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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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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!

Author: Ellen Paul
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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?

Author: Ellen Paul
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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...

Author: Ellen Paul
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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.

Author: Ellen Paul
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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

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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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!


When you join a society or renew your OSNA membership via Membersuite (2018 registration begins October 9), please remember the OC. Visit the donations page to make a contribution.

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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.

Author: Ellen Paul
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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.

Author: Ellen Paul
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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.

Author: John Marzluff
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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.

Author: Katie Koch
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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.

Author: Susan Haig (chair), Bonnie Bowen, Jed Burtt, John Fitzpatrick, Frank Gill, Dylan Kesler, Thomas Martin, Brian Olsen, Amanda Rodewald, Stan Senner, and Jeffrey Walters
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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.

Author: John Faaborg, Scott Johnson, Kim Sullivan , Jorge Perez-Eman, Erica Nol, and Bob Beason
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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?

Author: Mercedes Foster
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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!

Author: Ellen Paul
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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!

Author: Ellen Paul
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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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