4 April 2017
Dear members of the American Ornithological Society:
The AOS is embarking on a new effort to increase diversity and inclusion in our Society. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey to help us understand our current diversity and develop strategies for becoming a more diverse and inclusive Society. Feel free to send the link to other colleagues who may not be current members of AOS. Please complete the survey by April 30.
Thank you in advance for your time.
Steve Beissinger, President, American Ornithological Society
Kevin Omland, Chair, AOS Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
A recent article published in The Atlantic highlights the work and need for the AOS Classification Committees. There are two classification committees, one for North America and one for South America. Once a bird classification is made, it is not necessarily permanent. As ornithology advances and science brings new information to light, that is taken into consideration by the committee members when making decisions for new items as well as reviewing those previously established. And these classifications are important because they help the research side of ornithology as well as influence new projects. These decisions even affect bird watchers since classifications are influential on what bird names are published and the order of species in field guides.
The article primarily focuses on the example of the Striolated Puffbirds.
Read the full article to learn more: The Factious, High-Drama World of Bird Taxonomy by Andrew Jenner published in The Atlantic
AIBS is hosting a professional development opportunity with the theme geared toward helping scientists develop interdisciplinary skills. The program is a two day course open to any scientist that works in a collaborative setting. There is no education or work experience level required.
Some of the skills that will be developed or covered in this course (as seen on the program website):
Engage in collaborative scientific ventures;
Eliminate barriers to effective team science;
Execute the factors that make collaborations successful;
Build the right scientific team;
Perform with a variety of personalities and work approaches;
Create a team roadmap;
Enact the five keys to leadership;
Develop effective communication strategies and techniques
Facilitate scientific collaborations; and,
Apply practical solutions for team science concerns.
Dear AOS members:
The American Ornithological Society (AOS) stands with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Research!America, and other professional and scientific societies in opposing the recent White House executive order on visas and immigration, reaffirming the Society’s support for free exchange of information, diversity, and global collaboration. As the world’s largest professional society dedicated to advancing the scientific knowledge and the conservation of birds, the AOS recognizes that this order poses a threat to long-held American values, and the values of this Society. It is already having a chilling effect on scientists whose work is made stronger through engagement with colleagues from around the world. The AOS pursues a global perspective in all of its programs, and invests its human and financial capital on promoting scientific exchange throughout the world. Advancement of science has served the American people well for two centuries, driving better health and a stronger economy. It has challenged and united us as a nation to confront devastating diseases, to explore the universe, and to discover and conserve new plant and animal species.
American science, across all disciplines, has always relied heavily on the work of researchers from around the globe. The taxon to which we dedicate our science — birds — knows no borders. AOS recognizes that innovation and scientific advancement is only possible through a comprehensive knitting together of the global science community, because new knowledge comes from diverse voices and experiences. The U.S. culture, economy, and our scientific enterprise has always benefited from the contributions of immigrants and refugees. Policies are needed now to ignite that spark of creativity and ingenuity, and to bring different voices together, which has always been at the heart of what defines America and how we succeed.
Together with other member organizations of the scientific community, the AOS is urging the administration to work with the scientific community in crafting an appropriate solution – one that recognizes that science cannot be contained within borders.
What can you do? AOS members can make their voices heard by sending a letter to the president and their members of Congress to reject the recent executive order on visas and immigration.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and for demonstrating our ethic for working together as a scholarly community as we confront these emerging challenges.
Steven R. Beissinger
AOS is a signatory on the following AAAS letter to the President: multisociety-letter-on-immigration-1-31-2017
Attention students and postdocs: it’s time to apply for AOS Research Awards! Awards are open to members (if you’re not a member yet, join AOS). See all eligibility information and application guidelines.
Deadline: January 27, 2017, at 12:00 P.M. EST.
It’s here! Visit the new OSNA Member Portal to join or renew membership in the American Ornithological Society. (Check out the benefits of membership.) This portal serves all of the Ornithological Societies of North America, including the Association of Field Ornithologists, Raptor Research Foundation, and Wilson Ornithological Society.
Former members of the recently-merged American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society can now renew as members of AOS. Life Members of AOU or COS now have AOS life memberships and need not renew (but can use the portal to update personal information, join other societies, or donate!).