March 2016
30th Anniversary Reception in Boston - Still Time to RSVP!
Join us at the New England Aquarium for an evening of celebrating you, our Fellows, with a keynote address by author and environmental activist, Terry Tempest Williams!  Ms. Williams most recently made news when she and her husband purchased the oil and gas development rights on hundreds of acres of land in Utah near their home, ensuring that the fossil fuels within those acres stay in the ground.

Date:  Friday evening, March 25th
Time:  6 - 9 pm
Location:  Harborview Cafe at the New England Aquarium
RSVP deadline:  March 10th

Click here to RSVP!
Still several spots available for training:  Race, Power and Privilege

There are still seats available for this training which was offered at the fall retreats but was re-scheduled in New England.  Recent world and national events have made it clear that cultural humility and awareness of privilege are fundamental skills that leaders must have to effectively make change, socially or environmentally.  Please join us for this special offering, free of charge to Fellows.  See our website for more information.

Date:  Friday, March 25th (same day as the evening reception in Boston, above)
Time:  9 am - 5 pm
Location:  The Nonprofit Center, 89 South Street, Boston

 Click here to register by March 10th!

And More Celebrations...

Los Angeles area:  Friday, April 1, 2016.  Area Fellows, Trustees and Switzer family (and Lissa!) will gather for an afternoon and evening of festivities!  We will start with an afternoon walk at The Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino from 2 - 4:30 pm.  From there, we will proceed to the Eden Garden Bar and Grill in Pasadena for 5:30 pm drinks and dinner.  Fellows can register for both the afternoon and evening, or just one if that's what your schedule allows! Click here to RSVP.

New York:  TENTATIVE Thursday, April 21, 2016, 5:30 pm.  NYC-area Fellows will meet in Manhattan.  We are also considering holding this gathering in early June since we have some potential scheduling conflicts with local Fellows.  If you live in the area and want to join, please contact Lissa with your date preference!  

San FranciscoFriday, May 20, 2016, 6:00 pm.  We will hold a reception for Fellows, Switzer Family, staff, Trustees, and invited colleagues at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.  Save the date, and look for an RSVP link coming soon!
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

Fellows, we are collecting high resolution photos of you (headshots) and your work (in the field, in leadership settings, presentations, etc.)!!  Increasingly (and especially during this 30th anniversary year with its special events), we are creating promotional materials about our work and your impact.  We need high-res photos from you!  Contact Lauren Hertel for guidance on standards and specifications.  
Burlington's Wild Heart:  Field Naturalist Alicia Daniel

Last July, 1988 Fellow Alicia Daniel became Burlington's first-ever Field Naturalist - a position that may be unique in the nation.  By Daniel's definition, a field naturalist is "someone who is in love with the study of the natural world."  This much is evident to anyone who has ever accompanied her on a field walk.

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The Key to Halting Climate Change:  Admit We Can't Save Everything

The best use of resources is to adopt a triage approach to climate change - deal with the most dire circumstances first, and work from there, says Ayana Johnson in an opinion piece for The Guardian.

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Switzer Leadership Grant Helps Connect New Dots Between Wetland Protection and Management

Have you ever wondered how wetlands provide services to you and your community?  If not, you are not alone.  Brenda Zollitsch reports on the outcomes from her recently completed Leadership Grant with the Association of State Wetland Managers.

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Climate Science Alliance under Pairis Wins NOAA Resilience Grant

Amber Pairis, director of the San Diego Climate Science Alliance, says the Alliance owes its existence to the Switzer Leadership Grant that funded her work with the organization.

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Upcoming Events
Remember, our networking calls are now open to Fellows' colleagues!

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Invasive Plants
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Water Resources
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information

30th Anniversary Reception and Dinner with Jason Grumet, Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 6 - 9 pm ET
Urbana, Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Spring Retreat Training
Sunday, March 13 - Monday, March 14, 2016
Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Africa
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Engineering, Chemistry & Toxicology
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Workshop:  Race, Power and Privilege in Environmental Leadership
Friday, March 25, 2016 - all day
The Nonprofit Center, Boston, MA

30th Anniversary Reception and Keynote Address by Terry Tempest Williams
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 6 - 9 pm
Harborview Cafe at the Boston Aquarium, Boston, MA

30th Anniversary Celebration - Los Angeles area
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 6:00 pm
Eden Garden Bar and Grill, Pasadena, CA
For more information

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Sustainable Business & Finance
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Developing Mobile Apps
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Environmental Policy and Law
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information

30th Anniversary Celebration - New York area (date tentative)
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 5:30 pm
For more information

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Building Networks of Practitioners
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information

See our website for our full Calendar of Events.
Fellows in the News
Jennifer O'Leary, Marine Conservation Biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and California Polytechnic State University, has been awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation for 2016.  She will continue her work conserving Marine Protected Areas in the Indian Ocean through the Fellowship.

John J. Berger opines about a Clean Energy Revolution in The New York Times.

Linda Shi, PhD student at MIT, says adapting to climate change in cities may require a major shift in thinking.

Lisa Micheli and Pepperwood Preserve, as part of a 30-organization Venture Conservation Program, secured an $8 million USDA grant to protect agricultural lands and ecosystems for drought and climate resiliency in the Russian River watershed, Sonoma County, California.

Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor at Yale's Center for Environmental Law and Policy, is lead author on the 2016 Enviro Performance Index report which finds that the U.S. could do more to protect the environment.

Chris Wilcox, Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Australia, is lead author on the first published comprehensive impact assessment of trash on marine wildlife.
Fellow Job News
Tom Robinson is the new Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation at the Bay Area Open Space Council in Berkeley, California.

Mike Antos is Watershed Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority in California.

Robert Heilmayr is now a postdoc scientist in the Carlson Lab of the University of Hawaii's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.
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