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  1. AOU and COS are merging, forming the new American Ornithological Society (AOS) to serve ornithologists and advance ornithology in the 21st century. To go with our new name, we are developing a new image to reflect who we are and what we are about—and we would love to have input from the ornithology community. How do you think our new logo should look? We invite you to submit original AOS logo designs or concepts, whether they are polished graphics files or hand-drawn sketches. The winning design will receive a $500 prize. Deadline: Saturday, 15 October, at midnight EASTERN Submission: Please email your entry to Dr. Mark Hauber at markehauber@gmail.com Please submit an electronic file in jpg, png, gif, ai, or indd file format Submissions must include your name and email address Please include a short description of how the design represents AOS Guidelines: We are looking for a logo or logo concept that captures the essence of AOS as a new organization. Entries will be judged for the style, creativity, and impact of a design that can be used in the web, email, and print materials of AOS. Entries may optionally include the name American Ornithological Society and tagline Advancing Scientific Knowledge and Conservation of Birds. More about AOS: The mission of AOS will not depart from the complementary missions of AOU and COS: to advance the scientific understanding of birds and disseminate ornithological knowledge, to enrich ornithology as a profession and mentor young professionals, and to promote a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. AOS’s vision is to provide an inclusive and stimulating professional home for ornithologists that supports members at every career stage, from students through retirement; to produce scientific publications of the highest quality and make them available to the widest audiences possible; to host intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings; to pursue a global perspective; and to inform public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections. AOS’s long range goals are to: Sustain Scientific Impact Through Financial Support for Ornithological Research Publish the Highest Quality and Openly Accessible Ornithological Research Pursue Excellence in Organizing and Hosting Annual Conferences that Meet the Ever-Changing Needs of Ornithology and Ornithologists Excel In Professional Development for Members at All Stages of Their Careers Recognize and Promote Significant accomplishments in Ornithology Create and Connect a Vibrant Community of Ornithologists Throughout the Americas Individuals serving on the panel of appointed judges are not eligible to submit entries. The contest winner must relinquish all rights to the design to AOS, which will be the sole owner of rights to the design. AOS may employ a graphic designer to finalize the winning design submission into an official logo. Decisions of the judges will be final. Original post: https://amornithnews.com/2016/10/06/logo-contest-new-look-for-merged-society/
  2. COS members have spoken and have overwhelmingly approved the merger with AOU, with upwards of 85 percent in favor. More than 700 members cast ballots, exceeding 55 percent of COS membership. The final step in the decision process will be a vote by AOU Fellows on August 16. Learn more here! [see this post at American Ornithology News.] Brown Pelican by Paul J. Marto, Jr. Marto Photography
  3. Calling all members of the Cooper Ornithological Society: please vote now regarding the proposed merger with the American Ornithologists’ Union! We need to hear from you. Deadline: August 2. Burrowing Owls by travelwayoflife, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons See this post at American Ornithology News.
  4. Members of the Cooper Ornithological Society are voting on the proposed merger with the American Ornithologists’ Union (deadline: August 2). Learn more here: http://americanornithology.org/content/aou-and-cos-merger-status
  5. What has the American Ornithology community been tweeting about all week? Find out in The @AmOrnith Review. See this post at American Ornithology News (and subscribe to stay in the loop!).
  6. What has the American Ornithology community been tweeting about all week? Find out by visiting The @AmOrnith Review (and subscribe for a weekly update!). See this post on American Ornithology News.
  7. Teachers, check out our compilation of educational resources for ornithology, featuring an array of teaching materials and photo collections (plus a pretty cool feather identification website). [See this post on American Ornithology News.] Public Domain via Pixabay
  8. Subscribe to American Ornithology News to stay up to date on news, events, conversations, resources, and opportunities from AOU and COS. American Robins by John James Audubon (detail), Public Domain
  9. Meeting Description: The goal in organizing the Ohio Avian Research Conference is to promote the idea that direct involvement and support of scientific research at multiple levels is necessary for furthering our knowledge of birds for the benefit of their conservation. This conference is an opportunity to bring together professional academic and agency researchers with students and citizen scientists to share their work with one another and with interested audiences seeking new information & potentially new opportunities. Due to the success of last year's conference this year's conference will be even better: •This year's conference will be an official state-level conference of the American Ornithologist's Union (AOU). •Secondly we are working with the Ohio Young Birders Club to highlight more first-hand bird research by high school students. This includes a specially designated oral presentation, and hopefully more poster presentations as well. •Last year over $300 was awarded in student presentation awards to undergraduate and graduate presenters be several different organizations, including the Ohio Biological Survey (OBS). OBS has again committed to offering another student presentation award this year. We are also working to establish an endowed presentation award that will be awarded annually as part of this conference. This award will honor Dr. David Osborne of Miami University, who's previous grad students are considered some of the most successful and leading ornithologists in academia and conservation today ( This award has been set up through the Oxford Ohio Community Foundation. •The keynote presenter this year is Dr. Bernadette Plair of the College of Mt. St. Joseph, in Cincinnati, and the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo. Dr. Plair will be presenting her work on restoring Blue-&-Gold Macaw's back to her native Trinidad, where they had been formerly extirpated In addition to the AOU the Ohio Avian Research Conference 2014 is financially supported by Kaufman Field Guides and Columbus Audubon, and is endorsed by the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI), USFWS in Ohio as well as the Migratory Bird Division of the USFWS Meeting Website: http://tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds/#!oarc2014/cd8o Click here to view the meeting
  10. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: The American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society will meet jointly at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Meeting Website: http://aoucos2015.ou.edu Click here to view the meeting
  11. The North American Committee on Classification and Nomenclature has been working to develop a new database for the checklist. The new list is now available online (http://checklist.aou.org/). Current features including browsing and searching the list, as well as an option to include/exclude subspecies. In addition, there is a link to view invalidated taxa (synonymies starting with the 53rd checklist supplement). We are still working on the download feature and hope to have that available soon. The new database structure will allow us to include additional information (e.g., distributional statements), which will be part of the next phase of development. For questions, contact Carla Cicero (ccicero [at] berkeley.edu).
  12. Hello AOU Members-- Today I am sending you the new version of a plan to initiate the Society for Ornithology as well as an SFO Factsheet. The plan is evolving with each iteration --we expect there will be more iterations. Further Developments in a Plan to Initiate the Society For Ornithology (PDF) SFO Fact Sheet (PDF) SFO FAQs.pdf This version represents the work of 16 society representatives, including the presidents, editors, and treasurers, from the AOU, AFO, and COS. The society representatives have focused the past 6 months on the managerial and publication portion of the plan. We include the 3 other sections (communication, conservation, and outreach) developed by the original SFO committee to give you an idea of what SFO could become. However, our initial focus would be in establishing the society and getting pubs off the ground. We do not have a budget attached to the plan as we recently changed the publication strategy to online only (print on demand). Thus, we are still investigating costs and benefits. We hope to have this sorted out by the NAOC. We will have a number of venues set up for learning about and discussing SFO at the NOAC. This will include an SFO booth in the exhibitor's section that will be staffed by AOU, AFO, and COS members working to develop SFO. We will have a presentation and public discussion of SFO on Wednesday evening of the SFO. We will also discuss SFO at the AOU business meeting the next evening (Thursday). I hope you can participate in each and help us sort out the future of ornithology in the Americas. Finally, I need to reiterate that we are NOT voting to disband the AOU at the NAOC. The plan for the NAOC is for the Council to learn more about SFO, listen to the discussions at the Wednesday night gathering, etc., and then meet for a second time at the meeting to discuss potential funding options for the beginning stages of SFO. Please take the time to understand what we are concerned about, how we are trying to solve the issues and send me any questions or comments. I look forward to seeing everyone next week in Vancouver. Sincerely, Sue Haig AOU President-Elect P.S. We are working on a Webinar hook-up for the Wednesday evening discussion. There are 100 slots available. Please let me know if you cannot attend the meeting but would like to participate in the webinar. (FROM THE OE ADMINISTRATORS): COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE MAY BE POSTED HERE: SFO Feedback forum. WE ARE KEEPING ALL THE COMMENTS IN ONE PLACE SO THEY ARE EASY TO FIND AND FOLLOW.
  13. The Auk, Volume 129, Number 3 (July 2012) wll include the following Perspectives in Ornithology: Inferring the origins of lowland Neotropical birds (PDF) by Robb Brumfield This manuscript has been made freely available for download on the AOU website.
  14. The Instructions to Authors submitting manuscripts to The Auk were updated today, including several small changes. Also included in the updated instructions is an example manuscript submission which includes comments on style and content. You can view the new instructions on the Instructions to Authors page, or by downloading the instructions in PDF or DOC format.
  15. The American Ornithologists’ Union received 141 applications for their 2012 AOU Research Awards. The 30 winners were: Glenn Seeholzer, Louisiana State University, Transcriptomic Signatures of High-Altitude Adaptation Michael Hallworth, Smithsonian Institution's Migratory Bird Center, Quantifying migratory connectivity of a migratory songbird using direct and indirect techniques Daniel Hooper, University of Chicago, Chromosomal inversions and the incipient speciation of juncos (genus Junco) Andrea Ayala, University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, Effects of helminth co-infection on virus susceptibility and infectiousness in a model Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) system Vanya Rohwer, Queen's University, Chemical nest defense in South African birds Melanie Guigueno, The University of Western Ontario, Sex differences in spatial cognition in Brown-headed Cowbirds: testing the adaptive specialization hypothesis in a species with sex-role-reversed use of space Michael Wells, University of Minnesota, Testing for novel indicators of kin-directed investment in a cooperative wren Yula Kapetanakos, Cornell University, Using non-invasive, genetic mark-recapture to develop a comprehensive demographic assessment of critically endangered Asian vultures Clark Rushing, University of Maryland, College Park/Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Effective natal dispersal in migratory birds: Quantifying the reproductive costs of natal dispersal and winter habitat quality Mikus Abolins-Abols, Indiana University, Does interaction between hormonal axes mediate evolution of behavior? Jennifer Walsh, University of New Hampshire, Testing for patterns of selection and haldane's rule in an avian hybrid zone Jared Wolfe, Louisiana State University, The demographic and genetic response of bird communities to pervasive forest clearing in the central Amazonia Michael Harvey, Louisiana State University, Phylogeographic discord in the comparative genomic history of Amazonian birds Taylor Callicrate, Smithsonian Institution & University of Maryland, Population declines and genetic variation: serial bottlenecks in the Laysan Finch Dustin Reichard, Indiana University, Investigating the production and function of low-amplitude songs using microphone-transmitters Jacob Job, Western Michigan University, Can you hear me now: Does urban noise induce plasticity in populations of Chipping Sparrows (Spizella passerina)? Jessica Ebers, The College of William & Mary, A novel test of the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis Sara Bebus, University of Memphis, Long-term effects of developmental corticosterone on cognitive abilities in Florida Scrub-Jays Jose Roberto Sosa Lopez, University of Windsor, Morphological constraints and ecological adaptation in the evolution of Troglodytes wren songs Elizabeth Schultz, University of California Davis, Investigating seasonal modulation in immunity and reproduction in an opportunistic breeder Christine Lattin, Tufts University, Why does corticosterone vary seasonally in wild birds?: A receptor's-eye view Lukas Klicka, San Diego State University, Phylogeographic structure and conservation genetics of the Bell's Vireo Wakana Kirihata, Cornell University, Intralocus sexual conflict in the Zebra Finch Kristin Kovach, University of Windsor, The function of duetting behavior in Thryothorus wrens Michael Akresh, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Examining carry-over effects in Prairie Warblers using stable-isotope analysis Kenton Buck, The College of William and Mary, Evaluating the potential for adaptive response to mercury in captive-dosed Zebra Finches Samantha Lantz, Tulane University, How do environmental drivers impact social organization and intensity of sexual selection in Red-backed Fairy-Wrens? Katie LaBarbera, University of California at Berkeley, Cryptic responses to climate change in an elevationally widespread bird, the Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis thurberi) Talia Sechley, University of Guelph, A novel mechanism linking climate change to fitness: multiple tests of the hoard-rot hypothesis in Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis) Joseph Manthey, University of Kansas, Consequences of secondary contact in Picoides woodpeckers. 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 80 proposals and the high overall quality of those proposals made the final decisions very difficult.
  16. For AOU members: Please visit the AOU website (http://aou.org/elections/index.php) to review the candidates' biographies and to cast your vote. The polls close on July 15. Election results will be announced at the NAOC meeting in August, in the OSNA newsletter, and on the Ornithology Exchange. If you have problems with the electronic voting process or prefer a paper ballot, please contact AOU Executive Director Scott Gillihan (ExecutiveDirector@aou.org or call 505-326-1579). John Faaborg AOU President 2012 AOU meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, August 14-18: www.naoc-v2012.com
  17. Dear AOU Member: The AOU Council, including the former AOU presidents and presidents of six other societies (two additional societies had problems getting their representatives to the meeting), recently met in Dallas to discuss the future of ornithology in the western hemisphere. The summary below represents a statement agreed upon by all attending societies and outlines the plan for development of the Society for Ornithology between now and the NAOC. To be clear, no decisions have been made as to the formal establishment of SFO. Rather, we agreed to further explore the possibility. An SFO plan, revised with comments from the Dallas meeting, will be available for comment in mid-March. I will be back in touch with you at that point with instructions for posting comments and questions. In the meantime, please bear with us as we sort through the various options for our future. Thanks so much for your interest in this endeavor. Sincerely, John Faaborg President American Ornithologists' Union
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