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