Are you new to AOS or have you been a member for decades? Do you never miss an annual meeting or do you keep up with the Society from afar? Regardless of your circumstances, there are plenty of ways to get more involved in our community — you are AOS!

Engage on social media.

Follow AOS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with Society news and see what your fellow AOS members are up to. (You can also showcase your research through a week-long “takeover” of our Instagram account regardless of whether you have an account of your own — contact us if you’re interested!)

Attend a meeting.

Our annual meeting is the biggest events for ornithology wordlwide. We offer travel funding, grants to offset caregiving costs, student registration discounts in exchange for volunteering, and more to make our meetings accessible to as many members as possible.

Do more at meetings.

Already a regular at AOS meetings? You can help them function smoothly by volunteering for extra tasks such as chairing a session (indicate your willingness when you submit your abstract) or being a judge for the student presentation awards (contact us to let us know you’re interested!).

Nominate colleagues (or yourself!) for awards.

AOS bestows a number of annual awards recognizing exemplary scientific achievement in ornithology; research excellence; exceptional publications in ornithology; and notable sustained service to the Society.

Get involved in our publications.

If you’d like to review papers for The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications, create an account on Editorial Manager and then contact us to let us know you’re interested in being a reviewer.

Serve on a committee.

AOS has standing committees related to almost every aspect of ornithology and the Society — there’s guaranteed to be one related to your interests, and the Society couldn’t function without the support of our volunteer committee members.

Nominate colleagues (or yourself) to run for Council.

The AOS Council is the Society’s governing body. If you’re interested in helping set the course for AOS’s future, or you know others that are, consider submitting your nomination(s) for an open position during the next election cycle.

From the field

Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year's AOS awards! Our annual awards honor members for their research and volunteer work. The work of the 2020 awardees spans a diversity of ornithological disciplines from genetics to landscape ecology in a range of habitats around the world, as well as invaluable service to AOS and ornithology. This year’s slate of awardees represents just a small sample of the broad diversity of our members and the contributions they are making to the scientific study and conservation of birds. Learn more about all of them at the link in our profile! #ornithology #science #biologyThe charismatic Euphonia and Chlorophonia finches are small, colorful birds that inhabit forests and woodlands from Mexico to Brazil as well as much of the Caribbean, and how exactly they fit into the songbird family tree has been debated for 20 years. The researchers behind a paper recently published in The Auk used tissue specimens and study skins from every species in this group to generate 40 *billion* base pairs of sequence data, including nearly 5,000 loci from the nuclear genome and near-complete mitochondrial genomes for every species. This amazing dataset shows has helped resolve their relationships once and for all. It also suggests that this group likely dispersed from South America into the Caribbean and North America multiple times between 2 and 4 million years ago, lending support to a younger geological timeframe for the formation of the Isthmus of Panama than argued by some other recent studies. Photos by Daniel J. Field (University of Cambridge) and Tyler Imfeld. #ornithology #science #birds #wildlife #neotropicalbirds #taxonomy #biology #finchesOne final #NationalVolunteerWeek post! Meet Rebecca Kimball, longtime AOS volunteer and Treasurer of the society since 2015, one of the leaders helping shape AOS's future. We hope you've enjoyed celebrating Volunteer Week with us!Today for #NationalVolunteerWeek we're featuring Brian Peer, who's given his time to chair the AOS Research Awards Committee for the past eight years, leading the group that evaluates applications for Student Research Awards. Thank you, Brian!AOS is celebrating #NationalVolunteerWeek! Today, meet Kyle Horton, who volunteered his time to judge student presentations at last summer's AOS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.Today for #NationalVolunteerWeek, meet Lori Hargrove! Lori works at the San Diego Natural History Museum and is a regular reviewer for AOS journal The Condor. Scholarly journals can't function without reviewers like Lori, who volunteer their time to read and assess the papers that are submitted.We're celebrating #NationalVolunteerWeek! AOS couldn't function without the many members who volunteer their time to assist with our meetings, publications, awards, and other programs, and we'll be introducing you to one of those volunteers every day this week. Today, meet Juita Martinez, a PhD student who helped staff the registration desk at last year's annual AOS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska!
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