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Pinned  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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Pinned  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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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  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  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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Pinned  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. There could be a government shut-down as of April 29.



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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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AOS ISO LOGO!

Sep 30 2016 09:46 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

New merged Society, New Look!

The AOU and COS are merging to form a new society to serve ornithologists and advance ornithology in the 21st Century. Along with our new name, American Ornithological Society (AOS), and our new brand, American Ornithology, we want a new image to reflect who we are and what we are about!


Can you design a new logo? We invite you to submit original artwork and concepts to the AOS, whether they are hand-drawn illustrations or well-polished graphics files.



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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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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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Stay in the loop for NAOC VI (Washington DC August 2016)

Jun 16 2015 12:31 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Are you ready for NAOC VI? Keep up-to-date with announcements, deadlines, and more by visiting the website and registering for news and updates.

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Get ready for NAOC VI!

Jun 15 2015 05:42 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

August 2016 is just around the corner! Sign up for updates!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Announcing the Ornithology Exchange Journal Club

Aug 12 2013 01:45 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Join in a lively discussion of a paper published in the Wilson Journal reporting gaudy juvenile plumage in two neotropical forest species. Just what does it mean?

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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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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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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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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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AOU Virtual Town Hall on the New NSF BIO Proposal Review Process

Nov 07 2012 12:42 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Speak out on the new NSF BIO proposal submission and review policy:
  • How has it affected you?
  • Give us your suggestions for improvements that would help NSF to address your concerns.


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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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Ornithological Council small grants program: Call for Proposals

Jun 08 2012 07:29 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The Ornithological Council is pleased to issue a Call for Proposals for a new small grants program to fund conservation-oriented research in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Ornithological Council programa de pequeñas subvenciones para investigación: solicitud de propuestas. El Consejo de Ornitología se complace en publicar una convocatoria de propuestas para un nuevo programa de pequeñas donaciones para financiar la conservación orientado a la investigación en México, el Caribe, América Central y América del Sur. DEADLINE AUGUST 1.

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Comments Solicited for Emerging Plan to Initiate SFO

May 29 2012 07:55 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Feedback for the SFO planning committee:

The new SFO planning committee is preparing the documents that will describe what the new organization is intended to be, what it will do, and how it will function. When drafts are available for comment, they will be posted here, and we hope you will join the discussion in this forum. The governance subcommittee has released a draft for comment and would like to have your feedback. Read more about it here and join the discussion.

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Confidential survey for bird banders

May 14 2012 05:16 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Help us help you by answering a short survey about your experiences in obtaining banding permits.

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Thinking Critically About "A Vision for the Society for Ornithology"

May 09 2012 11:40 AM | John Marzluff in Community

Are you aware of the consequences to governance and editorial boards for American ornithology that would occur if our current societies merged into a single Society for Ornithology? Are corporate leaders appropriate board members for a scientific society? Do you think our financial situations warrant an immediate action toward the new society? Please take the time to think critically about what our pending decisions may mean for American ornithology by reading the following thought piece.

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Meet the Avian Knowledge Alliance

Apr 12 2012 01:41 PM | Katie Koch in Community

The Avian Knowledge Alliance (AKA) is an international group of organizations dedicated to amassing, caretaking, and communicating knowledge gained from the study of birds.

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A Vision for The Society for Ornithology

Mar 12 2012 02:30 PM | Sue Haig in Community

The SFO Vision Statement below represents the initial efforts to plan the Society for Ornithology. The document was prepared over the past year by senior ornithologists from across North America. It will now be used by a new committee comprised of 4 representatives from each of the ornithological societies in the Americas interested in helping further plan SFO.

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Strategic Planning for the Proposed Society for Ornithology

Feb 24 2012 02:20 PM | Sue Haig in Community

At a meeting held in Dallas, TX, 10-11 February 2012, the SFO Committee met with the AOU Council and presidents of the AFO, SCO/SOC, COS, NOS, and WOS to explore avenues to re-vitalize ornithology and its professional organization. After two days of discussion, the group elected to move forward by developing a structure for a Society for Ornithology that will result in dissolving the original Committee to make way for a new committee with equal representation from all interested ornithological societies.

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Follow the ongoing Society for Ornithology discussions

Feb 09 2012 05:37 PM | Chris Merkord in Community

As the number of articles, discussions, and files related to the prospective Society for Ornithology grows, we wanted to provide an index to every article and post on the subject. Latest update 11 October 2012
  • Letters from the AFO and COS presidents to their societies
  • Report from WOS president regarding AOU-COS task forces
Provide Your Feedback. A new forum where you can provide feedback regarding the proposed Society for Ornithology.

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Another way forward? An alternative to the SFO that societies have considered...

Feb 09 2012 01:42 PM | Mercedes Foster in Community

Societies, and perhaps their members, will soon be called on to comment on the business plan being developed by the Society for Ornithology committee this weekend (Feb.11-12) in Texas. As they ponder that plan, perhaps they should also consider alternatives to the SFO, a bold measure with sweeping consequences for ornithology and for the ornithological societies. Might there be other ways to address the concerns that motivate the SFO proposal, while retaining the identity, history, and culture of the individual societies?

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Time to apply for permits & permit renewal

Jan 26 2012 12:45 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Yes, it is only February, but now is the time to apply for new permits or for permit renewal...you will be glad you did!

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Pending legislation would undermine grant review process

Jan 18 2012 03:45 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Legislation is pending in the House of Representatives that would require the public release of sensitive information regarding peer review of federal grants.

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NIH adopts Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: Eighth Edition

Dec 01 2011 04:17 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

You really want to read this if you need to obtain protocol approval from an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee!

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Update on Society for Ornithology business plan

Nov 15 2011 08:00 AM | Sue Haig in Community

We are writing to update the ornithological community on our efforts to develop a business plan for the Society for Ornithology. We understand that lack of details at this point can be frustrating. However, we are working as quickly and thoughtfully as we can so that soon you will have a better idea of what we are proposing and be able to comment on it. (6 comments)

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AOU and Other Societies to Evolve Into New Society for Ornithology

Aug 05 2011 03:45 PM | Sue Haig in Community

In a unanimous vote at the July 2011 annual meeting, the AOU Council approved a motion to move forward with planning to form a new society, with ultimate hopes of uniting and strengthening Western Hemisphere ornithology. The plan could involve a merger of AOU and one or more other ornithological societies into a western hemisphere ornithological society tentatively named the Society for Ornithology.

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New chief for USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management

Jun 17 2011 05:31 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

Mr. Brad Bortner has been selected as the new Chief for the Division of Migratory Bird Management. Brad currently serves as Chief of the Division of Migratory Birds and Habitat Programs in Region 1. During his tenure, Brad has been involved with numer...

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