Joint Society Statement on Ornithological Field Safety

WOS recently became aware of a public allegation of a sexual assault by a well-known birder that occurred during a bird-watching excursion in a metro-Atlanta park. The professional ornithological societies of the Americas have come together in solidarity with a statement affirming our commitment to maintaining the safety of everyone participating in ornithological field activities or exploring the natural world.

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An update on Volume 132 of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology has released its latest issue (Volume 132, Number 2) on the journal website (wjoonline.org).  The printed version of this issue is in production at Allen Press and was mailed to print subscribers on February 4th.

The WJO Editor, Managing Editor, and our partners at Allen Press continue to work hard to chip away at the huge backlog of papers that piled up in our peer review pipeline due to the illness and subsequent resignation of John Faaborg as Editor in early 2019, and the untimely death of Acting Editor Mary Bomberger Brown in late 2019. We apologize to WOS members and WJO authors for the lingering production delay in the wake of these unfortunate events. Several papers that have been accepted for publication in the next issue (Volume 132, Number 3) have appeared as Online Early Articles on the journal webpage, and other accepted papers will continue to appear as that now-completed issue moves to the production phase, which takes about six weeks. We have begun to assemble the contents of the final issue of Volume 132 and are hopeful that it will appear closely on the heels of Volume 132 Number 3.

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Apply Today for WOS 2021 Research Grant Awards!

The Wilson Ornithological Society is now accepting applications for the 2021 Research Grant competition. See below for more information, application instructions, and submission links. Applications are due February 1st, 2021.

Please direct specific inquiries regarding grant applications to Dr. Letty Reichart, reichartlm@unk.edu. We look forward to receiving your applications!

This information is also listed on our permanent Research Grants webpage:  https://wilsonsociety.org/awards/research-grants/


Each year, the Wilson Ornithological Society offers five categories of research grants. The focus of each differs somewhat, as does the amount of the award. Willingness to report results of the research as an oral or poster paper at an annual meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society within the next 5 years and a brief write-up and a photograph of the awardees for the webpage is also a condition of all grants.

Applicants should be current WOS members or willing to become members of WOS.

Application instructions for 2021 award are available here as a PDF for download.

Applicants are asked to submit their proposals electronically to the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/6bD9CTeL8WQFyWgdA

Please have your adviser or another person familiar with your research upload a pdf letter of recommendation online at the following link: https://forms.gle/UVGiQvEXQy9M1F6h7

Deadline for applications and recommendations: 1 February 2021
Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grant

The Wilson Society’s most prestigious award is available to all ornithologists, although graduate students and young professionals are preferred. Any avian research is eligible. Up to two awards of $2500 are given annually.

George A. Hall / Harold F. Mayfield Grant

This award is limited to independent researchers without access to funds and facilities available at colleges, universities, or governmental agencies, and is restricted to non-professionals, including high school students. Any kind of avian research is eligible. Up to one $1000 award is given. Formerly known as the Margaret Morse Nice Award

Wilson Ornithological Society Research Grants

Up to four awards of $1500 are given annually, for work in any area of ornithology. Two of these awards will be limited to research by Masters students.

Paul A. Stewart Grants

Preference will be given to proposals for studies of bird movements (based on banding, radio or satellite telemetry, or similar methods) or an emphasis on economic ornithology. Up to four awards of $1000 are given annually.

WOS Membership Renewal Info for 2021

Due to organizational changes within the North American ornithological community, The Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS) needed to change its membership portal. Allen Press, who has published the WOS journals since 1952, will be handling this function for us.

Unfortunately, there have been some unexpected delays in getting the new portal operational, we apologize to you for this inconvenience, and ask for your patience.  The new portal is expected to be functional in early 2021. At that time, an email will go out to all members informing them that the portal is open.

In the meantime, if you wish to renew your membership via mail, you can mail a check filled out to “WOS” to:

Wilson Ornithological Society
PO Box 7065
Lawrence, KS 66044

Your membership benefits include:

Pricing for 2021 memberships:

  • Active Member $40.00
  • Family (multiple members- one copy of journal) $50.00
  • Student $20.00
  • Sustaining $100.00
  • Lifetime (may be paid in 4 annual installments of $250.00) $1,000.00

*Please choose (make sure to indicate or include a note if mailing your renewal) how you would wish to receive the journal: In-print, on-line only, or both.

The Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS) is an international scientific society comprising community members who share a curiosity about birds. The WOS produces the quarterly Wilson Journal of Ornithology as the latest iteration of scientific journal publication supported by the Society since 1888. The WOS is committed to providing mentorship to both professional and amateur ornithologists through sponsorship of research, teaching, and conservation.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact the WOS administration office at WOS@allenpress.com or call 785-865-9405 during Central Time Zone Business Hours of 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Thank you for being a member of the Wilson Ornithological Society,
Jameson F. Chace President
Timothy O’Connell First Vice President
Peter G. Saenger Membership Committee Chair

The Ornithological Council is updating the Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research – and they need your help!

The Ornithological Council is planning a minor revision to the Guidelines to the Use
of Wild Birds in Research. This foundational publication, now in its third edition,
provides an in-depth guide to the animal welfare considerations when performing
research involving wild birds, including ethical considerations and the legal
framework that must be followed by researchers. Topics include investigator impact generally, collecting and trapping, marking, transport, housing and captive breeding, minor and major manipulative procedures, and euthanasia.

The last edition was published in 2010. The Ornithological Council is interested in
compiling updated references from the last 10 years so we can include those in the
next update. If you are aware of a methods paper relevant to a topic covered in the
Guidelines, please submit the citation (and if you have it, a PDF of the paper or a
link to it) to Laura Bies (laurabiesoc@gmail.com). Also submit papers that are not
methods papers per se but assess the impact of the study methods.

We are also looking for volunteers to coordinate the literature reviews for each
chapter. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Laura Bies at
laurabiesoc@gmail.com

The chapters in the Guidelines are:
Chapter I. Introduction
Chapter 2. Impact of Investigator Presence
Chapter 3. Capture and Marking
Chapter 4. Transport of Wild Bird
Chapter 5. Captive Management
Chapter 6. Minor Manipulative Procedures
Chapter 7. Major Manipulative Procedures
Chapter 8. Scientific Collecting

The 2010 edition of Guidelines is available on our website at BIRDNET.ORG. Thank
you in advance for your contributions!

~Guest news post written by Laura Bies