Association of Field Ornithologists – annual meeting 2013


2013 Meeting of the Association of Field Ornithology

The annual meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists at Archbold Biological Station, in Venus, Florida, located on the geologically and biologically significant Lake Wales Ridge of south-central Florida. The meeting will be held March 27-30, 2013. Archbold Biological Station is a not-for-profit independent research institution dedicated to long-term ecological research, education, and conservation focused on understanding, interpreting and preserving the organisms and environments of Lake Wales Ridge and adjacent central Florida. The meeting will be held in Archbold’s new Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center and the Adrian Archbold Lodge. These new buildings, each are LEED® Platinum certified, the highest green building certification possible. The buildings are a world-class showcase of sustainability in action and serve as a gateway for the public to the Florida scrub, blending the outdoors and indoors, reflecting the surrounding natural beauty. Many elements of the green design were inspired by the surrounding Florida scrub ecosystem: a place where plants and animals survive by conserving energy and water. We invite AFO members and all interested ornithologists to flee the last remnants of winter and join us in Florida, near the peak of the nesting season. We also welcome submissions for oral presentations and posters. Please visit our meeting web site http://www.archbold-station.org/station/html/events/meetings.html for the general meeting announcement and the call for papers and links to Registration Forms, Abstract Submission Guidelines, and Guidelines for Student Travel Awards.

The AFO offers Travel Awards to defray costs of attending the meeting. Students at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD level will be eligible to apply for a Travel Award. In addition, individuals who have recently completed their degree requirements, in the spring or summer of 2012, will be eligible to apply. Awards will be determined through a competitive process among applicants intending to present work associated with each of several educational levels (undergraduate, MS, PhD). Decisions of the Student Travel Awards Committee will be based on evidence of eligibility in the application, and on clarity, completeness, scientific merit, and originality of the research to be presented, as detailed in the expanded abstract. Please see the link to the Travel Award Guidelines and required cover page on the AFO meeting web site (link above).

The Association of Field Ornithologists also operates a non-profit Banding Supplies business, run by ornithologists, for ornithologists. For over 60 years, our goal is to make sure that ornithologists always had access to high quality, reasonably priced mist nets and other ornithological equipment. Profits from the business have been put toward supporting ornithological research. Last year, sales of banding supplies contributed to nearly $10,000 in Bergstrom Research Awards made to ten students and non-professionals in Latin America, the US, and Canada. Working with Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, we provide mist nets of the highest quality available. Cheaper nets can be found, but of much lower quality, and/or are manufactured to supply unethical bird traders. AFO sells nets only for scientific purposes and only to individuals and institutions that are permitted to use them. In addition to mist nets and pliers, AFO Banding Supplies currently offers wing rules, scales, magnifiers, calipers, leg gauges, and bags. Please consider obtaining your field supplies from the AFO and take advantage of the 10% member discount. Visit us at: http://www.afonet.org/banding/index.html

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