Calendar Year Donors

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) thanks its many generous donors and contributing members from calendar year 2018. (*=deceased)

Contributing Members

see Membership page

Scott M. Lanyon
Patricia A. McGill
Alison R. Styring
Sandra Talbot
Melanie Wirtanen

Perpetual Guarantor

$250,000 or more

Brina Kessel*

Benefactor

$25,000–$99,999

Chandler Robbins*

Sponsor

$1,000–$2,999

Ken Dial
Melinda and Stephen Pruett-Jones
Genie and Nathaniel T. Wheelwright

Gold Donor

$500–$999

Charles T. Collins
Rebecca T. Kimball
Patricia A. McGill

Silver Donor

$100-499

Gregory F. Ball
Julia Clarke
Todd Engstrom
Millicent S. Ficken
Sharon Gill
Larry C. Holcomb
Anne V. Hulychuk
Barbara E. Kus
Daniel R. Ruthrauff
Nancy B. Soulette
Deborah Turski
John C. Wingfield

Donor

Up to $100

Keith A. Arnold
Christopher N. Balakrishnan
Alice Boyle
Michael W. Butler
Larry E. Cartwright
Anne B. Clark
Jeffrey A. Cox
Alice Deutsch
Scott V. Edwards
Hugh I. Ellis
Mercedes S. Foster
Joseph A. Grzybowski
John H. Harris
Mark E. Hauber
Karen A. Havlena
Fritz Hertel
Wesley M. Hochachka
Peter H. Homann
Andrew W. Jones
Catherine A. Lindell
Bette A. Loiselle
Irby J. Lovette
Peter E. Lowther
Elden W. Martin
Paul R. Martin
David B. McDonald
Eugene S. Morton
Dana L. Moseley
Robert S. Placier
Christin L. Pruett
Stephen I. Rothstein
Stephen M. Russell
Stephan J. Schoech
Stanley E. Senner
Brian T. Smith
John A. Sproul
Charles F. Thompson
Bruce C. Thompson
James M. Utter
Nils Warnock
Jennifer M. White
Joseph M. Wunderle


Lifetime Donors

Here we acknowledge lifetime giving at the Patron level and above, with our deepest gratitude. (*=deceased)

Perpetual Guarantor

$250,000 or more

Charles R. Blake*
Beecher S. Bowdish*
Werner Hesse* and Hildegard Hesse*
Brina C. Kessel*
Marion Jenkinson Mengel* and Robert M. Mengel*
Marsha Brady Tucker*

Guarantor

$100,000–$249,999

Wallace C. Dayton*
Christian Goetz*
Frances L. Sibley
Eleanor H. Stickney*

Benefactor

$25,000–$99,999

Donald Bleitz*
Herbert Carnes*
Betty Carnes*
Carla Cicero
Wilbur Yocum Gary*
Mark E. Hauber
Karl W. Kenyon
James* and Jean Macaleer
Chandler Robbins*
James Savage*
Robert W. Storer*
Alexander Wetmore*
Beatrice Wetmore*

Patron

$10,000–$24,999

Robert B. Berry
Walter Bock
Howard P. Brokaw*
Alan H. Brush
Theresa L. Bucher (Lulu May Lloyd Von Hagen Foundation)
Nicholas E.* and Elsie C. Collias*
Charles T. and Patricia H. Collins
Kendall W. Corbin
John E. Du Pont*
Frank B. Gill
Robert G. Goelet
Wayne Hoffman
C. Stuart Houston
Mrs. B. Brewster Jennings*
Wesley E. Lanyon*
Richard Marrus
Mary Victoria McDonald
Deane McGurk
William H. Pugh
Stephen M. and Ruth Ogden Russell
Elizabeth A. Schreiber and Ralph W. Schreiber*
Peter Stettenheim*
Harrison B. Tordoff*
Jared Verner
George M. Wickstrom
Sartor O. Williams, III
Glen E. Woolfenden* and Janet A. Woolfenden

    From the field

    I also use small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS, aka drones) in my work in conservation as well as in work for the electric industry unrelated to conservation. Drones can cause much less disturbance than traditional methods when checking the nests of raptors. Drones can also be used to install line markers to reduce avian collisions, to inspect nests for entanglement hazards, or to quantify wildlife. I even get to fly drones in high voltage environments where a person would be killed if they entered! It's been fun taking over the AOS Instagram account this week — if you have questions about my work, you can reach me at jdwyer@edmlink.com! #birds #ornithology #science #conservation #wildlife #drones #powerlines
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A big thank you to #AOSMember James Dwyer for his posts this week! If you're an AOS member and would like to be featured here, please send us a message.The Avian Collision Avoidance System (ACAS), which I posted about earlier this week, is just one way of addressing avian collisions with power lines. Other methods involve “line marking,” which uses attachments on wires to increase line visibility. Unfortunately, these methods are not as reliable as we would like. In the attached photos, a Green-winged Teal in Colorado, a sparrow in Colorado, a sparrow in Wyoming, a warbler in California, and a Ring-billed Gull in California illustrate the range of species and habitats where collisions occur. #ornithology #birds #science #wildlife #conservation #powerlines
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[Thank you to #AOSMember James Dwyer, who's taking over our account this week — keep following along!]Avian electrocutions can be prevented. Electrocutions can cause power outages, damage expensive equipment, start wildfires, and violate state and federal conservation laws. I tend to emphasize the first three concerns when working with utilities because unplanned outages, equipment replacement, and wildfire controls or restitution can be used in sound business cases for investing in avian electrocution mitigation regardless of the political climate. In the attached photos, an electrocuted Black-billed Magpie in Idaho (burned feet), Common Raven in California (burned beak), Bald Eagle in Colorado (burned neck and back), and Great Horned Owl in Arizona (burned wing) illustrate the range of species and habitats where electrocutions occur. All photos by me. #ornithology #birds #conservation #science #wildlife
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[Thank you to #AOSMember James Dwyer, who's taking over our account this week — keep following along!]I’ve had great opportunities to work in avian conservation internationally in Africa, Canada, the Dominican Republic, the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Hungary, and Spain. In these photos, a Griffon Vulture in South Africa feeds in front of a power line (out of image frame) where numerous vultures have been electrocuted, a Ridgeway’s Hawk in the Dominican Republic jumps through the air gap around a power line to land on a conductor cover installed to prevent avian electrocutions, and an electrocuted Common Buzzard and Griffon Vulture can be seen on pylons. All photos by me. #ornithology #birds #science #conservation #wildlife #raptors #birdsofprey #powerlines
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[Thank you to #AOSMember James Dwyer, who's taking over our account this week — keep following along!]In addition to my research, I give back by contributing to the leadership of the Raptor Research Foundation. I am the current Chair of the Conservation Committee, the former (and founding) Chair of the Code of Conduct Committee, a former Chair (and current member) of the Scientific Committee, and a former Board Member. I’m also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Raptor Research (JRR), and right now I’m working on a special issue of JRR focused on raptors’ interactions with power lines. Here are some photos of my experiences handling and banding raptors, by Angela Dwyer, Melissa Landon, and myself. #ornithology #science #birds #conservation #wildlife #raptors #birdsofprey
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[Thank you to #AOSMember James Dwyer, who's taking over our account this week — keep following along!]In addition to having a peer-reviewed scientific article on the Avian Collision Avoidance System published in The Condor (see my last post!), I was lucky enough to publish an article about it in an electric industry trade magazine. Though not always emphasized in academia, encouraging communications with industry can have important conservation implications! #ornithology #birds #science #wildlife #conservation #scicomm #sandhillcrane #powerlines
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[Thank you to #AOSMember James Dwyer, who's taking over our account this week — keep following along!]I was part of the team that developed the Avian Collision Avoidance System (ACAS), described in a recent publication in The Condor. This system shines UV lights on power lines to make them more visible to Sandhill Cranes, and tests showed that it reduces crane collisions with power lines by 98%. The video clip included in this post shows what can happen when cranes encounter power lines WITHOUT a system like ACAS in place. Photos by me, video by Laura McHale. #ornithology #birds #science #sandhillcrane #wildlife #conservation #powerlines
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[Thank you to #AOSMember James Dwyer, who's taking over our account this week — keep following along!]
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