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The Story of a Butterfly Big Year

It began as a crazy idea hatched in the doldrums of the long, nasty winter of 2012-13 – though “long” and “nasty” pretty much describes all winters for any butterfly field enthusiast who lives anywhere north of Florida. 463 more words

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ESA STUDENT RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARD

ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA STUDENT RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARD

A Call for Proposals

Due: Friday, 6 March 2015

The Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) section leadership invites SysEB undergraduate and graduate students to submit applications for the SysEB Student Research Travel Award Program (SRTA). 455 more words

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Field Technicians Sought for Loess Prairie Studies

See note below from Stephanie of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Respond directly to her if you have an interest:

>>The Iowa DNR is looking to hire three field technicians to do butterfly and vegetation surveys on some of the best Loess Hills remnant prairies.  100 more words

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"Protecting our Pollinators" Conference Feb. 27

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton (MD) is sponsoring a conference on pollinator conservation next month.  The program itself will be at the Silver Spring Civic Center, and will feature local bee phenom Sam Droege, in addition to what promises to be an interesting talk by Northwestern U/Chicago Botanic Garden conservation biological Krissa Skogen.  182 more words

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New Year, Revised MD Checklist for 2015

I spent some time over the last rainy weekend updating the MDLepsOdes  butterfly field checklist for 2015.  It’s been about 2 years since I printed copies, but if there’s a demand (let me know) I may be coerced into printing a small number on card stock for field use. 123 more words

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Introducing the Zip Net!

Our good bee-focused colleague Sam Droege introduced some of us on a local listserv today to a new net technology that attaches a plastic sandwich bag to the funnel of a net.  230 more words

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Garden Clubs Offer Pollinator Fellowship

Award: $4,000
Deadline: 2 February 2015

Purpose and History
The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies, and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. 352 more words

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