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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  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  TUITION REMISSION WOULD BE TAXED!

Nov 07 2017 03:16 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

WRITE YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ASAP! THE HOUSE TAX BILL WOULD TREAT TUITION REMISSION (WAIVERS) AS TAXABLE INCOME. OTHER PROVISIONS IN THE TAX BILL WOULD REDUCE DONATIONS TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND TAX ENDOWMENTS.

 

URGENT! THIS BILL IS MOVING FAST. PLEASE WRITE TODAY. ASK YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, LAB MEMBERS, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES TO WRITE.

 

Update 11/12 - the bill goes to the full House for a vote next week (exact date unknown). The full text of the Senate tax plan has been released. The repeal of the exclusion of tuition remission is NOT in the Senate bill! That increases the chances of having this provision removed when the two bills are reconciled. However, the provision for excise tax on university endowment investment income IS in the Senate bill (also subject to the 250k/student threshold). Further, the repeal of the deduction for student loan interest remains.



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Pinned  Thinking of using geolocators? Read this first.

May 04 2017 02:23 PM | Ellen Paul in Community

Those planning to use geolocators on songbirds should take note of this critical new research.



Author: Ornithological Council
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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  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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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  Serious threat to Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Nov 12 2017 07:10 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The oil and gas industries and others would have a complete pass for the incidental take of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act should the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239) become law.

 

SEC. 207. CLARIFICATION REGARDING LIABILITY UNDER MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT. Section 6 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 707) is amended by adding at the end of the following: ‘‘(e) This Act shall not be construed to prohibit any activity proscribed by section 2 of this Act that is accidental or incidental to the presence or operation of an otherwise lawful activity.’’.



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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 in the American Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Raptor Research Foundation, and the Wilson Ornithological Society. Renewing online is fast and convenient for you and helps the societies to 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  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  It's official!

Dec 20 2016 08:21 AM | Ellen Paul in Community

The American Ornithological Society has FLEDGED!



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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  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  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!"

Author: Ornithological Council
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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!

Author: Ornithological Council
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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  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  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  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  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  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!

Author: Ornithological Council
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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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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.



Author: Ellen Paul
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