Team FEHA goes the distance

One year ago, three members of the Bayne Lab, Cam Nordell, Jesse Watson and Melynda Johnson, were fortunate enough to attend the Worldwide Raptor Conference, put on by the Raptor Research Foundation in Bariloche, Argentina.

Jesse and Cam successfully navigated their first conference talks as graduate students and the group was exposed to lots of cool raptor research occurring across the Americas. A few conference representatives even shared research from as far away as China and Europe.

Not only that, the group had the fantastic opportunity to do some birding! Here are a few of the more interesting birds we spotted during our birding adventures. Pictured below are the: the Crested Caracara (top left), Magellanic Woodpecker (female, top right), Great Grebe (bottom left), and the black-faced ibis (bottom right).

RRF1The group also wanted to capture a photo of an Andean Condor and, with advice from some local enthusiasts, Cam did his best impersonation of “roadkill” to attract the opportunistic scavenger.


The group felt very lucky to attend a conference in such a remote, and amazing location and hope to contribute their own research at future events.

By Cam Nordell and Jesse Watson

Job Posting: Post-doctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Cumulative Effects Assessment on Boreal Birds

Dr. Erin Bayne in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta is seeking a post-doctoral fellow from January 1, 2015 to March 31st. There is a strong possibility of a single year renewal.

The candidate will be working with a multi-disciplinary team that has collated 100’s of thousands of point counts from boreal North America into a standardized database ( The candidate will be responsible for creating bird-habitat models specific to regions of boreal Alberta. They will then apply these models to understand the relative importance of different industrial sectors and to work with partners to determine the past, current, and future impacts of industrial development in this region. The candidate will work closely with provincial and federal partners as well as interact with industry to understand effects of land-use decisions on boreal birds.

Those interested will provide curriculum vitae, list of 3 references, and an example of their written work. The ideal candidate will have proven expertise in wildlife-habitat modelling at large spatial scales, experience with geographic information systems and mapping, knowledge of the ecology of forest birds, and have applied statistical models to make large scale predictions.


The position will have an annual salary of $55K + benefits.

Applications will be accepted till Nov 28, 2014 and should be submitted electronically to:

Dr. Erin Bayne

Dept. of Biological Sciences

Office: CCIS 1-275

Mail: CW 405 Bio. Sci. Bldg.

University Of Alberta

Edmonton AB

T6G 2E9

Ph: 780-492-4165

Fax: 780-492-1234

Job Posting: Landscape Assessment Officer

The Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada is currently seeking a candidate from the field of ecology, biology, geography or another similar physical science to assist in the mapping, assessment and prioritization of wildlife habitat and landscapes in Ontario. The candidate will support and assist applied science staff in the application of landscape ecology and conservation biology principles to species and habitat conservation.

The successful candidate will be an integral team member contributing to the Environment Canada program area of wildlife landscape assessment and planning, and potentially protected areas and species at risk recovery.

Responsibilities of the job will include some or all of the following:

  • processing, managing, querying, extracting, analyzing, and summarizing biological/ecological data using MS Excel, Access or other database application,
  • mapping biological/ecological data, organizing geospatial datasets (and providing general geomatics support) using ArcGIS,
  • organizing, analyzing, summarizing data and providing preliminary analysis pertaining to wildlife habitats and populations,
  • assisting in habitat and landscape conservation planning through the review of scientific literature and reports to help understand species and habitat spatial relationships at various scales,
  • applying species/habitat relationships to help identify priority areas for conservation,
  • examining, validating, and assessing the quality of data/data products,
  • compiling, integrating, summarizing, and analyzing multiple ecological datasets, and


Candidates must have:

  • Experience with techniques to collect, access, process, represent and analyze data including strong experience with ESRI GIS software products (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, etc.).
  • Experience using relational databases;
  • Basic knowledge of conservation biology and landscape ecology principles and concepts.


Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following assets:

  • Experience with MS Access including query development,
  • Experience working in Southern Ontario ecosystems,
  • Knowledge and use of the Ecological Land Classification System for Southern Ontario and multivariate statistical analysis, and;
  • Knowledge, and preferably experience, in regard to one or more of conservation planning in Ontario, Ontario’s natural history, and the application of conservation biology and landscape ecology principles and concepts.


This position will run from mid-November 2014 to March 31st 2015. The position is based out of the Environment Canada office in Toronto, Ontario.

The successful candidate will be paid a salary of approximately $3,000 per month.

Job Posting: Forest and Wildlife Technicians

Woodlands North established in 2000, is a professional natural resource consulting firm offering services to the forest and energy sectors. Woodlands has offices in Edmonton and Whitecourt, and operations throughout the province of Alberta. We are currently seeking motivated individuals to join our team in the capacity as forest and wildlife technicians. These positions are for a summer term, a practicum work term, and also full time permanent.

Forest Technician: candidates will be well versed with provincial legislation and current best management practices. Project duties include participation in silviculture and forest inventory programs with extensive field work consisting of project supervision and data collection. Overseeing and reporting on programs for vegetation management, forestry site preparation, reforestation programs, growth and yield programs, and forest survey work are all common tasks.

Wildlife Technician: candidates will have the ability to identify a wide variety of wildlife species by aural and visual methods. Wildlife inventories and species sampling includes: fisheries, songbirds, amphibians, remote camera work, pellet/browse surveys, nest searches, playback surveys, and winter tracking. Project work takes place in remote locations. These positions require strong written and verbal communication skills, and computer proficiency in ESRI GIS, and MS office software.

Salaries are competitive based on level of experience, and education. Woodlands offers comprehensive benefits, continuing education, and a flexible work environment. Applicants must be enrolled in or a graduate from, a post-secondary institution and be eligible for professional registration. Applicants must provide a valid class five driver’s license with a clean abstract. Shift work may apply to remote projects.

Closing Date: November 28, 2014

Suitable applicants will be contacted prior to the closing date. Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter in MS Word or .pdf format.

Send your application to:

For more information:

We may concentrate on wildlife, but plants are cool too!

Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) is a parasitic plant and doesn’t produce it’s own chlorophyll, which is why it’s white instead of green. It gets its energy from other photosynthetic plants. This was the most interesting plant I saw this summer. It was a lucky find since they are generally quite rare, this was the first one I’ve ever seen in the boreal forest of northern Alberta.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

By Julia Shonfield

Job Posting: Life Science Program Specialist

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) requires a creative and responsible
individual with excellent communication skills for the position of Life
Science Program Specialist.  The successful candidate will represent the
RSM’s Life Sciences public programming within and outside the RSM.  This
position will be required to work some weekends, facilitate presentations
and lead tours both indoors and outside, and communicate in noisy

Key duties will include:
*   developing and delivering public programs for school workshops,
special groups and the general public.
*   working with other RSM staff to help develop new exhibits, provide
interpretation, information and instructions to visitors and train others
on the delivery of Life Science public programs.
*   develop and maintain a live animal collection for use in programs and
*   reaching out and contacting the science community and working with the
RSM curatorial staff to further life sciences and sustainability studies
at the Museum.
*   visitor reception duties, supervising galleries and public facilities
and ensuring visitors observe rules of behavior.

Successful candidates will have a strong background in biology and the
principals of interpretation/education, as well as an understanding of
museum practices and structure.

Typically this level of knowledge is obtained through post-secondary
education in Biology, Environmental Studies, Museum Studies, B.Ed or
equivalent, and experience in a museum setting or other public programming
setting.  This position will be part of the Visitor Experience Team so
customer service training and experience is an asset.  The successful
candidate will share our core values which include: showing respect and
integrity, serving visitors, excellence and innovation and acting as one

Closing Date
Oct 19, 2014, 11:59:00 PM