Monday, 9 August, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Join us in this 30-minute webinar-based session that aims to introduce first-time attendees to the virtual meeting by explaining what the AOS & SCO-SOC 2021 Virtual Meeting is and showcasing what the meeting has to offer. Learn how to make the most of the AOS & SCO-SOC 2021 through setting objectives, carefully planning your schedule, and networking. We understand that conferences can be intimidating for first-time attendees (especially when in a novel format!). Our aim is to help make this year’s meeting more friendly by offering tips and tricks about how to navigate and get the most out of the conference platform. 

A panel of seasoned conference-goers will be available at the end of the webinar to address any questions you have—we look forward to seeing you!

Invited Speaker

“Birdability: Because birding is for everybody and every body!”
Freya McGregor, Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist
Monday, 9 August, 10:30 a.m. EDT

Birding is an activity that can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, but not everybody is able to go birding easily. Through education, outreach, and advocacy, Birdability works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe, and accessible for everybody. Join Freya McGregor from Birdability for this special opening event to learn about why this should matter to you (even if you don’t have an accessibility challenge), ways to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder, the Birdability Map (and how to submit a Birdability Site Review) and resources for birders (and potential future birders) with accessibility challenges… because birding is for everybody and every body!

Keynote Lecture

“Coloring the Conservation Conversation: What Ornithology Teaches Us About Identity through History, Science, and Literature”
J. Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Provost’s Professor and Master Teacher of Wildlife Ecology, Clemson University
Monday, 9 August, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Join us as we kick off the 2021 meeting with the welcome message, followed by this thought-provoking Keynote Lecture from Dr. J. Drew Lanham. Native to South Carolina (U.S.), Dr. Lanham is a scientist, ornithologist, poet, birder and award winning author. He is well known for his memoir The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. Through his scholarly work and extraordinarily mindful writing, Dr. Lanham has pioneered conversations about systemic racism, belonging in nature, and being the “rare bird” in white-dominated field. Join us for a scintillating conversation with Dr. J. Drew Lanham!

Chirp & Chirp!

Networking Sessions
Monday–Friday, 9–13 August, 1:30–2:00 p.m. EDT

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 may enact the Code of Conduct and report incidents to the Safe Meeting Committee on behalf of the Virtual Meeting Committee. Monday’s Chirp & Chirp! will be moderated by Freya McGregor from Birdability to create a safe space to chat about access challenges in birding and ornithology. Look out for other themed Chirp & Chirp! rooms throughout the week ! 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.

Chat Roulette!

Networking Session
Monday, 9 August, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Please join us for this virtual networking opportunity. Catch up with your colleagues and meet new ones through a fun virtual networking event in which participants will be randomly assorted into breakout rooms for ice-breaker questions (e.g., What’s your favorite bird and why? What was your wildest field work misadventure?) to stimulate tantalizing conversations! We are eager to see everyone in ‘person,’ and our hope is that this opening session will get everyone excited for all that our 2021 meeting has to offer!

Live Music

TIERRA Y CIELO (Earth & Sky): An audio-visual Ritual Performance by NAOBA
Monday, 9 August, 5:30 p.m

The mesoamerican artist NAOBA brings us the joy to connect with all of our senses to the environments of our Planet Earth. She will take us on a musical and visual journey to the jungles and the high sierras, where birds caress the sky, and into the deep oceans where cetaceans thrive with their ancestral songs that connect with the ancient cosmos. This hybrid electro-acoustic concert made especially for the opening ceremony of the AOS & SCO 2021 meeting, Birds of Many Feathers Flock Together, tells the tale of the diversity and bounty of the earth’s landscapes with all of its creatures, creating a bridge to and dialogue with the natural world, to remind us, reconnect us, and rekindle our relationship to Life. Join us for a special performance from NAOBA music, featuring ambient sights and sounds of nature alongside beautiful bird calls from across Latin America.

Quiz Bowl!

It’s the 2021 Quiz Bowl!
Monday, 9 August, 6:00 p.m

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Routinely attracting hundreds of attendees, the Quiz Bowl competition requires teams of three to navigate wide-ranging scientific and pop culture trivia questions, all geared toward the ornithologically-inclined. Meeting attendees at all career stages will compete for fun prizes in the initial “pub-style” round, and the top three student groups move forward to compete in the final round for even greater glory and prizes donated by conference sponsors and partners! Spectators are more than welcome in this virtual setting that will feature not one but TWO bird-tastic emcees!

Special thanks to our conference supporters