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.

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