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  1. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: 2018 Annual Meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society will be jointly held with the Association of Field Ornithologists on June 7-9 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. Inexpensive room blocks will be available at the attached Marriot Chattanooga Downtown and the nearby Days Inn Chattanooga-Rivergate. Chattanooga is a family-friendly location with lots of activities in the downtown areas and a plethora of local eateries. June will be an excellent time for local birding and several field trips will be available to participants. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact WOS representative Mark Deutschlander or local host David Aborn or AFO President Paul Rodewald Meeting Website: http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-afo-wos-meeting/event-summary-9bb245ec39b4492280fa6c65382e9f83.aspx Click here to view the meeting
  2. The May newsletter of the Association of Field Ornithologists is now available at www.afonet.org/about/newsletter.html. To download the newsletter directly, please click here (1 MB PDF). In This Issue- AFO Returns to New England for 92nd Annual Meeting - A Message from AFO President, Kathryn Purcell- A Book List for the 2014 Annual Meeting- Avian Research Supplies: For Ornithologists and For the Birds- Bergstrom Grants Fund Five Projects from Alaska to the Andes - Bergstrom Award Recipient Pioneers Golden Swallow Science and Conservation - James Dwyer Receives 2013 Best Student Publication Award
  3. The December newsletter of the Association of Field Ornithologists is now available at www.afonet.org/about/newsletter.html. For a direct download of this special issue on the AFO's history, please click here - 1.5 MB PDF. And if you haven't done so already, please renew your membership in AFO and other ornithological societies today at www.osnabirds.org. In This Issue- Sharpening the Focus on AFO's Past - A Message from AFO President, Kathryn Purcell- Announcement of 2014 Joint Meeting with Wilson Ornithological Society- A Look Back at AFO's First 75 Years (1922-1997)- AFO Avian Research Supplies: Netting Birds and Revenue since 1956 - Dr. Alexander F. Skutch and the AFO - We Were a Field Group for Sure: Reflections of Past Secretary Sally Laughlin - Pablo Toledo-Monsonis Wins 2013 Skutch Research Award - Bergstrom Grants Fund Four Projects in Argentina and Brazil Dan Lambert Editor, AFO Afield
  4. Notice to all afo members and other interested birders and ornithologists: The deadline for early registration and for abstract submission for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists’ is fast approaching. The deadline for both was extended to 1 February 2013. Please visit the AFO Meeting web site at http://www.afonet.or...ings/index.html. Just download the registration form, fill it out and save, then e-mail to rbowman@archbold-station.org. Abstract guidelines also are available on the meeting web site and submissions should be sent to alexjahn77@yahoo.com. This is going to be an exciting meeting, held at Archbold Biological Station, in Lake Placid, Florida March 27-31. This is your opportunity to escape the clutches of winter and visit one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious private biological field stations...right when many Florida birds are starting to nest. We will offer field trips to iconic Florida birding locations such as Ding Darling National Wildlife Reserve and the National Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Our scientific program is diverse, but includes many contributed papers, plenaries and a keynote address that focus on Florida birds and research. Please mark your calendar, share with your friends, and submit your materials on time!
  5. 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
  6. Dear AFO Members, AFO’s 2012 council meeting and annual business meeting were held at the North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) in Vancouver in August. AFO is doing well, with a thriving journal, a healthy financial report, and stable membership for 2012. Scott Johnson stepped into the role of Past President, I was elected as President, and Reed Bowman was elected as Vice President. Lee Robinson, who has served as our Secretary since 2005, stepped down this year. Our new Secretary is Michael Lombardo. Greg Shriver remains as Treasurer, but we added two new Assistant Treasurers, Jeffery Buler and Brian Harrington to assist the Treasurer and oversee the AFO Banding Supplies Business (see below). Gary Ritchison continues as the editor of the Journal of Field Ornithology, and we have 15 active and engaged councilors as well. The 2013 AFO meeting will occur at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida March 27-31. This is close to Florida’s peak migration period and well into the breeding season for many local and rare species, such as the Florida Scrub-Jay. Look for a full announcement on our web page and on the Ornithology Exchange web site very soon. As you may know, AFO has been involved in the discussions for the proposed Society for Ornithology (SFO). At the NAOC, SFO was discussed in several venues. At our own AFO council meeting, we had our first real chance to discuss the plan in depth. We had a very lively discussion. Because SFO is not yet a formal entity, no vote was required by the AFO Council on whether or not to join SFO. If I were to summarize the council discussion, I would say that we remain very interested in all possible ways to strengthen Ornithology in North America, although much work remains to identify the best course of action in both the near- and far-term, be that the SFO model or something else. We were fairly unified in our desire to continue to be involved in the SFO discussions. We continue to request your input as we continue to consider the role of AFO in the future of ornithology. We assure you that no decisions will be made without a full vote of the membership. The primary outcome of all the SFO discussions at the NAOC was that both the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) and the Cooper Ornithological Society (COS) passed resolutions creating three joint AOU/COS task forces to address mutual efforts in publications, meetings, and efficiency in other administrative functions performed by the societies. Other ornithological societies have been invited to appoint observers to these task forces and are encouraged to provide input. The Publications Task Force will be chaired by Tom Martin and will have representatives from AOU and COS, and observers from AFO, the Society for Canadian Ornithology, and Wilson Ornithological Society. The main goal of this task force is to prepare a report for AOU and COS by 15 November that details publication options and provides recommendations for The Auk and The Condor. The publishing contracts for these two societies expire this year so this is a clear priority. They will also explore forming a joint publications office. AFO Council member Tom Gardali has agreed to serve on this task force. The Efficiency Task Force will be chaired by Bonnie Bowen and will have representatives from AOU and COS. This committee will examine activities carried out by AOU and COS that could be carried out more efficiently in a joint manner. Our council member Andrea Townsend will serve as an observer to this committee. The Meetings Task Force will explore opportunities to be more efficient with meetings, including planning future joint meetings and integrating travel, presentation, and research awards. This group will develop procedures for how these activities might be combined by 15 November. AFO has not yet identified an observer for this task force. A separate group has been formed to revisit the Federation model, which was proposed at a meeting of ornithological society presidents in 2010. In this model, societies would maintain their individual identities and journals but work together to explore efficiencies, particularly in areas such as publishing and meeting planning. Council member Vickie McDonald has agreed to serve as the AFO representative on this committee. The previous SFO committees have been disbanded; for now the fate of the SFO initiative is in the hands of these taskforces. Note that the society presidents are not serving on these task forces. This will allow us to focus on current and crucial society work. My focus as AFO president will be to continue working on strengthening AFO and making it the best possible society it can be. My priorities will include concentrating my efforts on stabilizing and hopefully growing AFO membership, further developing our Neotropical outreach initiative, and improving the AFO Banding Supplies Business. In case you are not aware of it, AFO sells high-quality mist nets and other banding supplies, proceeds of which go to support grants for students and Latin American ornithologists (see www.afonet.org/nbanding/index/html). And even better, AFO members receive a 10% discount! Kathryn Purcell AFO President
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