OSNA news update – July 2014


Here’s the latest from the Ornithological Societies of North America:

A NEW ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
MARK C. PENROSE, has been appointed to The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications, by the joint publication office of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society (the Central Ornithology Publication Office–COPO). Mark will support the authors, editors and reviewers in the publication of articles in The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

AOU-COS-SCO 2014 DEADLINE APPROACHES
Only one week remains to take advantage of the lowest available registration rates for the AOU-COS-SCO 2014 Annual Meeting to be held in Estes Park Colorado, September 23-27, at the YMCA of the Rockies. Early Bird meeting registration rates expire on Tuesday, July 15. Save money, and don’t miss out on the meeting’s plenaries, sessions, symposia, workshops, and various events by registering today!

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To access online meeting registration, simply go to the website: http://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014 and follow the links for registration. We recommend making your reservations early for your stay at the YMCA of the Rockies by visiting: https://www.ygroupres.org/AOU/.

We encourage you to be an active member by attending the societies’ business meetings. It is important that you participate! For your convenience, these meetings will take place immediately following the plenary sessions. You will find the program agenda and schedule of all events at: http://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014/schedule.asp .

INTRODUCTORY SONGBIRD BANDING WORKSHOP
The Intermountain Bird Observatory is offering an introductory songbird banding workshop in Boise, Idaho from 30 August – 1 September 2014. This workshop will focus on songbird ID, banding, sexing, ageing, and safe handling techniques. We will also learn standardized monitoring techniques, data collection, how to set-up and take-down mist nests, and an introduction on how to safely extract birds from mist nets. We developed this workshop for folks with little to no songbird banding experience. This workshop would be a great opportunity for students, birders, naturalists, and anyone interested in learning more about songbird identification or banding.

Register early – enrollment is limited to 10 people. The workshop fee is $300. Registrations and payment must be received by 20 July 2014. The workshop may be cancelled if the class minimum is not met.

For further questions regarding workshop details, contact JESSICA POLLOCK (EM: jessicapollock@boisestate.edu). Visit us on the web at http://ibo.boisestate.edu/what-we-do/training/ for more details on how to register and view the tentative schedule.

The Intermountain Bird Observatory is a 501 c (3) non-profit research unit of Boise State University. Proceeds from this workshop will be used as a donation to contribute towards our mission of conserving migratory landbirds through cooperative research, education, and public involvement.

RAPTOR BANDING WORKSHOPS
The Intermountain Bird Observatory is offering two raptor banding workshops in Boise, Idaho: an introductory workshop from 12-14 September 2014 and an intermediate/advanced workshop from 15-18 September 2014. The workshops will concentrate primarily raptor trapping techniques (bow net, dho gaza, bal chatri, mist net), safe handling of live raptors, and banding techniques.

September is a peak time in southern Idaho for raptor migration and the workshop will be held at Lucky Peak in the Boise Foothills which supports one of the largest known raptor migrations in the western U.S. during autumn. IBO has banded raptors at this location for 21 years. We developed the introductory workshop for folks with little to no raptor banding experience. To attend the intermediate/advanced workshop, you must have previous handling and banding experience, or you must take the introductory workshop first. This workshop would be a great opportunity for students interested in raptor ecology. The workshop is also well suited for birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification, trapping or banding. Participants will gain experience with raptor trapping, handling and banding techniques, however they should not expect to become a certified bander from this workshop.

Workshop cost: The introductory workshop (12-14 Sept) fee is $350. The advanced workshop (15-18 Sept) fee is $500. Registrations and payment must be received by 15 August 2014. Enrollment is limited to 6 people per workshop.

For further questions regarding workshop details, contact JESSICA POLLOCK (EM: jessicapollock@boisestate.edu). Visit us on the web at http://ibo.boisestate.edu/what-we-do/training/ for more details on how to register and view the tentative schedule.

The Intermountain Bird Observatory is a 501 c (3) non-profit research unit of Boise State University. Proceeds from this workshop will be used as a donation to contribute towards our mission of conserving migratory landbirds through cooperative research, education, and public involvement.

WESTERN BIRD BANDING ASSOCIATION TO MEET IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ON HUMBOLDT BAY 18 – 21 SEPTEMBER , 2014
The WBBA will meet at the peak of landbird migration for its annual meeting at the Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory. HBBO is situated beside an estuary within Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Near Arcata, home of Humboldt State University, it is in the mild, coastal climate of northwestern California. Nearby rivers, wetlands, and old-growth redwoods offer plenty of possibilities for birding trips and recreation.

The meeting is not to be missed, and will have exciting demonstrations and workshops on a diverse array of bird research, banding, data management, and analysis of banding data. Located at a long-running banding site that has operated nets and traps for more than 30 years, two stations a half mile apart will be operating in a riparian corridor amongst a coastal dune forest and pastures. The station will offer camping with outdoor cooking facilities with several motels only 15 minutes away. Evening sessions will include catered meals, campfires and live music.

Paper and poster presentations can reflect original research, summarize existing information, or address the use of banding as a tool in avian research and monitoring. NABC certifications for banders and trainers are also planned (EM: krh@klamathbird.org). Please submit abstracts for papers or workshops electronically by 15 August to LINDA LONG (EM: lllong@fs.fed.us), specifying workshop, paper, or poster.

For additional information on abstract submission and about WBBA’s 2014 meeting, please visit the WBBA website (http://www.westernbirdbanding.org/next-meetings.html), or contact C.J. RALPH (EM: c.ralph@humboldt.edu PH: 707 499-9707).

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

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