Strategic Planning: Charting Our Path to the AOS’s Future

By Judith Scarl, Executive Director and CEO The last decade has been a wild and wonderful journey for the American Ornithological Society (AOS), as we’ve changed, grown, and adapted in significant and positive ways. In 2015, we merged two major ornithological societies, the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society. The year before, in …

Creating a Culture of Inclusion & Belonging at AOS & BC 2022

| Español | As a science, ornithology—and ornithologists—revel in diversity and understand its significance for innovation, evolution, and resilience. Ornithology has a checkered past and thus ornithologists today don’t fully represent the human diversity of our world. The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is working hard to change that. As part of our continued commitment to making ornithology …

Professional Ethics in Science Societies: AOS Is Working Hard to Be a Leader

Imagine a situation at a scientific conference where you see, hear, or experience something that seems demeaning or unethical and that negatively impacts professional interactions. Or perhaps imagine another scenario, in which your unpublished data were presented by another person without citation or consent. What or who could help you navigate those situations? Examples like …

Nomination period extended for AOS Officers & Elective Councilors

The AOS Committee for Nomination of Officers and Elective Councilors is continuing to seek nominations, including self-nominations, for the following leadership positions, which will be on the upcoming 2022 ballot: President-Elect  Secretary Treasurer  Elective Councilor (4 seats for election). The Committee is seeking a diverse array of nominees and is extending the nomination period through …

Thank you from AOS Leaders

Wow — what a year! As we think back on everything that happened in 2021, we reflect on the strength and resilience of our community and our gratitude at working alongside such dedicated, passionate and skilled colleagues. Through your research, your service to AOS, your engagement, and your financial support, you create the diverse, vibrant, …

Creating a More Welcoming and Inclusive AOS

The mission of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) is “to advance the scientific understanding of birds, to enrich ornithology as a profession, and to promote a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.” This mission is best served by nourishing and supporting what can be the greatest asset of our Society—a diverse membership working …

You’re invited: AOS Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Planning Kick-off Webinar

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is developing a strategic plan for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) within our Society. This plan will build on the excellent efforts of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee and will help to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are integrated across our entire organization. We want to hear …

On the road to trans inclusivity in publishing at the American Ornithological Society

By Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief, Ornithological Applications The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is striving to become welcoming and inclusive of all members of our community. The Committee on Publication Ethics or COPE has resources to help us on this journey. COPE “provides leadership in thinking on publication ethics, practical resources to educate and support members, and …