Join AOS or Renew Your Membership

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!).

If you need assistance, please check the help page or contact Scott Gillihan at OSNAmembers@gmail.com or 312-883-4670.

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Award Winner: Mary Caswell Stoddard

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring the winner of AOU’s Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award.

Image of Mary Caswell StoddardDr. Mary Caswell Stoddard of Princeton University won the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award, recognizing work by an ornithologist early in his or her career who shows distinct promise for future leadership in the profession (see a list of past winners).

Dr. Stoddard’s highly innovative and interdisciplinary research focuses on the ecological and behavioral implications of avian color vision complexity. Continue reading…

 

 

Award Winner: James Herkert

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring the winner of the prestigious Jenkinson Award.

Image of James HerkertDr. James Herkert (Director of Resource Conservation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources) won the Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award, given to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the AOU. Dr. Herkert, recognized for his influential research on grassland birds, served as an outstanding and forward-thinking steward of AOU’s assets while treasurer of the society for nearly a decade. Continue reading…

Award Winner: John Fitzpatrick

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring the winner of AOU’s prestigious Schreiber Award.

Image of John Fitzpatrick (Credit: Dustin Angell)Dr. John Fitzpatrick, head of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, won the Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award, recognizing extraordinary scientific contributions to the conservation, restoration, or preservation of birds and their habitats.

Under Dr. Fitzpatrick’s leadership, the Cornell Lab has grown into a force for conservation, with education and outreach programs that bring bird science to the public. His work on the ecology of Florida Scrub-Jays has helped slow the decline of this threatened species.

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Award Winner: Michael Sorenson

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring the winner of AOU’s prestigious Coues Award.

Michael SorensonDr. Michael Sorenson of Boston University won the Elliott Coues Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding and innovative contributions to ornithological research.

Dr. Sorenson’s research focuses on the ecology of brood parasitism, and his drive to understand its origins has also led him into the study of molecular evolution and systematics; he is recognized as a leader in both fields. He is a highly productive and published scientist with broad influence in his field. Continue reading…

Award Winner: Patricia Parker

Every year AOU and COS present professional awards to honor members for their service and contributions to science.  Today we’re featuring the 2016 winner of AOU’s prestigious Brewster Award.

Patty ParkerDr. Patricia Parker of the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo won the William Brewster Award, bestowed each year to the author or co-authors of an exceptional body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere.

The last two decades of Dr. Parker’s forty-year research career have focused on the evolution, diseases, and conservation of the birds of the Galápagos Islands. She has made enormous contributions to ornithology through the development of creative new applications of DNA analysis while producing more than 180 publications and training and inspiring a broad array of students and professionals early in their career.

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