In this Issue:
- 76th SWCS International Annual Conference
- Save the Date – Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days
- Member Spotlight: Moussa Siri, SNEC Student Director
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
1. Join SNEC at the 76th SWCS International Annual Conference!
Come and see the Southern New England Chapter participating in the 76th SWCS International Annual Conference: One World, Connected through Conservation.
Attendees have the option of setting reminders for talks and events they want to see in the conference app! We look forward to seeing you there.
Timothy Randhir, SNEC President: (Tuesday, July 27, 2021 11am CST) under “Adapting Landscapes to Climate Change” theme. Oral Presentation: An Ecohydrological Assessment of Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Herpetofauna in the Connecticut River Watershed
Renee Bouldin, SNEC Executive Director: (Monday July 26th, 2021 2:30pm CST) “Communicating Conservation during COVID-19” Professional and Chapter Development Session Moderator
2. Save the Date! Fall Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days
We’re hosting our Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days on both Wednesday October 6th & Thursday October 7th, 2021. We hope by offering two separate days, you’ll have a chance to attend one of these hands-on training for professionals working in soils, erosion control, water quality, public works, engineering, roads, planning, resource protection and consulting.
These field days are a unique collaborative effort between the private and public sectors to share information and promote a better understanding of the latest tools available to all who are entrusted with protecting our precious soil and water resources.
The two individual, full-day training sessions will combine classroom presentations and outdoor, hands on demonstrations in small group settings. Our goal is to provide information that is immediately useful to all who attend – you are encouraged to bring your site plans and questions!
The national Envirothon competition, which is being held virtually, starts today! This year is hosted by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts.
The Envirothon is a multi-level environmental and natural resource education program and competition that encourages students to think critically and creatively about the natural world and their place in it. The Envirothon program consists of in-class curriculum learning with hands-on outdoor field experiences where students can learn natural resource management techniques from natural resource professionals. Students can then participate in the academic competition to test their knowledge and skills for scholarships, prizes, and accolades.
Good luck to students from Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island! SWCS SNEC is a proud supporter of these member state Envirothons, which are the preliminary steps in this competition.
4. Member Spotlight – Moussa A. Siri
Name: Moussa A. Siri
Occupation: Doctoral Candidate
Position on SNEC Board: Student Director
Number of years in SNEC: 3 years
Alma Mater: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Home Country: Burkina Faso
What is your favorite part of volunteering on the Board of Directors? It’s the opportunity to contribute to the management and the success of the Chapter more effectively. Being the first student director for the Chapter is an honor for me and very motivating for me. It is also an opportunity for me to participate in decision-making and help the Chapter achieve its goals.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date? Getting into a graduate program and reaching the doctoral candidacy. Knowing the context I grew up in as a child, and being a first-generation and non-traditional student speaks about how I can be proud of reaching this level in my education.
What led you to this place in your career? Born and raised in a small village in Burkina Faso called Bodadiougou, I learned to destroy forests to grow crops. We had very little to no knowledge about the impacts of our lifestyle on the environment. The lack of this minimal knowledge had consequently led to the destruction of many forests for subsistence but extensive farming. With increasing awareness about the role extensive farmings can have on the environment, my goal has been to acquire an adequate education that can be a game-changer in improving environmental conditions in areas like my village of birth. With these goals in mind, I have done a career switch from law studies to reorient my goals to the environmental field.
How do you define success? For me, success is when you set goals then accomplish them to a certain point. When I can execute at least 80% of my goals, it is a synonym of success, keeping in mind that a 100% realization of my goals is mostly a utopia.
What advice would you give to someone just starting a career in conservation? Perseverance, engagement, and the love of what you’re doing. Conservation is not an exact science but a progressive amendment of previous knowledge to adapt to new environmental needs. There is not a definitive method in conservation, but a perpetual improvement or modification of management methods to fit needs based on the conservation goals. To be successful, a person would have to develop a high level of critical thinking and analysis. Being able to step back and see conservation as the interconnection of multi-disciplines would be a great starting point for a successful career in the conservation field.
What does your dissertation project focus on? Investigating climate changes and their impacts on the Niger river (West Africa) watershed and the consequences of these impacts on riverside residents will be my focus. I will then compare the conditions of the Niger river to those of the Charles river located in Massachusetts and make suggestions on how to improve the river system in both rivers.
5. Upcoming Events
Cognitive and Perceptual Barriers to Green Infrastructure: Local Decision-Making In Rhode Island Webinar
Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 (2pm- 3pm) EST
Who Should Attend?
Municipal leaders (engineers, planners, public works, etc.), local and regional elected officials, green infrastructure and stormwater management practitioners and technical service providers, academic researchers.
Presenter: Kyle Gray
2021 Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference
Monday, October 4th, 2021, 9am – Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, 5pm EDT
Who Should Attend?
Coastal managers, environmental organizations, town officials, staff, conservation commissions, planning boards, and anyone interested in learning more about the coast. The conference is FREE.
6. Job Opportunities
New U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Job Openings in Southern New England:
Law Enforcement Support Assistant (Hadley, MA)
Logistics Management Specialist (Hadley, MA)
Fish & Wildlife Administrator (Hadley, MA)
And multiple positions with location negotiable after selection!
Assistant/Associate Extension Educator – Bethel, CT
The Department of Extension is seeking applicants for a full-time (11-month), non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educator, primarily based at the Fairfield County Extension Office.
Extension Educators are community-based faculty who make a difference in communities by connecting community needs with university resources. The successful candidate shall create an active 4-H youth development program with a focus on STEM, food, and agricultural literacy.