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Pinned  Numerous bird-related regulations appear to be extinct

Jul 25 2017 08:46 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

It is no secret that the current U.S. administration has great disdain for regulations. It now looks as though several bird-related regulations - including some that would have affected ornithological research - are now on the scrap heap. Gone are pending regulations on CITES, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Animal Welfare Act. The bird banding regulatory revisions have been consigned to the long-term action list. Updates to the Wild Bird Conservation Act are still moving forward, as are regulations updating import and export procedures and an increase in permit and other fees.



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Pinned  Fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society’s Check-list of North American Birds

Jul 06 2017 09:48 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The 17th supplement to the seventh edition of the Checklist of North America Birds has been published in the Auk.



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Pinned  Thinking of using geolocators? Read this first.

May 04 2017 02:23 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Those planning to use geolocators on songbirds should take note of this critical new research.



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Pinned  Calling Congress should not be a full-time job- new resource for ornithologists

Mar 24 2017 10:04 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Not enough hours in the day as it is, and now you need to call your members of Congress ... again and again and again. If only there was some way to know when those calls are most urgently needed....

 

UPDATE 31 March: Database is up-and-running...and we are running as fast as we can to catch up with the Congress.



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Pinned  March for Science APRIL 22

Jan 25 2017 06:49 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Science can't be silenced.

 

THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE CHAMPIONS PUBLICLY FUNDED AND PUBLICLY COMMUNICATED SCIENCE AS A PILLAR OF HUMAN FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. WE UNITE AS A DIVERSE, NONPARTISAN GROUP TO CALL FOR SCIENCE THAT UPHOLDS THE COMMON GOOD, AND FOR POLITICAL LEADERS AND POLICYMAKERS TO ENACT EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.



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Pinned  RENEW OR JOIN NOW

Jan 11 2017 04:32 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The new OSNA Member Portal is now open and available for you to renew your society memberships. Renewing online is fast and convenient for you and helps us gather information to better serve you.



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Pinned  Ornithological Council announces award of two grants

Jan 06 2017 08:43 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council is very pleased to announce the award of two grants for the 2016 funding cycle of the OC Small Grants Program. We congratulate Glenda Denise Hevia of Argentina and Isabel Raymundo Gonzalez of Mexico for undertaking meritorious research projects that promote bird conservation. We are honored to support their work.



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Pinned  It's official!

Dec 20 2016 08:21 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The American Ornithological Society has FLEDGED!



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Pinned  Changes to membership renewal process

Nov 03 2016 03:40 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Your ornithological societies need your support if they are to continue providing the services that help you pursue your research and your careers. They provide journals to publish your research, grants to help fund your research, travel awards to help you attend professional meetings. They support the Ornithological Council, OrnithologyExchange, and myriad activities for ornithologists.

 

So how do you renew your membership?

 

This year, things are changing.



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Pinned  Cooper members vote to merge with the AOU

Aug 04 2016 08:14 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Penultimate step in the merger process (next up: AOU Fellows will vote at the NAOC).



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Pinned  Importing avian material? Critical new information

Jul 06 2016 09:40 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Don't lose your research specimens for failure to comply with import requirements! A new automated system implemented by Customs and Border Protection is mandatory and it is a big, big challenge. Read this article to learn about this system and how to deal with this hurdle.

 

UPDATE 15 AUGUST 2016: SEE THE INFO SHEET PREPARED BY CBP FOR SMALL COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS. DON'T FORGET THAT CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WILL HOLD A WEBINAR FOR OUR COMMUNITY IN EARLY JANUARY 2017. NOTICES WILL BE POSTED HERE AND ON AVECOLS AND NHCOLL LISTSERVES.



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Pinned  Special NAOC workshop on animal welfare

May 23 2016 09:23 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Nothing in life is certain but death and taxes. Unless you are an ornithologist - in which case, permits and animal welfare protocol approvals are on the list, too - and not much more enjoyable. Come to this workshop and learn how to reduce the pain of a protocol approval process and maybe even turn it into a productive event.



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Pinned  USFWS seeks input on proposed changes to regulations protecting Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles

May 04 2016 10:48 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

New Science Provides Foundation for Proposed Changes to Service’s Comprehensive Eagle Conservation and Management Program

 

Public comment sought on revisions to bald and golden eagle regulations, programmatic environmental impact statement



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Pinned  Update on potential AOU-COS merger

May 03 2016 04:24 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

But...what about the logos? Report from the joint AOU-COS Merger Working Group - membership input sought via short survey

 

UPDATE 14 JUNE 2016: FORMAL PLAN OF MERGER ANNOUNCED; AOU FELLOWS TO VOTE ON MERGER DURING NAOC AT AOU BUSINESS MEETING ON 20 AUGUST

 

UPDATE 20 MAY 2016: POLL RESULTS IN; PLAN OF MERGER TO BE DEVELOPED (read more below)



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Pinned  The Condor: Ornithological Applications:: New Studies - Published Open Access - Highlight Energy Development’s Impact on Birds

Apr 25 2016 12:44 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

New Studies Highlight Energy Development’s Impact on Birds

 

Ornithology journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications is publishing a Special Section of open access articles highlighting the impact that energy development is having on North America’s bird populations.



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Pinned  Editor's Choice: The Condor::Ground-Level Artificial Lights Disrupt Bird Migration

Apr 25 2016 12:41 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Ornithologists have long been aware that lights on skyscrapers and cell towers can disorient migrating birds, but research forthcoming in The Condor: Ornithological Applications demonstrates that even ground-level artificial lights can affect birds passing overhead at night. The study's authors used microphones to record the nocturnal flight calls and discovered that ground-level illumination equivalent to a porch light was enough to alter migrating birds' behavior. Their findings underscore importance of studying the consequences for wildlife when human activities alter the natural environment.



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Pinned  Arctic-Nesting Birds May Struggle with Changing Climate

Mar 11 2016 02:52 PM | Ellen Paul in Editor's Choice: The Auk

Warming in the Arctic may not be beneficial for songbird nestlings as it will also bring wetter and more variable conditions.



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Pinned  Animal welfare policies and wildlife research: a new guide for IACUCs

Feb 24 2016 02:40 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Make sure your IACUC knows about this!

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Pinned  Give the government a piece of your mind! Ornithological societies to offer "curated" legislative alert system

Feb 10 2016 08:29 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Would you like to be alerted to U.S. federal and state legislation that could affect ornithology or bird conservation and management? Would you like an efficient means of communicating with your legislators about that legislation? On behalf of its member societies, the Ornithological Council (OC) is investigating an e-mail alert service that will generate notices about U.S. federal and state legislation to those who have signed up to receive those notices.

For more information, read the full article. And remember - this is a benefit of membership and is limited to members of the ornithological societies. Join/renew and support your ornithological society today!

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Pinned  New species identified (Rasmussen does it again!)

Jan 20 2016 02:06 PM | Ellen Paul in Research Spotlight

A new species of bird has been discovered in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the U.S., India and Russia. The bird, described in the current issue of the journal Avian Research, has been named Himalayan forest thrush Zoothera salimalii.

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Pinned  How political is the science of conservation?

Oct 10 2015 04:18 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Union of Concerned Scientists releases survey of 7,000 federal employees at four agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You'll want to read this report!

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Pinned  AOU and COS agree to pursue merger

Aug 18 2015 09:37 AM | Chris Merkord in Community

Leaders of the AOU and COS formally approved pursuit of a merger of the two organizations at their annual meeting in Norman, Oklahoma. Both societies will be seeking input from their members as they take the necessary steps in this pursuit.


UPDATE: 22 Dec 2015: Compilation of responses from members.

UPDATE: 22 Sept 2015: AOU and COS leadership respond to inquiries from past COS presidents. Posted in the comments, below, with permission from the authors.



UPDATE 14 Oct 2015: Society leadership reaches out to membership. See request for input below, under main article.

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Pinned  Highly pathogenic avian influenza: how it will affect ornithologists in Canada, the United States, and Mexico

Aug 06 2015 01:44 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

When zoonotic disease makes the headlines, you can be sure your university is going to be concerned about what those crazy ornithologists are doing! Tell them, "Don't worry - I'm not planning to kiss any ducks!"

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Pinned  USFWS to issue programmatic environmental impact statement on incidental take of MBTA species

May 22 2015 10:12 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

USFWS takes first step towards possible regulation of incidental take of bird species protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act: will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement

Full text of the notice and instructions for comments are here.

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Government moves to shut down or cripple federal natural resource agencies

May 24 2017 09:18 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

If you value and support the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and other federal natural resource agencies, make your voice heard!

 

Please share this article with your colleagues, students, friends and family.



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Concerned about preservation of National Monuments?

May 06 2017 10:12 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Update May 28: The deadline for commenting on Bears Ears National Monument has passed.

 

ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO COMMENT ON THE POSSIBLE RECISSION OF THE DESIGNATION OF DOZENS OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS. THE DEADLINE IS JULY 10.

 

Express your views!

 

Comment here:

 

https://www.regulati...-2017-0002-0001

 

Details below.

 

In addition to submitting comments, you might also want to send a copy of your comments to your Representative and Senators!



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DOI contracts/grants on hold - OC needs to hear from you!

May 01 2017 10:33 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (Secretary) recently took action that will delay the issuance of of all planned FY 2017 grants and cooperative agreements in the amount of $100,000 or more. If you are affected by this change (directly, or because you are working under such a grant or cooperative agreement to someone else), please contact the Ornithological Council immediately.



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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - permit app & report forms under review

Mar 29 2017 01:11 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, federal agencies must obtain approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget whenever the agency wants to collect information from 10 or more members of the public. That includes permit application forms. Every three years, the agencies must request renewal of the OMB approval and when they do so, the public is afforded a chance to comment on the forms themselves and the burden imposed on those who must use the forms.



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California overhauling scientific collecting permit regulations

Mar 27 2017 02:46 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The California Department of Fish and Game is overhauling its scientific research permit regulations. If you work in California, here's your chance to have your say.



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Why not? Scientists can BE policy makers!

Jan 27 2017 06:59 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Mark the date on your calendar:
OUT OF THE LAB, INTO PUBLIC OFFICE
On Tuesday, March 14th, 314 Action will be holding an online information session for those in the STEM community who are interested in running for public office for the first time. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in attending.



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First thing we do...let's kill all the science

Jan 24 2017 03:24 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Gag orders imposed on federal research agencies. A top nominee asks "“Do we really need government-funded research at all?” At EPA and USDA, all grant and contract funding is on hold. We've been here before (2001-200) and we survived but this time it feels...different...far worse.



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AOS is ready to take flight!

Dec 16 2016 02:17 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Ready, set, RENEW! and more ... from the new American Ornithological Society!



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USFWS - headed for the endangered species list?

Dec 16 2016 01:22 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The incredible shrinkage of Department of the Interior and its constituent agencies - heading for the endangered species list?



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Pip, pip, hooray! Say goodbye to that apostrophe!

Aug 17 2016 03:48 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

American Ornithologists' Union. It is a plural possessive. How many times have you seen that apostrophe placed before the "s"?

 

No more!



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Reminder! Model protocol form for wildlife research now available

Aug 12 2016 03:49 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Ornithological Council and American Society of Mammalogists develop model protocol form for wildlife research...released in beta for feedback from researchers, animal care and use committee members, institutional officials, and others, this form is designed specifically for wildlife research conducted either in the field or in captivity. First question: Is this protocol even required?

 

Update August 2016: Error in discussion of pain and suffering categories (Attachment A) has been corrected.



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Latest issue of AFO

Aug 10 2016 08:48 AM | Jennifer Smith in Community

The latest issue of the Association of Field Ornithologist’s biannual newsletter, AFO Afield, includes information about the AFO's annual meeting and presence at NAOC VI, a contribution from former recipients of the Bergstrom Award about their research, and interviews with three former recipients of the Pamela L. and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award.



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Happy Darwin Day

Feb 12 2016 02:27 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Darwin wasn't an ornithologist, but surely he deserves a posthumous award!

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New federal legislation in U.S. to promote albatross and petrel conservation

Feb 10 2016 08:01 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, or ACAP, is a legally binding international agreement promoting the conservation of several species of migratory seabirds. Though the U.S. is not a party to the agreement, to help promote efforts that would support the goals of the ACAP, Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced on 4 February 2016 legislation (H.R.4480) that ties together existing U.S. laws and statutes to promote albatross and petrel conservation around the world by authorizing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to implement fisheries conservation measures, increase international fisheries enforcement, restore habitat, reduce non-native species, develop educational programs, and cooperate internationally.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP GET THIS BILL ENACTED INTO LAW

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Long-term research at Bahia Kina

Jan 19 2016 06:42 AM | Ellen Paul in Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

In this edition of the Editor's Choice series, Stephanie Jones, Editor of Waterbirds, highlights an article from the December 2015 issue of Waterbirds (vol. 38, no. 4), titled Diversity, Abundance and Nesting Phenology of the Wading Birds of Bahía Kino, Sonora, México.

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Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

Dec 13 2015 09:30 AM | Ellen Paul in Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

Dippers are very cool birds, and the Rufous-throated Dipper may be the coolest of the dippers!

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That time of year again: The Annual Ornithological Council Pledge Break

Oct 27 2015 12:54 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

What is the Ornithological Council and why should you support it?

 

The Ornithological Council is a great resource for ornithologists. We help researchers navigate the permit maze, address animal welfare concerns, publish the peer-reviewed Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research. The Ornithological Council is the voice of scientific ornithology. Learn more here!



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Do you like ice cream?

Aug 03 2015 06:38 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Yes? Then join an ornithological society today!

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GOP trying to block enforcement of Migratory Bird Treaty Act via appropriations bills

Jun 05 2015 01:06 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The House has passed an appropriations bill (H.R. 2578) for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Related Agencies with one unbelievable rider - it "enjoins" the use of appropriated funds for use in prosecuting or holding liable any corporation or person for a violation of section 2(a) of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

UPDATE 8 JULY: GREAT NEWS: The Duncan amendment is no more. It was removed from the CJS appropriations bill weeks ago and was never approved by the House Interior appropriations subcommittee. It was thought that he would try to introduce it when the full House considered the Interior appropriations bill, but he has not done so. There's more bird-blues on Capitol Hill still to come, including a provision that blocks ESA-listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse and Duncan's H.R. 493, which would amend the MBTA to preclude incidental take. Fortunately, H.R.493 is not moving and has few co-sponsors as Congress heads into the long August recess. If things change, we'll let you know so check back often.

Read full article for more info.

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Speak up: your chance to have concerns about CITES addressed

May 12 2015 08:13 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

If you have concerns about the manner in which CITES is implemented or have scientific information that would support the listing, uplisting, downlisting, or de-listing of a species, now is your chance to ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose resolutions, decisions, and agenda items.

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OC 2016 Small Grants Call for Proposals / Solicitud de Propuestas

May 05 2015 07:00 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council is pleased to call for proposals for the 2016 round of grants to be made under the OC Small Grants Program.
El Consejo Ornitologíco se complace en la convocatoria de propuestas para el 2016 ronda de subvenciones que se harán en el marco del Programa de Pequeñas Subvenciones del OC.

 

We are now ready to accept proposals via the online submission page. Please be sure to read the Call for Proposals before submitting.

 

Ahora estamos listos para aceptar propuestas a través de la página de presentación en línea . Por favor
asegúrese de leer la convocatoria de propuestas antes de enviar .



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AOU seeks input from ornithological community

May 01 2015 08:17 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The AOU is consulting the ornithological community to assess how well we are serving you and addressing your priorities.

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Importing avian specimens or samples from Canada?

Apr 16 2015 07:55 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council has been given a heads-up that APHIS is about to restrict imports of avian specimens and samples from the area of eastern Canada where HPAI has been found.

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Drones for monitoring or studying birds? Maybe not...

Mar 26 2015 10:58 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The FAA has proposed new regulations on the use of drones. Will you be able to use drones to study birds in the United States? Maybe not...

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Auk Ornithological Advances - Editor's Choice: Study Confirms Feasibility of Tracking Parrots with GPS Telemetry

Feb 20 2015 01:41 PM | Ellen Paul in Editor's Choice: The Auk

Outwitting parrots takes ingenuity. Researchers in New Zealand figured out how to keep Keas from removing and destroying data loggers.

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USFWS may issue MBTA permits for unintentional bird kills

Feb 13 2015 12:39 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to control incidental take of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act via permits with conditions that require the use of measures to reduce or eliminate mortality. Ornithological research will be needed to determine the effectiveness of any particular measure!

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AOU and COS launch new American Ornithology website

Feb 05 2015 07:55 AM | Carla Cicero in Community

New site is a gateway to AOU and COS and the many resources and benefits they offer

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Gearing up for field season - get your permit apps in early

Jan 29 2015 09:20 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Field season is right around the corner! If you haven't already applied for your permits/renewals, do it ASAP.



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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the United States

Jan 24 2015 11:25 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Wild duck in Washington State found to have novel strain of H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
UPDATE 9 Feb 2015: Status of H5N1 in British Columbia.
UPDATE 19 Feb 2015: First published report available.
UPDATE 11 March 2015: H5N2 found in poultry flock in Minnesota, Missouri
UPDATE 14 March: H5N2 found in poultry flock in Kansas
UPDATE: 28 March 2015: H5N2 found in another flock in Minnesota

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Editor's Choice: Breeding biology of Hawaiian birds and Uruguayan savanna avian assemblages

Jan 14 2015 02:48 PM | Phil Stouffer in Editor's Choice: The Condor

The editor of the The Condor: Ornithological Applications highlights two recent publications. The first explores the breeding biology of two endangered Hawaiian forest birds. The second describes the structure of avian assemblages in grasslands associated with agriculture in the Uruguayan savanna ecoregion.

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Editor's Choice: Phylogeny of Emberizoidea and female mate choice in Greater Sage-Grouse

Jan 12 2015 04:44 PM | Mark Hauber in Editor's Choice: The Auk

Editor-in-Chief Mark Hauber highlights two superb papers coming in the April 2015 issue of The Auk: Ornithological Advances. The first offers insights into New World biogeography based on a new Emberizoidea phylogeny. The second reveals that male sage-grouse are most attractive to females when they increase the intensity of their display as females get closer.

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Editors Choice: The Auk:Ornithological Advances

Jan 12 2015 03:33 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

New insights into New World biogeography: An integrated view from the phylogeny of blackbirds, cardinals, sparrows, tanagers, warblers, and allies

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Editor's Choice: Importance of survey timing on shorebird density estimates

Jan 12 2015 09:58 AM | Stephanie Jones in Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

Waterbirds editor Stephanie Jones highlights a paper describing the importance of survey timing on shorebird density estimates at East Bay, Nunavut, Canada

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Re-name that bird!

Nov 17 2014 07:50 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Step back in time to the 18th century. You have just been appointed to the first AOU Classification and Nomenclature Committee (some 100 years before the AOU was even organized!). You get to name all the birds!

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Step back into ornithological history

Nov 05 2014 08:28 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

All sorts of handwritten notes from illustrious ornithologists are now on the web. You can help to make them more accessible!

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Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Nov 04 2014 10:59 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Polish up your tin cups, people. Tough times ahead...

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AOU Honors Kress, Morris, Jahn, Bensch, and Hill

Oct 07 2014 06:11 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

At the annual meeting in Estes Park, the AOU presented the Coues award to Staffan Bensch and the Brewster award to Geoff Hill. Sara Morris was recognized for her service to the AOU with the Jenkinson award and Steven Kress was the recipient of the Schreiber Conservation Award. The Ned Johnson Young Investigator award was bestowed on Alex Jahn.

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IBP pursues science to benefit avian conservation

Jul 24 2014 10:21 AM | Chris Merkord in Research Spotlight

This summer scientists from the Institute of Bird Populations and their colleagues published three scientific papers that showcase how the organization employs rigorous science in pursuit of bird conservation.

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Migration route and stopovers: Do we really know the patterns?

Jul 17 2014 01:24 PM | Stephanie Jones in Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

Migration route and stopovers: Do we really know the patterns? A recent paper in Waterbirds details information on migration, and maybe it is more idiosyncratic than we thought.

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Waterbirds Editor's Choice: Loon Research and Conservation in North America Waterbirds 37 (Special Publication I)

Jun 25 2014 07:52 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

This special volume on loons, published by the Waterbird Society in collaboration with the Biodiversity Research Institute, presents 15 papers that further our understanding of Gavia behavior, life-history and population ecology, movements and migrations, habitat and landscape requirements and the impacts contaminants have had on loon populations. Here, the editor highlights two of those papers. The special loon issue is available online at http://www.bioone.org/toc/cowa/37/sp1

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Don Kroodsma receives Margaret Morse Nice Medal from WOS

Jun 10 2014 02:19 PM | Ellen Paul in Awards

The Margaret Morse Nice Medal Lecture is awarded annually to an individual who exemplifies her scientific curiosity, creativity and insight, her concern for the education of young and amateur ornithologists, and her leadership as an innovator and mentor. This year’s recipient of the Margaret Morse Nice Medal - Don Kroodsma - personifies these characteristics … The Wilson Ornithological Society recognizes Don for his lifetime of outstanding work on bird song.

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AFO's Skutch Medal awarded to Jim Wiley

Jun 03 2014 09:05 AM | Ellen Paul in Awards

The Association of Field Ornithologists Alexander F. Skutch Award for Excellence in Neotropical Ornithology is awarded periodically to a deserving ornithologist nominated by peers and selected by the Skutch Medal committee of the AFO. This year the award was presented to James W. Wiley.

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Congratulations to APHIS Wildlife Services and National Wildlife Research Center!

May 30 2014 03:07 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council extends congratulations to the APHIS Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center for its vital role in resolving avian-airstrike hazards and the award of the Presidential
Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award from the Council for the
Conservation of Migratory Birds.

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Ornithological Council and other societies petition Dept. of Interior for fix to CITES problem

May 27 2014 01:54 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Scientists exercise First Amendment right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances!

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USFWS Permit Fees to Increase in Near Future

May 12 2014 12:12 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

But still a bargain ...

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Feeding Behavior, Bird Visitation, and Seed Dispersal in Guarea macrophylla and Trichilia quadrijuga (Meliaceae)

Apr 14 2014 03:20 PM | Jack Eitniear in Editor's Choice: Ornitologia Neotropical

A recent paper in Ornitologia Neotropical by Federico A. Prado
details avian fruit consumption from two tropical trees. As with other similar studies it emphasizes the important relationship between birds and many tropical forest plants.

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Endangered Marbled Murrelets build both tree and ground nests

Apr 09 2014 07:46 AM | Ellen Paul in Editor's Choice: The Condor

Waterfront or mountain view? Why do Marbled Murrelets choose to nest where they do? A recent paper by Blake A. Barbaree and coauthors is highlighted by the editor of The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

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Common Yellowthroat song varies across geographic regions and among subspecies

Apr 02 2014 06:07 AM | Ellen Paul in Editor's Choice: The Auk

Wichity witchity witchity: the song of the Common Yellowthroat carries a record of evolutionary change. A recent paper by Rachel T. Bolus is highlighted by the editor of The Auk: Ornithological Advances.

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Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

Mar 27 2014 06:49 AM | Stephanie Jones in Community

African waterbirds on intensively used and managed waterbodies - how their distribution and abundance informs ecosystem management.

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IMPORTANT WEBINAR: March 20: Oversight of Research Involving Wildlife

Mar 17 2014 09:50 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Urge your IACUC chair, members, and Institutional Official to sign up for this important webinar! UPDATE 3/19: If you want to ask a question, you must submit it in advance. In case you can't listen in tomorrow...this webinar will be archived.

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Nocturnal Bird Migration In Mexico: First Records From Marine Radar

Mar 07 2014 10:36 PM | Jack Eitniear in Editor's Choice: Ornitologia Neotropical

A recent paper in Ornitologia Neotropical by Sergio A. Cabrera-Cruz, Todd J. Mabee, & Rafael Villegas Patraca describes the migration of Nearctic-Neotropical birds along the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Could the days of free bird bands be coming to an end?

Feb 21 2014 07:00 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

For decades, the USGS Bird Banding Lab has issued fee-free permits and free bands. Could this be about to change?

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Editor's Choice: Technology to identify seabird foraging sites

Jan 22 2014 02:20 PM | Stephanie Jones in Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

Waterbirds editor Stephanie Jones highlights a paper describing the use of tracking devices on seabirds to identify foraging areas.

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Peregrine Fund offers digital access to full library

Jan 13 2014 04:30 PM | Chris Merkord in Community

The Peregrine Fund has made all holdings in its research library available to the all by offering to provide PDF copies of any reprint, article, book chapter or report for your one-time personal use.

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New model protocol form for wildlife research now available

Jan 06 2014 10:48 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Ornithological Council and American Society of Mammalogists develop model protocol form for wildlife research...released in beta for feedback from researchers, animal care and use committee members, institutional officials, and others, this form is designed specifically for wildlife research conducted either in the field or in captivity. First question: Is this protocol even required?

UPDATE 13 Feb 2014: Slightly modified document; changes made in response to comments from the staff of the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. Note that OLAW will hold a webinar about this model protocol on 20 March 2014 at 12:30 Eastern. Be sure to notify your IACUC members!

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Wingfield Talk on Need for Appropriate Guidelines for Wildlife Research

Dec 27 2013 01:42 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Ornithologist John Wingfield calls for the use of wildlife-appropriate standards in review of wildlife research.

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American Ornithologists' Union Hires First Executive Director

Dec 23 2013 02:00 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) announces the appointment of Melinda Pruett-Jones as its first executive director. The move signals its important progression from an all-volunteer-based society to one guided by a executive leader. Her first task will be to guide the AOU Council of elected members and formers presidents in strategic planning to advance the society’s bold vision for the field of ornithology.

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The best way to get a job...

Nov 19 2013 08:52 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Join an ornithological society. Today. A tool as essential as your binoculars!

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Molecular Phylogenetics of Neotropical Seedeaters and Seed-finches

Nov 16 2013 08:25 AM | Jack Eitniear in Editor's Choice: Ornitologia Neotropical

A recent paper in Ornitologia Neotropical by Nicholas A. Mason and Kevin J. Burns suggests merging the genera Oryzoborus and Dolospingus into a broadly defined Sporophila.

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Editor's Choice: Waterbirds September 2013

Oct 24 2013 03:26 PM | Stephanie Jones in Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

The Waterbirds Editor Stephanie L. Jones offers her choice for must-read articles in the most recent issue of Waterbirds. In the September 2013 issue, she highlights the influence of wind turbines on inland shorebirds. In addition, the Waterbirds September issue documents recent advances in the understanding of long-distance migration using satellite and radio geolocators. Technological advances often spawn new discoveries, and this is certainly true of avian migration.

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Diet and home range size of California Spotted Owls in a burned forest

Oct 15 2013 09:04 AM | Chris Merkord in Research Spotlight

In a recent paper in the journal Western Birds, scientists from the Institute for Bird Populations and the Wild Nature Institute suggest that Spotted Owls foraging on gophers in burned forests do not require home ranges substantially larger than the home ranges used by owls in unburned forests.

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Kevin G. McCracken named Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation

Sep 25 2013 08:00 AM | Chris Merkord in Awards

Evolutionary geneticist Kevin G. McCracken has been named the inaugural Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation at the University of Miami.

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Using Feathers Collected at MAPS And MOSI Stations to Link Breeding and Wintering Locales of Migratory Birds

Aug 30 2013 01:00 AM | Chris Merkord in Research Spotlight

A new paper in the journal Molecular Ecology describes how scientists at the Institute for Bird Populations joined a team of researchers to present a new analytical approach to studying migratory bird connectivity by integrating genetic and isotopic information into a single model.

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The Ornithology Exchange introduces its new Funding Portal

Aug 05 2013 09:36 AM | Chris Merkord in Community

The Ornithology Exchange proud to announce a new Funding Portal which aims to help ornithologists find ways to fund their research. The portal features our brand new Grants & Awards database, recent announcements like RFPs and deadline reminders, a discussion forum where you can ask for help, and a list of links to other online resources.

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Editor's Choice: Waterbirds papers on molt patterns and nomenclature in ducks

Aug 01 2013 10:02 AM | Stephanie Jones in Editor's Choice: Waterbirds

Waterbirds Editor Stephanie Jones summarizes an exchange about molt patterns and nomenclature in ducks, and how a clear understanding of molt terminology is critical to our increased understanding of molt strategies in birds. Full text articles are provided courtesy of the Waterbird Society!

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New wildlife biology training module for animal welfare

Jul 19 2013 03:20 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council, the American Society of Mammalogists, and others have developed a wildlife-specific module for the training required under the Animal Welfare Act. If your university or institution provides online training from CITI, look for this module and encourage your IACUC members to take it out for a spin, too!

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Editor's Choice, Auk volume 130 issue 2

Jun 24 2013 08:51 AM | MIchael Murphy in Editor's Choice: The Auk

The Auk Editor Michael T. Murphy offers his choice for must-read articles in the most recent issue of the Auk. In this issue, he highlights recent advances in the understanding of long-distance migration using archival light-level geolocators.

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OC 2014 Small Grants Call for Proposals / Solicitud de Propuestas

May 24 2013 06:46 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council is pleased to call for proposals for the 2014 round of grants to be made under the OC Small Grants Program.
El Consejo Ornitologíco se complace en la convocatoria de propuestas para el 2014 ronda de subvenciones que se harán en el marco del Programa de Pequeñas Subvenciones del OC.

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Update on AOU/COS task forces: opportunities and new directions for ornithological societies

Apr 23 2013 11:51 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

AOU President Sue Haig reports on the efforts of the joint task forces considering new directions, opportunities, and structures for ornithological societies...

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It’s official! Federal employees (when they return from furlough…) may serve on boards of scientific societies

Mar 06 2013 09:42 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

It's been a LONG time in coming, but it is now final and official: federally employed scientists can now serve on the boards of ornithological and other scientific societies without fear of going to the pokey!

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MBTA Permits: Practical suggestions for the ornithologist

Mar 01 2013 09:17 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

If you need an MBTA permit, the time to apply is...NOW! Do you need one? What should you do to make the process go quickly and smoothly?

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New U.S. Federal Policy on Access to Publicly Funded Research - Publications and Data

Feb 25 2013 02:22 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

The White House has ordered federal agencies to develop plans to increase public access to federally funded research, including literature and data. How will this affect you and your scientific society? Read on...

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Editor's Choice, Auk volume 130 number 1

Feb 08 2013 03:19 PM | MIchael Murphy in Editor's Choice: The Auk

The editor of The Auk highlights two articles from the most recent issue that deserve special attention. The articles for this issue are: Assessing migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) at broad spatial and temporal scales by Jason R. Courter, Ron J. Johnson, William C. Bridges, and Kenneth G. Hubbard and Life-history tradeoffs in Spotted Owls (Strix occidentalis): Implications for assessment of territory quality by M. Zachariah Peery and R. J. Gutiérrez

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North American Ornithological Societies Join Publication Efforts Historic Vote Re-defines Roles of The Auk and The Condor

Dec 20 2012 10:15 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Auk and The Condor - new plan, new focus...better than ever! The American Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society work together to provide a better publication model for ornithological research.

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NSF gives official recognition to Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research

Dec 03 2012 09:08 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Ornithologists applying for and receiving NSF grants can now be assured that the animal welfare guide written by and for ornithologists has been officially accepted by NSF as the appropriate standard for Animal Welfare Act compliance. The National Science Foundation has revised its Grant Proposal Guide to recognize Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research as an official reference document for Animal Welfare Act compliance. This publication, along with similar guides for mammals, fishes, and herpetofauna, was first created – at the prompting of and with funding from NSF but it was not accepted by any federal agency as an official standard... until now.

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It Takes A Flock.... Please Renew Your Society Membership Today

Nov 06 2012 10:02 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? What if you woke up one day and realized that your ornithological society was gone? If only you'd renewed your membership!

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