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American Ornithological Society

Advancing Scientific Knowledge and Conservation of Birds

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) launched in 2016 with the merger of the American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, to serve ornithologists and advance ornithology in the 21st century.

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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