Newsline January 29, 2018
- Missoula Christmas 2017 Bird Count.
- EVST prof elected board chair of national March for Science.
- FUNdraiser for Bears Ears National Monument, Feb 3.
- EVST alum provides a weekly journal on outdoor adventures.
- EVST grad student selected to work with CFAC assisting farmers.
- Camas magazine has some exciting events planned for this spring semester.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
- Environmental Leadership Series begins on Feb. 2.
- ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP SURVEY.
- Work on climate justice on the Colorado Plateau, apply by Feb 2.
- Earn free tickets by volunteering at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
- Help young farmer/food business folks grow their business (while enjoying great food), Feb 1.
- Blood Drive on campus, Jan 31.
- Volunteer Citizen Science projects with MT Audubon.
- Help with Owl Research.
- Scientific Integrity in Government is BACK (???) Jan 30.
- Reptiles in the Anthropocene, Jan 31.
- "Accessing the Data You Need: Opportunities with Adventure Scientists", Jan 31.
- Vulnerability and resilience of forest landscapes to changing fire regimes, Feb 1.
- YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NATIVE AMERICAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP 2018.
- Climate Action events heat up in February:
- Five Valleys Audubon field trips & talks & classes for Feb.
- Give a presentation at CONFORWest, April 6-9 in Canmore, AB.
- Alternative Spring Break for Purple Frog Gardens in Whitefish, Montana March 26-30.
- Montana Natural History Center’s February Programs and Events.
Jobs and Internship (local or summer jobs; for non-local
full time jobs around the US, click the envirojobs list serv, and request.)
- Ecology Project International is hiring Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem experienced educators and up-and-coming educators for this coming summer.
- Field Instructor for Bitterroot Wildlife Interns, apply by Feb 14.
- Political organizing jobs for graduating seniors, apply by Feb 3.
- Some jobs in Montana.
- The Ronan Farmers Market is hiring a Market Manager!
- Americorps job working on the Clark Fork River, March-Aug, apply now.
- MontPIRG’s spring kickoff meeting features internship opportunities and pizza, Jan 30.
- Adventure Scientists is hiring, Bozeman, application deadlines from Jan 28 to Feb 15.
- Farm Business Finance & Grants Management specialist job, apply by Feb 5.
- Grants for conservation projects.
- 'Super Blue Blood Moon & Eclipse' Coming Jan. 31, 2018 | NASA.
- Foresters Ball, Feb 2-3.
- Candalmass/Ground Hogs Day Potluck, Feb 3.
- AERO 3rd Annual Wild Dinner Potluck, Feb 9, Helena.
- Harlequinn Farm offers local organic meat.
- New Sustainability column in Missoula Current.
- Funniest Signs from the 2018 Women's March.
- Advancing & teaching science with videos.
- Frozen Flathead Cherries still available for sale.
- Easy to Use Video Making Studio in UM Library.
- Stories of Eco-Champions.
- Missoula Indy article on farm preservation struggles.
- Nominate a young peacemaker by March 30.
EVST prof elected board chair of national March for Science.
EVST professor Rosalyn LaPier was just elected board chair of the national March for Science! Congratulations, Rosalyn, and let folks know how they can help.
FUNdraiser for Bears Ears National Monument, Feb 3.
Last fall EVST student Jenny Rokosch decided she had to do something to help the folks working to protect Bears Ears National Monument. She learned that a group is working to create a Bears Ears Education Center dedicated to teaching the growing number of visitors how to visit the area with respect. There is a kickstarter campaign, but Jenny decided that a face-to-face event could raise awareness and funds. So she has organized a fun event at Free Cycle that includes: speakers, a silent auction, craft beer, bonfire, potluck, and a raffle (IWFF tickets, restaurant gift cards to and a guided fly fishing trip. Check it out. If you’d like to help, here’s Jenny’s email. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 3, from 6-9:30 pm at Free Cycles.
EVST alum provides a weekly journal on outdoor adventures.
EVST alum Emerald LaFortune provides the Emerald Lens Media newsletter - a weekly journal about rivers, guiding, mountain times, women in the outdoors, big adventures and everyday wonders. Check out A #MeToo Guide for Outdoorsy Dudes for a sample of what could arrive in your inbox every Monday.
EVST grad student selected to work with CFAC assisting farmers.
EVST grad student Zachary Goodwin was selected by Community Food & Ag Coalition to help beginning farmers by providing marketing, workshops, research and field tours. Zachary is going to be busy but will be a great resource for new farmers. Congratulations, Zachary.
Camas magazine has some exciting events planned for this spring semester.
One of these events is the Wild Mercy reading series, in which writers and listeners will gather at the UM FLAT to share in their enjoyment of environmental writing. We are currently seeking student writers to read their creative work on the evenings of Feb. 1, 8, 22, and March 1. The readings are planned for Thursday evenings, 6:30pm until approximately 7:30pm, inside the pellet-warmed UM FLAT Studio, from Feb. 1 to March 15. What you read (nonfiction/fiction/poetry) is up to you, but it should be your own creative work, and we'd appreciate it at least falling under very broad definitions of environmental or place-based writing. Typical timeframe is 15-30 minutes per reader (or roughly 8-20 pages of double-spaced prose). If you are interested in reading but are unavailable on the dates specified, please respond with your preferred date(s) and we may be able to shuffle things around. We will have 2 readers per night, with one night reserved for this semester's visiting writer, Richard Manning. Thanks in advance for helping continue this warm and important little tradition, and to those of you who have already agreed to read: thank you!
Environmental Leadership Series begins on Feb. 2.
The first session of this year’s Environmental Leadership Series focuses on “Group Work: Facilitation Principles & Practice,” led by Neva Hassanein on Friday, Feb. 2, 1:00 – 4:00, University Center, Third Floor, Alumni Boardroom, Room 329. All EVST graduate students and seniors are welcome to drop in and participate.
ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP SURVEY.
Robin Saha’s Environmental Citizenship class is conducting an on-line environmental citizenship survey and looking for other students to complete the survey. Help them understand citizenship knowledge, skills, beliefs and behaviors of fellow students and complete the anonymous survey here. By completing the survey, you can even gauge yourself as an environmental citizen! Faculty and friends are also encouraged to complete the survey.
Work on climate justice on the Colorado Plateau, apply by Feb 2.
Uplift is a climate justice community created for, and by, young people. The annual Uplift Climate Conference provides a platform for growing the youth climate justice movement, celebrating our stories, and empowering young leaders across the Colorado Plateau in a close community. Learn more about our movement and our annual conference at Uplift Climate. Uplift is looking for a diverse group of young leaders who are passionate about climate justice and feel connected to the Colorado Plateau landscape. This is a volunteer position, but if finance is a barrier, please contact us at Uplift Grand Canyon Trust. Performance-based stipends are available at the end of the organizing cycle. Apply by Feb 2. More info and application materials here.
Earn free tickets by volunteering at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival was started by and still maintained by EVST alums. And the festival now has a global reputation. An army of volunteers makes BSDFF a truly community driven and extraordinary event. Earn free screening tickets for every shift and help make BSDFF 18 a great success. Click here to sign up!
Help young farmer/food business folks grow their business (while enjoying great food), Feb 1.
On Thursday, February 1st, Community Food/Ag Coalition will host the 2nd Annual Farm Fresh Pitchfest, a fun gathering where local farmers and food business folks pitch their entrepreneurial projects to a live audience of community members who want to meet their farmers and invest in local food. This year’s event will be held at from 6-8pm at Burns Street Bistro, and all are welcome to come mingle, enjoy locally-sourced hors d’oeuvres, and if the pitches compel you – make an investment of anywhere between $25-$10,000 toward a 0% interest Kiva loan. You’ll need a Kiva account (easy to set up).
The four entrepreneurs who will make their pitch at the event are:
- Kavita Bay of Hindu Hilbilly Farms & Rivulet Apiaries
- Ellie Costello (EVST alum) of Black Bear Soups & Produce
- Shay Farmer of Bäckerei Provincial
- Brianna and Zach Ewert of Crow's View Farm
Blood Drive on campus, Jan 31.
January is a tough time for the Red Cross blood bank. Winter weather caused cancellation of many blood drives around the US, so the blood supply is very short right now. You can help by donating blood right here on campus. WHEN/WHERE: 1/31/2018 from 10 AM - 3:15 PM at UM’s Aber Hall Sponsor Code: gogriz. You can preregister for the blood drive here. Go to the web site, put in our zip code, and it will show you a list of all the blood drives in our area. Scroll down to the UM drive, click on that, and it will show you the available time slots. You can also show up at the door and see if they have room to squeeze you in.
Volunteer Citizen Science projects with MT Audubon.
Amy Seaman, Montana Audubon's Conservation Program Manager, sent this list of projects. Check out the list and contact Amy (details below) if you would like to sign up or have questions.
- Citizen Science Long-billed Curlew surveys in the Mission and Helena Valleys;
- Citizen Science Rosy-Finch and Black Swift surveys throughout western Montana;
- Citizen Science Chimney Swift surveys in eastern Montana;
- Breeding Bird Surveys in Eastern Montana;
- Assisting with Golden Eagle Monitoring Study (GEMS) in the Big Belts;
- Representing Montana Audubon on the Berkeley Pit Advisory Committee;
- Presenting citizen science lessons learned at The Wildlife Society conference;
- Greater Sage-Grouse conservation
- Riparian habitat quality.
For more info or to volunteer, contact: Amy Seaman, Conservation Program Manager
Montana Audubon or (406) 210-9449.
Help with Owl Research.
The Owl Research Institute is embarking on a 3-year study of Short-eared Owl populations in the western U.S. The survey design is well-suited to volunteer participation and will rely primarily on volunteer, citizen-scientists to collect data. Volunteers will be asked to select one of 50 grids in their state and will be responsible for two 1.5 hour visits, each occurring in a separate 3 week window (March/April and April/May). It is a road-based survey (8 - 11 points along a secondary road, separated by 1/2 mile) that starts 100 minutes before darkness, and finishes 10 minutes after darkness. The survey timing is set to coincide with the Short-eared Owls elaborate courtship displays. If interested in volunteering or learning more, contact Matt Larson, Research Director – Owl Research Institute or Cell: (701) 866-5771.
Scientific Integrity in Government is BACK (???) Jan 30.
The Forest Science Lab at UM invites everyone to hear Brendan Moynahan (link) from the National Park Service speak on “Beyond Products and Process: the Broader Scope of Scientific Integrity”. Also invited to speak as a panel: Sonya Germann (DNRC’s Forest Management Bureaus Chief), Tom DeLuca (UM’s Dean of Forestry & Conservation), and Michael Schwartz (the Director of National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation). If you’d like to be thinking about this topic, check out: “Science’s Next Frontier? It’s Civic Engagement” blog and “Translational Ecology” in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 30, NOON in the Forestry Sciences Lab (room 204) on the UM Campus.
Reptiles in the Anthropocene, Jan 31.
Shane Campbell-Staton of UM Biology will give a seminar on: "Evolution in the Anthropocene: Reptilian adaptation to human-mediated change". WHEN: Wednesday, January 31, 4 pm - 4:50 pm. WHERE: Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB)110.
"Accessing the Data You Need: Opportunities with Adventure Scientists", Jan 31.
Aisling Force is the Project Development Coordinator for Adventure Scientists, a nonprofit organization in Bozeman, Montana that works at the regional to global scale on projects requiring data collection from the outdoors. This organization equips partners from government, universities, other nonprofits, etc. with data to support conservation initiatives. By leveraging their global network of specialized volunteers, Adventure Scientists has sent thousands of mountaineers, kayakers, trail runners, etc. on data collection missions around the world. Aisling's work involves finding, vetting and organizing new projects for the organization. She will highlight examples of Adventure Scientists' work as well as describe their project development process, key project characteristics, and how to pursue a collaboration with the organization. The talk will be at MUS but you can watch live screencast here. WHEN: 12pm, Wed., January 31.
Vulnerability and resilience of forest landscapes to changing fire regimes, Feb 1.
Seminar by Alan Tepley (UM Forestry & Biology) who will speak on "Vulnerability and resilience of forest landscapes to changing fire regimes and altered post-fire recovery dynamics." WHEN/WHERE: Thursday (Feb 1) at 3:30 in FOR 305.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NATIVE AMERICAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP 2018.
The WA Franke College of Forestry and Conservation has worked with Yellowstone NP to create a Native American internship program. Interns will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with NPS employees and volunteers. The internship will run for approximately 10-12 weeks and housing is provided. Interns will work full time during the summer internship. This year’s internships are in: UM undergraduates and graduate students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Please contact Jen Harrington, 406)243-5561 or Dr. Michael Patterson, (406)243-5521 with any questions. To apply please submit the following: 1. Cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at Yellowstone National Park 2. Resume 3. Unofficial copy of college transcripts 4. One letter of recommendation (can be from a faculty member, community member, former employer, etc.) Application materials can submitted via email to Jen Harrington OR dropped off at the Forestry Office Room 101, Resource Management Operations: Intern will work on a crew and directly participate in such activities as: hazard tree management, invasive plant control, wildlife/visitor management, data entry, and integrated pest management, more information here. Youth Work-based learning programs: Intern is involved in YCC programs for 15- 18 year old students. Intern will assist presenting resource education lessons, leading weekend recreation outings, such as hiking, rafting, fishing; and mentoring students. Please have application materials turned in by February 14, 2018.
Climate Action events heat up in February:
- Feb 1 -- Hear from Nathan Baring, one of 21 youth plaintiffs suing the U.S. government over climate change. Free and kid friendly. 3:30pm at the Roxy.
- Climate Smart Monthly meetup (Energy Efficiency & Green Building), 5-7 pm at Imagine Nation.
- Feb 7 – Solar-Ease Workshop—how to pick an installer, get a permit, and pay for it. 6-8 pm at Missoula Federal Credit Union, 3600 Brooks.
- Feb 8 -- "To the Ends of the Earth" film screening, hosted by Montana Conservation Voters. 7pm at the Roxy.
- Feb 13-- "Climate Change in Missoula: From Statistics to Strategies" - presentation and panel discussion with scientists & citizen groups. 7pm at Missoula Public Library.
- Month of Feb – Missoula in Motion’s Clear the Air Challenge – be part of the solution.
Five Valleys Audubon field trips & talks & classes for Feb.
- Feb 12 – Meet the Common Loon, 7pm in Gallagher Business Bldg room 123
- Feb 17—Bird walk at Metcalf Refuge. 10am to noon. Meet at Visitor Center
- Feb 24—All day field trip to Mission Valley. Meet in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot at 7:50am
- Feb 22 – Advanced Birding Workshop begins and continues for six more Thursdays thru March & first week of April. Each week devoted to a different bird group. Cost $15/session or $70 for all seven. To sign up, contact Larry Weeks or at 549-5632. WHEN/WHERE: Thursdays Feb 22-April 5, 7-9:30pm at Fish Wildlife & Parks office on Spurgin Road.
Give a presentation at CONFORWest, April 6-9 in Canmore, AB.
This annual conference is organized by and for students in environmental studies (including natural & social sciences and humanities). CONFORWest 2018 will be held at the Alpine Club of Canada in Canmore, AB from April 6-9, 2018. Graduate students and senior undergrads in environmental studies are invited to submit abstracts of presentations. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their research, learn about other research going on in their field, and attend workshops on science communication, nature photography and R statistical software. For more information, see our website here or contact us by email here.
Alternative Spring Break for Purple Frog Gardens in Whitefish, Montana March 26-30.
Purple Frog Gardens is a family owned market farm. Since 1991, Pam Gerwe and Mike Jopek have slowly coaxed this farm out of rocky clay soil with the help of countless volunteers and community members. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in civic engagement while learning about the lively food systems in the beautiful Flathead Valley. There is an opportunity for Service learning independent study credits through the University of Montana! Alternative spring break will take place March 26-30th. It will cost $35 which includes food, transportation, and room. We do require each individual brings enough food to cook one meal for 12 people. Each day will consist of working on Purple Frog Gardens, exploring nearby farms, and creating a long-term business plan on the farm for people with different abilities. This is going to be a really fun trip! This is your break, so in addition to work, there will also be relaxing time for games, skiing, and exploring Whitefish. For additional information, or contact Cara Grula or Pam at Purple Frog Gardens.
Montana Natural History Center’s February Programs and Events.
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. February’s theme is ‘Diggin’ Dinos and Fossils’. Date: Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22. Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am.
SATURDAY KIDS’ ACTIVITY: Ice Age Animals. The Montana Natural History Center has a wonderful collection of ice age animal remains. See real mammoth hair and a cave bear’s jaw! During this Saturday Kids’ Activity you will learn about some of our most interesting ice age mammals, create ancient-style cave art, and chip small replicas out of ice. Date: Saturday, February 3. Time: 2:00-3:00 pm.
EVENING LECTURE SERIES: Hunting and Gathering: Learning to the Read the Landscape
Seasonal Round. Rosalyn LaPier, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UM and award-winning Indigenous writer, studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and environmental and religious history of Indigenous people. Join us for her lecture, Seasonal Round: Understanding the Landscape. She will discuss the “Seasonal Round” or the annual journey taken by the Blackfeet and other northern Plains tribes throughout their territory, share their knowledge of the natural world, places, plants, and animals, and their relationship with the supernatural. Date: Wednesday, February 7. Time: 7:00 pm. Registration and cost: Visit Montana Naturalist for more information.
EVENING PROGRAM: Naturalist Trivia Night! Come show off your skills or learn new facts during naturalist trivia! This trivia night hosted by friends of MNHC will feature Valentine’s day themed nature questions. How do porcupines reproduce? Date: Thursday, February 15. Time: 7:00 pm. Cost: $5 suggested donation. BYOB.
NATURALIST FIELD DAY: Winter Raptors. Enjoy the beauty and majesty of Montana’s winter raptors while learning key identification techniques, anatomy, and behaviors. Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute will lead our field experience in the Nine Pipes area. Date: Sunday, February 18. Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Cost: $70/$80 MNHC members. Scholarships are available. Please call 327-0405 to find out more. Registration is required. Please visit our website.
Non-Profit Tuesday at Café Dolce: No need to worry about cooking dinner this night! Come eat at Cafè Dolce, and 15% of the proceeds from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. will go to the Montana Natural History Center. Tell your friends, and join us for wonderful food and good company, all for a good cause. Be sure to call and make reservations! Get some friends and families together, and support MNHC! 406.830.3055 *3 or online at Cafe Dolce. Date: Tuesday, February 27. Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m. Location: Café Dolce, 500 Brooks St., Missoula.
Science and Nature Night for Teachers: Join us for an open house-style evening of science that centers on natural history and the study of the natural world. There will be live demonstrations and learning stations set up throughout the museum for hands-on exploration! This is a FREE event just for teachers to explore where science and nature connect! Date: Wednesday, February 28. Time: 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Cost: Free. RSVP required.
Ecology Project International is hiring Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem experienced educators and up-and-coming educators for this coming summer.
Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring field instructors and field interns to teach field-based science/conservation/environmental educational programs for middle and high school students. We are currently hiring for the 2018 summer Yellowstone wildlife ecology program. Yellowstone field instructors teach ecology and science lessons, guide students in accurately collecting data for research projects as they work alongside scientists, transport students between field sites, adhere to rigorous risk management protocols, lead students in leadership activities/games, mentor field interns, help lead students in meal preparation, and complete necessary course paperwork. Yellowstone field interns, as a member of a three person field team, guide students in the preparation of all meals in the field, maintain EPI field equipment, transport students, lead students in leadership activities/games, and support field instructors in conducting all courses. As the internship progresses, interns will be called upon to provide relevant ecology and science lessons to students. Applications will be processed as received and hiring will happen on a rolling basis until positions are filled. For a complete job announcement and to access the applications, visit EPI here. Questions can be directed to Erin Clark, Yellowstone program director.
Field Instructor for Bitterroot Wildlife Interns, apply by Feb 14.
Ecology Project International is hiring a field instructor to mentor and teach 12 high school interns this summer. The Bitterroot Wildlife Internship (BWI) program is a partnership between EPI and MPG Ranch that offers high school students ecological education, conservation service, and hands-on field research at MPG Ranch near Florence from June-August. Each month-long session has six interns paired with MPG staff to assist with research, service, or outreach projects and to complete their own research project. The field instructor will mentor, supervise, and manage the interns from Sunday afternoon to Thursday each week, camping at a campsite on the ranch. Time allocated thus: conservation service projects (10hrs/week), conduct ecological research (16hrs/week), and learn about the Bitterroot Valley’s ecosystem (6 hrs/week). Conservation projects might include pulling invasive weeds, removing fencing, and gathering native seeds. Potential research includes avian, soil, plant, ungulate, and insect projects. Instructors will also teach Leave No Trace awareness, guide wildlife observation, and mentor the interns in nature journaling. Position is in Missoula. For a complete job announcement and to access the application, visit the website here.
Political organizing jobs for graduating seniors, apply by Feb 3.
Impact is offering a year-long opportunity in grassroots organizing that helps prepare for a career in social change. We’re looking for graduating seniors who are passionate about engaging with the public to create change. Our early application deadline is this Saturday, February 3rd. Impact organizers are on the ground to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to keep our promises on climate change, and transitioning to a sustainable, renewable energy economy. Right now, many of our organizers are working 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.
Some jobs in Montana.
Seasonal Fisheries Technician, MT FWP, Kalispell
Summer job in California – Biological Technician/Forest Ecology
The Ronan Farmers Market is hiring a Market Manager!
The Market Manager is a part time position with primary responsibility for the development and operation of the Ronan Farmers Market, including an on-site presence at the market during all market hours and off-site work during non-market hours. The Market Manager will report to the Program Manager and the Market steering committee/Board. In addition, the manager will represent the market to the market’s vendors, the consumers, project partners, and the community. The goal of this project is to develop a thriving farmers market that provides healthy food to the community and economic opportunity to local farmers, and the Market Manager is responsible for meeting specific project objectives. The project is funded through a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant. This physically active job requires time outside in various weather conditions. An ideal candidate will have excellent people and communication skills, strong organizational skills, and be passionate about community, local agriculture, and food access. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to LCCDC@lakecountycdc.org by February 1st, 2018. For questions, call 406-676-5901. The complete job description is available here.
Americorps job working on the Clark Fork River, March-Aug, apply now.
The Clark Fork Coalition and National Center for Appropriate Technology have funding for an Americorps worker from Feb or March until July or August. Roughly 40 hours a week. Living allowance of $6265 over term of service. Education Award of $2865 at end of service. If interested, contact email@example.com for full job description ASAP.
MontPIRG’s spring kickoff meeting features internship opportunities and pizza, Jan 30.
MontPIRG (Montana Public Interest Research Group) will kick-off its spring campaign on Jan 30, recruiting interns with info on its campaigns on environmental protection, tenant rights and voting rights. Senator Carol Williams will speak and there will be free pizza. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 30, starting at 5:30pm in UC 331.
Adventure Scientists is hiring, Bozeman, application deadlines from Jan 28 to Feb 15.
Adventure Scientists, a non-profit organization specializing in providing data from the outdoors, announces three full time positions located in Bozeman, Montana, with impending deadlines: Technology Systems Manager: January 28; Operations Manager: February 5; Grants Researcher and Writer: February 15. See details on each job here. More info on Adventure Scientists here.
Farm Business Finance & Grants Management specialist job, apply by Feb 5.
Community Food/Ag Coalition (CFAC) is hiring! Are you a numbers person, interested in helping farmers and ranchers in Western Montana find the resources they need to be successful? CFAC seeks a Farm Business Finance and Grants Management Specialist. This unique position provides financial services to both the organization internally (.25FTE) and to beginning farm and ranch businesses seeking business planning and financial assistance (.75FTE). CFAC is looking for an engaging, motivated and personable candidate with the unique ability to convey technical, financial and business expertise in an easy to understand manner. Find more information about the position and application information.
Grants for conservation projects
- Aquatic Invasive Species Grants
- Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation Grant
- Jerry Metcalf Foundation Grant
- Brookby Foundation Grants
- Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
- New Earth Foundation Grants
- 2018 Env Education Local Grant Programof EPA
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Resilient Communities
- Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins Council 2018 Project Award
- MT DNRC grants
January 31 brings a lunar trifecta: the super blue blood Moon! This full moon is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It's the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” And there will be a lunar eclipse.
Foresters Ball, Feb 2-3.
The community is invited to two nights of dancing and honky-tonk music in celebration of a 101-year-old tradition at the UM – the Foresters’ Ball – on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, in the Schreiber Gymnasium. UM students spend the week before the ball transforming the gym into a turn-of-the-century logging town with a saloon, general store, jail, chapel and museum. The Foresters’ Ball town is open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday for those who want to see it before the event. Read more: Foresters’ Ball to Celebrate a New Century at UM.
Candalmass/Ground Hogs Day Potluck, Feb 3.
Celebrate the first hints of spring, by sharing food and talking gardening & local food with neighbors & local farmers. Kitchen facilities avail. for cooking & warming. WHEN/WHERE: Feb. 3 - Saturday - 5-7pm @ Moonlight Kitchens, 1951 Kensington Ave. Missoula.
AERO 3rd Annual Wild Dinner Potluck, Feb 9, Helena.
AERO, Helena Hunters & Anglers, and Montana Wildlife Federation team up for the THIRD Annual Wild Dinner potluck! All are welcome to an evening of local meals paired with discussion on sustainable food, harvesting, and land use. More info at aeromt.org. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 9th - Fri. - 6-8pm @ Free Ceramic Studio, 650 Logan, Helena.
Harlequinn Farm offers local organic meat.
Harlequinn Farm is selling pork from pasture raised heritage pigs. They are selling whole or half animals already turned into chops, steaks, ribs, etc. You might consider going together with several households to purchase a half animal and divide up manageable amounts. For more info, contact Kaly at 406-459-7217 or Harlequinn Farm.
New Sustainability column in Missoula Current.
Local sustainability activists have launched a weekly column in the Missoula Current highlighting the voices of community members who are doing this great work. Keep an eye out each Friday for the latest column, so you can keep up to date on upcoming events and opportunities. The Jan 26 column was: Improving household energy efficiency a key climate solution by Abby Huseth & Max Longo
And here are the first two columns: Sustainable Missoula by Katie Deuel & Amy Cilimburg and Sustainable Missoula-- We are Still In by Chase Jones. Bold face are EVST alums.
Funniest Signs from the 2018 Women's March.
Advancing & teaching science with videos.
JoVE strives to advance research and science education by making and publishing videos of cutting edge scientific work. Many schools use these as teaching aids. JoVE just published their 7000th video. If you think you’d like to see how to advance and teach science with this more visual approach, check out JoVE’s year end review of their 2017 videos.
Frozen Flathead Cherries still available for sale.
CFAC has 5 lb packages of frozen, pitted cherries from the North shores of Flathead Lake. Each package is $20. These cherries were professionally pitted and packed at the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center at the peak of the season late July. Call 406-926-1004 or email CFAC to place your order. Pick up at our office or arrange delivery.
Easy to Use Video Making Studio in UM Library.
The UM Library has a very easy to use video filming & editing studio called the One-Button Studio(free). You can reserve a time to use it by pasting this pointer into your browser. To learn how to use the studio, make an appointment with Glenn Kneebone.
Stories of Eco-Champions.
PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the public employees who protect our environment. PEER is celebrating its 25th year by showcasing some of those employees who spoke up (& then had to be protected from reprisals). You can see some of those Eco-champs stories here. More will be added through the year. Perhaps you may want to suggest a public employee to be highlighted.
Missoula Indy article on farm preservation struggles.Local farmers and coalitions were featured in a recent Missoula Independent cover story,
Common Ground –What can local farm preservation advocates learn from Vermont’s example? Read it here.
Nominate a young peacemaker by March 30.
The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is calling for nominations for young peacemakers for the Search for Peace Award. You can nominate a young person (age 5-18) who has worked for peace in their home, school and/or community. The Center is seeking young role models who work for nonviolence, social justice and sustainability. Deadline for nominations is March 30. More info and a link to a nomination form here.