Ecology grant! You should apply.Read Now
NERI (http://www.nweri.org/) is offering a $1,000 grant to an individual in honor and memory of Brenda McGowan, a NERI supporter and co-founder of the Herbert Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project in 1987(www.prescottbluebird.com).
Click here for the grant application.
Are you interested in gaining some field experience working in headwater streams alongside an experienced biologist? Do you want to contribute to a field project that will improve the long-term conservation prospects for under-appreciated headwater streams that protect clean water and fish habitat?
Participants will learn the basics of fish identification, culvert/fish passage assessment, habitat and fish population survey techniques (using an electrofisher), and about the challenges of protecting headwater streams.
The project is a partnership between Molalla River Watch, Native Fish Society, and Kingfisher Ecological Services with the goal of groundtruthing and updating error-prone stream maps used to protect and restore fish habitat. Another goal of the effort is to engage headwater landowners in learning about and safeguarding their streams.
Volunteers need to be comfortable navigating slippery stream banks while carrying gear. No prior experience with fish identification or stream surveys is needed. Volunteers will need to provide their own lunch, raingear, and waders (chest waders preferred). A brimmed hat and lighter-hued polarized sunglasses are also helpful to have along but are not required. All other field gear will be provided.
All fieldwork will be supervised by Ted Labbe and will be conducted in late April through May 2015. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up for survey days here http://doodle.com/sr5dxu4upxbmkfzc. This signup is limited to one volunteer per day since my car is tiny and doesn't have room for two volunteers plus field gear.
We'll keep to a comfortable schedule: meeting up at 9a and finishing by 3:30 or 4p, with the rendezvous spot at the Starbucks inside the Molalla Safeway (at 1524 W Main St, Molalla, OR 97038). With prior arrangement, I can pick up/drop off volunteers enroute to Molalla on my way there from north Portland. The work will be physical but I want to keep it from being grueling. And I want it to be fun and informative for volunteers and landowners alike.
Please contact Ted Labbe directly with any questions about the work:
U.S. EPA 'Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2014' reportRead Now
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of a report, ‘Climate Change Indicators in the United States.’ The report presents observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others. With 30 indicators that include over 80 maps and graphs showing long-term trends, the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment and our society.
The third edition of the Indicators report adds additional years of data and four new indicators: Lyme disease, heating and cooling degree days, wildfires, and water level and temperature in the Great Lakes. In addition, the report adds four new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest, including cherry blossom bloom dates in Washington D.C., timing of ice breakup in two Alaskan rivers, temperature and drought in the Southwest, and land loss along the mid-Atlantic coast.
EPA compiles decades of observed data in cooperation with a range of federal government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and other institutions. The Indicators report focuses on long-term trends for key measures of our environment for which high-quality data exist. Each indicator and the report itself were peer-reviewed by independent experts, and extensive technical documentation accompanies the report.
To order a FREE copy of the report, send a request with your mailing address included to email@example.com
To find more information about the Climate Change Indicators report, or to download a PDF copy, visit http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/indicators.html
Background: Presentations in this brown bag series allow for more in-depth coverage and discussion of topics that were highlighted at the most recent Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium. All are welcome to attend.
Location: Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232 in room 370
Time: 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
September 6, 2013 - Monitoring watershed health in the City of Portland
Speaker: Chris Prescott, City of Portland, Science, Fish & Wildlife Division
October 4, 2013 - Can you handle the process? Case studies of stream stewardship in developed landscapes
Speaker: Bruce Roll, Director Watershed Management, Clean Water Services
Please go to www.uercportland.org for more details; abstracts will be posted soon.
July 19, 2011
Noon to 1 pm
Portland Building Auditorium
1120 SW Fifth (2nd Floor)
Portland, OR 97204
A presentation by:
Dr. Alan Yeakley - Department of Environmental Science & Management, Portland State University
Dr. Carl Schreck - Oregon Coop. Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, U.S.G.S., Oregon State University
Dr.’s Yeakley and Schreck are members of Oregon’s IMST, a scientific review panel charged with advising the State on matters of science related to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, including fish recovery, water quality improvements, and enhancing watershed health. The team recently completed its long-awaited“urban report”, a comprehensive review of how human activities in urban and rural-residential areas can alter aquatic ecosystems—and resulting implications for salmonid recovery. Don’t miss this chance to get a guided tour of one of the most thorough assessments of the challenges facing urban watersheds yet produced!
"Bag It" is a documentary about the environmental and health impacts of plastics (plastic bags, bottles, toys), but it's done in a way that engages audiences and presents solutions that everyone can adopt. This film took 'Best of Festival' at the Monterey Film Festival last year.
PCC Green Team has this movie and will be showing it on Sylvania campus on Friday Feb 11, 1-3pm in ST 107.
Interested in design and wine? Please join "Salmon in the City," this Wed, 4:30-7:00 at UO Portland White Stag Bldg. It's a free, public event focused urban design + ecology. Presented by Metro, Salmon-Safe, UO, and DEQ. www.salmonsafe.org
Please join us at the USGS Oregon Water Science Center office for our next brown-bag seminar:
Date: Tuesday, October 19
Time: 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm (note the somewhat later time)
The speaker is Randy Hunt, a Research Hydrologist with the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center. This talk is part of the USGS National Research Program's lecture series. The title of Randy's talk is:
"From Buckets to Clouds: Building Better Environmental Models for Today's Decision-Making"
An abstract and links to two related publications, as well as more information on the seminar schedule and directions to our office, can be found at the USGS Portland Seminar Series website at http://or.water.usgs.gov/brownbag/.
If you our someone you know is interested in groundwater, please join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council on Saturday, November 13 for Groundwater 101 - a FREE educational workshop that will explore the mysteries and intricacies of Portland's groundwater system. Groundwater 101 will teach you groundwater basics including local geology, hydrogeology, what role groundwater plays in our drinking water system and how to protect this important resource.
The workshop includes classroom time, a tour of a production and monitoring well, and hands-on activities. Space is limited. Call or register on-line to reserve your spot.
This class is open to the public. Registration is required.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
9:00 am to 1:30 pm
The Lake House at Blue Lake Park
20500 NE Marine Dr
Fairview, OR 97024
To register call Melissa at 503-281-1132 or go on-line: http://www.columbiaslough.org/calendar_detail.aspx?calendar_id=154
The City's environmental services bureau is hiring seasonal outreach staff to canvass east-side neighborhoods in support of the Grey to Green tree planting effort. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 21. See the announcement below:
City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
Grey to Green Summer Outreach Staff
The City of Portland?s Grey to Green Urban Tree Canopy Program is looking for energetic and outgoing individuals to join our motivated team. We are developing innovative ways to grow and document Portland's urban forest and to educate citizens about the importance of planting trees. Outreach staff are the public face of our effort, providing extensive face-to-face and telephone contact with residents as we offer them new tree-planting opportunities.
Ideal candidates will be personable, creative and adaptable,
comfortable with door-to-door canvassing, community outreach and education, and enthusiastic about planting trees as a means of improving Portland's environment. This announcement will be used to fill up to 10 part-time, summer positions.
- Excellent people skills, a positive attitude, and self-motivation
- Previous experience in canvassing, customer service, or other outreach work
- Experience representing a governmental or other organization to the public
- Strong awareness of and commitment to environmental restoration
- Willingness and ability to work full shifts on foot, in the field,
in varying weather conditions
- Ability to work successfully with others in a team environment
- Applicants must be able to provide their own transportation to and from field work in neighborhoods across North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license accompanied by an acceptable driving record.
- Knowledge/experience of stormwater management and/or urban forestry issues
- Previous experience with detailed data entry, database software, and GIS software
- Ability to speak a language other than English
Duties will include, but may not be limited to:
- Contacting property owners, primarily door-to-door as well as over the telephone, to provide information and promote participation in tree planting initiatives
- Recording and maintaining accurate field data of potential tree planting locations
- Entering field data into GIS software
- Supporting community outreach programs, including tabling at events
- Attending staff meetings and training sessions
Work will begin in early June and will continue through early
September, with a possibility of a few outreach staff staying on until the end of the year. The work schedule will generally be Tuesdays to Saturdays, mid-afternoons to early evenings, with occasional Sunday shifts; for an average of 25-30 hours per week. Approximately 75% of this time will be spent in the field, with the remainder consisting of office work and tabling at outreach events. Pay is $14.98 per hour with no additional benefits for these seasonal, part-time positions.
Please apply with a brief, relevant resume and cover letter by email or US Mail to the address below. Please limit your combined resume/cover letter submissions to a total of three typed pages. All materials must be received by 5:00 PM Wednesday, April 21st.
Interviews will be held during the second full week of May. We look forward to your application. Please submit materials to:
Kenneth Carter, Sr. HR Analyst
Portland Bureau of Human Resources
1120 SW 5th Avenue - Room 404
Portland, Oregon 97204
Contact Matt Krueger (503-823-2978) or Jennifer Karps (503-823-2263) with questions.
The City of Portland is an equal opportunity employer.