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  1. Leaders of the AOU and COS met together at the annual meeting in Norman, Oklahoma to review the progress and success of our partnerships: the joint publication of our journals, joint communications and website (American Ornithology.org), and our joint annual conference. During the leadership meeting, a motion was made for the two societies to pursue a merger. Both societies formally approved moving ahead with this pursuit in the coming year. During the Oklahoma conference, this action was announced at the AOU Fellows meeting and the COS business meeting. Both societies will be seeking input from their members, multiple times, as they take the necessary steps in this pursuit. The goal is for the societies to reach consensus on the advisability of merging to best serve our membership, our missions, and ornithology as a profession. Any questions at this early stage should be directed to SCOTT LANYON, President, AOU (lanyo001@umn.edu) and/or MARTIN RAPHAEL, President, COS (mraphael@fs.fed.us). Oct 14 request for input: AOU and COS Members, The AOU Council and the COS Board met together in July at our annual meeting in Norman, Oklahoma to review the progress and success of our partnerships: the joint publication of our journals, joint communications and website (www.americanornithology.org ), our joint Science Arbitration initiative, and our joint meetings. During this meeting, one board member posed the question, “shouldn’t we merge?” The members of each governing board of COS and AOU discussed this proposal at great length and the many potential benefits with great enthusiasm. The Council and Board jointly and unanimously approved moving ahead to study the possibility of a merger. This development was announced and discussed at the AOU Fellows meeting and the COS business meeting in Oklahoma. Over the coming months, COS and AOU members will receive communications soliciting your input. Initially, leadership wants to hear both what excites you and what concerns you about the idea of merging the two organizations. Once we’ve collected your feedback, leadership will work to resolve identified concerns. We will then communicate our proposed solutions to these concerns and solicit member reactions. By late fall we hope to finish gathering input and reactions, and to finalize a recommendation to AOU Council and COS Board - either to merge (and if so what a merger would entail) or to remain separate. If the governing boards of the two societies agree on a solid proposal for merger, the final step will be a vote by membership. The Cooper Ornithological Society bylaws and the State of California, where COS is incorporated, call for a vote by the COS membership. The AOU bylaws require that the AOU Fellows vote on an issue of this magnitude. Although the AOU bylaws do not require a vote of the general membership, Council would nevertheless like to conduct such a vote, to inform the voting of the AOU Fellows. Our goal is to conduct the vote this winter so that we can proceed quickly – either to merge, or to work independently but continuing our joint ventures in meetings, publications, website, and science arbitration. To jumpstart the discussion, here are some of the suggested reasons why a merger might be in the best interest of the membership of both organizations: Lower Dues for Individuals Members of both organizations would pay one membership fee, not two, to the merged organization. Increased resources to support members at all stages of their careers. By combining programs and leadership efforts, a single organization would be in a better position to offer quality mentoring and development activities for students, early career professionals, teachers, mid-career professionals and retirees at annual meetings, more research and travel grants, recognition awards, editorial support for Latin American authors and online resources for teaching, research and outreach. All members would have access to The Auk: Ornithological Advances, The Condor: Ornithological Applications and The Birds of North America. In a merged organization, fewer resources would be applied to administrative and operating expenses by combining functions, leaving more resources to be applied to ornithology (Note that finances of a merged organization are being evaluated by a subcommittee at this time). Greater agility in publishing. A primary function of our societies is to produce journals that provide high quality science to aid authors, scientists, agencies, and the public. Journal publishing is changing rapidly and evolution of the digital platforms, rapid online availability, open access, archive access, print-on-demand, etc, are needed to continue to enhance the visibility, impact and usability of the journals, and these possibilities will be strongly facilitated by the increased resources of a merged society. In a merged organization, strategic decisions would be more streamlined than the current situation with two societies. Increased likelihood of success in fundraising. The act of merging the two societies would be a significant statement to potential funders of our commitment to and vision for the future of ornithology. Since we met in Oklahoma, a small team of AOU representatives (Steve Beissinger, Scott Lanyon and Melinda Pruett Jones) and COS representatives (Martin Raphael, Kim Sullivan, Tom Martin, and Blair Wolf ) has been discussing the merger concept and a preliminary set of issues raised by leadership and members of AOU and COS. Those issues and their tentative resolution are described in the following table. Now is a good time for us to receive your input. Are we addressing your concerns in the issues and resolutions identified above? What excites you and what concerns you about the prospect of a merger? Just as importantly, what are the great things about each society that you would want leadership to be sure to preserve in a merged organization? We ask that you respond to the President of the AOU and/or the President of COS (addresses are below) by email, a phone call, or letter by Oct. 19, 2015. We expect this to be the first of several opportunities for the memberships of both societies to participate in the process underway. Our next steps include analysis of the financial impact of a possible merger, and continued discussions by representatives of both societies to resolve the remaining issues identified in the table above and others that may arise. We expect to communicate our findings again to membership by late-November. Sincerely, Scott M. Lanyon President, American Ornithologists' Union University of Minnesota 1987 Upper Buford Circle St. Paul, MN 55108 612-624-6291 lanyo001@umn.edu Martin G. Raphael President, Cooper Ornithological Society 3625 93rd Ave SW Olympia, WA 98512 360-753-7662 mraphael@fs.fed.us For questions or comments about your OSNA society membership, please contact business@osnabirds.org.
  2. Two new Joint Special Collections of material from The Auk and The Condor are now available on the Central Ornithology Publication Office (COPO) website. The Invasive Species Collection, featuring an Introduction by Robert Pecchia and Auk Editor-in-Chief Mark Hauber, brings together 16 articles each from The Auk and The Condor focused on the theme of assessing invasive species' impact on avian populations. For you bookworms, the Book Reviews Collection contains more than 400 open access book reviews from The Auk and The Condor, from 2000 to the present. A downloadable Excel file makes it easy to search books by title, author, etc. Be sure to check out both collections!
  3. Leaders of the AOU and COS met together at the annual meeting in Norman, Oklahoma to review the progress and success of our partnerships: the joint publication of our journals, joint communications and website (American Ornithology.org), and our joint annual conference. During the leadership meeting, a motion was made for the two societies to pursue a merger. Both societies formally approved moving ahead with this pursuit in the coming year. During the Oklahoma conference, this action was announced at the AOU Fellows meeting and the COS business meeting. Both societies will be seeking input from their members, multiple times, as they take the necessary steps in this pursuit. The goal is for the societies to reach consensus on the advisability of merging to best serve our membership, our missions, and ornithology as a profession. Any questions at this early stage should be directed to SCOTT LANYON, President, AOU (lanyo001@umn.edu) and/or MARTIN RAPHAEL, President, COS (mraphael@fs.fed.us). This post has been promoted to an article
  4. The 2015 AOU/COS conference will be on the University of Oklahoma campus, which is about 20 miles and 40 minutes from the nearest airport (OKC). To reduce costs, we recommend you seek out other conference attendees arriving to OKC around the same time and share rides in rental cars or taxis. The recommended taxi service is Airport Express. They will transport groups of five to the OU campus for $50 ($38 for the first person and $3 for each additional). There may also be a $1 off coupon posted online soon (check back here or on the meeting website for updates). Reservations are not required for Airport Express if you are leaving from the airport (they always have a bunch of vehicles waiting). However you do need to make arrangements for a ride from OU to the airport (405-681-3311 or 877-688-3311, www.airportexpressokc.com) Anyway, If you are looking to share a ride or find riders to/from the OKC, please post your name, the date and approximate time, whether you are going to or from OKC, and any other pertinent info like whether you will have a rental car. You should probably exchange phone numbers and such afterward by email.
  5. Has anyone heard anything about a taxi service between the airport and conference location? Thanks! ray
  6. The Joint Student Affairs Committee of the AOU and COS are collecting donations for the Silent Auction being held Wednesday July 29th – Friday July 31st (6:00 pm closing) at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Norman, Oklahoma. Donations and bids help make student activities including workshops, student-professional socials, and the quiz bowl possible. Good items include books and other media, field gadgetry, jewelry, art, services, gift certificates, and bird/nature paraphernalia (also this year we have a framer who has generously offered to frame loose leaf artwork if sent in advance). You can bring your donations to registration during the meeting or mail items ahead of the meeting to: Dr. Eli Bridge, Oklahoma Biological Survey, University of Oklahoma, 111 E. Chesapeake St., Norman, OK 73019. Please direct questions to: valerie.steen@gmail.com Thank you!
  7. . Raising your chicks as an ornithologist. Led by Kim Sullivan. This interactive, lunchtime workshop is for experienced and new parents as well as those considering parenthood. Ornithologists produce few children compared to other academic disciplines. Many ornithologists cite the difficulties of combining field work with family formation. This workshop will allow participants to share information on what works in combining their professional life with parenting. We will discuss what to say when applying for jobs, negotiating parental leave, child care strategies and resources, field work solutions, and organizing your life to get your work done. Schedule: Lunchtime July 30 – Exact time to be determined. Contact: Kim Sullivan: kim[dot]sullivan[at]usu[dot]edu
  8. Sorry to bogart the forum, but I wanted to make another plug for a workshop at AOU/COS 2015. Jeff Buler is leading an all-star cast* in a RADAR ORNITHOLOGY workshop. There is a 20+ year archive of Nexrad radar data just sitting there at the National Severe Storms Lab. This archive could be a tremendous resource for examining regional- to continental-scale phenomena relating to birds aloft. There are about 10 people in the country who have the knowhow to use these data to their fullest, and more than half of them are going to be in the same room to share their methods with the rest of the ornithology community. The techniques they will impart and the software they will give away could be a major addition to your analysis toolbox. More info and a link to sign up are here: http://aoucos2015.ou.edu/?page_id=1030 * Robert Diehl, Jaci Smolinsky, Kyle Horton, Dan Sheldon, and Andrew Farnsworth P.S. We have lots of cool radar stuff here at OU too.
  9. I am pleased to announce a free instructional workshop on geolocator analysis that will be held in association with the 2015 joint meeting of the American Ornithologists Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society in Norman Oklahoma (http://aoucos2015.ou.edu). The two-day workshop entitled, "Light-level geolocation with open source tools," will convene on the morning of 27 July, 2015 and will end the following Tuesday at about 5pm. Thanks to the support of the Cooper Ornithological Society, there is no enrollment fee for this workshop. The workshop will be led by Nat Seavy of Point Blue Conservation Science with assistance from Renee Cormier (also from Point Blue), myself, and others. The workshop will demonstrate the implementation of a number of R packages that can be used to derive location estimates from light-level geolocation data loggers. We will begin with simple thresholding methods and accessory analyses that might be familiar to some of you (e.g. GeoLight and KFtrack) and progress through some recent, more advanced analysis packages that are (we presume) new to the vast majority of geolocator users (e.g., SGAT and FlightR). The workshop will enable you to make the most of your geolocator data and derive not just location estimates but also uncertainty metrics for those estimates. We will also present helpful techniques for assessing migration phenologies, categorizing stationary and migratory periods, and presenting your results. We hope you will bring your data to work on during the workshop. I am confident that this workshop will change how we do business. I hope that you will be able to attend or send a representative from your lab. I also hope that you will pass this news on to any potential attendees who may not know about it. A few more details: To sign up: Visit the AOU/COS 2015 website (http://aoucos2015.ou.edu) and follow the "WORKSHOPS" link at the top to the workshops page. Near the bottom is a link to a google sign-up service where you can register for the workshop. NOTE THE DEADLINE AND ATTENDEE LIMIT: Abstract submission and early registration (reduced fee) for the meeting must be done by May 3, 2015. Registration for the workshop will remain open until we reach our maximum attendance of 35 people. At that point you will be able to join a waiting list from which we will fill any spots that become vacant. Do you have to attend both days? Not necessarily. The first day will be concerned with installing R packages, manipulating and evaluating light level data, and conducting analyses with well established R packages. If you are an advanced R user and an experienced analyst of geolocator data, you can probably pick up the thread on day two when we delve into the newer and more advanced analysis packages. Please contact me with any questions. Dr. Eli S. Bridge Assistant Professor Oklahoma Biological Survey University of Oklahoma 111 E Chesapeake St Norman, OK 73019 (405) 325-2658 ebridge@ou.edu
  10. Highlights of the scientific program include plenary presentations by Drs. Ellen Ketterson (Indiana U.), Elizabeth Derryberry (Tulane), and Frank Moore (U of So. Mississippi). There will also be a special seminar by leading science writer David Quammen; author of Ebola, Spillover, and Song of the Dodo among others. Planned symposia include: (1) Advances in studies of birds in urbanized landscape; (2) Ecology and conservation of grassland birds; (3) Recent scientific applications of weather radar for advancing ornithology; (4) Severe weather impacts on birds: Past, present, and future; (5) North American Breeding Bird Survey: Management and analysis of stop-level data; (6) Avian conservation in Mexico. Early registration deadline is 3 May 2015 for professionals and 20 May for students. Abstract submission deadline is 3 May 2015. Abstracts must be submitted online: contact Michael Patten (mpatten@ou.edu), scientific program chair, with any questions about the program or submission process. The deadline for student and postdoc travel awards applications is 6 May 2015. Application materials must be submitted online through the Ornithology Exchange website (http://ornithologyexchange.org/meetings/aou-cos-2015/awards.html). Contact Matt Carling (mcarling@uwyo.edu) or Rolf Koford (rolf.koford@gmail.com) with any questions about the travel award application process. We anticipate making travel award decisions by 18 May 2015. The deadline for student presentation award applications is 6 May 2015. Application materials must be submitted online through the Ornithology Exchange website (http://ornithologyexchange.org/meetings/aou-cos-2015/awards.html). Contact Matt Carling (mcarling@uwyo.edu) or Jill Deppe (jldeppe@eiu.edu) with any questions about the student presentation award application process. Registration for the meeting is available at the registration page of the conference website (http://aoucos2015.ou.edu/). Early registration is $320 for regular registrants and $200 for students. Cost of attendance will be very low including low-cost housing and meals. In addition to the conference website (http://aoucos2015.ou.edu/) follow us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AOUCOS2015), twitter (https://twitter.com/AOU_COS_2015), and instagram (https://instagram.com/aoucos2015/). Room and ride sharing information on the Ornithological Exchange at http://ornithologyexchange.org/forums/forum/255-2015-aoucos-conference/ 2015 renewals are open at https://www.osnabirds.org/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fRenew.aspx! For questions or comments about your OSNA society membership, please contact business@osnabirds.org.
  11. The application website for travel and presentation awards for the upcoming COS/AOU meeting is now available: http://ornithologyexchange.org/meetings/aou-cos-2015/awards.html The deadline for applications is 6 May 2015. Don't forget that anyone applying for awards must also submit a regular abstract through the meeting website as well. Contact Matt Carling with any questions.
  12. Details here: http://aoucos2015.ou.edu/?page_id=558 The abstract submission system allows you to use the same user name and password established for the registration system. Please use the same username and password for both abstract submission and registration. You do not need to register before submitting an abstract; however, you will, of course, need to register before you can make your presentation. Once you have a login identity, you can use it to submit an abstract by clicking here. PREPARE THE ABSTRACT BEFORE SUBMISSION The abstract submission system is easy to use, and you can type your abstract directly into the online system. However we strongly recommend that you compose the abstract in a word processor and save it on a local hard drive. Then cut and paste it into the text window on the abstract submission system. This way you have a local copy in case there is an internet interruption or some other unforeseen event.
  13. http://aoucos2015.ou.edu/?page_id=459 This year, a membership in AOU and/or COS will get you a discounted registration fee for the 2015 conference. You can get your membership(s) either right now or immediately after you register and still qualify for the discount. Yes, we are trying to force you to become a member. The discount is quite significant (especially for students, who can join COS for $25), so please consider becoming a member and helping to keep our societies strong. Early registration ends May 3, 2015. Until that time, registration fees will be as follows: Non-member Registration – $395 Professional AOU or COS Member – $320 Student AOU or COS Member – $200 On May 4, fees will increase to regular registration rates for non-members and professionals until May 20, 2015: Non-member Registration – $475 Professional AOU or COS Member – $400 Student AOU or COS Member – still $200 Starting May 21, we will institute late registration fees: Non-member Registration – $575 Professional AOU or COS Member – $500 Student AOU or COS Member – $300
  14. THE 133ND STATED MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION and THE 85TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COOPER ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY will be held jointly on 28 July to 1 August 2015 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. We hereby invite proposals for symposia and workshops. Symposia proposals should include: (1) title of symposium, (2) a 2–5 sentence rationale for the symposium's topic, (3) names, contact information, and presentation topics of speakers who will present and 1 or 2 alternate speakers (please indicate whether a speaker has tentatively agreed to attend), and (4) requested length of symposium (whole day or half day—a whole day would be approximately 6 hours, whereas a half day could range from 1.5 to 3 hours). We encourage15-min slots for each presentation but will consider 30-min slots depending on the nature of the symposium and overall volume of the scientific program. Symposium organizers will be afforded the opportunity to review abstract submissions for regular sessions and to recruit additional symposium participants from among these presenters. Workshop proposals should include (1) title of workshop, (2) a 2–5 sentence rationale for the workshop's topic, (3) names and contact information for the workshop's leaders, (4) short description of target audience, (5) requested length of workshop, (5) expected format and required logistical resources (e.g., room size/type, projection equipment, large table, field access, on-site printing), and (6) any required additional costs or charges to participants. The deadline for submission of symposium and workshop proposals is Monday, 1 December 2014. Please direct questions or submit proposals to Michael A. Patten (mpatten@ou.edu).
  15. We are in the midst of designing the new AOU/COS website, AmericanOrnithology.org and will need many, many bird photos. If you have any good ones that we could use (we can't pay you but will give photo credit), please post them somewhere electronically (Picasa Flicker, etc) and send me the link. Prefer Western Hemisphere species. Thanks!! Sue Haig President, American Ornithologists' Union
  16. AOU and COS invite you to check out the open access articles posted on the website of The Auk: Ornithological Advances, The Condor: Ornithological Applications, and Ornithological Monographs at http://www.aoucospubs.org. Non-research articles such as editorials, book reviews, memorials, and society news are open access, as are issues older than two years. The Editors-in-Chief also regularly make some newly published research articles open access. Recent featured articles include a study in The Condor: Ornithological Applicationson bird and building collisions data, and research in The Auk: Ornithological Advances on South African vultures competing for food resources. The journal website has all the content that has been published in the journals since 2008. Past issues of The Auk and The Condorfrom their inception through the early 2000s are also available on SORA,https://sora.unm.edu, the open access Searchable Ornithological Research Archive hosted by the University of New Mexico library. Also watch for an announcement coming soon about the launch of the journals' mobile website.
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