather donations. If you can help, contact Tarn Ream.
Home ReSource's 7th Annual Banquet & Benefit Auction, Nov 3.
Celebrate 14 years of building a culture of reuse at Home ReSource's annual fundraiser. Click here for info. When/Where: Fri. Nov 3 5-9pm at the Wilma.