The Airborne Hunting Act applies to "any contrivance used for flight in the air" and prohibits "harassment" which is defined as "disturb, worry, molest, rally, concentrate, harry, chase, drive, herd, or torment."
Does this mean that ornithologists can't use small unmanned aircraft (SUA) to study birds?
IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR A STATE PERMIT TO USE DRONES (A STAND-ALONE PERMIT OR AS PART OF YOUR STATE SCIENTIFIC COLLECTING PERMIT, PLEASE CONTACT THE ORNITHOLOGICAL COUNCIL.
We want to hear about your experience, particularly if you were NOT working collaboratively with a state or federal agency.
Field season is right around the corner! If you haven't already applied for your permits/renewals, do it ASAP.
ANNOUNCING THE NEW & IMPROVED
Lots of great, updated content and key resources for ornithologists
GOOD NEWS: From the Chronicle on Higher Education, 12/14:
A legislative provision that would have effectively taxed tuition waivers used by graduate students to offset their educational costs will not be in the final tax package in Congress, Bloomberg reports. A House-Senate conference committee met on Wednesday to discuss the compromise bill, which Republican leaders hope to put on President Trump’s desk as soon as possible.
From Inside Higher Ed:
Senate and House negotiators meeting this week to craft compromise tax-reform legislation plan to exclude from a final bill some controversial proposals affecting students and colleges, according to multiple reports.
Lawmakers from the two chambers of Congress agreed to drop provisions that would treat graduate student tuition benefits as taxable income and repeal student loan interest deductions. Both provisions were included in House tax legislation passed last month but left out of a bill that narrowly cleared the Senate Dec. 2.
Also said to be OUT OF THE FINAL BILL: the elimination of student loan interest deductions
Ornithologist John Wingfield calls for the use of wildlife-appropriate standards in review of wildlife research.
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.
Waterbirds Editor's Choice: Loon Research and Conservation in North America Waterbirds 37 (Special Publication I)
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
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.
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 still a bargain ...
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!
The incredible shrinkage of Department of the Interior and its constituent agencies - heading for the endangered species list?
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)
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)
AOU President Sue Haig reports on the efforts of the joint task forces considering new directions, opportunities, and structures for ornithological societies...
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, federal agencies must obtain approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget whenever the agency wants to collect information from 10 or more members of the public. That includes permit application forms. Every three years, the agencies must request renewal of the OMB approval and when they do so, the public is afforded a chance to comment on the forms themselves and the burden imposed on those who must use the forms.
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!
Those planning to use geolocators on songbirds should take note of this critical new research.
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.
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.
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.
Join an ornithological society. Today. A tool as essential as your binoculars!
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.
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.
All sorts of handwritten notes from illustrious ornithologists are now on the web. You can help to make them more accessible!
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