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Waterbird Society 2012-2013 Committee and Officer Reports

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August 2013


Hello members of the Waterbird Society,


Within a few weeks we’ll be meeting in Wilhelmshaven Germany for scientific sessions, networking and conversation.  I’m writing to share my views on the status of the Waterbird Society, and to direct your attention to draft reports from our officers and committee chairs that detail activities during the past year and outline objectives for 2013-2014.  These are posted on the Waterbird Society website (www.waterbirds.org) and at our membership forum on Ornithology Exchange (http://ornithologyexchange.org/forums/).   


An assessment of our work over the past year shows us to be an active, healthy, and forward-looking society of waterbird scientists and conservationists.  In 2012, the Society conducted its annual general and business meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia as part of the North American Ornithological Conference.  Over the past twelve months, we produced four issues of Waterbirds and transitioned to the leadership of a new editor.  We provided financial assistance to students attending our meeting and to early career scientists through our Kushlan and Nisbet Awards.  Electronic voting was introduced during 2013; all members are urged to cast your ballots by 22 September.  Finally, we are pleased to report that sound management of the Society’s finances has positioned us to institute a special grants program in 2014. 


The Society remains strong financially and focused on executing our mission through engaging scientific meetings, our high quality journal, and by fostering waterbird science in students and internationally.  As business models for professional societies continue to shift in response to electronic publishing, the leadership of the Society will monitor trends in membership, manuscript submission rates, and meeting attendance to maximize the impact of our organization.


I invite you to peruse the Society’s reports which attest to our sound financial status, the reach of our journal, and our commitment to mentoring students.  These reports and our plans for 2014 will be finalized at the upcoming meeting in Germany.


In Wilhelmshaven, you’ll find that our Local and Scientific Program Committees have planned a vibrant agenda for our annual meeting that will be held in conjunction with the International Wader Study Group.  The scientific program includes six distinguished plenary speakers, six symposia and numerous sessions.  Field trips to the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site are planned.  Participants from more than twenty countries are registered to take part in the joint meeting. 


Looking ahead to 2014, please plan to join your colleagues 5-8 November in La Paz, Mexico for the 38th meeting of the Waterbird Society.   


Warm regards,

Katharine C. Parsons, President


WBS Archives Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Bylaws Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Conservation Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Editor's Report_2013.pdf

WBS Finance and Investment Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Future Meetings Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Membership Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Nominating Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Outreach and Communications Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Publications Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Recognition Awards Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Research Awards Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Secretary's Report_2013.pdf

WBS Student Activities Committee Report_2013.pdf

WBS Treasurer's Report Appendices_2013.pdf

WBS Finance and Investment Committee-2013 Investment Report.pdf

WBS Treasurer's Report_2013.pdf

WBS Future Meetings Committee-2014 Meeting La Paz, Mexico.pdf

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Hello all,  attached are the draft 2012 Council Meeting minutes from Vancouver.  These will be finalized in Wilhelmshaven next week.  Please email Clay Green (claygreen@txstate.edu)or me (katharinecparsons@gmail.com) with questions, comments.  Thanks!

WBS Council Meeting Minutes_DRAFT Aug 2012.docx

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