FORREX Conservation Biology Extension List – July 30th, 2008

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Looking Forward to International Year of Biodiversity in

The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity to
bring greater attention to the importance of biodiversity and efforts to
reduce the current rate of biodiversity loss. The Biodiversity Convention
Office is coordinating Canada’s
efforts in anticipation of International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 and is
interested in your ideas and actions! So whether you’re starting your own
community garden or changing the way you buy groceries, submit your ideas to
For more information about the International Year of Biodiversity, please

BC Protected
Areas Research Forum – Researchers & Needs and Priorities

BCPARF is based at UNBC in Prince
George. They have completed their first task of
creating a Research Needs and Priorities database. Regional BC Parks
districts from across the province and the Yukon sent in their priorities for research.
Topics covered everything from creating an inventory of species at risk to
determining impacts on wildlife from snowmobiles and everything in between.
It is available at:

They have also begun Researchers Database, so that those who need research
done can connect with those who do research. If you would like to be added to
this database or wish to change your contact information please contact Pam
Wright, . You can view the current database here:

September 25,
2008 – World Maritime Day

More information at:

September 28,
2008 – International Rivers Day

More information at:

July 8, 2008Canada Helps Restore
Wood Bison to Alaska in International Conservation Effort to Recover a
Threatened Species
– Canada’s
Environment Minister John Baird and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin officially
welcomed 53 Canadian wood bison to their new home at the Alaska Wildlife
Conservation Center,
in Portage, Alaska. Full story at:

July 9, 2008
Senate Resolution Shines Spotlight On The
Importance Of Soils –
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
applauds the visionary action taken by Senator Sherrod Brown and his
colleagues in the Senate who helped usher in legislation to recognize soils
as an “essential” natural resource, placing soil on par with water
and air. Full story at:

July 17, 2008
Move Species Threatened by Warming,
Scientists Advise
– People, should help species threatened by
climate change to move to new habitats, researchers argue in a new paper.
Full story at:

July 22, 2008
Commercially bred bees spread disease to
wild bees
– Disease spread to wild bees from commercially bred bees
used for pollination in agriculture greenhouses may be playing a role in the
mysterious decline in North American bee populations, say researchers. Full
story at:

July 24, 2008
German duke sells B.C. land to Nature
– A vast tract of wilderness in southeastern British Columbia, acquired by a German aristocrat
during the Cold War as a haven for his family, has become Canada’s
newest conservation reserve. Full story at:

July 25, 2008
New Report Finds Sharks Critical to
Maintaining Healthy Oceans
– A new report released by Oceana
concludes that sharks are invaluable to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems.
Full story at:

July 30, 2008
Wetlands ‘must be preserved’ say experts
– Participants in an international wetlands conference have issued a
declaration urging recognition of the importance of wetlands and calling for
basic wetlands research. Full story at:

CFP = call for papers; CFA = call for
new additions

August 3-8, 2008.
2008 Annual International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association.
Edmonton, AB.
For more information vist:

August 5-8, 2008.
IUFRO – Biodiversity and Forest Ecosystems
and Landscapes Conference.
Kamloops, BC.
The conference will allow participants to share knowledge, discuss new
trends, reflect on future directions in biodiversity management for
sustainable forestry, and provide a stronger scientific basis for
biodiversity management in forest landscapes in the light of climate change.
For more information, vist:

August 9-15, 2008.
12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress.
Ithaca, NY.
For more information, visit:

August 17-22,
. Sixth World Congress of Herpetology.
Manaus, Brazil.
For more information, vist:

August 26-29,
. XXth International Congress of Zoology.
Paris, France.
For more information, visit:

August 31-September
3, 2008
. Sierra Club Canada
Grassroots Summit
Gabriola Island, BC.
If you are an active volunteer with Sierra Club Canada – or would like to
be – this event is for you! Join us, and learn what makes Sierra Club
the effective organization that it is, and how you can help. This offer is
open only to members in good standing, and there are limited spaces
available. For more information, visit:

September 6-9,
. International Conference on Fish Diseases
and Fish Immunology.
Reykjevik, Iceland.
For more information, visit:

September 7-24,
. The Road to the Future Forest.
Fredericton, NB.
Canadian Institute of Forestry
20087 Annual General
Meeting, Maritime Section. For more information, visit:

September 21-26,
. Evolving Challenges and Changing Expectations
for Forestry Extension and Technology Transfer: Meeting needs of people and
forests around the globe. IUFRO 9th Extension Working Party Symposium.
Ottawa, ON.
For more information, visit:

September 29
– October 1, 2008
. Role of Marine Mammals in
the Ecosystem in the 21st Century.
Dartmouth, NS.
In 1995, NAFO and ICES sponsored a successful symposium on the ecological
role of marine mammals. This follow-up symposium will present new findings on
the syntheses of information over ecosystem components, on Contributed oral
and poster presentations are welcome. For more information, visit:

October 1-3, 2008.
Restoration in the Boreal Forest.
Prince George, BC.
The BC Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER-BC) and the
Continuing Studies Department at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) have
teamed up to host this important regional conference on ecological
restoration. Themes to be covered at this conference include, but are not
limited to: boreal forest restoration; ungulate population/habitat
restoration; pine beetle impact restoration; and aquatic restoration. For
more information and to submit abstracts for oral presentations and posters
please see:

October 5-14,
. The IUCN World Conservation Congress.
Barcelona, Spain.
More than 8,000 of the world’s leading decision makers in sustainable
development: from governments, NGOs, business, the UN and academia. Together
in one place for 10 days: to debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote and
decide. The objective: ideas, action and solutions for a diverse and
sustainable world. For more information, visit:

October 13-17,
. AMNH training workshop: Species Distribution
Applications are now being accepted for the training workshop Species
Distribution Modeling, to be held at the American
Museum of Natural History’s
Southwestern Research Station, Arizona.
For more information, visit:

October 18, 2008.
Student Research in Plant Biology and Conservation Symposium.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is pleased to host the
second annual Plant Biology and Conservation Symposium especially for
graduate and undergraduate students. This will be a day-long event focused on
providing students with an early opportunity to present their research to
colleagues. It is a wonderful chance for students with related interests and
concerns to learn about the research of others, make contacts, and present
their own work in a collegial and low-stress environment. The event will
close with an invited keynote speaker who is distinguished in the field of
plant biology and conservation. For more information, visit:

October 21-23,
. One Water, One Watershed.
Kelowna, BC.
The Okanagan has become a center for water science in western Canada. The
“One Watershed – One Water” conference will focus on
sustainable water management and highlight ongoing research and future needs
in the Okanagan “water laboratory”. The international Okanagan
basin is located within Canada’s
only desert – a compelling context for developing new policy, science
and management practices. The environment of the Okanagan combined with the
cutting-edge supply-and-demand study now underway will frame conference
discussions on regional, national and international issues – including
rapid population growth, impacts of mountain pine beetle, and climate change.
For more information, visit:

October 22-25,
. 38th North American Symposium on Bat
Scranton, PA.
For more information, visit:

CFP. November 5-6, 2008.
Wildland – Urban Interface Fires, Fuel Management, and Ecosystems.
Cranbrook, BC.
Management plans for reducing the likelihood or severity of wildland-urban
interface (WUI) fires are in preparation and, by their nature, favour
economic and social factors. This conference will examine these factors, and
address how management for WUI fires and fuels might also accommodate, or
improve, ecological values. For more information, visit:

November 11-14,
. International Symposium for the North
American Lake Management Society (NALMS).
Lake Louise.
The theme of the Symposium is “Lake Management
in a Changing Environment”. It will deal with the management of our
lakes when faced with unprecedented developmental pressures, climate change
and water scarcity. For more information, visit:

November 11-14, 2008. 16th International Conference of Environmental Bioindicators
(16th ICEBI).
Orlando, Florida,
This year’s conference theme is MANAGEMENT METRICS, seeking to reconcile
bioindicator metrics utilized and provided by researchers with realistic and
practical requirements of resource managers and policy makers, thereby
facilitating effective response to critical environmental management needs.
For more information, visit:

November 12, 2008. Migration
Matters, Building Support for Migratory Bird Conservation – Bird Conservation
(BCA) Fall Meeting.
Arlington, VA
This BCA meeting will be full of migratory bird conservation discussions. We
will discuss the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act; current
projects funded by the act; are they working and what projects are needed to
address issues facing migratory birds? We will discuss our capacity to engage
the general public in bird conservation issues and campaigns and how we can
work together to gain more funding for conservation work concerning migratory
birds. We will look at regions throughout the Americas and explore current and
possible partnerships – what works, what doesn’t, and what we want. Come
prepared to share your projects, experiences and desires. For more
information, visit:

November 24-26,
. Figures for Forests – 1st Announcement
Freiburg, Germany.
Accountancy networks and other data collecting technologies are used
frequently to provide relevant information on the economic development of
forest enterprises and the key drivers of owner’s decisions. Much
research has been undertaken and important advancements made in recent years.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together key researchers to present
their experiences and the current state of knowledge in this important area,
including recent advances in different new approaches and technologies
concerning data collection, processing and presentation. It also aims to
promote the exchange between scientists, operators and users of these data
systems. For more information, visit:

December 1-3, 2008. 2nd Bi-Annual BC Protected Areas Research Forum – Closing the Loop: Putting Research into Action.
Prince George, BC.
The BCPARF is a forum to facilitate and promote parks and protected areas
research in British Columbia.
We are a cooperative partnership between the research community, and
provincial and federal governing agencies, hosted by the University of Northern British
Columbia in Prince
George. For more information, visit:

December 8-10,
. Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World.
Washington, DC.
The National Council for Science and the Environment invites you to the 9th
National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment to help in
developing and advancing science-based solutions to the biodiversity issue.
Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World is an opportunity for dialogue with
leading scientists, policy makers, industry leaders, educators, and other
solutions-oriented innovators to develop a new biodiversity conservation
strategy. For more information, visit:

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