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  2. A new study could help make the case for treating flamingos as Florida natives, which could entitle them to certain protections in the state. View the full article
  3. A new study could help make the case for treating flamingos as Florida natives, which could entitle them to certain protections in the state. View the full article
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  5. The Huron River Watershed Council seeks to fill one summer position. Intern will organize and lead aquatic invasive plant assessments of Oakland County lakes, working with local volunteers as part of the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. May-September, $13-15/hour, 20-40 hours per week. Full details here.
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    Hi Bas, Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately our Mid-Michigan CISMA doesn't have any positions open, but please email me at erin.jarvie@macd.org and I can forward any opportunities that appear on our CISMA radars. We also have volunteer opportunities with our CISMA and I think you'll find that the Lansing area has lots of natural resources networking opportunities as well. I hope you enjoy Michigan! -Erin Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator, Mid-Michigan CISMA
  7. Hi there! My name is Bas. I'm a professional plant killer; I've done a lot of invasive species work in Utah and North Carolina. My partner is starting a PHD program at MSU this fall so it looks like I'm moving to the Lansing area in August (though that move time is very flexible). I'm currently scoping out job opportunities in MI, but most of the invasive species related jobs I've found have been in Northern MI or the UP. I was hoping someone on this forum might be able to point me in the direction of a Lansing local contractor, municipality, or land conservancy that deals with invasive species? I'd greatly appreciate any pointers you all have, and also, well, I'm just so excited to join the Michigan invasives community! I can't wait to meet in person some of the faces I've seen in this forum. The resources y'all have put up are so awesome and I really appreciate the culture of sharing.
  8. North Country CISMA is looking for a high energy candidate to fill an Outreach Coordinator position. This person will be responsible for carrying on and expanding NCCISMA's already well established outreach program. Creativity and confidence are key! The right candidate is comfortable speaking to groups of people from a variety of age groups and demographics. Strong writing skills are a must, and experience with graphic design is a plus. This is a full time, 40hr/week, year-round position. Duty location may be in either Cadillac or Scottville, MI. Starting pay is $15.00 - $16.00 per hour. This position is grant funded, with funding currently in place through December of 2019. NCCISMA intends for this to be a long-term position, and will be pursuing funding to that effect. Deadline to apply is February 28th. See the attached file for more information about requirements for the position and how to apply. NCCISMA_Outreach Coordinator job posting.docx NCCISMA_Outreach Coordinator job posting.pdf
  9. Innovative Technology: Water hyacinth

    And Florida wonders why it has problems...
  10. Rare or Endangered Species App similar to MISIN?

    Thank you Katie for your input! I will make sure to pass that information and the concern on to Monica.
  11. Mallards are among the most abundant and widespread duck species in the world, yet little attention has been paid to date to their role in spreading plant seeds. A new study in the Journal of Ecology reveals a number of plants that were not previously known to be part of the diet of waterbirds. View the full article
  12. Up to 16 percent of all species on Earth could qualify as potential alien species and if they invade new regions, impacts will be difficult to predict. View the full article
  13. New research has identified natural, plant-derived that repel fire ants. These compounds, including one found in cinnamon, work by activating a type of ion channel highly expressed in the antennae and leg of one of the world's most invasive insect species. View the full article
  14. Rare or Endangered Species App similar to MISIN?

    In addition, it's something to be cautious about; rare plants can attract too many visitors, leading them to be "loved to death" or even vandalized. They're probably best off telling a local DNR office.
  15. Rare or Endangered Species App similar to MISIN?

    The closest thing I can think of would be iNaturalist, which seems to be taking the ecology world by storm; it's not official, though, like MISIN, just a tracking app.
  16. The Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District is seeking interested applicants for invasive species field technicians and crew leads for the Three Shores Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area 2018 field season. These are seasonal/temporary position averaging 40 hours per week from May 14 - Aug/Sept/Oct. Work schedule will average 5 days per week including some weekends. Duties will primarily be field work removing invasive species manually, chemically, or mechanical on land and in water, staff supervision, proper data collection, daily survey/mapping/monitoring data entry, and host outreach events as needed. Employee will be required to become a Michigan certified pesticide applicator & apply herbicide when applicable. Employee will be supervised by Invasive Species Program Coordinator. See our website for official job postings and application instructions: http://www.clmcd.org/ Application deadline Friday Feb. 16th @ 4:00pm
  17. Hi everyone, I received a phone call from Monica Day with the MSU Extension and she was curious if there was a smartphone app out there that was similar to MISIN but allowed you to submit observations of rare or endangered species? Does anyone know if the state of Michigan has something like that or if there is one that covers a larger area (Midwest, whole US)?
  18. Tropical forests worldwide are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists compared the losses due to deforestation with those that would result in extreme climate change scenarios in Ecuador. Although global warming is likely to change the distribution of species, deforestation will result in the loss of more dry forests than predicted by climate change damage. View the full article
  19. See posting here: Additional details can be found at www.nature.org/careers - use the map to navigate to Frankfort, MI (NW Lower Peninsula) and click on the pin to apply.
  20. The Nature Conservancy in Michigan is currently hiring a seasonal crew of one crew leader and six crew members to carry out freshwater dune system restoration via terrestrial invasive plant control in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area of Northwest Lower Michigan. This crew will work with staff from the National Park Service at Sleeping Bear and other regional conservation partners from May 14 through August 16, 2018 and will be based out of a seasonal field office in Frankfort. Interested applicants may apply at www.nature.org/careers (use the interactive map viewer to locate Frankfort, MI and click on the pin to view the postings and apply). Any questions may be directed to our Coastal Restoration Coordinator, Kaldis Grants, at kaldis.grants@tnc.org Dune Restoration Specialist_(Crew Member)_Profile.docx Dune Restoration Specialist_(Crew Leader)_Profile.docx
  21. A mutualistic relationship between species in an ecosystem allows for the ecosystem to thrive, but the lack of this relationship could lead to the collapse of the entire system. New research reveals that interactions between relatively small organisms are crucial to mutualistic relationships in an ecosystem dominated by much larger organisms, including trees and elephants. View the full article
  22. Four summer positions available at MSU! Aquatic invasive species primarily spread from one water body to another by “hitchhiking” on boats, trailers, and other equipment. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan State University is leading a multi-year program to teach boaters how to reduce this risk by properly inspecting and cleaning their equipment. Position Description: Four positions are available to work alongside program partners from MSU, the Huron Manistee National Forest, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. You will have significant responsibility for the implementation of this outreach and education program. Full details here: http://latimore.fw.msu.edu/opportunities.htm. Application deadline - February 9.
  23. The Atlantic Forest, the second most biodiverse forest system in South America (after the Amazon), once covered roughly 463,000 square miles of habitat. Today, only 8-12 percent of this original habitat space remains. Ninety-six co-authors compiled trait information on 39,850 individuals from 279 different mammal species and 388 separate populations into a single, comprehensive study on Atlantic Forest mammals to advance zoological research and to emphasize the urgency of protecting this area's biodiversity. View the full article
  24. Scientists were able to show that currently widespread insects are threatened with a serious decline in species diversity in the near future. The research team lists fragmentation of habitats and intensification of agriculture as reasons for the decline of these 'generalists.' View the full article
  25. Two viruses closely related to Zika -- West Nile and Powassan -- can spread from an infected pregnant mouse to her fetuses, causing brain damage and fetal death, according to a new study. The findings suggest that Zika may not be unique in its ability to cause miscarriages and birth defects. View the full article
  26. An international team of scientists has mapped the evolutionary relationships between China's 30,000 flowering plant species, uncovering a distinct regional pattern in biodiversity. Eastern China is a floral 'museum' with a rich array of ancient lineages and distant relatives while the western provinces are an evolutionary 'cradle' for newer and more closely related species. View the full article
  27. New research has found that forest owners at greater risk of illegally cutting trees from their forests prefer to participate in conservation programs that allow sustainable timber harvesting. The findings of the study could be used to craft conservation contracts that are more likely to be accepted by forest owners and might succeed in preventing deforestation and forest degradation. View the full article
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