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Corridors and Collaborations, Migratory Pathways

Our winter mailer celebrates local initiatives that benefit our migratory friends – Monarch’s, hummingbirds, and songbirds – and the work of many groups collaborating across community boundaries. This local work is brought into a much broader context with references to recent climate-related reports and our efforts to coordinate and support regional conservation partnerships.

As we build new partnerships and strengthen existing ones, the work we do in our own backyard is magnified, bringing more benefits to the wild species and the landscapes we cherish. Check it out here.

Highstead Seeking Spring Conservation Intern

Highstead is seeking a spring intern to work as research assistant in Highstead’s Conservation Program for twelve weeks from April 1, 2019, to June 21, 2019. The Conservation Intern will advance conservation through work on projects in the following areas: analyzing data using geographic information systems (GIS); assisting in the development of communications products that may include writing and editing content for websites, blog posts, and social media platforms; supporting the organization, development, and administration of workshops and events for conservation practitioners; and providing technical and administrative support to working groups of conservation professionals and volunteers. Click here for details.

Apply Now for Highstead’s Summer Ecology Internship

Highstead is seeking one spring/summer ecology intern to assist with two field research projects: (1) a comparative monitoring study of wildland forest with nearby woodland forests in Connecticut; and (2) a long-term study of moose and deer impacts on forest structure and composition using fenced exclosures in central Massachusetts. The paid internship will run 11 weeks, from May 28 to August 9.

The ideal candidate will have a background in ecology, botany, or forest science; be organized and enthusiastic; and have field experience. For more information about the internship, click here.

Highstead Hosts 2018 RCP Network Gathering!

Highstead hosted the 2018 RCP Network Gathering at a new venue at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in November. In its ninth year, the conference focused on identifying and building the connections between the woods, farms, wildlands, and waterways that link New England’s rural to urban landscapes.

Senior Conservationist Bill Labich kicked off the event with introductory remarks lauding the efforts of regional conservation partners and collaborative models to learn from, and outlining opportunities to reach local and regional land protection goals.

Spotlight Series Profiles Regional Conservation Partnerships

Drawing from interviews and travel this fall, Highstead interns Kat Culbertson and Kathleen Mason authored a series of blog posts that highlight the innovative, community-based work of Regional Conservation Partnerships across New England and eastern New York.

These stories are being shared through the RCP Network blog, and via Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media outlets. Read Kat’s piece on the economic benefits of conservation in Downeast Maine and Kathleen’s profile of Cold Hollow to Canada.