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 …

2020 Kessel Research Fellowship Awardees

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is pleased to announce the awardees of the inaugural 2020 Kessel Research Fellowship for early career scientists. Three new $15,000 fellowships were awarded to Dr. Laura Farwell, Dr. Allison Johnson, and Dr. Carrie Branch to support their ornithological research. Congratulations to these awardees! These fellowships have been made possible through …

Congratulations to the AOS 2020 Class of Fellows and Elective Members

At our annual meeting each year, we officially welcome the new classes of Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and Elective Members of AOS. Individuals are elected to these special membership classes in recognition of their contributions to ornithology and to AOS. Congratulations to the newest members of these honored groups, who were voted in at the 2020 North American Ornithological Conference.

A Victory for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

This week marks the 104th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), which has been under threat by the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back its provisions that hold businesses accountable for bird deaths. In an August 11th ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni made it clear that the administration’s rollback of the …

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Seeking Executive Director and Tenure-Track Professor

After 25 years serving as the Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Dr. John Fitzpatrick has announced he is retiring at the end of the year. If you’ve attended one of our annual meetings, you’ve likely met Dr. Fitzpatrick (Fitz); many have worked closely with him on AOS Council and various committees, and no doubt everyone recognizes the tremendous impact of his leadership at the Lab.