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American Ornithological Society

Advancing Scientific Knowledge and Conservation of Birds

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international 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.  As one of the oldest, and the largest ornithological society in the world, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, pursues a global perspective, and informs public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections.  The AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, including eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students.

The AOS is undertaking new initiatives to attract diversity in the profession, assist students, early professionals and international members, and to address the needs of scientists, academics and conservation professionals in advancing ornithological knowledge across the globe.  The society is redoubling past efforts to prepare future generations of scientists and conservation leaders through a multi-dimensional approach that integrates science, new technologies, public policy and citizen outreach; works with other ornithological and scientific communities; and collaborates with local, state, federal and international government entities.

The AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances, which has one of the highest scientific impact rankings among ornithological journals worldwide, and The Condor: Ornithological Applications.  The AOS also publishes 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 and Middle America, and in South America. The AOS also sponsors The Birds of North America Online in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

AOS provides a professional home for ornithologists and supports members at every career stage, from undergraduate years through retirement. Learn about the benefits of becoming a member.

Our Mission

To advance the scientific understanding of birds and disseminate ornithological knowledge, enrich ornithology as a profession and mentor young professionals, and promote a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.

Our Goals

  • Connect a vibrant community of ornithlogists throughout the Americas
  • Publish openly accessible ornithological research of the highest quality
  • Achieve excellence in organizing and hosting annual conferences that meet the ever-changing needs of ornithology and ornithologists
  • Recognize and promote significant accomplishments in ornithology
  • Excel in professional development for members at all stages of their careers
  • Sustain scientific impact through financial support for ornithological research
  • Inform public policy on all issues pertaining to ornithology
  • Pursue a global perspective

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The AOS officers and council, along with the many dedicated volunteers serving on committees, welcome your input and encourage you to consider the benefits of becoming a member. Please join us!

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