SCBNA co-sponsors biennial southwest science conference in Flagstaff, AZ

SCB North America is co-sponsoring the Biennial Conference on Science in the Colorado Plateau, which occurs Oct 6-8 in Flagstaff Arizona. This is a great opportunity for learning about the latest conservation science in the southwest and meeting conservation practitioners from many sectors (agency, academia, and non-profits).

The 13th Biennial Conference Agenda is now available and includes sessions organized by SCBNA.

REGISTRATION: Discounted Early Registration ends September 15, 2015! Special discount for students. REGISTER NOW!

MONDAY EVENING SPEAKER: Curt Stager, author of Deep Future and more recently Your Atomic Self, will give the long-term view of climate change impacts in his talk, “Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming?”– An evening with Curt Stager is made possible by the generous support of the NAU School of Forestry (Admission is free and the public is welcome)! PRESENTATION

MONDAY WORKSHOP: Fighting Drought with Fire. Organized by Phillip van Mantgem, USGS, and Donald Falk, University of Arizona, this workshop will provide information on current and planned research, gather manager research on planned projects, and identify key knowledge gaps ! WORKSHOP

COLORADO RIVER FIELD TRIP: Learn about the Colorado River & adaptive management while enjoying the company of experts on a float trip! FIELD TRIP

COME SAY HI: If you attend the conference, please drop by the SCBNA booth to say hello!

This is shaping up to be the BEST Biennial Conference yet and we hope to see YOU in October!

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Upcoming SCBNA Climate Adaptation Workshops

SCBNA is teaming up with the Southwest Climate Science CenterNorthern Arizona University, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to put on our second climate change adaptation workshop in Tucson, AZ. Contact us for more information.

National Geographic blog: Unintended Consequences of an Elk Feeding Program in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

SCBNA board member Kristin Carden has written a blog post for National Geographic on human-grizzly bear conflicts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Source: Collateral Damage in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Unintended Consequences of an Elk Feeding Program | National Geographic (blogs)

Society for Conservation Biology | SCB comments on proposed Endangered Species Act listing rules

The North America Policy Program of the Society for Conservation Biology (“SCB”) has recently submitted comments regarding the newly proposed rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (“Services”) that changes the procedures that scientists must comply with when submitting a petition to the Services to protect a species under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).  Recently, the Services proposed several new requirements that all petitions must contain, including a requirement that a petitioner submit the petition in advance to every State where the species is located prior to filing the petition and incorporate all information received from every state to the petition.  The proposal also requires a petitioner to gather and append “all relevant information” that is “reasonably available” to the petitioner. These requirements will be difficult for individual scientists to comply with and make it less likely that they will attempt to engage in the listing process.

Source: Society for Conservation Biology | SCB comments on proposed Endangered Species Act listing rules