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The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is one of the world's major societies of professional and non-professional ornithologists. The AFO is dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of information about birds in their natural habitats. Founded in 1922 as the New England Bird Banding Association, the AFO shortly thereafter became the Northeastern Bird-Banding Association. This origin has promoted an emphasis on bird banding and other field techniques. Our geographic focus is the Western Hemisphere, with contributions to the ornithology of the Neotropics particularly encouraged. Our publications reflect these goals. AFO has also always encouraged the participation of non-professionals in research, and emphasizes the conservation biology of birds.


All members of the AFO receive the following:


• the quarterly Journal of Field Ornithology with online access for available to all members

AFO Afield, the association's biannual newsletter

• the bimonthly Ornithological Newsletter

• an invitation to the AFO annual meeting

• discounts on mist nets and other banding and research equipment


In addition, student and non-professional members can apply for research grants including the E. Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Research Awards and the Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award.


If you are interested in field ornithology, please consider becoming a member of AFO today.

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