August 4th, 2011 Bob
Hello BioBlitzers and Friends of the Oklahoma Biological Survey…
Now is the time to register for BioBlitz! 2011 at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area on Octobter 14-15.
ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE OCTOBER 13th.
There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. National Park Service rules do not allow the exchange of money on federal property by outside parties. Therefore all registration must be done prior to arriving at BioBlitz!
Please note there are few changes for this year’s event…
In appreciation of the dedication and hard work of our volunteer expert biologists, we will be waiving the registration fee for all taxa team leaders and activity leaders! If you fall into this category – don’t register online, instead I will contact you.
There will be *NO MEAL* provided on Friday night. The facilities at the park make it difficult for us to provide a full meal to a large group, but we will have s’mores around the campfire Friday evening. The park is near to the town of Sulphur, so if you don’t want eat your camp food, there are plenty of options close by.
Things that will be the same as recent years:
- A full schedule of activities for citizen scientists
- Camping for two nights
- Event t-shirt depicting an organism from the area (no, we haven’t decided yet!)
- Light breakfast on Saturday morning
- Celebration with cake at the conclusion of the inventory
- BioBlitz! 2011 patch, for $2.00
- 24 hours of Biodiversity!
Checkout the website for additional information about how BioBlitz! works.
I am excited about this year’s event and look forward to seeing you in a few months!
Oklahoma Biological Survey
August 4th, 2011 Bob
Youth Incentive Award
The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of professionals and hobbyists interested in the study of beetles, has established a program to recognize young people studying beetles. The Society has pledged to provide up to $300 each year for the Youth Incentive Award Program. Each of the two awards (Junior and Senior) is a monetary grant of $150, award recipients also will receive up to $200 (Junior Award) and $400 (Senior Award) of equipment credit from the BioQuip Products catalog, In addition to monetary and BioQuip grants, award recipients will receive a one year subscription to the society journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin
This is for children of grades 7-12 only.
The objectives of the Youth Incentive Award are to:
* provide encouragement and assistance to young beetle enthusiasts (grades 7-12).
* promote the study of beetles, the most diverse group of insects, as a rewarding lifelong avocation or career.
* provide opportunities for young people to develop important life skills such as leadership, cooperation, communication, planning and conducting a scientific study, grant writing and managing funds.
* provide some financial support to enrich activities or projects.
A Youth Incentive Award Committee from the Coleopterists Society will evaluate the applications and will select up to two winners annually; one each in junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12) categories. The selection committee invites proposals for topics such as field collecting trips to conduct beetle species inventories or diversity studies, attending workshops or visiting entomology or natural history museums for special training and projects on beetles, studying aspects of beetle biology, etc. The proposed activities or projects will be evaluated on their degree of creativity, educational benefit to the applicant, scientific merit, feasibility and budgetary planning. This Award is for proposals by individuals only. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to find an adult advisor (teacher, youth group leader, parent, etc.) to provide guidance in proposal development, but the proposal MUST be written by the applicant. The Coleopterists Society would also be happy to assist in establishing contacts between youth and professional Coleopterists.
Additional details and application forms for The Coleopterists Society Youth Incentive Award Program can be obtained from: Dr. David G. Furth; Entomology, NHB, MRC 165; P.O. Box 37012; Smithsonian Institution; Washington, D. C. 20013-7012 (phone: 202-633-0990, FAX: 202-786-2894, email: email@example.com). Also check The Coleopterists Society WebPage: http://www.coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_SocietyInfo&ID=Youth
Applications for this year must be submitted by 1 November 2011.