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Registration is open for the virtual joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists‑Société des ornithologistes du Canada (SCO-SOC) scheduled for 9-14 August 2021. Our meeting theme “Birds of Many Feathers Flock Together” is particularly meaningful in today’s world as we make every effort to celebrate and promote diversity and collaboration. We are working towards a meeting that will further the reach of ornithology and build a stronger and more diverse community of scientists, conservationists, managers, and educators, who are guided by principles of equity, inclusion, and justice. The online meeting format will have something for everyone. Using the EventPilot platform (which was also used for NAOC VII), we have organized a diverse set of events to promote both science and socializing. Workshops and training opportunities will be held during the week before the scientific program, from 2–6 August. Our Scientific Program will span five days and include plenaries, symposia, roundtable discussions, contributed papers, and virtual posters (view our Abstract booklet). Additionally we are meticulously planning networking, outreach, and social activities to give everyone a chance to meet new and old friends. A virtual conference allows us to be more creative and inclusive. We have adapted many of the much-loved traditions from past meetings and carefully selected new and innovative formats to promote engagement in a virtual setting. As we have in the past, we do our best to keep costs low and create the greatest value for attendees. Our Societies are committed to chipping away at these types of barriers to participation. For the first time ever, this year’s meeting organization includes an advisory Accessibility Committee. Registration is also open for the extremely popular Quiz Bowl competition, our Tales from a Mixed-species Flock: Stories from across ornithology storytelling event (Do YOU have an exciting or meaningful story to share? We'll provide coaching!), and the Rainbow Lorikeets LGBTQIA+ Social. AOS & SCO-SOC are committed to supporting members impacted by the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We strived to keep meeting costs low for participants but recognize that these can still be a barrier. We are pleased to provide relief if the cost of registration is a financial barrier to participation. Details about this relief can be found on the registration page of the meeting website. We look forward to "seeing" you in August!
Dear all, We are a group of researchers from New Zealand and Brazil investigating the publication culture in taxonomy across all taxa. If you work with Taxonomy / Systematics, we kindly invite you to help us by filling a short survey. It should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. You can find the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdC9BQk9vjsTccztL8sXmeGJUWi20F5XUKnHDWjcbc4BXLGCA/viewform It is entirely anonymous and the data gathered will be used for a publication on an academic journal. Thank you very much for your cooperation and feel free to share the survey with your colleagues. Please contact me for any eventual questions. Kind regards, Rodrigo Salvador.
New Organization Dedicated to the Study and Conservation of Birds in the Americas CHICAGO, IL (December 19, 2016) – Two of the oldest and most influential professional ornithological societies in the world have legally merged, forming the American Ornithological Society (AOS), an organization devoted to advancing research focused on birds in the Western Hemisphere, promoting their conservation, and training the next generation of scientists. Nearly 3,000 members of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society approved the merger earlier this year in association with the North American Ornithological Conference held in Washington D.C. Under the leadership of executive director Melinda Pruett-Jones, AOS is based in Chicago at the Field Museum of Natural History. For more information on the new AOS and the merger process, visit www.americanornithology.org. “Over the past six years we have actively collaborated as separate organizations: meeting together, publishing our journals jointly and working together to benefit the conservation of birds. After fact-finding and due diligence, and in response to the tremendous positive feedback from our membership, I am proud to announce a single merged society that will advance ornithology by combining our assets – human, financial and intellectual,” said AOS president Steven Beissinger. The largest ornithological society in the Western Hemisphere, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, pursues a global perspective, and informs public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections. AOS assets now exceed $10 million in support of ornithology, and it will invest nearly $1 million to advance its mission in its first year as a merged society. The new organization is undertaking new initiatives to help students, early professionals and international members and to address the needs of scientists, academics and conservation professionals in advancing knowledge, not only in the Western Hemisphere but across the globe. AOS also recently launched a program to encourage members to reach out to their local communities and showcase ornithology as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field students might not have considered. “The society is redoubling past efforts to prepare future generations of scientists and conservation leaders. Success requires a multi-dimensional approach that integrates science, new technologies, public policy and citizen outreach; works with other ornithological and scientific communities; and collaborates with local, state, federal and international government entities,” said former American Ornithologists’ Union president Susan Haig, who began the merging effort in 2010. “AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students. The society will especially focus on attracting diversity in the profession,” said former Cooper Ornithological Society president Martin Raphael. The first meeting of the new AOS will be held July 31 to August 5, 2017 on the campus of Michigan State University. Contact: Melinda Pruett-Jones American Ornithological Society, Executive Director Email: email@example.com Mobile: 312-420-2292 The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for bird conservation. AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances, which has one of the highest scientific impact rankings among ornithological journals worldwide, and The Condor: Ornithological Applications—as well as the book series Studies in Avian Biology. AOS also sponsors Birds of North America in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in the Americas. For more information, visit www.americanornithology.org. [see original post on AOS News.]