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.
Pinned Fifty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithological Society’s Check-list of North American Birds
The 17th supplement to the seventh edition of the Checklist of North America Birds has been published in the Auk.
Those planning to use geolocators on songbirds should take note of this critical new research.
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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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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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.
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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The American Ornithological Society has FLEDGED!
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.
Penultimate step in the merger process (next up: AOU Fellows will vote at the NAOC).
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.
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.
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
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)
Pinned The Condor: Ornithological Applications:: New Studies - Published Open Access - Highlight Energy Development’s Impact on Birds
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.
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.
Make sure your IACUC knows about this!
Pinned Give the government a piece of your mind! Ornithological societies to offer "curated" legislative alert system
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!
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!
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.
Pinned Highly pathogenic avian influenza: how it will affect ornithologists in Canada, the United States, and Mexico
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!"
Pinned USFWS to issue programmatic environmental impact statement on incidental take of MBTA species
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.
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.
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!
In addition to submitting comments, you might also want to send a copy of your comments to your Representative and Senators!
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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