Newsline March 13, 2017

Questions, comments, item to add? EMAIL us! Please note deadline for posts are on Fridays, and any attachments should be submitted in Word format.

Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. The UM SpectrUM Discovery Areas newest traveling exhibition “Water” in Stevensville 3/15-16.

Around EVST

  1. EVST professor Broberg recognized by the Mansfield Center for outstanding mentoring. 
  2. EVST Truman Scholar Mara Manahan featured in Washington Post article.
  3. EVST alum explains how cuts to EPA will affect the cleanup of the pulp mill superfund site west of Missoula. 
  4. Do you have advice for student going to Ecuador?

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. EVST & DIRT bring Internationally Known Permaculture teacher Starhawk to Missoula, 3/16-19. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Help track the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, March 23, 28 or 30.
  2. MT Science Fair needs judges and fun activities, March 27. 
  3. Earth Day plans taking root – you can help. 
  4. Celebrate Know Your Farmer with the little ones. May 7.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Citizens Climate Lobby/Carbon Fee and Dividend Proposal, March 14. 
  2. Integrating Social Justice into Science webinar, March 14. 
  3. 2017 Crown Managers Partnership Forum March 14-16, Choteau, MT.
  4. Free film on Last of the Old-Time Rangers at UM on March 15. 
  5. Upcoming Peace Corps Events on March 15 and April 12.
  6. See Birds returning to Metcalf Wildlife, March 18 & March 25. 
  7. Webinars on Organizing & Diversity, offered by River Network, March, May, June. 
  8. The Place Value Economy: The role of outdoor recreation in creating great places, March 22.
  9. Bird Identification Workshop, Thursdays April 6 to 27. 

Jobs and Internships

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

  1. High Country News seeking Intern, apply by March 15.
  2. Community Gardens Internship (unpaid) with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 17.
  3. Get paid to protect Montana streams this summer, apply by March 20.
  4. Youth Harvest Manager with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 25.
  5. MT Natural History Center, Spring Visiting Naturalist Field Instructor (4 positions available).
  6. More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.

Funding

  1. Funding for graduate research in ecology/environmental science, apply by March 31.
  2. More links to conservation funding in Montana.

Housing 

  1. $625 - Seeking responsible roommate in a cozy house.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Butte’s Berkeley Pit recognized as one of the World’s Weird Wonders.
  2. Student Graphic Design Opportunity, Pacific Northwest Trail Association.
  3. "Know Your Economy: Tools for Every Community". 
  4. Benefits for members of the Montana Natural History Center. 

Good News Item

The UM SpectrUM Discovery Areas newest traveling exhibition “Water” in Stevensville March 15-16.

Created with researchers from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, “Water” features interactive exhibits and hands-on activities exploring ecosystems science. Highlights of the exhibition include a virtual watershed sandbox, a groundwater model and SpectrUM’s popular erosion table. The exhibition is funded by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, the Montana National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program and the Clark Fork Coalition. The Stevensville tour stop is powered by the Jane S. Heman Foundation. During the school days of March 15-16, students from Stevensville will participate in guided field trips of the “Water” exhibition. Families and friends are invited to attend a free Family Science Night from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Stevensville Middle School.

Around EVST

EVST professor Broberg recognized by the Mansfield Center for outstanding mentoring.

Dr. Len Broberg, acting Chair of UM Environmental Studies, received the 2017 Outstanding Educational Mentor Award from the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center of UM for his service to hundreds of State Department Young Leaders.  Dr. Broberg has served as the Academic Director of the U.S. Department of State Study of the U.S. Institute on Global Environmental Issues since 2010.  His global students have benefited from his years of expertise in conservation science, climate change, and environmental law and policy.  Student Puspita Insan Kamil noted, “Dr. Len was the first person who said yes to my idea about making a storybook for wildlife conservation. One year after he said yes, my idea was granted under the Komodo Survival Project, and 1,000 books were dispersed to remote schools across Indonesia. Without his expertise and support, that wouldn't have happened.”   Khin Myat Mon of Myanmar added, “I had always searched for a mentor to show me the world I had never seen, and answer my questions.  Then I met Dr. Len, who with great patience showed me insights about the natural environment that I love. His passion and love for the Crown have inspired me to keep working in this environmental conservation field”. Congratulations, Len! EVST loves you too. 

EVST Truman Scholar Mara Manahan featured in Washington Post article.

At 24, Mara Menahan has noticed something that most people miss their entire lives: That bar of chocolate, the pomegranate on your salad, the cup of coffee — all these familiar victuals begin life as a flower. Menahan has just become the U.S. Botanic Garden’s first in-house botanical illustrator, arriving as a Truman Scholar. Her year-and-a-half stint brought her into close contact with an extraordinary range of plants and blooms, from the tropical flora in the ornate conservatory at the foot of the Capitol to the adjoining outdoor gardens of hardy plants. Full story here along with some beautiful illustrations by Mara. 

EVST alum explains how cuts to EPA will affect the cleanup of the pulp mill superfund site west of Missoula. 

EVST alum Peter Nielsen, the director of the Water Quality District with the Missoula City-County Health Department, believes that deep funding cuts to the EPA would make it easier for out-of-state corporations  to avoid legal and financial responsibility for cleaning up the huge mess left at an old pulp mill site west of Missoula on the Clark Fork River. Read the full story here. 

Do you have advice for student going to Ecuador?

EVST undergrad Lindsay Hurley will spend 8 weeks in Ecuador & the Galapagos this summer taking classes. If you have suggestions for her, places to see, things to do, contact Lindsay Hurley

Featured Events

EVST & DIRT bring Internationally Known Permaculture teacher Starhawk to Missoula, March 16-19. 

Starhawk , internationally renowned feminist author, permaculture instructor, and activist, will speak at UM about the international permaculture movement. Starhawk is the co-founder of Earth Activist Training, a permaculture design & activism course used around the world. Starhawk is an author/co-author of 12 books including The Spiral Dance and The Empowerment Manual. Diversified Integrated Resiliency Training Center, aka the DIRT Center, is a new permaculture learning center near Stevensville. The web site is still under construction but here are some upcoming events: On March 16 (Thurs), International Permaculture Presentation by Starhawk. Free and Open to all. WHEN/WHERE: 3:00 pm, UM’s UC 330. That evening, DIRT Center Fundraiser (dinner with Starhawk, short presentation). $10 to $50 (kids < 6 free). WHEN/WHERE: 6:30 pm, 518 Lookout Trail, Stevensville. Make reservations at info@dirtcenter.org. March 18-19 – Heads, Hands and Hearts – weekend workshop with Starhawk. Lunch provided. WHEN/WHERE: 10-5, UM Campus Payne Native American Center. To register, contact Megan. Cost is sliding scale depending on ability to pay – from $140 to $225. Work Trade Scholarships & child care available.

Volunteer Opportunities

Help track the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, March 23, 28 or 30.


Join MPG Ranch and Raptor View Research Institute scientists as we track the spring raptor migration. Volunteers will help observe and identify migrating raptors. Bring binoculars and dress for the spring weather! Space is limited to 6 volunteers per trip. No lunch provided. RSVP for directions and details.  Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions, or 406-396-6285. WHEN:  11am-3pm on 3/23 or 3/28 or 3/30. 

MT Science Fair needs judges and fun activities, March 27. 

The MT Science Fair is at UM and still needs many more judges, especially from 11 am to 2pm. A smaller number of judges are needed from 11 am to 4pm. Training for new judges is 11 am to 11:30am; free lunch from 11:30 to noon, then the judging starts. Judging consists of listening to young scientists present their work, asking them some questions, and making some suggestions on how they can improve their project. Most judges will be assigned to grades 6-8. A smaller number are needed for high school projects. The fair is in the Adams Center. If you are willing to help with judging, register here. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering to help with the science fair in other ways, contact mssf@umontana.edu. NOTE that the fair also invites anyone interested in tabling or providing a fun science activity at the fair – to reserve space at the fair. Your table/activity will be seen by young scientists from all over the state. Contact Nathalie Wolfram or at 243-4828. 

Earth Day plans taking root – you can help. 

As usual, Missoula will have lots of green activities around Earth Day. Check out late April on the Conservation Calendar. Meanwhile here’s one event you may want to help with. MUD (Missoula Urban Demo project) is gearing up to host MUD’s 11th annual Earth Day event (Theme: Environmental and Climate Literacy). There will be panels, teach-ins, workshops, kid’s activities, live music, and the Earth Day Expo of sustainability organizations and businesses. As always, this annual sustainability celebration will feature local food & drink vendors. If you're interested in sponsoring, tabling, or otherwise being involved, see MUD’s Earth Day 2017 page. WHEN/WHERE: April 22, 3-7pm at Free Cycles Complex. 

Celebrate Know Your Farmer with the little ones. May 7.

Celebrate 'Know Your Farmer', an event full of fun, food, music and families. If you'd like to help, Contact Judy or 728-7001. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, May 7, 1-4 pm, Spirit at Play in Missoula.

Educational Opportunities

Citizens Climate Lobby/Carbon Fee and Dividend Proposal, March 14. 

Scott Bovard and Scott McNall from Citizens Climate Lobby’s Missoula chapter, will present a brief history of CCL and explain the Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal that they are working to get passed at the federal level this year. For more information, see their website. WHEN/WHERE:  Tues., March 14, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 140 W. Pine.  

Integrating Social Justice into Science webinar, March 14. 

Hosted by Union of Concerned Scientists and featuring speakers from Env Justice & Health Alliance, HEAL Food Alliance, and Texas (yes, Texas) Environmental Justice Advocacy Series. WHEN: Tuesday, March 14; 4-5 pm MDT. Register Now for the Webinar

2017 Crown Managers Partnership Forum March 14-16, Choteau, MT.

The Crown Managers Partnership will be holding its 17th annual forum in Choteau, Montana on March 14 - 16, 2017. The topic of the Forum is "Improving Drought Resilience - From Forest to Valley Bottom"  Full details here. 

Free film on Last of the Old-Time Rangers at UM on March 15. 

Bud Moore was a mountain man from the Bitterroot Valley who became a US Forest Service ranger at the age of 16 in 1933. Because of his close connection to the land, he pioneered approaches that we now call ecosystem management. Although he only finished the 8th grade, his considerable ecological knowledge was recognized with an honorary PhD from UM. After his retirement in 1974, Bud remained involved with conservation and land management education and advocacy. He wrote a book, “The Lochsa Story - Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains,” and was instrumental in the creation of the Wilderness Institute at UM and the Swan Ecosystem Center, located in Condon, Montana. More about Bud’s life here. There will be a FREE showing of a movie about Bud Moore and his legacy at UM’s UC (sponsored by the Wilderness Institute and the UM Grizzly Recovery Office). Bud’s son Bill will introduce the movie. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm at UM’s University Center Theater (3rd floor). 

Upcoming Peace Corps Events on March 15 and April 12.

The following Peace Corps events are scheduled: “Around the World”, a brown bag lunch chat with returned volunteers will be held March 15 from 12:00-1:00pm in UC 330. Also, “Girl Rising”, a film screening and discussion will be held on April 12 from 6:00-8:30pm in UC 332. For more information about the film “Girl Rising,” folks can check out the movie’s Web site. Please join us for these events and find out more about Peace Corps! 

See Birds returning to Metcalf Wildlife, March 18 & March 25. 

Five Valleys Audubon will lead a SHORT bird walk on March 18 (10am to noon), and a DAY LONG bird field trip on March 25. For the short walk on March 18, meet at Metcalf Wildlife Refuge visitor center at 10am. For the day-long trip on March 25, meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of the Adams Center parking lot to car pool to the refuge. For more info, contact Larry at 549-5632, or bwsgenea@gmail.com

Webinars on Organizing & Diversity, offered by River Network, March, May, June. 

March 16, (2pm - 3:30pm EST) - Strengthening Your Advocacy and Community Organizing. Becoming an Equitable and Inclusive Organization webinar series will be posted here . Includes: May 18, (1pm - 2:30pm EST) - The “What, Why and How” of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and June 1, (1pm - 2:30pm EST) - Exploring Unconscious Bias in Ourselves, and Our Conservation Community. 

The Place Value Economy: The role of outdoor recreation in creating great places, March 22.

Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse, generating billions in consumer spending and providing thousands of good jobs for communities in the American West. Many of these same communities advertise recreation in their efforts to attract new business and entrepreneurs. Outdoor recreation is increasingly finding its way into community’s growth and economic development strategies. This free webinar offered by Community Builders will explore the role of outdoor recreation as a tool for improving quality of life and local economies. Following an introduction to the findings of our Place Value study, which examines the relationships between community qualities and economic activity, a panel will discuss strategies for leveraging outdoor recreation for economic development at the state and local level. More info & Registration here. WHEN: Wednesday, March 22; 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT. Please login 15 minutes prior to start. 

Bird Identification Workshop, Thursdays April 6 to 27. 

Five Valleys Audubon offers a workshop for beginning & intermediate birders. The workshop will cover field marks to identify birds, recognizing birds by their calls, and when migrating birds are expected to arrive. Groups covered include predator birds, waterfowl, shorebirds, woodpeckers, warblers and sparrows. Cost: $35. To sign up contact, Larry Weeks, 549-5632 or 540-3064 or bwsgenea@gmail.com. WHEN/WHERE: 7-9:30 pm on April 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Fish Wildlife & Parks office at 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula. Includes a field trip on Saturday April 22. 

Jobs and Internships

High Country News seeking Intern, apply by March 15.

High Country News is seeking applications for our 5.5-month internship. Interns learn to report magazine-style stories through in-depth reporting and rigorous editing and go on to become leaders in the field of journalism. Deadline March 15. For more information, visit this link

Community Gardens Internship (unpaid) with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 17.

Our Community Garden Program is currently seeking an individual to assist in building community through agriculture at our ten Community Gardens. This program supports over 350 garden plots and one therapeutic hospital garden; providing healthy community spaces, tools and essentials for Missoula residents, families, and groups to grow their own food. For more information, visit this link: full job description. To apply: send your resume to Patrick Long by March 17. 

Get paid to protect Montana streams this summer, apply by March 20.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is looking for seasonal employees to operate aquatic invasive species inspection and decontamination stations around the state. Seasonal work will run from April through October 2017, with flexibility in start and end dates for university students. Interviews will be at the FWP office in Missoula (3201 Spurgin Road) on Monday, March 20 between 9 am and 3 pm. To apply, stop by during these hours, and bring your resume or a completed state application. Successful applicants receive competitive pay and benefits and the opportunity to help protect Montana’s precious water resources. For additional questions call FWP’s Kim Worthy at 406-444-1289, Carol Fah at 406-444-4657, or the FWP Region 2 office at 406-542-5500. Qualifications include: 18 years & up; A valid driver’s license and clean driving record; Excellent customer service skills; Responsible, dependable, and can work as part of a team; A background or interest in natural resources is desirable but not required. 

Youth Harvest Manager with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 25.

Garden City Harvest seeks a Farm Manager to manage the day-to-day farm operations of the 2-acre Youth Farm. This farm is home to one it Garden City Harvest’s two Youth Development programs. The Youth Farm Manager will successfully operate the farm and create a supported work environment where youth employees and volunteers are able to participate and find success at the farm. For more information, visit this link Full job description. To apply: send your resume and cover letter to Jean Zosel by March 25. 

MT Natural History Center, Spring Visiting Naturalist Field Instructor (4 positions available).


The Visiting Naturalist in the Schools (VNS) program brings professional naturalists into 4th and 5th grade classrooms to teach science and the natural history of western Montana. Seven months out of the year we work at the school itself.  During the remaining two months, we go on day-long field trips to local natural areas where students take wildlife hikes with binoculars, learn about insects, and explore local flora and fauna. The VNS Field Instructor will lead stations on these field trips for five weeks in April and May (30 hours/week from April 24-June 2). Click here to learn more and apply or visit the Montana Natural History Center, Employment Opportunities

More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.

Youth Harvest Manager, Garden City Harvest

Wildlife Tracker-Internship Position, CVA

Assistant Range Rider, CVA

Lead Range Rider, CVA

Wildlife Program Coordinator, CVA

Swan Unit Manager, DNRC

Assistant Park Manager – Flathead Lake, FWP

Executive Director, AERO

Development Coordinator, The Montana Land Reliance

Stewardship Director, MWA

Funding

Funding for graduate research in ecology/environmental science, apply by March 31.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) at UM has funds to support ongoing graduate research in the ecology/environmental sciences or related fields. Funds may be used for summer salary, research supplies, travel, hiring a technician, or publication support. Awards up to $5,000 per student are available. Details can be found here or you can also contact Jacob Dyste

More links to conservation funding in Montana.

HB 223 Grants to Conservation Districts

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program

NRCS EQIP Program 2018

Resilient Communities 2017 Request for Proposals

DEQ Volunteer Monitoring Program

Climate & Cultural Resilience Grants

NRCS Accepting Applications for Upper Clark Fork Conservation Program

2018 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grant Program

Montana Aquatic Invasive Species Grants

Housing

$625 - Seeking responsible roommate in a cozy house.

One young professional and one current EVST grad student seeking roommate (couples welcome) in a lovely, spacious house in Lower Rattlesnake (easy/short bike ride to campus). We have a two story, three-bedroom house, two full bathrooms, laundry with washer and dryer, gorgeous backyard with view of Mt. Jumbo, full garage with hardly anything in it, large living room with two couches, electric stove, dishwasher, back deck and bbq space for entertaining, raised bed garden, and compost. We are one female and one male. This is a quiet house with occasional dinner parties. Not 420 friendly. Pets not permitted on lease and our schedules are fairly busy. You would have a large master bedroom with lots of storage. Summer utilities run on average $20, while winter utilities have been around $30 (we pay gas, electric and wifi). Outdoor enthusiasts are welcome! Available April 1 and lease goes through August 9th. There is a $500 security deposit and $30 application fee. Contact Elsie with interest as well as for photos or questions. Feel free to pass on to good people!

Miscellaneous - Resources

Butte’s Berkeley Pit recognized as one of the World’s Weird Wonders.

New fungal and bacterial species call this deadly lake home, read the full article here

Student Graphic Design Opportunity, Pacific Northwest Trail Association.

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is a nonprofit organization responsible for serving a public resource - the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT). The PNT is a 1,200-mile hiking trail, which was created over four decades through advocacy and volunteerism. In the spirit of that tradition, we have created a logo design contest in order to involve public participation in our rebranding effort. Read more about the contest here

"Know Your Economy: Tools for Every Community". 

Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group that works to improve community development and land management decisions in the West. They have recently released a tool that allows users to engage with an interactive map that provides a detailed socioeconomic report that shows trends for population, employment, personal income, earnings, and jobs by non-labor, income, and more. Click here to check it out and learn something new about your county! 

Benefits for members of the Montana Natural History Center. 

If you join the Montana Natural History Center, not only do you get discounts on all their workshops, programs, etc., You can also borrow for FREE! A Naturalist backpack with binoculars, field guides & more. Check one out before your next nature walk/hike. You can also get free admission to over 300 nature centers and science centers all around the country. Click HERE to see a list of all the science centers that are a part of the Association of Science-Technology Centers' (ASTC) passport program!

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