Greetings!

In this month's Member Connection, you'll find:

Membership Update
Your Vote, Your Voice

ESA's 2019 election is now open -- check your email for a message from " ESA Election Coordinator" at noreply@directvote.net. This year, we're voting for:

  • President-elect
  • Vice President for Finance
  • Vice President for Public Affairs
  • Governing Board Member At-large (x2)
  • Member of the Board of Professional Certification (x2)

Meet the candidates and make sure to vote before polls close on Nov. 4!
Nominate a Colleague for an ESA Award!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 ESA Awards . Awards from professional societies can be great enhancers of one's career journey as well as capstones to incredible work. ESA welcomes nominations that reflect the diversity of the Society’s members. Nominations are due Nov. 7!
New Issues in Ecology Released: Impacts to Wildlife of Wind Energy Siting & Operation

This issue discusses the benefits of wind energy while evaluating its potential impacts on wildlife. It summarizes what we know about the potential risks to wildlife associated with wind energy, current tactics to reduce these risks, and gaps in knowledge that call for further research. All issues are available for free download on our website
ESA Wins Cooperative Agreement with NPS to Manage Future Park Leaders Program

ESA is proud to announce the launch of its new partnership with the National Park Service Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) program. The FPL program supports paid internships to address resource management issues arising from global drivers of environmental change in national parks. Learn more about this exciting partnership! Accepting applications in November 2019.
Nominate Your Students for an ESA-USGS Cooperative Summer Internship

ESA is pleased to partner with the U.S. Geological Survey to offer summer internships to outstanding field-trained undergraduates. In 2019, the program successfully placed 27 students in USGS sites across the country. Directors of field courses or programs that offer excellent field training may nominate up to two students who have completed the course or program within the last six months, or will complete one by December 2019. Learn more and nominate!
105th Annual Meeting in 2020
August 2-7, 2020

Salt Lake City, UT
Submit a Session

We invite proposals for workshops, short courses, special sessions, and field trips for ESA's 105th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
The meeting theme is " Harnessing the Ecological Data Revolution ". 

Proposals must be submitted through the online form by November 21, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (2:00 Pacific) . No late or emailed proposals will be considered. 
New in 2020

The meeting program in 2020 will have some new and exciting changes to improve the overall experience for attendees and presenters. Plus check out our new meeting FAQ for a look into all that we do to plan and execute an Annual meeting!
Training Opportunities
Business Planning in Science: Supporting Projects That Enable Scientific Discovery

SBI Creating a Successful Business Plan Training : Take two days this December to think critically about your project and develop clear steps to maximize your impact and resources. You’ll receive expert guidance during and after the course!  Space is limited , apply before November 1 to secure your spot .
From the Journals
Featured in Ecology

Two recently released papers in Ecology’s Scientific Naturalist section document observations of vertebrate predators consuming insect prey. Barton et al. present a case of grey wolves feeding on grasshoppers, while Tomita and Hiura show brown bears consume cicada nymphs. These natural history observations on ecosystem complexity and species interactions raise new hypotheses and questions for future research. 
Featured in Ecosphere

In the August Ecosphere, Sorrell et al. found that drones produced reliable and precise results when compared with capture-mark-resight techniques and ground counts, which have previously been used for estimating seal populations. This method can be used to improve wildlife-monitoring techniques while reducing disturbance to the fur seals.
Featured in the Bulletin

In the October issue of the ESA Bulletin, Jakopak et al. present the "unessay," an unconventional classroom approach that encourages students to engage with course materials in an array of modes beyond a written essay.
Opportunities
  • Call for manuscripts for a special feature on citizen science by the British Ecological Society.
  • U.S. Forest Service Presidential Management Fellowship seeking applications -- learn more about the program on the website and this flyer.
Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome. Contact  Membership .