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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.]
From Jim Reynolds, University of Birmingham: I am starting a research project which involves calling upon the world’s ornithologists to send me records about a rather ‘rare’ condition in birds: sublingual oral fistulas (in which the skin and muscle of the lower mandible are missing; the tongue protrudes through the opening and is often outside the mouth cavity permanently). Sublingual oral fistulas were first documented in Stitchbirds (hihi) in New Zealand and since then we have found it in two species of seabirds in the South Atlantic – the Sooty Tern and the Masked Booby. My research project attempts to document the species in which it occurs, identify the cause(s) and describe the progression of the condition. Therefore, I am particularly interested in hearing from three groups of people who have close encounters with birds – wildlife photographers, field veterinary researchers and ringers, but also more broadly from anyone who has encountered the condition in birds. The essence of the project is captured in the following webpage which can be found at www.birmingham.ac.uk/oral-fistula where both an Information Sheet and a downloadable Reporting Form can be found. The latter can be completed and returned to me by e-mail (J.Reynolds.firstname.lastname@example.org). I launched the call for reports of the condition about a month ago to heads of various national ringing schemes around the world, to wildlife veterinary groups, to wildlife photographers etc. and at the time of writing I have received 28 completed report forms that describe the condition in 10 different species. However, I know that this is potentially only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and I would really appreciate it if you could pour over your field notebooks and get in contact if this triggers any memories of birds with the condition. I am hoping that posting this call will result in others becoming aware of my research project. I am interested in receiving detailed records of birds with the condition including any high resolution photographs that you might be able to provide to accompany a completed form. You would of course be contacted to seek permission before any such photograph was used in a research output and any such photo would be accompanied by a photo credit. I am looking forward to hearing from you. All the best, Jim ********************************************************************** S. James Reynolds BSc MScF DPhil, Centre for Ornithology, School of Biosciences, College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK Tel. 0121-414-3639 Fax. 0121-414-5925 Webpages: http://www.biosciences.bham.ac.uk/About/staff_profiles_Contact.htm?ID=78 http://www.ornithology.bham.ac.uk/staff/academicstaff/jimreynolds.shtml Oral fistula project: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/oral-fistula New OUP Book: Nests, Eggs, and Incubation: New ideas about avian reproduction
The Oriole: Journal of the Georgia Ornithological Society publishes original articles that advance the study of birds in the state of Georgia and surrounding regions. Scientific Articles and General Notes are peer-reviewed and there are no page charges to authors for publication. The Oriole is currently available to members of the Georgia Ornithological Society in both print and electronic formats and we are working to make issues two years older than the most current issue available via SORA. As editor, I would like to invite students, faculty, and citizen scientists to submit their manuscripts for consideration. See the GOS website: www.gos.org for more information or contact me at email@example.com for questions about the journal, a sample issue, or to submit a manuscript. Dr. Renee' Carleton Editor, The Oriole: Journal of the Georgia Ornithological Society Associate Professor of Biology Berry College Mount Berry, GA
Join a two-week field course at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine. May 22 - June 5, 2015. Taught by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Dr. David Bonter, this course uses the diverse and abundant birds of the Isles of Shoals as your primary lab material as you gain an understanding of avian ecology. Live among nesting eiders, Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls. Course topics include avian diversity, anatomy, ecology, physiology, and behavior. Field techniques include field identification, bird banding, and various census methods. Prerequisites: One semester of college level biology or equivalent; background in ornithology or vert biology is recommended, but not required. Earn college credit at Cornell University or University of New Hampshire. Shoals Marine Laboratory is a Joint facilty of Cornell and UNH. To learn more or enroll: www.shoalsmarine.laboratory.org