SE Partners in Flight Meeting 2015 - Call for Papers Open

Southeast Partners in Flight is pleased to announce its 2015 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Lafayette, LA, 2-5 November.  November 2nd is reserved for working group side-meetings, but all are welcomed to attend!  November 5th is a field trip day.  Please see the meeting announcement and agenda.

Also, please consider submitting a poster or oral presentation abstract for inclusion at this meeting.  Whereas our obvious focus is coastal avifauna, we will not turn abstracts away if you discuss non-waterbirds!  Abstract are due 14 September (see Call for Abstracts).

There are several hotels in Lafayette, LA, one within walking distance of the venue.  SEPIF is under contract with the Drury Inn and Suites, however, who has graciously set aside several rooms at government rate (and the normal rate is a reasonable, approximately $100/night; Drury is within a very short drive (ca. 3 miles).  You can make reservations at or at 1800-325-0720.  Use the group code of 2252742 to reserve the reduced rate.

South Louisiana is serviced by three major airports – Lafayette Regional, Baton Rouge Metropolitan, and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International.  Ticket price differences can be substantial – Atlanta to Lafayette - ~$320, to Baton Rouge - ~$260, to New Orleans - ~$220.  There should be several rental car options at each of these airports.  Note that the contract hotel is not within comfortable walking distance.

Finally, SEPIF has chosen to reduce the cost of this meeting as much as possible to allow for increased student participation. 

Registration costs are as follows:

Early (until October 1): $150

Late: $200

On-site: $250

One day: $100

Student: $60

Our on-line registration portal is being tweaked.  We will update as soon as possible!  Sorry for the inconvenience!


Natural Heritage Data Explorer Training Sep 9 Raleigh, NC

Seats are still available for the Natural Heritage Data Explorer (NHDE) training sessions being held next Wednesday, September 9th, at NCDENR Headquarters in Raleigh.  To register, visit the NHDE Help page ( and click on the appropriate link to fill out a brief registration form.  

Please feel free to share this invitation with others you think may be interested in attending NHDE trainingBelow is an invitation that provides more information.


Allison Schwarz Weakley, Conservation Planner
North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
(919) 707.8629 /




Free Wildlife Health Workshop, Sep 10 Kinston, NC

Wildlife Health Workshop

Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Office

1791 NC Highway 11/55, Kinston, NC 28504**

September 10, 2015

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USFWS Releases Grasshopper Sparrow Status Assessment & Conservation Plan

Grasshopper Sparrow

The Status Assessment and Conservation Plan for the Grasshopper Sparrow was designed to review the current status of the species, provide a brief overview of recent research findings, and highlight actions needed to conserve Grasshopper Sparrow populations throughout its range.  The document also includes a prioritized list of actions and needs that we think will achieve long-term, range-wide conservation of this species, emphasizing the reduction of habitat loss and degradation throughout the historic range of Grasshopper Sparrows in North America.  Proposed actions are prioritized within the 7 sections of the Recommended Actions (Population Status; Conservation; Management; Inventory, Population Monitoring & Assessment; Research; and Education and Outreach; Southwest Subspecies).  The complete assessment/plan, recommended conservation actions, and a “quick link” to all the tables and appendices in the document are included below:

Status Assessment and Conservation Plan for the Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)

Recommended Conservation Actions for Grasshopper Sparrow (in Excel format, to allow partners to input data for their partnerships)

All Tables and Appendices from the Status Assessment and Conservation Plan

Janet R. Ruth (contact below) authored the conservation plan for Grasshopper Sparrows. Please contact her if you have specific questions related to the plan itself.

Janet M. Ruth, Ph.D. 
Research Ecologist 
USGS Arid Lands Field Station, UNM Biology Department, MSC03 2020
1 University of New Mexico 
Albuquerque, NM   87131-0001


Chimney Swift Tower Unveiling at Prairie Ridge Ecostation this weekend!

As many of you know, Chimney Swifts are facing urban habitat declines with the popular practice of lining and capping chimneys (where they exist). In response, Wake Audubon initiatied  the construction of a roost chimney for swifts at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation. This weekend, Wake Audubon will host an Chimney Swift Symposium as well as an unveiling of the completed chimney. Please see Wake Audubon's website for full details!