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Studies in Avian Biology (SAB), formerly Pacific Coast Avifauna, is a book series publishing topical works in ornithology. The SAB series provides a unique opportunity for synthesis and coordination of key topics in ornithology that cannot be met by peer-reviewed journals. Recent volumes on Greater Sage-Grouse and Northern Spotted Owls received awards for their contributions to wildlife conservation and management.

The typical format is a set of 10–25 contributed chapters organized around an important topic in ornithology such as new areas of research or techniques, ecologically important habitats, or management of species of conservation concern. Recent volumes have focused on emerging questions in avian disease, the ecology of urban birds, and applications of video surveillance to studies of bird behavior. Studies of arctic shorebirds, boreal forest birds, and northern grouse have contributed to a better understanding of the ecology of birds in sensitive ecosystems. Each volume is guest-edited by a team of 1–3 volume editors who select and coordinate submissions of manuscripts from contributing authors. All manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review, and acceptance of individual manuscripts is based on scientific merit.

AOS is no longer accepting proposals for new volumes of Studies in Avian Biology. However, we encourage interested readers to browse back issues (see links below).


Access Information

Volumes 46 and later are available for purchase from CRC Press.

Volumes 38–45 are available for purchase from Buteo Books and University of California Press in e-Book and print versions. Individual chapters are also available from JSTOR in PDF format.

Volumes 1–37, as well as older volumes published under the series name Pacific Coast Avifauna, are available as open-access (no cost) PDF files at the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive. Selected issues also are available from Buteo Books.

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    Another way I participate in outreach is writing newspaper articles to promote public awareness on biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability. I was excited to receive the 2019 Eco-Challenge Award for this work! Thank you for following along this week with my takeover of the AOS Instagram account.  #ornithology #science #conservation #womeninstem #latinainstem #stemeducation #scicomm
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[Thanks, Adrianne! If YOU are an AOS member and would like to be featured here for a week, please get in touch.]I collaborate with the Puerto Rican Ornithological Society (SOPI in Spanish) on their education projects, such as giving talks at bird festivals and organizing bird identification workshops. SOPI members will be organizing birding tours for participants of #NAOC2020 in San Juan this summer! #birds #ornithology #science #conservation #womeninstem #latinainstem #stemeducation  #puertorico
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[Our thanks to AOS member Adrianne Tossas, a Puerto Rican ornithologist helping plan this summer's #NAOC2020, who's taking over this account for the week!]With support of BirdsCaribbean and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I published a bird book for children. I really enjoy giving presentations to students in schools, clubs, and camps. It is a great experience to share the knowledge with young audiences! #birds #ornithology #science #conservation #womeninstem #latinainstem #caribbean
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[Our thanks to AOS member Adrianne Tossas, a Puerto Rican ornithologist helping plan this summer's #NAOC2020, who's taking over this account for the week!]Last year we celebrated the biannual conference of BirdsCaribbean in the French island of Guadeloupe. Delegates from 34 countries participated in a week of presentations, birding, and networking. These meetings are always a lot of fun! #ornithology #science #conservation #womeninstem #latinainstem #caribbean
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[Our thanks to AOS member Adrianne Tossas, a Puerto Rican ornithologist helping plan this summer's #NAOC2020, who's taking over this account for the week!]I have been a member of BirdsCaribbean since 1999, when I was a graduate student. As part of this society I have had a chance to meet and work with colleagues from different countries throughout the region. Here I am having good times with Caribbean friends in Cuba in 2017! #ornithology #science #conservation #womeninstem #latinainstem #caribbean
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[Our thanks to AOS member Adrianne Tossas, a Puerto Rican ornithologist helping plan this summer's #NAOC2020, who's taking over this account for the week!]In 2017, my students and I initiated waterbird surveys in a small lagoon that lies within a Puerto Rican dairy farm. Interestingly, we have found 33 species, including migratory ducks, shorebirds and a single individual of Caribbean Flamingo. The birds are used to cows getting in the water to freshen up!  #birds #wildlife #ornithology #science #conservation #womeninstem #latinainstem #puertorico
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[Our thanks to AOS member Adrianne Tossas, a Puerto Rican ornithologist helping plan this summer's #NAOC2020, who's taking over this account for the week!]My undergraduate research group monitors seabirds in the northwestern part of the island. We focus on the White-tailed Tropicbird, which can only be seen near land when individuals come to nest in cliffs from January to June. This part of the island was designated as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. The natural beauty of the site is impressive! Video by Raymond Infante. #birds #wildlife #ornithology #science #conservation #womeninstem #latinainstem #puertorico
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[Our thanks to AOS member Adrianne Tossas, a Puerto Rican ornithologist helping plan this summer's #NAOC2020, who's taking over this account for the week!]
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