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NAOC 2020 cancelled; scaled-down virtual NAOC, taking form to be held during the week of August 10th

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The NAOC Steering Committee has canceled the in-person North American Ornithological Conference planned for Puerto Rico this August, due to concerns over health and safety. In its place, there will be a scaled-down virtual NAOC, taking form to be held during the week of August 10th.


An Important Announcement

23 April 2020

After weighing a range of options due to our concern for the health and safety of our attendees and the people of Puerto Rico, the NAOC Steering Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person North American Ornithological Conference planned for San Juan this August.

This likely comes as no surprise given the global impact of COVID-19, and we know you share our disappointment that we will not be able to gather in-person this summer to reach across borders and connect with old colleagues, meet new ones, and share our important science. However, we are excited to announce our path forward, which will provide an opportunity for members of the ornithological community to connect virtually and present their science this summer and convene in Puerto Rico in a future year once it is possible to do so.

NAOC host societies will host a virtual meeting the week of August 10. We hope that most people who submitted abstracts for the in-person NAOC will opt to keep their abstracts under consideration for the virtual meeting. Details are still being finalized, but we anticipate a registration cost in the range of $75 or less.

If you registered for NAOC, a full refund will be made automatically; registration for the virtual meeting will be handled separately. You will receive a message shortly confirming your registration cancellation and refund. (If you have already booked hotel reservations etc., you will need to cancel those separately.) If you submitted an abstract, you will hear from us within two weeks to confirm your interest in continuing with a virtual presentation.

We’re excited about the opportunities that a virtual meeting will offer, and we are hard at work figuring out the details. Please stay tuned for more news and updates as our plans for the virtual NAOC develop!

2021 meetings will go forward as planned. Postponing NAOC to 2021 was not an option, as many NAOC host societies already have plans in place with other venues for their 2021 meetings. Next year’s meetings are scheduled as follows:

American Ornithological Society & Society of Canadian Ornithologists: London, Ontario, 22–29 August 2021

Association of Field Ornithologists: South America (specific location to be determined), early August 2021

Birds Caribbean: Trinidad, late July 2021

British Ornithologists’ Union: University of Nottingham, 31 March–1 April 2021

CIPAMEX: Pachuca, Mexico, October or November 2021 (tentative)

Neotropical Ornithological Society: No 2021 meeting (next NOS Congress will be 2023)

Waterbird Society: South Florida, late October/early November 2021 (tentative; a 2020 meeting is also planned for 10–14 November in Clear Lake, Texas)

Wilson Ornithological Society: Albany, New York, April 2021

AOS will host its annual meeting in Puerto Rico in 2022 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan from June 27 to July 1, to convene ornithologists from throughout the world in the Caribbean. More details will be forthcoming over the next year as plans develop.

We want to thank the entire ornithological community for your patience and support as we’ve grappled with this unprecedented situation. We look forward to continuing to connect with you virtually this summer as well as in person in the future.

With gratitude,

The NAOC Steering Committee

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