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 …

2021 William Brewster Memorial Award Winner: Kathy Martin

Over the coming months, we will be profiling the previously announced winners of this year’s AOS awards in a series of posts on Wing Beat. The AOS William Brewster Memorial Award recognizes the author or coauthors of an exceptional body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere published during the past 10 years. Established in 1921, …

Thank you to our reviewers in celebration of Peer Review Week 2021

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is proud to recognize and celebrate our reviewers this week during Peer Review Week 2021. This year’s globally celebrated theme, “Identity in Peer Review,” explores how personal and social identity factor into peer review and ways the scholarly community can develop and incorporate more diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices in …

2021 Schreiber Conservation Award Winner: Francesca J. Cuthbert

The Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award is an AOS senior professional award that honors extraordinary conservation-related scientific contributions by an individual or small team. One of this year’s two awardees of the Schreiber Award is professor Francesca (Francie) J. Cuthbert.

So much to eat, so little time: A rapid refueling stop on arrival in South America is key to epic migration of the Blackpoll Warbler

By Nicholas J. Bayly Linked paper: Rapid recovery by fat- and muscle-depleted Blackpoll Warblers following trans-oceanic migration is driven by time-minimization by Nicholas J. Bayly, Kenneth V. Rosenberg, D. Ryan Norris, Philip D. Taylor, and Keith A. Hobson. Ornithology. For scientists and bird watchers alike, when we think about epic migratory journeys, the Blackpoll Warbler …

Accessing supplementary materials for AOS journals

It has recently come to our attention that supplementary materials for articles published in the AOS journals, Ornithology and Ornithological Applications, are not currently accessible through BioOne. We are looking into this issue and hope to have it resolved quickly for our readers. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you are an …

Do protected areas work? Long-term monitoring shows protected areas safeguard bird populations and support federal and state mandates

By Point Blue Conservation Science Linked paper: Protected areas safeguard landbird populations in central coastal California: evidence from long-term population trends by Mark D. Dettling, Kristen E. Dybala, Diana L. Humple, and Thomas Gardali, Ornithological Applications. Federal and state mandates to conserve 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030 are intended to protect …

Variation in migration phenology of boreal breeding birds is linked to evolutionary adaptations for long-distance migration

By Ben Winger Linked paper: Migration distance is a fundamental axis of the slow-fast continuum of life history in boreal birds by Benjamin M. Winger and Teresa M. Pegan, Ornithology Recently, it occurred to me that the anticipation and excitement of my first spring migration—experienced more than twenty years ago—continues to inspire my research today, …

In with the Old, Out with the Mew

Keep your checklists handy because the 62nd Supplement to the American Ornithological Society’s Check-list of North American Birds, publishing today in Ornithology, includes numerous updates to the classification of the continent’s bird species. A few highlights from this year’s supplement, detailed below, include species splits for Mew Gull, Barred Owl, and Sedge Wren, among quite …