Newsline March 19, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. Twice as many birds at a creek after water restored.

Around EVST

  1. EVST professor receives award from MT Environmental Education Association. 
  2. EVST alum wins award at national environmental law competition.
  3. Grad Student Catie Demets finalist in John Ruffatto Startup Challenge.
  4. EVST newsletter editor nominated for Student Employee of the Year. 

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Help keep ag lands in Missoula’s future, planning workshops, March 21 thru 28.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Staff EVST table at the Science Fair, Monday March 19. 
  2. Design Excellence Community Workshop is March 20
  3. Help Monitor the Spring Raptor Migration, March 27 & 29.
  4. Idaho Trails Association seeks volunteers for trails projects near Missoula this summer! 
  5. Help your Missoula Community improve its communication tools, April 3 or 4. 
  6. Restoration Workday at Rock Creek Confluence, April 7.
  7. Citizen Science volunteer opportunity in Yellowstone this summer for Beetle fans. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. Open House on project to remove Rattlesnake Creek dam, March 20. 
  3. MPG Research Conference, March 20-22.
  4. EARN CREDIT LIVING IN YOUR TENT! Info meeting March 21.
  5. Free screening of Abundant Land, March 26. 
  6. Film on Climate change, scarcity, wars & refugees, March 26.
  7. Native American Natural Resource Program Nature Walks, March 22 and April 11 and 19.
  8. Tools for Interdisciplinary Team Science, March 23. 
  9. Society for Ecological Restoration gathering, March 27. 
  10. Courses to prepare for the Part 107 Remote Pilot (drone) Exam or the Private Pilot Written Exam. 
  11. Check out the summer field courses on Flathead Lake.
  12. Sage-Grouse Field Experience, April 20-22. 
  13. EVST’ers offer Sustainable Ranching supervised internship, May 14-25.
  14. MT Audubon’s annual Bird Festival (June 8-10), register now and nominate potential awardees. 

Jobs and Internships (local or summer jobs; for non-local full time jobs around the US, click the envirojobs list serv, and request.)

  1. Open Positions - Visitor & Facilities Support, Reserve Technician, and Construction & Visitor Operations Manager. 
  2. Industrial Materials Coordinator (Program Coordinator II), apply by March 25.
  3. Stewardship Technician at the Nature Conservancy’s Rocky Mountain Front office.
  4. Crown of the Continent Roundtable seeks part-time coordinator, apply by April 6.
  5. Summer Crew Leader for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) for the summer of 2018.

Funding

  1. Scholarship for GIS projects, apply by March 30.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Transportation during Spring Break—no UDASH!
  2. Earth-friendly Diet / Two New Books.
  3. Bike season is here – be safe, legal & respectful of others.
  4. Looking for Montana water monitoring information? 

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Good News Item

Twice as many birds at a creek after water restored.

A small sliver of wildness is having a big impact on the birds, fish and wildlife. Birds at Putah Creek have more than doubled since water was restored to the creek in 2000, according to a study published in the journal Ecological RestorationRead more here. 

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Around EVST 

EVST professor receives award from MT Environmental Education Association. 

Vicki Watson, recently retired from EVST, will receive a Sense of Wonder Recognition award at the MEEA annual meeting March 22-24 in Great Falls. These awards recognize inspiring work in the field of Environmental Education in the state of Montana. Congratulations, Wonder Woman! 

EVST alum wins award at national environmental law competition.

UM Law School students won awards at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held on Feb. 22-23 at Pace University in White Plains, New York. The team of EVST alum Lowell Chandler and Nathan Burke, both second-year law students from Missoula, competed at the 2018 event and received the Fossil Creek Watchers Best Brief for the environmental side. Read more here. 

Grad Student Catie Demets finalist in John Ruffatto Startup Challenge.

Good news friends, grad student Catie Demets is one of twelve finalists who qualified for the John Ruffatto Startup Challenge, the big annual business pitch competition at UM. She’ll give her final pitch about her Pizza Barn concept on the 13th of April. Way to go, Catie. So happy for you! 

EVST newsletter editor nominated for Student Employee of the Year. 

Laura Zanolli was nominated for Student Employee of the Year by the EVST program. All the nominees will be honored at a reception in the Dell Brown Room in Turner Hall on April 12th from 4 pm- 6 pm. All welcome. 

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Featured Event 

Help keep ag lands in Missoula’s future, planning workshops, March 21 thru 28.

Help update Missoula County's Land Use Map at the following workshops:

  • March 21st, 6-8 p.m., Hellgate Elementary
  • March 22nd, 6-8 p.m., Target Range Elementary Library
  • March 26th, 2-4 p.m., Missoula County Courthouse Annex 151
  • March 27th, 6-8 p.m., West Riverside - Hellgate Lions Club Barn
  • March 28th, 6-8 p.m., East Missoula Rural Fire Department

CFAC has more info on how you can advocate for agricultural land conservation and why it matters

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Volunteer Opportunities

Staff EVST table at the Science Fair, Monday March 19. 

EVST will have a table at the Science Fair with some fun env . quizzes and prizes. A couple more people are needed to help staff the table (since it will no doubt be mobbed). If you can help, any time between 9am and 1pm, email vicki ASAP or leave message at 243-5153. 

Design Excellence Community Workshop is March 20

Missoula is developing design standards for downtown buildings and wants to hear from citizens. The final community workshop on this is March 20, 5:30-7pm at Doubletree Hotel, 100 Madison St. 

Help Monitor the Spring Raptor Migration, March 27 & 29.

Join Raptor View Research Institute scientists at the MPG Wildlife Ranch near Lolo as we track the spring raptor migration. Volunteers will help observe and identify migrating raptors. Please be sure to bring binoculars and dress for the spring weather! Space is limited to 6 volunteers per trip. No lunch provided on these days. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register & get directions or call 406-396-6285. WHEN: 3/27 and 3/29 from 11am-3pm. 

Idaho Trails Association seeks volunteers for trails projects near Missoula this summer! 

If you’d like to see some beautiful country this summer while helping improve trails, contact ITA’s Jeff Halligan. Projects are about a week in length. More info at this web site. Note ITA is particularly interested in folks willing to be camp host/cook and also who want to help improve trails. 

Help your Missoula Community improve its communication tools, April 3 or 4. 

The City of Missoula and Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) need your input to design a successful community communication system, including community TV & social media. MCAT has been a critical partner with UM and other community groups in recording and broadcasting their events to the larger community. So now is a good time to show support for MCAT as it negotiates a new contract and ensure that it can continue to provide this service. Community input will take the form of several focus group meetings at the Missoula Public Library on April 3 & 4. The focus group meetings have been organized around various interest groups but please go to any one of the four that fits your schedule. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and lively discussion with your fellow citizens who care about community communication! For info, and to sign up to participate, visit here

Restoration Workday at Rock Creek Confluence, April 7.

Help 5 Valleys Land Trust restore habitat at the Rock Creek Confluence. UM students and others will plant shrubs and pull weeds. Lunch provided. Dress for unpredictable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and a water bottle. RSVP by Wednesday, April 4 to Jenny here or call 406-549-0755. When/Where: April 7; meet at 9am, work until 2 pm at Five Valleys' Rock Creek Confluence Property, Clinton. Directions to site:  From Missoula, head east on I-90.  Drive 22 miles to exit 126 (Rock Creek).  Exit the Interstate, turn right, and cross over the Clark Fork River. The Confluence property will be directly on your right. Signs direct you to parking.  

Citizen Science volunteer opportunity in Yellowstone this summer for Beetle fans. 

The National Park Service invites citizens to help them study beetles in Yellowstone park this summer. Two levels of commitment are possible. For those who live near the park (or just really want to do this), they are seeking folks who can come one weekend a month from May to Sept (so as to maximize return on the time spent in training). Alternatively, if you already know carabid beetles and can only come once – you could be useful also. Volunteers will be field collecting, sorting, mounting, labeling specimens and doing data entry. If interested in learning more, contact Erik Oberg here or at 307-344-2156.  

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Educational Opportunities  

Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here

Intro to Environmental Science: ENSC 105, 3 credits; Watersheds and Communities Working Together: ENST 191 & ENST 591 (co-convened), 1 credit; Music and the Natural World: ENST 391-02, 3 credits, (10 weeks); Where is Away: An Exploration of Waste: ENST 391, 3 credits, Summer PEAS Intensive Supervised Internship: ENST 396, 6 credits; U.S. Environmental Movement: ENST 420, 3 credits; The Practice & Theory of Sustainable Ranching: A Supervised Internship at Bandy Ranch: NRSM 491 2 credits. Visit the webpage for more information

Open House on project to remove Rattlesnake Creek dam, March 20. 

The City of Missoula and Trout Unlimited invite the public to an open house on the Lower Rattlesnake Dam and Reclamation Project on Tuesday, March 20, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Missoula International School at 1100 Harrison St. The event will have a drop-in format with experts on hand at various stations to answer questions. There will be displays of the project, and info on research at the site. The dam is no longer needed and was a barrier to fish migration. In addition to removing the dam, there will be some wetland restoration, and efforts to restore a natural corridor between the Rattlesnake headwaters and the Clark Fork River for the first time in 100 years. The public is asked to comment on the project and trail improvement opportunities. WHEN/WHERE: March 20, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Missoula International School at 1100 Harrison St. 

MPG Research Conference, March 20-22.

Please join MPG at the Holiday Inn Parkside downtown in Missoula for our yearly research conference. MPG staff and supported researchers will present recent findings and describe future goals. The conference will allow all who conduct investigations at MPG, as well as the general public, to learn about current projects and to share ideas. Topics will include avian science, rangeland restoration, mammal ecology, pollinators, and soil ecology, among others. The public is invited and you do not need to register. There will be refreshments served in the atrium following presentations each day. When/Where: March 20-22, from 9am to 5pm; Holiday Inn Parkside. 

EARN CREDIT LIVING IN YOUR TENT! Info meeting March 21.

Wild Rockies Field Institute WRFI offers academic field-based courses through UM. Our courses take place in the "Wild Rockies" of North America and combine rigorous academic inquiry with cultural immersion and extended backcountry expeditions. Students join us from across North America and from a wide variety of majors; we offer courses in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources & Science Management, Native American Studies, Geography, and Philosophy. WRFI's small group size and interdisciplinary curriculum offer students an exceptional opportunity to complement campus coursework with field education. Montana residents receive a 15% tuition discount! Federal Financial Aid applies & Scholarships are available! Learn more on our website and our blog. Contact Bethany Applegate (EVST alum) with questions or call 406-549-4336. When/Where: March 21, Noon-1 PM, Davidson Honors College, Room 117. FREE PIZZA! 

Free screening of Abundant Land, March 26. 

Transition Missoula, Local Indigenous Network Collective(LINC), Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) invite you to the screening of Abundant Land, an upbeat documentary about The People of Moloaki and how they regenerated their island after factory farming threatened to destroy it. See the trailer. WHEN/WHERE: March 26 at 7:30pm in Missoula Public Library’s large meeting room. 

Film on Climate change, scarcity, wars & refugees, March 26.

Rankin Peace Center, 350Montana, World Affairs Council and others invite you to the film, The Age of Consequences from award-winning filmmaker Jared Scott. The film investigates how climate change is increasing resource scarcity, infrastructure risks, conflicts and refugee populations. WHEN/WHERE: March 26, 7 pm, The Roxy, 718 S. Higgins. 

Native American Natural Resource Program Nature Walks, March 22 and April 11 and 19.

March 22, 4.:00pm – PFNAC Ethnobotany Garden Tour with Native Area Specialist Marilyn Marler, meet at PFNAC. April 11m 4:00pm – Hike up to the “M” with Marilyn Marler – meet at the “M” trailhead. April 19, 4:00pm – Tour of the Native Plant Garden along the Clark Fork River, meet at south side of Madison St. bridge. 

Tools for Interdisciplinary Team Science, March 23. 

This week’s Bridges seminar (food, water energy interactions) discusses use of conceptual models in guiding interdisciplinary team science; speaker is Dr. Kristal Jones, Assistant Research Scientist, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), University of Maryland. WHEN/WHERE: March 23, 11-11:50am in Stone Hall 217. 

Society for Ecological Restoration gathering, March 27. 

Schmooze with local ecological restoration folks and hear Dean Pearson, research ecologist with the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, talk about plant invasions and managing same in grassland communities in Montana. WHEN/WHERE: March 27, 6-8pm, at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St, Missoula. 

Courses to prepare for the Part 107 Remote Pilot (drone) Exam or the Private Pilot Written Exam. 

UM’s Autonomous Aerial Systems Office (AASO) was created to offer UM students and faculty the ability to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in research, creative scholarship, and education. AASO  is partnering with two local aviation companies (Northstar Jet and Choice Aviation) to offer some courses.  One course will prepare you to earn a Remote Pilot (drone) certificate (cost is $900 and is offered from March 27 to April 12)  . The other course is offered at UM and prepares you for either the remote pilot exam or the private pilot written exam. The latter course (PHSX 191—Survey of Aeronautics)  is longer (May 21 to July 27) and is offered at UM as a 3 credit course through the Physics Dept. Check out the above web links and if you still have questions, contactjaylene.naylor@umontana.edu 

Check out the summer field courses on Flathead Lake.

Check out this video to see what it’s like.  More info on the courses: Environmental Sensors, Field Methods in Ornithology, Aquatic Microbial Ecology & Drone Remote Sensing. Scholarships available. Apply here

Sage-Grouse Field Experience, April 20-22. 

Discover a success story of collaborative conservation and a dancing wonder of the world --the Greater sage-grouse. In this three-day exploration through the Grasshopper Valley of SW Montana, you'll have expert guides and see the sage-grouse magnificent mating displays on leks protected by ranchers, landowners and conservation partners. $375 for MNHC Members; $395 for Non-Members; price includes two breakfasts and a two-night stay at High Country Lodge. Lunch and dinner on your own (the Lodge can provide sack lunches, and evening meals). Questions: Contact Christine Morris. More info & registration here

EVST’ers offer Sustainable Ranching supervised internship, May 14-25.  

EVST alum Bryce Andrews and current EVST student Gillian Thornton will offer a 2 credit 400 level intensive internship on UM’s Bandy Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley. Students will be housed at nearby Lubrecht Experimental Forest. The course (NRSM 491: The Practice and Theory of Sustainable Ranching) exploresagriculture and land ethics in the context of a working ranch operation. Students will engage in the practical work of grazing, herd management, large carnivore coexistence, and pasture health while exploring the ethics of ranching in the American West. In addition to tuition, additional fees for housing, food, transportation come to $425. How to register: You can register for this course on cyberbear under Summer Session 2018. The course is listed under Natural Resource Science and Management: NRSM 491 Sustainable Ranching. An instructor signature/override slip is required for registration contact Shonna Trowbridge for assistance.  

MT Audubon’s annual Bird Festival (June 8-10), register now and nominate potential awardees. 

Join Montana Audubon's 19th annual celebration this June 8-10 in Kalispell. Over 20 field trips to stunning locations around the Flathead Valley and noted conservationist Dr. Stuart Strahl of the Chicago Zoological Society will deliver the keynote address. Click here to register online and for more information. Audubon is also seeking nominations for its annual awards given at the festival: Lifetime Achievement, Educator of the Year, Conservationist of the Year, Citizen Scientist of the Year, and Special Achievement Award. To learn more or to make a nomination, click here

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Jobs and Internships

Open Positions - Visitor & Facilities Support, Reserve Technician, and Construction & Visitor Operations Manager. 

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to one of the largest and most exciting conservation projects since the founding of the National Parks? American Prairie Reserve is accepting applications for several positions working across nearly 400,000 acres in Montana’s big sky country. The two seasonal Visitor & Facilities Support positions will assist with maintenance on APR buildings and property, as well as support lodging and hospitality for visitors and donors from around the world. The seasonal Reserve Technician position will spend the majority of their time out on the land building and maintaining fences and will assist with general maintenance and operations of the Reserve as needed. The full-time, year-round Construction & Visitor Operations Manager position is a key role in APR’s work to encourage public access to the North American grasslands. This role is responsible for managing the construction process and operation of remote visitor facilities across the Reserve. Experience in residential construction, and familiarity with energy-efficient building techniques & off-grid systems preferred. Through these positions, you will have the opportunity to work: in an entrepreneurial & values-based culture; with talented & driven colleagues; for a competitive salary, work provisions & perks; for an equal opportunity employer. Be part of what National Geographic describes as “one of the most ambitious conservation efforts in American History.” For full job descriptions, qualifications, and to apply, visit American Prairie here.   

Industrial Materials Coordinator (Program Coordinator II), apply by March 25.

The Office of Sustainability is hiring an Industrial Materials Coordinator (Program Coordinator II). Application Deadline: Sunday, March 25, 2018. For job position details and application instructions, please email Eva Rocke or call 406-243-4323. 

Stewardship Technician at the Nature Conservancy’s Rocky Mountain Front office.

More information and application portal can be found here

Crown of the Continent Roundtable seeks part-time coordinator, apply by April 6. 

EVSTer Peter Gurche has served as COC Roundtable coordinator for the past year, but is moving onto a new position. So, a new coordinator will be hired - someone with the passion and initiative to work across all types of boundaries, and who sees value in a more connected Crown of the Continent. If interested, see the position description for details. Applications accepted until April 6. The anticipated start date for the position is late April or early May. If you have questions that the job description can’t answer, ask Peter Gurche here.   

Summer Crew Leader for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) for the summer of 2018.

More information and application instructions can be found at the Watershed Education Network site.

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Funding 

Scholarship for GIS projects, apply by March 30.

The Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) Education Committee works to promote the exchange of geographic information to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and the public by administering grants and scholarships and providing training and mentoring to students and teachers. MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarship is $3000 for undergraduate student or a first-year graduate student attending a Montana college or university in 2018 who is doing a GIS-related project or research. Info and application found here. Deadline: March 30.

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

Transportation during Spring Break—no UDASH!

UDASH buses will not be in service over spring break. Make sure you plan ahead for getting around town during the break. ASUM Transportation offers short and long-term bike rentals and Mountain Line buses will continue to run during the break. 

Earth-friendly Diet / Two New Books.

Two books on Earth-friendly eating hit the shelves this week. Food Is the Solution was written by Matthew Prescott, senior director of Food and Agriculture for The Humane Society of the US. It's part cookbook and part coffee-table book, with delicious plant-based recipes, beautiful photos, and essays on the connection between diet and the environment. Eat for the Planet, by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone, makes the case for having a positive impact on land, air, water and wildlife by changing your diet. Nil is the cofounder and editor in chief of One Green Planet, a popular digital platform for sustainable food, animal welfare and environmental issues. 

Bike season is here – be safe, legal & respectful of others.

Bike traffic is increasing, Remember these safety rules and courtesies: On sidewalks – campus speed limit is twice walking speed. When approaching pedestrian from behind, say ‘passing on your left (or right); Legal requirements: stop at stop signs; use hand signals for turning; at night, have a headlight and taillight; Avoid Theft: Lock your bike (with a U-lock) to appropriate structures around campus. Also, register your bike with the city so if it is stolen and found, it can be returned to you. Missoula has an online egistration form and will send a sticker to your mailing address!  

Looking for Montana water monitoring information? 

Search monitoring resources and local and statewide program information on the MWCC Water Monitoring Resource Page! Montana is a large state with many entities conducting monitoring programs. The Montana Watershed Coordination Council's Water Monitoring Web Page was created to better coordinate and share information between water monitoring entities as well as increase water monitoring programs. In this web page, you are able to search different programs to find information including, what agencies and organizations are conducting monitoring, locations, and monitoring objectives. The resource library provides over 200 trusted resources relevant to watershed work, including starting your own monitoring program.

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

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