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!
The Minnesota Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology was well represented this past summer at the International Congress for Conservation Biology
, both by our members and by a poster made by our board members. Check out the highlights of the 2012-2013 year in our chapter poster here
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.
1) Networking! Benefits of being a MN SCB Member:
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.html
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
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.
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
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
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
To become a member and enjoy these benefits and more, please contact us
The Minnesota Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is going to the Minnesota Zoo
! We are partnering with the MN Zoo Director of Conservation, Tara Harris, to offer a FREE
guided tour for MN SCB members!
We will be meeting at the Minnesota Zoo
at 10am on Wednesday August 28th- come for the tour, stay as long as you like!
-Learn about conservation programs at the Minnesota Zoo and talk with conservation staff
-Tour several exhibits, including Russia's Grizzly Coast, Tropics Trail, and the Butterfly Garden
-Connect with other Minnesota conservation biologists
To become a member, click here
To register for this trip, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, so sign up early!