The AOS & SCO-SOC 2021 virtual meeting has several exciting networking events, wholeheartedly planned to meet the needs of ornithologists from diverse backgrounds and career stages! The two types of networking sessions taking place during our meeting are:

  • Chirp & Chirp! – 30-minute informal networking sessions happening in Zoom, Monday through Friday, 1:30–2:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Networking Panels – Happening in Zoom, these are moderated networking panels where students, postdocs and professionals chat about their experiences as ornithologists in secondary education, graduate school and academia. Sessions take place Monday through Thursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Special Networking Sessions A diverse selection of networking events taking place in zoom, Monday through Thursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Sponsor Presentations – Meet the generous sponsors who are supporting this year’s meeting!

All networking events are held in Zoom. Enter via the Zoom link in EventPilot. Read below for more information about scheduled networking opportunities.


Chirp & Chirp!

1:30–2:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday 

In these 30-minute informal networking sessions, join one of our daily themed Zoom breakout rooms or form a new room on the topic of your choice! 

We are offering moderated Zoom breakout rooms in which moderators enact the Code of Conduct and report incidents to the Safe Meeting Committee.

You are also welcome to start your own non-moderated breakout room on a topic of your choice and invite others via the Chirp & Chirp! channel in Slack. If interested in doing this, please let us know the name of your room via the Chirp & Chirp! Slack channel by 11:30 a.m. EDT each day so that we can set it up before you enter. 

Below is the schedule and descriptions of the moderated Zoom breakout rooms:

  • Coffee Break – 1:302:00 p.m. EDT, Monday–Friday, 9–13 August Grab coffee, tea, or a snack and join us for conversations among new and old friends and colleagues! 
  • BIPoC ornithologists1:302:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, 9 August and Wednesday, 11 August – A safe space for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to connect, network, chat about research, and professional ornithology. This is a BIPoC only space. 
  • LGBTQIA+ ornithologists 1:302:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, 10 August and Thursday, 12 August – A safe space for LGBTQIA+ people to connect, network, chat about research, and professional ornithology. This is an LGBTQIA+ space. 
  • Disability friendly chat – 1:302:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, 09 August – A safe space to chat about access challenges in birding and ornithology. Moderated by Freya McGregor, Birdability coordinator. 
  • Pets welcomed! – 1:302:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, 11 August – Bring along your favorite furred, feathered, or scaled friend to a space where background noise and screen disruptions will be encouraged! 
  • Kid friendly chat1:302:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, 13 August – A space for parents and their future ornithologists to hang out together.

Networking Panels

4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Thursday

Pre-college Networking Series 
High school and/or pre-college students interested in attending college, becoming more involved with ornithological societies, or interested in birds in general are invited to attend a series of informal discussions with current undergraduate and graduate students. The first day will focus on what resources AOS and SCO-SOC offer for pre-college students and how you can become involved with one of the society’s Student Affairs Committees. The second day offers a space for pre-college students to come and ask current undergraduate and graduate students what to look for when considering which college to attend or what major to choose. The third and fourth days will offer casual conversation spaces for pre-college students to network with each other and discuss conference events.

  • Day 1: Monday, 9 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    Welcome to AOS & SCO-SOC virtual meeting/how to get involved with AOS and SCO-SOC/AOS Student Affairs Committee/resources available for pre-college students (travel funding, networking and professional development events, etc).
  • Day 2: Tuesday, 10 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    What to look for when considering colleges/majors
  • Day 3: Wednesday, 11 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    Casual conversation space.
  • Day 4: Thursday, 12 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    Casual conversation space.

Prospective Graduate Student Networking Series 
Anyone (undergraduate or post-bachelor’s degree) who is interested in attending graduate school is invited to attend a series of informal discussions with current graduate students about the graduate school application process, a day in the life as a graduate student researcher, and more! The first day will focus on what resources AOS and SCO-SOC offer for prospective and current graduate students and how you can become involved with the Societies. The second day offers a panel discussion with current Master’s and PhD students where participants can ask questions about how to choose a graduate program, what the day to day responsibilities are of a graduate student, stipends, graduate student life, and more! The third day will focus on strategies for identifying and contacting potential graduate advisors. The fourth day will offer a casual conversation space for prospective graduate students to network with each other and current graduate students.

  • Day 1: Monday, 9 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    Welcome to AOS & SCO-SOC virtual meeting/how to get involved with AOS and SCO-SOC/ AOS Student Affairs Committee/resources available for prospective and current graduate students (research/travel funding, networking and professional development events, etc).
  • Day 2: Tuesday, 10 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    A panel of current grad students (master’s and PhD, different universities) will answer questions about applying to graduate school, how to know if you should take a gap year and what kind of ornithological jobs you can do before graduate school, etc.
  • Day 3: Wednesday, 11 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    Current graduate students will present strategies and give advice for how to reach out to prospective graduate advisors.
  • Day 4: Thursday, 12 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
    Casual conversation space.

Postdocs in Ornithology Networking Panel
Wednesday, 11 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in academia, please join us for an informal panel discussion on how to apply for postdoc positions. In the first half of the session, our panelists will discuss their postdoc journeys, including searching for postdocs and what to expect in a postdoc position. During the second half of the session, participants will be able to join in an extended Q&A with the panelists. Some conversation topics will include: How did you get a postdoc position? What are some things you didn’t know about being a postdoc that you wished you had known? How did you find your postdoc advisor?

Moderator: Erin Morrison (Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University)
Panelists: Ana González (Postdoctoral Researcher, Environment and Climate Change Canada), Gavin Leighton (Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo State), Naima Starkloff (Postdoctoral Researcher, Emory University), and Daniel Yip (Postdoctoral Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada)


Special Networking Sessions

4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Thursday

Chat Roulette
Monday, 9 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Spend an hour ‘randomly assorting’ into small breakout rooms with new and old friends informally discussing fun prompts within and outside of ornithology. Participants will be randomly assigned to breakout rooms every 10 minutes to discuss a new question with a new group of colleagues.  

Early Professional Networking
Monday, 9 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Early Professionals should swing by for a low-key, low stakes social event where you get to find out a bit more about your colleagues. Grab your favorite beverage to check in on old friends and make some new ones. You’ll find out about some of the greatest mysteries solved, the most embarrassing field situations, and greatest achievements in early professional history.

BirdsCaribbean Meet and Greet
Tuesday, 10 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Organizers:   Adrianne Tossas & Lisa Sorenson
Meet BirdsCaribbean! Bring your favorite beverage (mojitos anyone?) and come hang out with a group dedicated to studying and protecting Caribbean birds and their habitats! During this informal chat and social hour, we want to connect folks from our Caribbean community with other active members of the broader bird world. We’ll have some ice breakers and a fun Caribbean bird trivia quiz (with prizes!). Who knows—maybe you’ll meet a future collaborator, or at the very least we promise you’ll make some new friends!

North American Banding Council Meet and Greet
Wednesday, 11 August, 4:005:00 p.m. EDT
Organizer: Ian Ausprey

The North American Banding Council’s mission is to promote sound and ethical bird banding principles and techniques. It achieves its mission by working with the scientific ornithological societies, the USGS Bird Banding Lab, and the Canada Banding Office to provide training materials and professional certification opportunities for biologists using mist nets and mark-recapture techniques as part of their research and monitoring programs. Members of NABC will be on hand to answer questions regarding bird banding as a tool for studying bird populations and to provide information about NABC training materials and professional certification opportunities.

Bird Friendly Coffee Hour
Thursday, 12 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
Organizers: Justine Bowe and Ruth Bennett, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Join the Smithsonian’s Bird Friendly® Coffee Program for a Coffee Happy Hour: Learn how to taste and grade coffee like an expert, ask Latin American ornithologists how coffee supports birds, and test your knowledge in a trivia round for a chance to win a free bag of Bird Friendly coffee! Win or no, you can find your perfect bag of Bird Friendly coffee at s.si.edu/BuyBF.

BirdsCaribbean General Business Meeting
Thursday, 12 August, 4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT
During this meeting, our Working Groups (for example, Seabirds, Waterbirds, Media, Monitoring, among others) will give exciting updates on what they’ve been up to and what they’ve accomplished during the last two years. We will also be talking about the progress of current projects in the Caribbean, as well as some exciting new developments on the horizon. Members and all others are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Sponsor Presentations

4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday through Thursday

Audubon 

Wednesday, 11 August, 4:00–4:30 p.m. EDT

A brief introduction to Audubon and lightning talks about current research and publications. Also provided will be a short overview about careers at Audubon and a Q&A session.

Avinet Research Supplies

Wednesday, 11 August, 4:30-5:00 p.m. EDT

Overview of Avinet Research Supplies products, including: (1) Mist net information and selection, (2) A review of banding pliers, (3) Discussion of researcher needs (Q&A). 

FLAP Canada

Thursday, 12 August, 4:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

Since 1993, Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada has worked tirelessly to protect birds from a deadly leading threat: collisions with buildings. Up to a billion birds perish each year in the United States alone after hitting windows. We can prevent these deaths. Join FLAP Canada to learn about the ways that you can join the bird-safe building movement and get involved in bird conservation, right on campus!

Lotek Wireless Inc. 

Tuesday, 10 August, 4:00–4:30 p.m. EDT

Our innovative and internationally recognized satellite, radio, acoustic, and archival monitoring solutions allow researchers to track animals of almost any size, in almost any environment. Whether an animal moves through a terrestrial, freshwater, marine or avian habitat, Lotek has a system to track it. Join Mike and the team – we’ll be here to answer questions, share stories and tell you about our new upcoming products. We’d love to hear about your projects and we’ll help you find the optimal tracking solutions for your research needs.

Titley Scientific

Wednesday, 11 August, 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT

This session will explore the use of acoustic recorders for bird surveys, including some tips on deployment, and the latest technology. Meet Titley Scientific and learn about the Chorus – our robust acoustic recorder designed specifically for field surveys. Learn more about the Titley Scientific and the Chorus.

Waterford Press

Tuesday, 10 August, 4:30–5:00 p.m. EDT

Meet the Waterford Press Team! We will be sharing information on our newest series of guides, Butterflies & Pollinators, as well as our upcoming State Hiking Series. We would love to tell you about the best–selling guides Waterford creates and sells and how we partner with many organizations to support nature/ Birds / and the outdoors.

Wildlife Acoustics

Tuesday, 10 August, 4:30–5:00 p.m. EDT
Meet the Micro! Sound analysis is a valuable tool for biologists, environmental scientists and managers for surveying and monitoring bird populations. Record vocal activity to study how birds communicate with one another and are impacted by other elements in an environment, ultimately determining larger behavioral trends. By recording bird vocalizations in an environment, you can gain baseline benchmarks, detect variations over time or between management units, and monitor the presence of species in different areas. This can drive effective conservation strategies, such as preserving land actively used by a specific species. Come meet the new member of the Song Meter family of unattended wildlife audio recorders, the Song Meter Micro. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Micro is affordable for any budget. 

ZEISS 

Thursday, 12 August, 4:30-5:00 p.m. EDT

ZEISS will provide a brief overview on selecting optics for birding and nature use.

Special thanks to our conference supporters