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.
The membership database for the Association of Field Ornithologists, Raptor Research Foundation, Wilson Ornithological Society and (soon to be) American Ornithological Society (formerly AOU and COS), will move to a new membership management system, MemberSuite. This new system will provide members with access to services that you have come to expect from OSNA, such as the ability to renew all your OSNA memberships with one visit to the site, as well as new services such as automatic membership renewals and registration for meetings.
The 2017 Membership Renewal Season for these four OSNA societies will begin in late November or early December 2016. Members will receive an email inviting them to go to the MemberSuite portal to renew. If your email address is not on record with OSNA or if you do not renew in early December, you will receive a printed copy of the OSNA renewal form in late December. As in the past, you will receive several reminder emails and printed renewal notices during the Renewal Season if you have not renewed.
The MemberSuite membership portal will allow you to update and add personal and professional information to your individual profile. MemberSuite will also serve as the portal for meeting and event registration, abstract submissions, grant and award applications, voting, and other annual society activities. Instructions will be provided on the website and in emails.
The Waterbird Society will not participate in MemberSuite. Waterbird Society renewals will still be handled by Schneider Group, aka "sgmeet." In fact, you should have already received your Waterbird Society renewal notice by e-mail. Waterbird Society members can (and should) renew online here: https://www.sgmeet.com/ws/membership/memberlogin.asp.
Note that the Waterbird Society renewal form does not include an option to contribute to the Ornithological Council. Although the member societies provide the greater part of the funding needed to maintain the Ornithological Council, the contributions of individual members is also essential. If you are a member of the Waterbird Society but not any of the societies that will offer renewal through MemberSuite, you can contribute to the OC via PayPal (button on the BIRDNET website) or by check payable to the Ornithological Council, mailed to 6512 E. Halbert Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817.