The AOS & BC 2022 Conference has several exciting daily networking events and opportunities throughout the week, designed to meet the needs of ornithologists from diverse backgrounds and career stages. Bookmark this page for updates on our networking and social events; times are subject to change.

Daily Events

Mentor/Mentee Lunch Meet-Ups

Monday−Friday, 6/27-7/1 (exact date & time to be arranged by student and assigned mentor)

The Student-Mentor Meet-Up is an opportunity for students to connect with mentors in a small group setting. Groups of 3−4 students will each be matched with a mentor based on their research interests and career goals. The mentoring group will meet for an hour during the week of the conference. You will receive an email from one of the AOS Student Affairs Committee (SAC) co-chairs closer to the date of the conference to connect you with your group. It is the responsibility of the mentor to follow up with mentees to schedule the meeting after the initial email introduction initiated by the AOS SAC co-chair. You will have an opportunity to sign up for this program during the conference registration process.

Monday 6/27/22

Students & Early Professionals Mixer

Monday 6/27, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. AST
The Student-Early Professional Social is an opportunity for students to connect with early professionals both inside and outside academia in a casual setting. Students and early professionals will be matched in small groups based on their research interests and career goals. The event will follow a student-focused workshop on conservation and research careers outside of academia. You do NOT have to attend the workshop in order to attend the social.

AOS Fellows’ Annual Meeting

Monday, 6/27, 3:30–4:45 p.m. AST

All AOS Fellows are invited to come to the annual meeting, which will be held in the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

Conference 101 for Student Attendees

Monday, 6/27, 4:30–5:30 p.m. AST
Are you a student and first-time conference attendee? Join the AOS Student Affairs Committee to learn more about student-focused events happening at the conference and how to capitalize on networking opportunities. All students and early professionals are welcome to attend even if you have attended past meetings.

AOS Fellows’ Dinner

Monday, 6/27, 5:00–6:30 p.m. AST
The AOS Fellows’ dinner will be held on the outdoor terrace on the third floor of the Puerto Rico Convention Center. The dinner is open to AOS Fellows, guests, and AOS Early Professional Award winners. A link to register for the AOS Fellows’ dinner will be available soon.

Opening Reception

Monday, 6/27, 8:00–10:00 p.m. AST
Come reconnect with your colleagues and get ready for an exciting week of science and fun. Enjoy spectacular views from the outdoor terrace on the third floor of the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available.

Wednesday 6/29/22

AOS Meet the Editors

Wednesday, 6/29, 12:45–1:45 p.m. AST
Host: Catherine Lindell | Other participants: Scott Sillett, Kate Huyvaert, Mark Penrose, Paul Doherty, Christy Pruett, Wesley Hochachka, Sabrina Taylor

Everyone is welcome to this session to meet the Editors-in-Chief, Senior Editors, and Managing Editor for the AOS journals, Ornithology and Ornithological Applications. This session might be particularly helpful for students and early-career professionals. The editors will discuss what they are looking for in submitted manuscripts and how to increase the chances your manuscript will be reviewed favorably. After comments by the editors, the session will be devoted to questions from the audience.

Quiz Bowl

Wednesday, 6/29, 9:00–10:00 p.m. AST
Come test your bird knowledge at this year’s Quiz Bowl! Only students can compete in teams of 3 people, but everyone is allowed to attend. Student teams compete for small prizes by answering bird trivia questions from different subfields of ornithology. Learn more about how to participate in the 2022 Quiz Bowl!

Thursday 6/29/22

Rainbow Lorikeets LGBTQIA+ Breakfast Social

Thursday, 6/30, 8:00–8:45 a.m. AST
The Rainbow Lorikeets are organizing an LGBTQIA+ breakfast social at this year’s conference. This will be the main event for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to meet and network at this conference.

Birds of the World Meet & Greet

Thursday, 6/30, 12:45–1:45 p.m. AST
Please join the editors, authors, and prospective contributors of Birds of the World for a social hour with food and fun. Our goal is to offer comprehensive, deep, scholarly species accounts for all bird species, and we already have contributions from over 2,000 authors around the world. The event will be a chance to meet and connect with the growing team of Birds of the World. For current authors, this is a great opportunity to connect with other members of this incredible community. If you are interested in contributing, you are welcome to join and please bring your questions for editors and fellow authors.

Motus Murmuration

Thursday, 6/30, 7:00–8:00 p.m. AST
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System has become a well-established research and conservation tool in the Western Hemisphere thanks in large part to the collective contributions of hundreds of collaborators. The Motus Murmuration is a chance for Motus collaborators, or prospective collaborators, to celebrate our success, share experiences, and network about existing or new opportunities. We will also celebrate progress of the Caribbean Motus Collaboration and unveil a penultimate version of a Motus Strategic Plan. This event is made possible by Birds Canada and the Northeast Motus Collaboration, and sponsored by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.


Thursday, 6/30, 7:30–9:00 p.m. AST
Members share stories that present a more holistic, complete rendition of themselves not only as ornithologists, but as people who have fears, struggles, and hopes that are relatable across all walks of life. Learn more about this year’s five selected storytellers!

BirdsCaribbean Silent Auction

Thursday, 6/30, Silent Auction closes at 6:15 p.m. AST
The BirdsCaribbean Silent Auction is an important fundraising activity and always a fun event at BirdsCaribbean conferences. Throughout the day, AOS & BC 2022 attendees can bid on everything from field guides to art to excursions (and more) that have been generously donated to help raise money to provide travel scholarships that support the participation of worthy delegates in the current and subsequent meetings.

BirdsCaribbean Social Hour

Thursday, 6/30, 8:00–9:30 p.m. AST
Come hang out with a group dedicated to studying and protecting Caribbean birds and their habitats! During this informal social hour, enjoy drinks and catch up with your Caribbean colleagues and friends as well as meet new people. We hope to connect folks from our Caribbean community with others of the broader bird world—all are welcome!!!

Friday 7/1/22

Early Professionals Field Trip

Friday, 7/1, 6:30–8:30 a.m. AST
The Early Professionals birding field trip is an opportunity to meet and connect with fellow Early Professionals on a super casual and fun field trip for those also interested in a short morning birding walk. During this trip we will visit Central Park San Juan and will have the opportunity to see some Puerto Rican endemic birds. Coffee and Puerto Rican pastries will be offered during this trip. 

Associate Editors Lunch

Friday, 7/1, 12:30–1:45 p.m. AST
Host: Catherine Lindell | Other participants: Scott Sillett, Kate Huyvaert, Mark Penrose, Paul Doherty, Christy Pruett, Wesley Hochachka, Sabrina Taylor
All the associate editors for the AOS journals, Ornithology and Ornithological Applications, are invited to this session where we will reconnect and discuss some of the challenges and bright spots in the past year for our journals.

Closing Event

Friday, 7/1, 6:00–7:30 p.m. AST
Come celebrate new and renewed connections with colleagues as we close the conference with local music and student presentation awards! Stay tuned for more details.

About the photo: Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata). Photo by Gabriel Lugo,

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