About the American Ornithological Society

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 the largest ornithological member-based society in the world, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging professional meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, and informs public policy on 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.

AOS publishes two international journals—Ornithology and Ornithological Applications. The Society’s Checklists are the official source for taxonomy and nomenclature for North and South American birds. The AOS is also a partner in the online publication of Birds of the World with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Learn more about AOS and AOS Publications.


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About the Society of Canadian Ornithologists–Société de Ornithologistes du Canada

The Society of Canadian Ornithologists–Société de Ornithologistes du Canada (SCO–SOC), an organization of Canada’s ornithological community, aspires to the goals of:

Research:  to encourage and support research that aims to understand and conserve Canadian birds.

Community: to serve as a professional society for Canadian ornithologists.

Conservation: to work with professional ornithological societies in North America and worldwide to promote Canadian interests and the global conservation of birds.

Communication: to disseminate knowledge of Canadian birds through a newsletter and a scientific journal.

Excellence: to recognize excellence in pure and applied research, conservation and mentorship within the Canadian ornithological community.

Responsibility: to speak for the Canadian ornithological community on public issues.

The SCOSOC administers awards; provides interconnection with other professional ornithological societies; and produces two publications, the tri-annual newsletter, Picoides, and professional, peer-reviewed, electronic, and entirely open-access journal Avian Conservation and Ecology, published jointly with Bird Studies Canada. 

Learn more about SCOSOC.

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