There are many options for supporting AOS’s mission. Explore what’s right for you!

By Check

Checks may be made out to the American Ornithological Society and mailed to the American Ornithological Society, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.


Recurring Monthly Donation

You can increase your impact on AOS’s programs by choosing to have your donation in any amount recur automatically every month. When you donate through PayPal, check the box labeled “Make this a monthly donation” and follow the instructions to authorize your recurring payment.


Employer Matching

Many employers have a program to match employees’ charitable gifts. Check with your employer to see if they have an employee matching gift program. If so, there will likely be required forms to fill out, and your employer can assist you as necessary. Mail your matching gift form to Crystal Ruiz, American Ornithological Society, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.

Another type of employer benefit is volunteer grant programs, which are corporate giving programs in which companies provide monetary donations to organizations where employees volunteer regularly. If you volunteer your time for AOS (for example, as a member of a committee), this is another potential way to multiply your support! As with charitable gift matching programs, check with your employer to see if this is an option for you.

For questions on how to submit an employeer matching gift or volunteer grant to AOS, please contact us.


Stocks, Bonds, & Mutual Funds

Many gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds result in a charitable deduction for the full market value of your contribution to AOS, even if you acquired the asset for far less. Donating securities also minimizes capital gains taxes. If you are considering a donation of this type, please contact us and we will provide you with the information needed for this type of gift transaction.


Charitable IRA Rollover

If you are 70½ or older, you may transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to AOS​. The amount of the transfer will not be included in your taxable income, and the transferred amount can count toward the IRA’s required minimum distribution for the year. This opportunity applies only to certain types of IRAs. Please consult with your financial advisor to see whether a charitable IRA rollover is a good choice for you.

IRA rollover gifts may be done via wire transfer or by check. Ask your IRA custodian to contact us for wire transfer information, or direct them to mail a check payable to the American Ornithological Society to the address above. Please include your name, the purpose of your gift, and confirmation that the funds are from a qualified charitable IRA distribution.


Life Insurance

You may transfer ownership of a life insurance policy to AOS and receive a tax deduction for the policy’s cash value. Gifts to AOS to cover premiums due may also qualify for a deduction. For information regarding this type of gift, please contact us.


Shop at Amazon

AmazonSmile offers a simple and automatic way for you to support AOS every time you shop, at no cost to you. You will find the same low prices, selection, and shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to AOS.

From the field

Plenty of studies, especially in “birdy” places like shade-grown coffee farms, have shown that birds can provide an economically valuable service to farmers by eating pest insects. But what about in the huge swathes of farmland that cover much of the U.S.? To find out, the researchers behind a recent study in The Condor set up mesh “exclosures” over corn and soybean plants to see how keeping out birds but not insects would affect crops' success. They found that birds had a positive effect on corn crop yield, but a negative effect on soybean crop yield in the adjacent field. For the many farmers that use a corn-corn-soybean rotation schedule, this may suggest economic gain in the long run. Learn more at the blog post linked in our profile! Photos by Daryl Coldren and Megan Garfinkel. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #ecology #conservation #science #agriculture #midwestThe sunbirds are a group of nectar-eating songbirds from Africa and Asia that are a sort of Old World counterpart of hummingbirds. A recent paper in The Condor offered a new reason to prioritize sunbird conservation beyond just At Michigan State I teach two courses, Ecology and Tropical Biology. Each fall during the Tropical Biology course we have a “Tropical Thanksgiving.” Each group of students is assigned a plant family with a distribution primarily in the tropics, and students need to uncover a species in the plant family that humans eat. Then they bring in a dish prepared with that species, like pineapple upside down cake, brownies, or banana cream pie. Our Tropical Thanksgivings tend to be heavy on desserts! #ecology #tropicalecology #tropicalbiology #ethnobotany #botany #plantbiology #thanksgiving
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[Thanks, Catherine! If YOU are an AOS member and would like to be featured here for a week, please get in touch.]We have worked in Panama and Costa Rica in areas undergoing forest restoration. Birds play vital roles in restoration systems by consuming insects that can damage young trees. They also disperse seeds of plants and provide pollination services. Tropical birds are also just cool! Photo credits include Sean Williams. #ornithology #wildlife #science #birds #ecology #conservation #restoration #neotropicalbirds
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[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]We have investigated a number of tactics to deter pest birds in orchards. Inflatable tube-men appear effective in some contexts, if farmers move them around and use enough of them. We have had mixed results with drones; some models and some flight trajectories are likely to be more effective than others in deterring crop-eating birds. Photo credits include Shayna Wiefrich and Ben Hawes. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #science #agriculture #orchards #womeninstem
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[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]We recently investigated the roles American Kestrels can play in pest management in fruit-production systems. Working with famers in Michigan, we built and installed kestrel nest boxes in sweet cherry orchards. While kestrels nest in the boxes, they provision their young with arthropods, mammals, and birds that consume the cherries. Kestrels also reduce fruit-eating bird activity in the orchards with their presence. Photo credits include Amanda LaFay and Craig Sklarczyk. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #science #raptors #kestrels #orchards #ecology #womeninstem
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[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]Hi, I’m Catherine Lindell, #AOSMember and Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications! I'll be taking over the AOS Instagram account this week. I’m an associate professor at Michigan State University in the Integrative Biology Department and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations. My students and I investigate the roles birds play in managed ecosystems like agroecosystems and areas undergoing restoration. Photos by Sean Williams and Steve Roels. #ornithology #science #ecology #birds #restoration #biology #womeninstem
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