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  1. I am the new book review editor for the Wilson Journal of Ornithology. We have developed a bit of a backlog of books that need to be reviewed, thus, I need some help. Please consider becoming a book review for the WJO. Start by getting in touch with me and letting me know what sort of books you feel qualified to review. I’ll respond by sending you a list of the books we currently have available, if one of the books appeals to you, send me a note stating such and some reasons why you would be a good reviewer for that particular book. If it seems like a good match, I will send you the book for review, and you get to keep the book! You then will need to send me (a few weeks later) a review done in the proper format (which I will provide). Each review will be eligible for the Storrs Olson Prize that is given to the best book review in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology each year. If you would like to be considered as a book reviewer in the future but cannot do so at this time, send me a note that states this interest and your general fields of expertise, and I will put you on my list of active book reviewers. All queries and requests should be emailed to John Faaborg at FaaborgJ@missouri.edu. JOHN FAABORG Editor Division of Biological Sciences University of Missouri-Columbia 110 Tucker Hall Columbia, MO 65211-7400 E-mail: FaaborgJ@missouri.edu
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    Outcome of AOU Mid-Year Council Meeting

    The representatives are listed here.
  3. Dear AOU Member: As promised, I would like to keep you up to date on planning efforts for the Society for Ornithology. You may recall that we had a Council meeting in Dallas this past February and met with presidents of the other ornithological societies in the Americas to present a vision for SFO. We requested these societies indicate an interest to further plan SFO by 15 April. As a result, the Cooper Ornithological Society, Association of Field Ornithologists, and Waterbird Society have joined us in our planning efforts between now and the NAOC in August. Participation in planning does not indicate a commitment to join SFO. Rather, it indicates an interest to develop the society. Representatives to SFO for AOU include: Sue Haig (governance), Stan Senner (governance), Tom Martin (publications), and Jim Herkert (finances) There will be several opportunities for AOU members to hear presentations and voice support or concern for SFO at the NAOC. Thus, please be sure to come to Vancouver. In the meantime, please contact me or committee members if you have questions or points to discuss. Sincerely, John Faaborg President American Ornithologists' Union
  4. One of the most accomplished ornithologists in North America and one of our most dedicated members, John W Fitzpatrick’s (“Fitz”) record of service to the American Ornithologists’ Union, his professional home society, has been exemplary. With greatest appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the AOU, the Executive Committee proudly chose John Fitzpatrick as the 2011 recipient of the Marion Jenkinson Service Award. Fitz joined the AOU membership as an undergraduate student at Harvard University in 1972. He became an Elective Member in 1979 and Fellow in 1986. He received the Brewster Medal (with Glen Woolfenden) in 1985 for their landmark studies on endangered populations of the Florida Scrub Jay. Fitz is the youngest ornithologist to receive this prestigious research award of the AOU (CHECK THIS!} The AOU continues to benefit from Fitz’s many published contributions, eminent participation in the scientific programs of our annual meetings, and his distinguished accomplishments in bird conservation. Generous partnerships with the AOU have accompanied his leadership roles at the Field Museum of Natural History, as Executive Director of the Archibold Research Station (1988-1995), and as Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As just one example, Fitz served on the managing board of the AOU’s encyclopedic Birds of North America project (BNA), converted BNA to an on-line public resource of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and then donated access to BNA to the AOU as a premier benefit of membership. Fitz has served with distinction in the governance of the AOU for 30 years, culminating in President (2000-2002) and continuing as Life Councilor (2002- present). As chair of the Committee of Investing Trustees (1989- present), Fitz has guided the long term financial health of the AOU for 22 years. Fitz’s other formal service roles at the AOU included three stints as Elected Councilor (1981-1984; 1985-88; 1991-94), Chair of the 100th Annual Meeting (1982) and Member of Committee on Classification and Nomenclature (1983-1998). John Fitzpatrick’s many contributions to the AOU set the highest possible standards for us all and a model for professional service by the next generation. Thanks Fitz. Award criteria.—The Marion A. Jenkinson AOU Service Award was created by the Council in 1996 to honor Marion Jenkinson Mengel, who served the AOU as treasurer and in other capacities for many years. It is awarded to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the AOU, including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteered contributions and committee participation. Recipients are selected by the AOU Executive Committee. The award consists of a framed certificate.
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