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: Peter Hosner

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring a winner of COS’s Young Professional Award: Dr. Peter Hosner of the University of Florida.

Image of Peter HosnerFirst awarded in 2009, the Young Professional award recognizes early-career researchers for outstanding scientific research and contributions to the ornithological profession (see a list of past winners).

Dr. Hosner investigates how geographical, environmental, and ecological factors limit avian distributions and how these factors influence patterns of diversification. Continue reading…

Award Winner: Daniel Baldassarre

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring a winner of COS’s Young Professional Award: Dr. Daniel Baldassarre of Princeton University.

Image of Daniel BaldassarreFirst awarded in 2009, the Young Professional Award recognizes early-career researchers for outstanding scientific research and contributions to the ornithological profession (see a list of past winners).

Dr. Baldassarre studies the intersection between behavioral ecology and speciation and recently began a project to investigate phenotypic plasticity in desert and woodland breeding populations of the phainopepla. Continue reading…

Katma Award Winners

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

Image of Robert Storer (Katma Award)
The annual Katma Award was sponsored by Dr. Robert W. Storer

The Katma Award, honoring an outstanding paper related to ornithology that offers unconventional idea or innovative approaches, was presented to Drs. Muhammad Asghar, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Dennis Hasselquist, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Bengt Hansson, Lund University, Pavel Zehtindjiev, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, Helena Westerdahl, Lund University, and Staffan Bensch, Lund University, for their paper “Hidden costs of infection: Chronic malaria accelerates telomere degradation and senescence in wild birds” which appeared in 2015 in Science. Continue reading…

Award Winner: Walter Koenig

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

Image of Walter KoenigDr. Walter Koenig won the Loye and Alden Miller Research Award for lifetime achievement in ornithological research, for his foundational contributions to ornithology, ecology, and behavioral ecology and for uniting these and related disciplines through integrative, interdisciplinary investigations of birds and their environments.

His long-term study of Acorn Woodpeckers, which he continues to lead after more than four decades of continual investigation, is among the most influential of such studies, in part because it has continued to evolve as new generations of field and lab techniques provide opportunities to ask new questions at all levels of biological organization. Continue reading…

Student Presentation Award Winners

Each year we are proud to recognize students who have given outstanding presentations at the annual meeting (this year, held at the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington DC).

In 2016 AOU honored Allison Lansverk, Laura Farwell, Ping Huang, Nick Sly, and Gunnar Kramer. Read about the AOU awards and recipients.

COS honored Katie LaBarbera, Richard Hedley, Michelle Peach, and Andy Boyce. Read about the COS awards and recipients.

Blue-and-yellow Macaw by Luc Viatour
Blue-and-yellow Macaw by Luc Viatour CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons