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 info@americanornithology.org.

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.

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

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 the 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 channels and we hope these rules will facilitate a lively and respectful conversation about birds and ornithology.

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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