AOS is growing, with over 3,000 members this year, and we are becoming younger and more diverse in many different ways. We are celebrating this diversity in our organizational culture, our programs and member benefits, and in our outreach efforts. At the recent AOS conference in Anchorage, Alaska, where the theme explored the dynamic boundaries of birds as well as ornithology, the Society approved an important change to our bylaws that reflects the global nature of our membership and the community we serve: we have eliminated any reference defining the Western Hemisphere as the Society’s geographic sphere of influence.
In honor of AOS’s growing global influence, we’re launching a special series of posts profiling members from around the world. In the coming weeks you’ll read stories of an undergraduate student studying storks in Nepal, a researcher at a museum in Switzerland, a professor working on ibis conservation in Japan, and more. What do they all have in common? They’ve all joined our international community of ornithologists working across the planet to advance the scientific study and conservation of birds. We hope you’ll read them here, and if you’re on social media, you can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #GlobalAOS. Come back tomorrow for the first post!