MN SCB is headed up to visit Hawk Ridge in Duluth Sunday, September 21st. Join us for a tour starting at 1:30pm and:
-Learn about and observe the raptors that migrate through this area, during one of the peak migration weekends
-Hear from an expert about his research at Hawk Ridge
-Connect with other Minnesota conservation biologists
This event is free and open to all members (see Resources for the 2014 membership form if you need to renew or obtain your membership for the year). Please RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday the 18th if you are interested in attending (please note if you are interested in carpooling).
Bring your binoculars, your lunch/snacks, a camera, and any questions you might have for the biologist who will be leading our tour!
Kelly Nail (Outgoing Chapter President) and Sami Nichols (Past Chapter President) will be speaking at this year's North American Congress for Conservation Biology. The Congress is in beautiful Missoula, Montana this year from July 13th to 16th. Kelly and Sami will be giving an invited talk about how our chapter encourages networking between students and professionals, as well as chapter activities that encourage education regarding issues of conservation concern in Minnesota. Don't forget, you can follow the action at the Congress on twitter with #NACCB2014 or #scbchapters!
Side Note: If you have missed any of the chapter newsletters they are all now online under the resources section! Mary Williams has done a great job spearheading the newsletters and they have great information about the chapter and conservation in Minnesota. If you haven't checked them out yet, take a look!
LESSARD-SAMS Outdoor Heritage Council Invites Public Input to the Outdoor Heritage Fund Call for Funding Request and Funding Priorities -- Read the draft Call for Funding Request and find out how to submit a comment here.
Here is a sneak peak of the upcoming seminar series from the Conservation Biology Graduate Program. The seminar series occurs in room 150 of the Ecology Building on the St. Paul campus, every Monday from 4-5pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join the MN SCB this Saturday for an afternoon out. We will be heading to the Bell Museum of Natural History to see their current exhibit of original John James Audubon paintings, followed by happy hour at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown. We will be at the Bell Museum from 3:30-5 and Loring Pasta Bar starting at 5. We hope you will join us for either or both events!
The first quarterly newsletter for MNSCB was sent out to members by email in late October. If you missed it, you can now download it from the Resources tab on the left side of this webpage. It is full of information about our organization's recent activities as well as conservation happenings from around Minnesota, so take a few minutes and check it out!If you want the next newsletter to appear in YOUR email inbox, join MNSCB today! Find out how by clicking on the Contact Us tab.
Whether you are a student or just interested in conservation topics, make sure you check out the new University of Minnesota Conservation Biology Program's fall seminar! This year brings two seminars a week, with more in-depth seminars on Monday from 4-5pm in room 150 of the Ecology Building. Here students, faculty, visiting scholars and practitioners will present their research for 50 minutes, followed by ten minutes of audience questions and answers. The second seminar will be more informal, with students and faculty presenting their in-progress work and getting feedback from the audience on analysis, experimental design, methods, and relevance. This seminar will take place every Wednesday from 12-1 in room 100 of Skok Hall. Feel free to bring your lunch to this seminar.Please click here for a link to the pdf schedule of the Monday seminar.
To become a member and enjoy these benefits and more, please contact us!
5) Get involved and informed about local conservation. As a member of MN SCB, you can get involved with important aspects of local conservation, ranging from writing policy briefs to discussing the latest in conservation research at the annual meeting. Additionally, MN SCB sponsors various events throughout the year, including an upcoming conservation focused-trip to the zoo!
4) Be a part of a larger organization. SCB is a large organization with members present throughout the world. Being a part of a local chapter connects you to the international organization and affords you the benefits that come along with that association. The backing of a larger organization is particularly useful when we are writing local-level policy briefs. Read some of the policy decisions by SCB here.
3) Funding opportunities. As Stephanie mentioned in her post, most people aren't in conservation biology for the money. However, being a member of the chapter allows you to apply for chapter grants to attend national and international SCB meetings. Additionally, MN SCB has sponsored past student travel to SCB meetings and has offered monetary prizes for the best student research at our annual meeting.
This past week brought together thousands of conservation biology professionals from around the world to the International Conference for Conservation Biology in Baltimore, MD. As part of the conference, I had a chance to network with chapter leaders from across the country and throughout the world. The president of the Missouri Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, Stephanie Schuttler, wrote an excellent post about the benefits of joining a local Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) chapter. I'll summarize her points below (plus add some MN-specific ones), but please feel free to check out her original post at: http://moscb.weebly.com/1/post/2013/07/-what-can-your-chapter-do-for-you-insights-from-iccb-2013.htmlBenefits of being a MN SCB Member:
1) Networking! As a chapter member, you have access to a spectrum of conservationists across the state. We hold events throughout the year that allow members to interact and share ideas about the state of conservation in Minnesota. Additionally, our annual meeting affords members an excellent opportunity to discuss current conservation topics with local experts, academics, practitioners, and other conservationists throughout Minnesota. Don't forget to check out our facebook page as well!
2) Build up your resume or CV. Being a part of the local chapter of SCB allows you to get involved with conservation at a local level. Local chapters also allow you to more easily get involved in leadership positions, which are essential to showing employers your collaboration skills and initiative. There are lots of different roles for people in MN SCB, from helping organize our annual meeting to organizing happy hours to keeping the website up-to-date. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or being an executive board member.
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