The American Ornithological Society bestows four prestigious awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to ornithological science. Nominations are reviewed by the Senior Awards Committee and a final recommendation for each award is made to the AOS Council for approval. 

The Committee strives to develop a balanced annual slate of nominees that represents the diversity of individuals not only within the Society’s membership but throughout the field of ornithology. Members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues, and self-nominations are accepted. Please nominate an individual for only one award. AOS officers currently serving on the Executive Committee of Council are not eligible to be nominated for these awards.

Consider the description of each award below and how your outstanding colleagues may be well suited for one of the AOS senior awards. Please review the eligibility and nomination guidelines for the specific awards carefully.

All award nominees are expected to have a high standard of ethical and social behavior that is strongly aligned with the AOS Code of Conduct & Ethics.

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