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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!

Author: Ornithological Council
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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

Author: Carla Cicero
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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.



Author: Ornithological Council
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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

Author: Ornithological Council
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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!

Author: Ellen Paul
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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...

Author: Ellen Paul
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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 ...

Author: Ellen Paul for the Ornithological Council
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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.

Author: Stephanie Jones
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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!

Author: Ellen Paul
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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.

Author: Sue Haig
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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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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.

Author: Ellen Paul
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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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