Ornithological Newsletter – January 2014


ORNITHOLOGICAL NEWSLETTER

The current issue of the Ornithological Newsletter is now available at: http://www.osnabirds.org/Newsletter/218.aspx.

The full site for the Ornithological Newsletter is http://www.osnabirds.org/Newsletter.aspx.

LATE-BREAKING NEWS (NOT INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER)
SYMPOSIUM TO CELEBRATE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF WILSON’S AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY
In 1814, volume 9 of Alexander Wilson’s monumental American Ornithology was published thereby completing his description of the birds of the United States. The nine-volume set was the first major scientific publication of the young republic and the founding document of American ornithology. It was widely admired by European scientists of the day. Indeed, Baron Cuvier commented “Wilson treats their birds far better than ours have yet been treated.”

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of its publication, Ohio Wesleyan University will celebrate Wilson’s life and accomplishments in a symposium “Alexander Wilson and the Making of American Ornithology.” The symposium will be held on 23 April 2014 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through dinner. Details of the program, meals and an exhibit of Wilson’s artwork, publications and notes are available at http://Wilson200.owu.edu where you can also register. Registration by 9 April is requested for planning meals, breaks and an afternoon reception at the exhibit.

RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2014 CONFERENCE
Raptor Research Foundation 2014 Conference, 24-28 September 2014 at the Emerald Beach Hotel in Corpus, Christi, Texas. Co-hosts are the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University, Kingsville and HawkWatch International. Workshops, three days of scientific papers, and field trips during the peak of hawk migration. Updates on the web site: http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/current-conference

INTRODUCTORY BIRD MONITORING AND BANDING WORKSHOP at Rocky Point Bird Observatory
We are excited to announce that Rocky Point Bird Observatory is once again offering an entry-level workshop on bird monitoring and banding. The 3-day event will take place at Royal Roads University on 28-30 March 2014, and will focus on bird identification, sexing and aging birds, mistnetting, data collection, monitoring procedures and techniques, and of course bird banding.

The program has been developed for people with little or no bird handling and/or banding experience, but those with intermediate skills will also find the workshop a good way to build knowledge.

For a more detailed description of the course and a full rundown of the days events please visit our website: http://www.rpbo.org/rpboworkshop14.php
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CONSERVATION MEDICINE PROGRAM
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

The continued emergence of new diseases from wild animals, the effects of human activities on endangered species, and the impact of climate change on biodiversity are just a few of the topics that are examined in Tufts University’s Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) program. MCM is a one-year master’s program designed to give you the skills to make a difference in worldwide conservation efforts.

Applications Open! Application deadline for fall 2014 enrollment: April 1, 2014. For more information and to apply on-line visit our MCM program website at: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/mcm/ Learn more about Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/ccm/ Contact mcm@tufts.edu to schedule a faculty meeting time.
THE 38th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WATERBIRD SOCIETY and THE XIII CONGRESO PARA EL ESTUDIO Y CONSERVACION DE LAS AVES EN MEXICO ORGANIZADO POR CIPAMEX
(La Sociedad para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves en México) will be held jointly from 5-8 November 2014 in La Paz, BCS, Mexico.

This joint meeting will be held on the beautiful Baja California peninsula, where conference participants will be able to experience sea and shorebirds galore during the meetings and also during meeting excursions.

This is the first call for symposia and workshops topics. The deadline for submission of symposium and workshop proposals is Friday, 21 February 2014.

Symposia proposals should include: (1) title of symposium, (2) a 2-5 sentence rationale for the symposium’s topic, (3) names, contact information, and presentation topics of presenting speakers, (4) requested length of symposium (whole day or half day; whole day would be two 2.5 h sessions, whereas a half day would be a 2-2.5 h session in morning or afternoon) and (5) the contact details of those organizing the symposium. Symposia speakers could speak for 15-30 minutes each, depending on number of speakers, leaving time for wrap-up at the end of the symposia to summarize main messages and allow audience participation. Please also indicate language of preference (English or Spanish).

Workshop proposals should include (1) title of workshop, (2) a 2-5 sentence rationale for the workshop’s topic, (3) names and contact information for the workshop’s leaders, (4) short description of target audience, (5) requested length of workshop, (6) anticipated format and required logistical resources (e.g., room size/type, projection equipment, large table, field access, etc.), (7) maximum number of participants, (8) any required additional costs and/or equipment/software needs to participants and (9) language of preference (English or Spanish).

Please direct questions or submit proposals to ERICA NOL (EM: enol@trentu.ca). A request for abstracts for the general sessions will be made in mid-March. Professional translation services (English to Spanish, Spanish to English) will be made available for all participants.

Index to the February 2014 issue:
ORGANIZATION NEWS

The AOU is Seeking a New Recording Secretary
Call for Applications for Cooper Ornithological Society’s Young Professional Award for 2014
AOU and COS Launched Weekly Journals in January
Nominations for Membership Classes of Fellow and Elective Member of the AOU
Call for Nominations for AOU Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award for 2014
Nominations for AOU Officers and Elective Councilors
Call for Nominations for AOU Scientific Awards for 2014 – William Brewster, Elliott Coues , Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Free On-line Key to the Birds of Argentina
Banking on Nature Report by the U.s. Fish and Wildlife Service
Distance Sampling Training Workshops, August 2014

PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record, Errol Fuller
Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin, Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny & Bob Montgomerie

NEWS OF MEMBERS

Howard P. Brokaw

MEETINGS

For questions or comments about your OSNA society membership, please contact business@osnabirds.org.

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