Several pollinating butterfly and bee species have recently been categorized as at risk in Canada. Wildlife Preservation Canada’s (WPC) Native Pollinator Initiative aims to conserve these important insects and protect them from extinction.
In Ontario, there are 20 native species of bumble bees. Some are increasing in numbers but many more are in decline, including the Endangered Rusty-patched and Gypsy cuckoo bumble bees, and the Special Concern Yellow-banded bumble bee. Do you want to do your part and contribute to conservation? The Bumble Bee Recovery Program is looking for volunteers for a variety of projects in 2017:
Volunteer training is offered at both the Pinery Provincial Park and Awenda Provincial Park on June 24th & 25th. As this is the same weekend as the bioblitz, alternative dates may be arranged!
If you want to volunteer, or would like more information on how to conserve the buzz, please contact Sarah Johnson – Lead Biologist, Native Pollinator Initiative (sarahATwildlifepreservation.ca) or Hayley Tompkins – Field Biologist Crew Leader, Native Pollinator Initiative (hayley.tompkinsAToutlook.com).
Rattray Marsh Volunteer Stewards
ELB is hosting our first workshop this April! Gregg McLachlan, founder of Work Cabin, will facilitate this amazing workshop on how to break into the competitive environmental field. He will help you jazz up your resume and cover letter so it doesn't get lost in the pile of black and white monotonous pages. He'll also help you prepare for interviews by getting you to answer a few basic questions that will no doubt come up during an interview!
Following lunch, we will have a panel discussion with people in charge of hiring in the government, non-profit and private sectors to give you tips you need to prepare yourself. Questions will be chosen from those put forth by YOU so be sure to provide a question when you register for the event.
Finally, we will end the workshop with a breakout session. This will be your chance to get one-on one help from Gregg and your peers.
Space is limited, please register by March 29th and share the poster with your network!
The Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program wants your help! Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) is looking for volunteers for the 2017 Adopt-A-Site program, to survey for Loggerhead Shrike and a suite of other grassland birds in a number of shrike ‘hot-spots’ across Ontario (Carden, Grey-Bruce, Napanee, Manitoulin, Pembroke/Renfrew and Smiths Falls)...
.The Peregrine Falcon population took a big hit in the mid 1900s due exposure to pesticides, primarily DDT. Bioaccumulation within the food chain is thought to be the primary factor causing this collapse. Pesticides affected the reproductive success of the species and as a result, Ontario’s Peregrine Falcon population completely disappeared in 1963. In the early 1970s, pesticides like DDT were banned in Canada and the United States.
The Peregrine Falcon generally nests on cliff ledges or crevices. Tall skyscrapers mimic these cliffs and when combined with large prey populations (i.e. pigeons), cities prove to be an ideal habitat for this species! In 1994, a Peregrine Falcon was spotted in downtown Hamilton near the Sheraton Hotel. The presence of a nesting pair was confirmed in 1995. This was significant because falcons show site fidelity and return to the same nesting site year after year. This inspired the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club to coordinate a monitoring effort and Falconwatch was born!...
LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our community-based programs seek to engage residents as active urban forest stewards through accessible, on-the-ground programs. We are currently seeking a Communications and Fundraising Coordinator. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of how new technologies can increase community engagement and improve program results. They will work with staff to assess current use of technologies (including client communication systems, website and social media platforms, database software, mapping applications and fundraising management software), suggesting improvements and improved integration where feasible.
Full time position (35-40 hrs/week). Compensation commensurate with experience. Reports to the Program Manager.
Please send resume and cover letter by 5:00pm Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 to: Janet McKay, Executive Director, janet[at]yourleaf.org. No phone calls or in-person visits please.
LEAF is an equal opportunity employer. We regret that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
See full posting here
Opportunity: STAO conference - assistant at BEAN's booth
Location: International Plaza Hotel, Toronto
Date: November 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) will be attending the Science Teacher’s Association of Ontario (STAO) conference, and requires a volunteer on Friday, November 11th. Volunteers will assist BEAN's coordinator in the promotion of their programs, including Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity. Volunteers will be trained on-site.
Time commitment is approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. This commitment is flexible, and half-day volunteers will be considered.
Volunteering gains you free entry to the conference for the day, and you may have opportunity to attend sessions.
Contact Jessica Ferguson for more info!
The Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) is a registered charity that strengthens land conservation by building and supporting a strong land trust movement. ELB connected with OLTA at an event earlier in the year and they have approached us with an opportunity to assist with their Annual Gathering, October 19 - 21. Volunteers will assist with administrative duties including registration, set up and take down. Volunteers will also be given the opportunity to introduce speakers during sessions throughout the day.
This is an amazing networking opportunity as there will be representatives from land trusts across the province including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Nature and Ducks Unlimited.
The gathering is a three day event taking place at the Geneva Park YMCA in Orillia. Volunteers may be able to attend for free if OLTA receives the funding, otherwise there will be a fee to attend. OLTA has requested four volunteers per day, those applying for the opportunity may wish to attend the event for one day or the full three days.
If you are interested, please submit a 300 word statement outlining why we should choose you for this amazing opportunity as well as your availability (one day, two days, whole event). All submissions are to be emailed to Morgan Roblin at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1st at 11:59 pm.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - VIDEOGRAPHER FOR TREE PLANTING EVENTS VIDEOS
LEAF is looking for a videographer to capture footage from two fall tree planting events in 2016: one in Aurora and one in Richmond Hill. The planting event in Aurora would be taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Machell Park (Aurora Heights Drive, just west of Yonge Street). The planting event in Richmond Hill will be held in late September/early October (date TBC) in Grovewood Park (Grovewood Street and Dairy Avenue). The videographer must be available to attend both events (which will run for approx. 2.5 hours each) and to edit together the footage from the events into two, engaging videos of 2 -3 minutes each For more information see: yourleaf.org/employment-opportunities