AOS is governed by its board of management, the Council. The Council consists of voting and non-voting members and officers elected by AOS members.
Currently, voting members of Council include four officers (President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary), twelve Elective Councilors, and the three most recent past Presidents. Non-voting members of Council include two student representatives, all other living past Presidents, the Editors-in-Chief of the AOS journals, the Chair of the Investing Trustees Committee, and the Executive Director of the Society.
Meet the AOS Council
Bylaws and Policies
The governing documents and policies of the organization reflect the history, culture, and professionalism of the society:
The American Ornithological Society files its required information and tax returns (IRS Form 990) with the IRS each year. Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. IRS Form 990 ensures that nonprofits disclose any potential conflicts of interest, compensation of board members and staff, and other details having to do with financial accountability and avoidance of fraud. Three years of AOS’s Form 990 are made available for the public on our website.