Research Grants and NEW Early Professional Impact Award Now Open

Applications for two important opportunities from the Wilson Ornithological Society are open now through February 1!

Our four categories of research grant provide up to $2500 to support ornithology projects by researchers including students, early-career professionals, and those with limited access to funding. See here for full eligibility details and application instructions, and read about the 2021 recipients here.

We are also now accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for our brand new Early Professional Avian Conservation and Community Impact Award! This award honors the contributions of WOS members working in non-research careers that contribute to bird and bird habitat conservation, including applied science, education and outreach, communications, advocacy, and habitat conservation and protection. To be eligible, you must have five years or less of work experience in a job related to avian conservation. The winner will receive an original piece of artwork from an early career artist as well as funding to support attendance at the WOS annual meeting (meeting registration, travel, hotel, per diem) and an honorarium. See here for full eligibility details and application instructions.

Again, applications for both the research grants and the Impact Award are due February 1. Please spread the word!

Now Accepting Workshop, Field Trip, & Symposium Proposals for 2022 Annual Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for workshopsfield trips, and symposiums for the WOS’s 2022 meeting, to be held July 17–20 in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

The deadline to submit a proposal is February 1. For instructions and submission forms, as well as a tentative schedule for the meeting, details on how to request accommodations regarding accessibility, and a link to the meeting code of conduct, see here. Email woscommunications@gmail.com with any questions. We can’t wait to see you in Santa Fe! 

Guest Post: A Closer Look at Scrub-Jay Habitat

This post was contributed by Meredith Heather, a Research Assistant in the Avian Ecology lab at Archbold Biological Station and a 2020 WOS Research Grant recipient.

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A Florida Scrub-Jay perches in a sand live oak, taking a break from foraging to scan for predators. Photo by Meredith Heather.

Growing up, I enjoyed watching birds feeding and bathing in the backyard. It wasn’t until after I took an ornithology course that I became more interested in watching their behaviors and learning about individual species. As the years passed, I became increasingly aware of the differences in their habitat preferences, habitat use, movement, and ecological significance. When I decided to pursue a master’s degree, I wanted a research project that would allow me incorporate habitat use, because understanding how animals utilize their habitats is necessary in supporting management and policy decisions. Conducting research at Archbold Biological Station (Archbold) with Florida Scrub-Jays provided me an opportunity to do just that.

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Upcoming Event on Ornithology Careers Outside Academia

On October 22 at 4 pm EDT, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Association of Field Ornithologists will be hosting the first of a series of quarterly virtual events held via Zoom for students and early professionals. The inaugural event, a panel discussion on “Careers in Ornithology and Avian Conservation Outside the Academy” moderated by WOS 2nd Vice President Auriel Fournier, will include discussion from the panelists on what their jobs in ornithology and avian conservation look like, what they find rewarding, and what skill sets they use. There will also be time for questions so everyone can learn more about these career paths. Please register in advance using the link below. We hope to see you there!

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