The American Ornithological Society has FLEDGED!
Ready, set, RENEW! and more ... from the new American Ornithological Society!
The incredible shrinkage of Department of the Interior and its constituent agencies - heading for the endangered species list?
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.
American Ornithologists' Union. It is a plural possessive. How many times have you seen that apostrophe placed before the "s"?
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?
MAJOR UPDATE AUGUST 2017: This August 2017 update incorporates important changes resulting from a Memorandum of Agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health that calls for OLAW to oversee animal welfare compliance for NSF-funded research. To help IACUCs and researchers determine how the two animal welfare laws apply to wildlife research conducted in the U.S. (or outside the U.S. with funding from U.S. funding agencies), we have incorporated a comprehensive explanation that has been reviewed and approved by both OLAW and NSF. That statement, which was reviewed and approved by both OLAW and NSF, is found in Appendix B.
Update August 2016: Error in discussion of pain and suffering categories (Attachment A) has been corrected.
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.
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)
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!
Darwin wasn't an ornithologist, but surely he deserves a posthumous award!
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!
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
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.
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!"
Yes? Then join an ornithological society today!
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.
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 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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