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  1. 2013 Meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists at Archbold Biological Station The annual meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists will be held at Archbold Biological Station, in Venus, Florida, located on the geologically and biologically significant Lake Wales Ridge of south-central Florida, March 27-30, 2013. Archbold Biological Station is a not-for-profit independent research institution dedicated to long-term ecological research, education, and conservation focused on understanding, interpreting and preserving the organisms and environments of Lake Wales Ridge and adjacent central Florida. The meeting will be held in Archbold’s new Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center and the Adrian Archbold Lodge. These new buildings, each are LEED® Platinum certified, the highest green building certification possible. The buildings are a world-class showcase of sustainability in action and serve as a gateway for the public to the Florida scrub, blending the outdoors and indoors, reflecting the surrounding natural beauty. Many elements of the green design were inspired by the surrounding Florida scrub ecosystem: a place where plants and animals survive by conserving energy and water. We invite AFO members and all interested ornithologists to flee the last remnants of winter and join us in Florida, near the peak of the nesting season. We also welcome submissions for oral presentations and posters. Please visit our meeting web site http://www.archbold-station.org/station/html/events/meetings.html for the general meeting announcement and the call for papers and links to Registration Forms, Abstract Submission Guidelines, and Guidelines for Student Travel Awards. The AFO offers Travel Awards to defray costs of attending the meeting. Students at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD level will be eligible to apply for a Travel Award. In addition, individuals who have recently completed their degree requirements, in the spring or summer of 2012, will be eligible to apply. Awards will be determined through a competitive process among applicants intending to present work associated with each of several educational levels (undergraduate, MS, PhD). Decisions of the Student Travel Awards Committee will be based on evidence of eligibility in the application, and on clarity, completeness, scientific merit, and originality of the research to be presented, as detailed in the expanded abstract. Please see the link to the Travel Award Guidelines and required cover page on the AFO meeting web site (link above). The Association of Field Ornithologists also operates a non-profit Banding Supplies business, run by ornithologists, for ornithologists. For over 60 years, our goal is to make sure that ornithologists always had access to high quality, reasonably priced mist nets and other ornithological equipment. Profits from the business have been put toward supporting ornithological research. Last year, sales of banding supplies contributed to nearly $10,000 in Bergstrom Research Awards made to ten students and non-professionals in Latin America, the US, and Canada. Working with Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, we provide mist nets of the highest quality available. Cheaper nets can be found, but of much lower quality, and/or are manufactured to supply unethical bird traders. AFO sells nets only for scientific purposes and only to individuals and institutions that are permitted to use them. In addition to mist nets and pliers, AFO Banding Supplies currently offers wing rules, scales, magnifiers, calipers, leg gauges, and bags. Please consider obtaining your field supplies from the AFO and take advantage of the 10% member discount. Visit us at: http://www.afonet.org/banding/index.html
  2. A new meeting has been added to the Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida, is pleased to host the 2013 meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists. Archbold Biological Station is a non-profit research facility devoted to long-term ecological research and conservation of the organisms and environments of the Lake Wales Ridge, an ancient, sandy ecosystem of south-central Florida and a biodiversity hotspot of rare and endemic species. Central Florida is known for many birding specialties, several with western-affinities such as Florida Scrub-Jay, Crested Caracara, Sandhill Cranes, and Burrowing Owls. By the end of March, many species with Caribbean affinities, such as White-crowned Pigeons, Gray Kingbirds, and Black-whiskered Vireos, can be found in the southern portions of Florida (2-3 hours) and fall-outs during spring migration along the Gulf Coast at places like Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County can be spectacular. In addition, the breeding season of the Florida Scrub-Jay, as well as many other local species, will be in full swing… we might offer the opportunity for a working holiday by asking volunteers to help find nests! The research on scrub-jays at Archbold is one of the longest, continuous studies of a marked population of birds in the world. Archbold Biological Station protects 5,193-acres of globally significant Florida scrub. Other Archbold divisions are our working ranch, the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (10,500 acres) and the restoration landscape of the Archbold Reserve (3,648 acres). All of these sites offer excellent opportunities for birding. Locally, we also have great birding locations, such as Highlands Hammock State Park and Avon Park Air Force Range, site of Archbold’s research on several listed species such as the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. A vast diversity of ecosystems occur within 2-3 hours of Archbold, including Florida Dry Prairie, the Everglades, the Florida Keys and their hammocks and reefs, Ocala National Forest and it’s amazing springs….not to mention world-famous attractions for the entire family, such as Disney World, Sea World, Busch Gardens and Universal Studios among many that are within 2 hours. The meeting will be held in Archold’s new LEED Platinum Lodge and Learning Center. Attendees will have opportunities to meet Archbold scientists, tour our labs and learn about our diverse research. We will offer morning bird walks, and post-meeting field trips, in addition to suggestions for self-guided trips. Housing on-station is limited, shared, but inexpensive; however, there are several nearby (5-6 miles) hotels. We will offer a catered meal plan whether you stay on the station or at a hotel. Lake Placid has a variety of restaurants, but we encourage everyone to sign up for meals. Lodging and meal costs should be relatively inexpensive. Registration and a call for papers will be available soon. The best part is that it is winter or very early spring most everywhere (i.e. still cold), but it will be summer here! For more information, contact the Local Committee Chair at rbowman@archbold-station.org. For more information about Archbold Biological Station, visit www.archbold-station.org. Click here to view the meeting
  3. Curtis Adkisson passed away earlier this month. Curtis was a faculty member at Virginia Tech for 30 years and the curator of birds for most of his career. Curtis began coming to Archbold Biological Station in the early 1990s and began research on the caching behavior of blue jays. He was especially interested in the role played by blue jays in the re-colonization of oaks into nearby disturbed habitats, especially orange groves. He did radio telemetry on blue jays, examining their movement patterns during acorn season and banded many blue-jays, some of which are still in the area. Curtis was a pilot and often flew to Florida, landing at local airport and riding a folding bicycle to Archbold. In later years, he kept an old Bronco here for his field work. Curtis took a keen interest in Archbold, especially its founder Richard Archbold, who also was a pilot, naturalist and explorer. Curtis wrote a brief history of Richard Archbold's plane, Guba, used on expeditions through the south Pacific in the 1930s. Curtis was an enjoyable colleague and was always fun to have around. He has been and will be missed, as I am sure his numerous students feel as well. Summary of Curtis’s career at Virginia Tech http://www.biol.vt.edu/owls/adkisson.html Reed Bowman
  4. Instructions for submitting an application for a 2012 AOU Research Award are now available and can be accessed on the AOU homepage (URL: http://www.aou.org/awards/research/). Questions can be directed to the Chair of the AOU Research Awards Committee either by e-mail (rbowman@archbold-station.org ) or by regular mail: REED BOWMAN, Avian Ecology Lab, Archbold Biological Station, 123 Main Dr., Venus, FL 33960. We have moved to a completely on-line application process. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully, including the naming of your application file. Applications that do not adhere strictly to the submission guidelines will not be evaluated. The completed application must be uploaded by 01 February 2012.
  5. I might suggest a different name for the committee... AOU 20XX makes thispotentiallygreat new initiative seem very AOU centric. True that AOU is pushing this forward, but this concept only works if all socieities get on-board and some of these smaller societies are already getting sensitive since this was promoted with very little discussion among those society's...many of whom were still unter the impression that "Strengthening Ornithology" was the initiative de jour
  6. The winners of the 2011 AOU Research Awards have been announced. The American Ornithologists’ Union received 132 applications for their 2011 AOU Research Awards. The 30 winners were: Amber Albores, University of Illinois, Factors affecting host selection and host use strategies of Brown-headed Cowbirds Michael Andersen, University of Kansas, Inferring process from pattern: using multi-locus coalescence analysis to investigate an insular avian hybrid zone Elizabeth Beckman, University of New Mexico, Gene flow and phylogenetic history in a rapid continental radiation: the South American siskins Alexandra Bentz, Appalachian State University, Influence of maternal effects on Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) offspring behavior and physiology Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Harvard University, The deep evolutionary and molecular developmental origins of the bird face Pierre-Paul Bitton, University of Windsor, The evolution of trogons (Aves: Trogonidae): Phylogeny and plumage characteristics E. Keith Bowers, Illinois State University, Allocating offspring sex: robust daughters and sensitive sons? Kira Delmore, University of British Columbia, Post-zygotic isolation in a migratory divide between Swainson’s Thrushes Ryan Germain, University of British Columbia, Effects of individual phenotype vs. nest site quality on reproductive success in birds Sarah Goodwin, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Do neighbors matter? Spatial ecology and song performance in Chipping Sparrows Maricel Graña Grilli, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Migration and carry over effects on Antarctic Skuas Julie Hart, University of Vermont, Climate change, premature seed fall, and the decline of crossbills Peter Hosner, University of Kansas, Testing the Pleistocene aggregate island diversification model in the Philippine archipelago Michelle Jusino, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and heartwood infecting fungi: a possible mutualism with conservation implications Kelsey Low, Villanova University, Plumage brightness and reproductive success of male Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) and Black-capped Chickadees (P. atricapillus) in a dynamic hybrid zone James Maley, Louisiana State University, Selection on osmoregulatory genes in the salt glands of King and Clapper rails Matt McKim-Louder, University of Illinois, Post-fledging dispersal of a brood parasite, the Brown-headed Cowbird Emily McKinnon, York University, Carry-over effects of winter ecology on condition and spring migration strategy of Wood Thrush Joseph Niederhauser, University of Central Florida, Habitat differences in nestling survival: maladaptive responses to predators or food limitation? Jessica Oswald, University of Florida, Past and present: The biogeography of Peruvian tropical dry forest passerines Michael Polito, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Oxidative stress and life history trade-offs in penguins Vanya Rohwer, Queen's University, Fitness consequences and selective mechanisms favoring local nest morphologies in Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia); Nathan Senner, Cornell University, Climate change and long-distance migrants Katherine Stryjewski, Boston University, Genomic consequences of sympatry and allopatry in an extraordinary avian radiation Jason Townsend, SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Use of stable isotopes to track mercury bioaccumulation and food web biomagnification in forest-dwelling Catharus thrushes Krystal Tsosie, Arizona State University, Putative role of glucose as a cryo-protective adaptation in birds Deborah Visco, Tulane University, Does nest predation cause declines of understory insectivores in fragmented Neotropical rainforest? Catherine Viverette, Virginia Commonwealth University, A comparative phylogeography and landscape genetic analysis of Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) populations Benjamin Winger, University of Chicago/The Field Museum, Understanding variability in avian speciation across biogeographic barriers Stephanie Wright, The Ohio State University, Innate predispositions in the song learning of Black-capped and Carolina chickadees. Hearty congratulations to all the winners. The Chair also would especially like to thank the committee, Drs, Raoul Boughton, Lynn (Marty) Martin, Brian Peer, Jordon Price, Stephen Pruett-Jones, Scott Robinson, Beth Slikas, Charles Thompson, and Linda Whittingham for their hard work. Each member read over 70 proposals and their high overall quality made the final decisions very difficult. Winners of the 2011 AOU Research Awards (2).pdf
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