AOS shares society news and promotes ornithology in general and the activities of our members in particular through our Twitter (@AmOrnith), Facebook (AmOrnith), and Instagram (@AmOrnith) accounts.

AOS may share published research and other publicly available items via our social media platforms without seeking consent from the authors. AOS members wishing to have specific work of theirs promoted via AOS social media platforms should contact AOS at

AOS Meetings

Research presented at AOS conferences maybe shared via social media by employees of AOS or conference attendees unless the presenter(s) specifically requests otherwise. Photos of slides and materials at conferences can be used in any social media platform unless the presenter has opted out by placing a “no social media” icon (an example can be found below) on their PowerPoint slides or materials. It is up to individual speakers and presenters to alert people about what they do not want posted, whether it is content, pictures, or something else. We ask that conference attendees respect individuals’ wishes to help protect the privacy of both people and their research. Preventing conference attendees from commenting or live tweeting, however, is extremely difficult and not a role or responsibility of AOS.  

To help audiences during conferences, we recommend that presenters include their personal or project social media handle on every slide to encourage sharing and allow for easier networking. For those without a personal or project social media handle, consider including the conference hashtag or a social media icon such as the Twitter icon to let people know that you are supportive of others posting.

Social Media Opt-Out symbol (Twitter example):

icon to indicate no social media sharing

AOS Commenting Policy

Anyone may participate in conversations on AOS’s social media platforms, blog post comments, etc. In order to encourage civil communication, the following policy applies to all postings on AOS communication platforms.

AOS reserves the right to delete posts or comments containing spam, irrelevant remarks, or items that do not align with the mission and integrity of AOS. Personal attacks, promotion of violence, promotion of illegal activities, offensive material, or profanity will not be tolerated and will be deleted immediately. AOS reserves the right to ban users who violate this policy. 

AOS encourages our members to participate on our social media platforms, and the goal of this policy is to facilitate a lively and respectful conversation about science, professional development, and ornithology.