Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

AOS_logo-k375k_stackedAOS members should have received an email last week reminding them of important upcoming dates and deadlines! In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of AOS dates you may want to add to your calendar.

2019 Meeting: Our 2019 annual meeting will be June 24-28 in Anchorage, Alaska. Registration is open now, and we hope you’ll be joining us to celebrate the summer solstice at 61° North latitude!

  • Symposium and Round Table proposal deadline: 15 December 2018
  • Abstracts submission & travel grant deadline: 15 February 2019
  • Early Bird Registration deadline: 15 March 2019

Council & Officer Nominations: We invite all members to submit nominations for four AOS Elective Councilor positions, AOS Secretary, and AOS Treasurer. Nominations require the consent of the nominee and should be emailed to AOS Secretary Andy Jones at secretary@americanornithology.org. Deadline: 30 November 2018.

Fellow & Elective Member Nominations: These special membership classes recognize members for their contributions to ornithology and/or service to AOS. Deadline: 30 November 2018.

Senior Professional, Early Professional, Service, & Katma Award Nominations: Nominate yourself or your colleagues for AOS’s prestigious ornithology awards. Full information available at the pages linked. Deadline: 14 December 2018.

Student Membership Awards: Please encourage eligible ornithology students to apply for AOS Student Membership Awards, which provide one year of free AOS membership to interested students who have not previously been members of the society. Deadline: 31 December 2018.

AOS welcomes new Communications Specialist

Rebecca_Heisman_03 - CopyAOS is excited to welcome Rebecca Heisman as our new Communications Specialist! Rebecca will be working part time through the end of the year and joining AOS as our first full-time communications staff member in January 2019. Among other duties, Rebecca will be taking the reins of AOS’s Twitter account, Facebook page, and website.

Rebecca spent the past four years as a freelance writer and science communicator (with The Auk and The Condor among her clients). Prior to that, she earned a master’s degree in natural resources and was a field technician for bird research projects in Canada and Australia.

Rebecca is looking forward to finding new ways that AOS’s various communications channels can serve the society’s members. If you have any ideas to share about this, she’d love to hear from you! You can contact her at rheisman@americanornithology.org.

Wanted: Literature to update Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research

AOS members, our colleagues at the Ornithological Council need your help updating their Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research! They have asked us to share the following note.

The Ornithological Council publishes the peer-reviewed Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research. It was most recently updated in 2010, and it has been our intent to supplement it with literature published after that date, ultimately developing a database that incorporates all literature cited and all supplemental literature (volunteers welcome!). The Guidelines are recognized by federal agencies and private organizations as a resource reference. It is extremely important that we provide them—and  your Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (Animal Care and Use Committees in Canada)—the most up-to-date information available.

If you have published methods papers since 2010 that assess the impact of study techniques on the birds you are studying, please bring them to our attention. The OC simply doesn’t have the resources to search for these studies on an ongoing basis. Additionally, if yours is not a methods paper per se but assessed the impact of the study methods, please bring that to our attention, too.

Questions can be directed to Ellen Paul, Ornithological Council Executive Director, ellen.paul@verizon.net.

Help us to help you!

The AOS partners with other societies to respond to proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act

The AOS joins the American Society of Mammalogists and the Society for Conservation Biology North America today in a sign-on letter in response to proposed changes to Regulations Guiding Implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

The ESA is under a damaging attack by lawmakers. Over the past decade, Congress has launched myriad attempts to undermine this important legislation and protection of biodiversity. The Trump administration has rolled out a series of proposals to weaken protections for endangered animals and plants.

What is at stake for birds? Many species could lose protection. Toxic pesticides could be exempt from environmental review. Regulations for interagency cooperation, listing species and designating critical habitat, and prohibitions to threatened species would be negatively affected.

Ultimately, if enacted into law, the proposed regulatory changes will severely diminish protections for endangered species, limit how critical habitat is chosen, and affect whether climate change can be considered a factor in determining protection. The result would ensure more species are lost to extinction.  

Do you wish to use your voice on this issue? The comment period closes today, so now is the time to act. See the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s web page for more information.

Job Announcement: AOS Communications Specialist

Chicago, IL:  July 30, 2018—The American Ornithological Society seeks seeks a highly motivated individual with the talent and creativity to deliver the Society’s online communications and social media. The successful candidate will have experience in science writing and storytelling; online communication programs and services, including website development, social media, email communications; content management; and publicity. Strong science writing and marketing skills, proven interpersonal skills, and the desire to work in a mission-driven organization are highly desired. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone seeking to lead a communications program in a growing professional society. The Communications Specialist will also be at the front line of implementing the comprehensive communications strategy for the AOS.

  • The Communications Specialist is a part-time position, up to 25 hours per week on average, through Dec 2018, and is expected to go to a full time position in 2019.
  • Compensation: $2,150 per month, for an average of 25 hours per week through December 2018. Base salary range anticipated for the full time position is $42,000-$46,000, starting in 2019.
  • The successful candidate is not required to be located in Chicago.
  • The position begins as soon as the vacancy is filled.

See the complete position description.

The committee will begin reviewing applications and contacting applicants for interviews after 25 August 2018.

To be considered, send an application in one file that includes a current C.V. and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position (no more than four pages combined) to jobs@americanornithology.org. Please direct any questions about the position to Crystal Ruiz, Director of Operations, at cruiz@americanornithology.org.

About the American Ornithological Society
The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is the largest international member-based society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances, and The Condor: Ornithological Applications, and the book series, Studies in Avian Biology. The Society’s Checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North, Middle, and South America. The AOS is also a partner in the online publication of The Birds of North America with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. For more information, see www.americanornithology.orgThe AOS is an equal opportunity employer. We seek and welcome a diverse pool of candidates in this search.