AOS thanks our reviewers in celebration of Peer Review Week 2020

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is especially proud to recognize and celebrate each of the reviewers of our scientific journals this week during Peer Review Week 2020. This year’s globally celebrated theme, “Trust in Peer Review,” certainly reflects the deep respect, trust, and confidence we have in our reviewers’ dedication to producing high-quality—and highly trusted—scholarly scientific …

Advances in Neotropical Ornithology: A Special Feature

By Catherine A. Lindell and Kathryn P. Huyvaert Horned Screamers, Club-winged Manakins, and Bicolored Antbirds evoke specific memories to those who have seen these species and a great deal of wonderment to those who haven’t. These species, and thousands more, reside in the Neotropical realm with its deserts and rainforests, mangroves and scrublands, and steep …

Migratory songbirds are not likely to show fidelity to molting sites

By Jared Wolfe Linked paper: Effects of breeding and molt activity on songbird site fidelity by Luiza Figueira, Pedro Martins, C. John Ralph, Jaime L. Stephens, John D. Alexander, and Jared D. Wolfe When playing at home, sports teams usually benefit from home-field advantage. A similar advantage exists among migratory birds that return to the same nesting site year after …

Our Joint Vision for AOS

We are humbled to be stepping into our new roles as President-Elect and President of the AOS. We are humbled because our membership has selected us to lead the Society in these challenging times, and because we are well aware that we are stepping into some very big shoes. Kathy Martin and Steve Beissinger have …

An Apology from AOS

For the past several years, AOS has been reckoning with and rectifying problematic aspects of our policies and procedures to become a more inclusive and culturally sensitive Society. We thank all individuals who have brought their concerns with these issues to our attention. It is such collective efforts that allow us to address wrongs. In …

AOS Council actions on English bird names

Last week’s North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) provided the American Ornithological Society (AOS) an opportunity to extend to a broader audience the important conversations the Society has undertaken internally over the past few years regarding diversity and inclusion in ornithology. Many of NAOC’s invited speakers shared their perspectives about how to increase diversity, equity, and …

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The seventh North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC VII), which came to a close on Saturday, August 15, was a resounding success! The conference, organized by nine societies and originally planned to convene in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was moved online as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic grew. This virtual gathering provided an opportunity for nearly …