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  • Association of Field Ornithologists

    Chris Merkord
    • Translated Name
      Asociación de Ornitólogos de Campo
    • Acronym
    • Website
    • Geographic Scope
    • Biogeographical Realm
      , Nearctic, Neotropic,
    • Country
      , United States,
    • Status

    The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is one of the world's major societies of professional and amateur ornithologists 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, AFO shortly thereafter became the Northeastern Bird-Banding Association. This origin promoted an emphasis on bird banding and field techniques, always with field studies as a focus. Field studies continue to be a focus and, with the new techniques in molecular ecology, bioacoustics technology, and behavioral ecology now available, field studies of birds are approaching ever new questions. AFO encourages the participation of amateurs in research, and emphasizes the conservation biology of birds.


    The AFO publishes the Journal of Field Ornithology and prides itself as serving as a bridge between the professional and the amateur ornithologist. The organization's membership and governing council consist of both amateur and professional ornithologists, in recognition of the contributions that both make to ornithology.




    Asociación de Ornitólogos de Campo (AOC) es una sociedad de ornitólogos profesionales y aficionados dedicados al estudio científico de las aves y a la diseminación de la información sobre estas. Fue fundada en 1922 como la New England Birding-banding Association y poco después se convirtió convirtiendose en la Northeast Bird-banding Association la AOC continua fomentando el anillamiento de aves y el desarrollo de técnicas de campo. Además, la AOC fomenta la participación de amateurs aficionados a la en investigación científica y enfatiza la biología de la conservación de las aves.


    El área de interés geográfico de la AOC es el Hemisferio Occidental, fomentando especialmente las contribuciones a la ornitología de los Neotrópicos. Las reuniones anuales de la Asociación y su revista trimestral Journal of Field Ornithology reflejan estos objetivos.


    Adicionalmente, AFO fomenta la participación de amateurs en investigación y enfatiza la biología de la conservación en aves. Esperamos poder realzar aun más nuestras conferencias con una mayor participación de amateurs y estudiantes a través de la organización de sesiones “uno a uno” con ornitólogos profesionales entre nuestros miembros.

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