Newsline March 5, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. UM Professor releases new book.

Around EVST

  1. Congrats to EVST alum Emily Withnall 2014!
  2. Tell your river story on this web site created by EVST alums. 
  3. UM Honors EVST Professor Rosalyn LaPier, Other Esteemed Faculty.

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Free screening of Abundant Land, HAS BEEN RECHEDULED to March 26. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Montana Conservation Voters Annual celebration, March 9 in Helena.
  2. Volunteer for wilderness trail work with MT Wilderness Association. 
  3. Volunteer for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Pow-Wow Celebration, Missoula, April 20-21.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Montana Natural History Center Programs for March.
  2. Webinar on flood risk in western MT this spring, March 6.
  3. Master Naturalist Online Citizen Science Training, March 8. 
  4. Volunteer for Polar Bears by March 9.
  5. Prune the Moon, March 10.
  6. Salary negotiating workshop for women, March 10. 
  7. What do volcanoes have in common with pollution? (apply by March 17 to find out). 
  8. Present your work at UM student research conferences in April; applications due March for grads.
  9. Spend spring break in the Flathead Valley growing sustainable food. 
  10. Bike Walk MT Summit, March 21st - 23rd in Bozeman. 
  11. Learn about polar bears and Arctic ecology; register now for field classes this summer and fall. 

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

  1. Montana Natural History Center is hiring, apply now. 
  2. Intern with Garden City Harvest, apply now. 
  3. UM Dining Services Student Garden Assistant, apply now.
  4. Office helper job in Geography Dept. 
  5. Summer job at UM Biostation on Flathead Lake, apply by March 11. 

Funding

  1. Nature Writing Scholarship for Students, applications due March 11.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. What do you know about the Clark Fork River? March 7.
  2. Wild Rising Girls after school program launch party, March 8.
  3. Interactive Soils Map for Missoula County. 
  4. “God, this is good!” Tasting Dinner/Benefit, March 15. 
  5. The Economic Value of Flathead Lake.
  6. Garden City Harvest veggie shares are going fast. 
  7. Grow your own in a community garden, apply by March 18. 

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Good News Item

UM Professor releases new book.

University of Montana professor Christopher J. Preston is releasing his new book, The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World. It provides an overview of some of the most significant changes humans have made to the natural planet and our response to climate change. It shows how our species is on the way to constructing a synthetic version of nature, all the way from the atom to the atmosphere. While exploring some of the benefits that will be gained, the book also posts a sober warning about how dangerous it would be to assume all these changes will be good. Who should make these decisions and where is our place in deciding the landscape of the world? The book releases on March 27th and for more information, please visit his Author Facebook Page here.  

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Around EVST 

Congrats to EVST alum Emily Withnall 2014!

She has published “Turning Toward the Taproot” in the current issue of El Palacio magazine. 

Tell your river story on this web site created by EVST alums. 

EVST alum Mike Fiebig is with American Rivers Northern Rockies office in Bozeman and is planning some celebrations of the 50 year anniversary of the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Recently he spoke at UM and told us about the 5000 Miles of Wild web site where people are encouraged to tell their favorite river memory and post a picture to illustrate the story. There you will find some great stories posted by everyone from President Jimmy Carter to some mischievous kids. Be sure to scroll down the page so that you see the many stories farther down, and so you come to the “share your story” button.  

UM Honors EVST Professor Rosalyn LaPier, Other Esteemed Faculty.

EVST Professor Rosalyn LaPier received the George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment on Feb. 15 as part of UM's Charter Day awards ceremony. Read more here

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Featured Event 

Free screening of Abundant Land, HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to 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.

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Montana Conservation Voters Annual celebration, March 9 in Helena.

MCV members gather with elected representatives, philanthropists and other environmental nonprofits to share thoughts of needed work. But mostly, to share good food, fun and friends while raising funds for MCV. WHEN/WHERE: March 9, 6-8:30pm; Holter Museum, 12 E. Lawrence, Helena. 

Volunteer for wilderness trail work with MT Wilderness Association. 

Looking for an opportunity to give back to your most treasured wild places? MWA’s Volunteer Trail Crew is the adventure you’re looking for, and registration for our 2018 projects is now open! And boy, is there a lot happening. This summer's highlights include: Venturing into New Landscapes - For the first time, our crews will be in the Cabinet Mountains, Jewel Basin, Metcalf Wilderness, and Pryor Mountains. Rehabbing Fire-Affected Trail - To help the Forest Service recover from a devastating wildfire season in 2017, we’ll rehab fire affected trails. Tackling Weekend Projects - in the Pryors, the Kootenai, the Blackfoot-Clearwater, or the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Also offering single-day projects on National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System - We’ll continue work on the Continental Divide Trail in the Centennials, Scapegoat Wilderness, and Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Increasing Youth Engagement - we are partnering with many youth groups to engage youth in meaningful conservation service to Montana’s public lands. Join a Volunteer Trail Crew to make memories, meet amazing people and help keep Montana’s public lands accessible for years to come. Check out our full lineup of projects and sign up on the Volunteer Trail Crew page. 

Volunteer for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Pow-Wow Celebration, Missoula, April 20-21.

The Annual Kyiyo Pow Wow Celebration is one of the oldest traditions of Kyiyo. The Annual Pow Wow Celebration unifies all Native American from across the nation in an event full of dancing, singing, and sharing of stories between all in attendance. The celebration is a time to preserve the rich heritage of Native Americans and renew the thoughts of the old traditions. The diversity of each tribe represented at our Pow Wow is shown within the dancing styles and traditional dress of the dancers. Although from a wide array of backgrounds, each dancer comes together to celebrate to celebrate what their culture truly represents. Each year, our Pow Wow continues to grow which shows the power of our people and leaves the message that our culture will never die out. For more information visit the webpage here. To sign-up for volunteering visit this link. When/Where: April 20-21 at UM. 

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Educational Opportunities 

Montana Natural History Center Programs for March.

miniNaturalists PRE-K Program:
Date:  Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Time:  10:00 am-11:00 am - Cost:  Program is free with admission to MNHC - Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
SATURDAY KIDS’ ACTIVITY:
Rock Hounding - Date:  Saturday, March 3 - Time: 2:00-3:00 pm - Cost:  Free with admission to MNHC
EVENING PROGRAM:
Naturalist Trivia Night! Featuring the Clark Fork Coalition - Date:  Wednesday, March 7 - Time: 7:00 pm
Cost:  $5 suggested donation. BYOB. 
MEMBERS-ONLY DISCOVERY DAY:
Wonderful Waterfowl at Lee Metcalf - Date: Saturday, March 10 - Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Meet at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center - Cost:  Free for Montana Natural History Center Members - Registration is required. To register, email Christine Morris here.
EVENING LECTURE SERIES:
Hunting and Gathering: Learning to the Read the Landscape - With Kallie Moore - Date:  Wednesday, March 14 Time: 7:00 pm - Registration and cost: visit the Montana Naturalist here for more information.

All events located at 120 Hickory St. unless otherwise noted. Go to our website to learn more about our programs. 

Webinar on flood risk in western MT this spring, March 6.

National Weather Service Missoula will be discussing flood potential for this spring for western MT and parts of north central Idaho. After registering here, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements here. WHEN: March 6 at 1pm MST. 

Master Naturalist Online Citizen Science Training, March 8. 

Learn how to use online tools and websites to contribute to citizen science! There are a number of online data collection tools, websites, and apps for conducting fascinating research. Find out how to enter backyard bird sightings in eBird, assist MPG Ranch with their winter eagle project, observe clouds for NASA, and much more.  Online citizen science is a wonderful way to become an important part of local and global projects. More info here. FREE! When/Where: March 8th, 5 to 6 pm at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street. 

Volunteer for Polar Bears by March 9.

International Polar Bear Day was Feb 27. If you’d like to do something tangible for these great beasts - The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is proposing to open MOST US waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. This will affect polar bear habitat, your favorite sandy beach, and our climate. Take action by submitting your comments and remember to include specific reasons to back up your comments. Deadline March 9.  

Prune the Moon, March 10.

Help prune the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s historic apple orchard. Experienced pruners are encouraged to attend or learn the art of tree pruning with our skilled local arborists, Mark Van Der Meer (EVST alum) and Mike Billingsley. If you have them, bring handsaws, pole saws, loppers, hand shears, gloves, and orchard ladders. We will have plenty of tools for the empty-handed. Coffee, lunch, and cider provided. No sign-up required. Just bring yourself, some layers for wet and cold spring weather, some water, and the desire to get to know a tree or two. No dogs or unattended children, please. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, March 10, 9 am-3 pm, Moon-Randolph Homestead (1515 Spurlock Road near the land fill on north side of town).  

Salary negotiating workshop for women, March 10. 

American Association of University Women offers Start Smart – a free workshop specifically designed to teach women how to negotiate salaries for a new job. In every two and a half hour workshop you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play. Note that one reason men are paid more than women for the same job is that men often negotiate a higher starting salary. More info about the workshop here. Register here.  When?Where: March 10, 11am-1:30pm at UM’s Social Sciences Room 254. 

What do volcanoes have in common with pollution? (apply by March 17 to find out). 

They share some similarities in monitoring methods. Hence the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute & GeoTenerife's summer education program may interest you. Includes: Environmental monitoring (optical remote sensing, and CH4 emission from landfills); Monitoring of CO2 degassing; Hydrogeochemical and soil CO2 efflux; Geophysical survey for geothermal energy exploration; Volcano & Geothermal Seismic Research. More info here. Open to undergraduates or graduates of relevant subjects. Scholarship info here. Application deadline: 17 March 2018. 

Present your work at UM student research conferences in April; applications due March for grads.

The UM Graduate Conference (GradCon) will be held in the University Center Ballroom on Friday, April 20. GradCon is interdisciplinary and welcomes presentations from all disciplines and departments. To propose a poster, oral presentation or performing arts presentation, students must apply by Friday, March 23. More info here.  

Spend spring break in the Flathead Valley growing sustainable food, application due March 9.

You can earn college credit during spring break while learning about sustainable farming at Purple Frog Gardens and other sustainable farms. WHEN: March 26-30. Cost is only $35 and includes transportation, lodging, most meals and some entertainment. To participate/apply contact Cara Grula or Pam at Purple Frog

Bike Walk MT Summit, March 21st - 23rd in Bozeman. 

The Bike Walk Summit provides an opportunity for Montanans to come together and learn from each other on best practices and share ideas for making Montana communities and roads better for people to bicycle and walk. The student rates are pretty reasonable, so please share with anyone who might be interested in attending. More information here

Learn about polar bears and Arctic ecology; register now for field classes this summer and fall. 

Polar bears and the Arctic may seem abstract and faraway if you don't live in the far North. The Great Bear Foundation offers three different Arctic Ecology Field Courses that allow YOU to connect to the Arctic and the world of the polar bear. Travel with us in July/Augusto see the beluga whales and migratory birds or in October/November for the peak polar bear migration. The best part is that 100% of proceeds fund GBF’s bear conservation programs. 

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Jobs and Internships

Montana Natural History Center is hiring, apply now. 

Spring Visiting Naturalist Field Instructors - Four positions available. Temporary, 30 hours/week from April 23rd-June 8th. Summer Camp Program Instructors - Seven positions available. Temporary, 40 hours/week from May 29th-August 20th. Garden Manager - Temporary, average of 10 hours/week from April 11th-September 11th. Info and applications at MNHC website. 

Intern with Garden City Harvest, apply now. 

Community Gardens Intern will develop gardening, community building, and educational skills while enhancing the program for Garden City Harvest and its participants. This program supports 9 community gardens and one therapeutic hospital garden; providing healthy community spaces, tools and education for Missoula residents, families, and groups to grow their own food. Intern receives a $500 stipend. Applications due March 12, 2018. Send cover letter and resume to Patrick. JOB DESCRIPTIONYouth Development Intern for Youth Harvest Project, a therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. The intern will perform daily farm tasks, supervise youth in operating a mobile market at senior residences, and support menu planning and harvest for our weekly lunch at the local food bank. Intern receives a $500 stipend. Applications due April 6, 2018. Send cover letter and resume to TamiJOB DESCRIPTION. 

UM Dining Services Student Garden Assistant, apply now.

Are you eager to work towards campus sustainability? Is spending time outside working in a garden something that interests you? If so, then we have the job for you! UMD is looking for a student garden assistant. This student will assist the UMD garden manager in planting, maintenance, and harvesting of garden produce as well as many other exciting tasks. We will have two student garden assistant positions coming available in May. Apply here. More jobs with UM Dining here

Office helper job in Geography Dept. 

UM Department of Geography is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to provide assistance in the office. Duties are varied and include faculty support, filing, copying, website and social media, general housekeeping.  Pay rate is not negotiable ($8.50/hour). Work study students encouraged to apply. See job link here. To apply, send brief letter of application via email to Dr. Shively. Please indicate your major, class standing (F, S, J, Senior), office related skills, and any other information you feel is important for us to know. 

Summer job at UM Biostation on Flathead Lake, apply by March 11. 

UM Flathead Lake Biostation teaches summer field courses and seeks a teaching assistant to help the instructors.  The Summer Session Assistant (SSA) will help prep the course equipment and supplies, make copies for the instructors, drive the students to the field locations, serve as a hiking sweep when they are on the trails, haul equipment, take photographs for the courses, and essentially provide support for the instructors and the students in the field. This position includes salary and room and board at the Bio Station Lodge for 10 weeks this summer (June 11 to Aug 17). The application deadline is March 11. TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume with a statement of career goals, and contact in-formation for one reference to Monica. For more info contact: Holly Church, Education Coordinator, Flathead Lake Biological Station at (406) 982-3301 ext. 231.  

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Funding

Nature Writing Scholarship for Students, applications due March 11.

The Hike & Cycle Scholarship is all about raising environmental awareness among youth by giving them a solid incentive in the form of a scholarship. You must be currently enrolled in high school, university, or college. Applications from all countries are accepted. You must create an original list of nature-saving rules (according to the requirements listed below). The winners will be required to send us proof of their educational status. Details and rules here.   

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Miscellaneous - Resources

What do you know about the Clark Fork River? March 7. 

Join the Clark Fork Coalition and the Montana Natural History Center in celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Milltown Dam removal at MNHC’s March Naturalist Trivia Night! Questions focus on the Clark Fork watershed, Superfund cleanup/dam removal, and naturalist tidbits. Come play with us and celebrate the removal of the dam and the return of two mighty rivers, flowing together freely. When/Where: March 7 at 7pm at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Cost: $5 suggested donation. BYO treats. Please visit Montana Naturalist for more information. 

Wild Rising Girls after school program launch party, March 8.

Wild Rising Girls is a community of women inspiring and empowering girls. WRG offers a new after school program for 5th-8th grade girls to inspire and empower them to restore their relationship with their bodies, spirits, environment and one another. The program includes self-healing, nutrition, yoga, herbalism, song and dance. The launch party will be March 8 ((International Women’s Day) from 5-8pm at Western Cider, 501 N California St, Msla. Event is free and intended to introduce the community to the program. Kid activities and non-alcoholic drinks available. More info about the program here after March 7 or contact EVST alum Melissa Lafontaine or 406-240-1367. 

Interactive Soils Map for Missoula County. 

The Missoula county web page has an interactive soils map that allows users to visualize soil series, farmland classification, and tax parcel data information within the Missoula region and the I-90/Clark Fork River corridor to Frenchtown. Users may also select an area of interest on the map and obtain summary information on the acreage of farmland classifications, soil series, and parcel lot sizes within that area of interest. 

“God, this is good!” Tasting Dinner/Benefit, March 15. 

Celebrate the equinox with a meal of ceremonial/holiday dishes from the world’s major religions. Menu includes:
- Hindu - Kosambari Salad (India)  - Buddhist - Botamochi Rice Balls (Japan)
- Islam  - Stuffed Dumplings (Russia)
- Pueblo - Juniper Lamb Stew - Wild Sage Bread  (N. America)
- Christian - Bailey’s Pots de Crème (Irish)
Served family style – BYOBev - benefit for CFAC. WHEN/WHERE: March 15, 6-9pm; Moonlight Kitchens, 1951 Kensington. Get your tickets ($55) on our website or call (406) 926-2720. 

The Economic Value of Flathead Lake.

The UM Bio Station on Flathead Lake now has an environmental economist  Nanette Nelson. Nanette's research will strengthen evidence provided to decision-makers, politicians, business leaders and the general public that protecting the world-renowned water quality and ecological health of the Flathead watershed is in our economic best interests. Nanette is already working with the state of Montana to conduct an assessment of the potential management costs associated with the arrival of invasive zebra and quagga mussels to Montana and specifically for the Flathead if they were to make it here. The first economic brief that Nanette researched and produced from the most recent available data, "The Economic Value of Flathead Lake: Flathead Lake and Outdoor Recreation are Vital to the Economy of the Flathead Valley", shows the variety of economic benefits associated with the wonderful, intact natural environment that we all enjoy and benefit from in the Flathead. 

Garden City Harvest veggie shares are going fast. 

Sign up ASAP for a Garden City Harvest veggie share here. Healthy tasty local veggies. You have 4 urban farms to choose from. There are summer shares, winter shares, flower shares. You can pick up on Monday or Thursday starting in June. You can get a full share or a half share, depending on your veggie needs. Or you can just split the share with someone. Don’t wait, shares are going fast. 

Grow your own in a community garden, apply by March 18. 

Community garden plots are available around Missoula. Apply by March 18 and info & application are here.  

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

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