Ornithological Newsletter – August 2014


ORNITHOLOGICAL NEWSLETTER

LATE-BREAKING NEWS (NOT INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER)
WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS AT AOU/COS/SCO MEETING

A lunchtime workshop “From Thesis Chapter to Published Article” is being given on Wednesday, September 24, by The Auk and The Condor Editors-in-Chief, at the AOU/COS/SCO 2014 Joint Meeting. Sign up through the meeting’s registration website to reserve a lunchtime space for this free workshop. Deadline for registration is 18 August. If you are unable to register on the meeting website, contact the COPO office (aoucospubs@gmail.com) by 18August.

As the editors-in-chief of the newly renamed society journals, Mark Hauber (Editor-in-chief of The Auk: Ornithological Advances) and Phil Stouffer (Editor-in-chief of The Condor: Ornithological Applications) are excited to lead this workshop/discussion forum and share their experiences and recommendations about the publication process. This workshop is aimed at young investigators (graduate students and postdocs), focusing on a successful strategy to prepare manuscripts for submission and working through the review/revision process. You need bring only your curiosity and questions.

AOU/COS/SCO 2014 AT ESTES PARK, COLORADO

The AOU-COS-SCO 2014 meeting is less than two months away, scheduled for September 23-27 at the YMCA of the Rockies. The housing deadline has been extended to 22 August by the YMCA. Complete details for guest rooms and meals are available online via https://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014/accommodations.asp .

Early mornings and evenings provide time to enjoy the natural environment offered at YMCA of the Rockies. The program agenda and schedule of all events are available online, http://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014/schedule.asp .

General information is available on the meeting website: http://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014.

DONATIONS FOR THE 2014 SAC SILENT AUCTION

The AOU-COS-SCO Joint Student Affairs Committee would like to request item donations for our silent auction. If you have gently used ornithology, biology, ecology, or other science-related books, equipment, or art that could use a new home, we’d love to take it off of your hands. The annual silent auction is our most important fundraising event, but this event is only possible through the generous donations of society members and businesses! We are currently in need of donations for the 2014 SAC silent auction to be held at this year’s joint meeting in Estes Park. Items ranging from CDs and DVDs, to books and binoculars, to jewelry and art all make great auction lots. Services such as statistical consulting or guided birding tours are also appealing to a wide variety of potential bidders. The funds generated from the silent auction help the Joint Student Affairs Committee hold student-centered events at annual meetings, including workshops, socials that help students connect with professional ornithologists, and the ever-popular Quiz Bowl. Donations can be mailed prior to the meeting or donated when you arrive at registration. For more information please contact us (EM: sac.silentauction@gmail.com). Thanks for your support.

RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2014 CONFERENCE

The Raptor Research Foundation 2014 Conference is 24-28 September 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.

Wednesday Workshops: Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) full-day workshop Wind and Energy and RaptorsWorkshop, and ECRR Workshops. Symposia are on Raptors and Energy Development, American Kestrels, and Coastal Raptor Monitoring. Wednesday workshops, evening presentations, plus three days of scientific papers, plenary speakers and photography competition.

Field trips during the peak of hawk migration with trips to Hazel Bazemore Park and the King Ranch. Discount registration until 1 September; schedule and details on the web site: http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/current-conference

CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR OHIO AVIAN RESEARCH CONFERENCE STUDENT PRESENTATION AWARDS

One of the bird-related issues of the Ornithological Council is to seek new avenues to generate funding opportunities to support research and education of emerging young professional ornithologists. However as we seek support for our future researchers and educators it’s also important to recognize the educational and scientific contributions of past and contemporary bird scholars. While scholarships and grants exist in limited numbers and amounts through different organizations, online crowd-funding campaigns have made it easier to create more of these opportunities, or to supplement and increase the financial support capabilities of existing opportunities. Here I present two such crowd-funding campaigns for your consideration.

You can help recognize two ornithologists who have contributed greatly, through teaching and research, by donating to crowd-funding campaigns that will help create conference presentation awards for undergraduate and graduate students at the Ohio Avian Research Conference.

The Osborne Award has been established to recognize Miami University (Ohio) Zoology Professor Emeritus Dr. David R. Osborne. Dr. Osborne’s research included studies on the avifauna of the Bahamas as well as Guyana, with an emphasis on the Wattled Jacana. This award is hosted and managed by the Oxford (Ohio) Community Foundation. You can show your support of Dr. Osborne by contributing in one of three tax-deductible ways:

Contact the Oxford Community Foundation ((513) 523-0623) and ask how you can contribute to the Osborne Award.
Contribute via the Oxford Community Foundation website, specify Osborne Award: http://www.oxfordfdn.org/
Contribute via GoFundMe (http://www.gofundme.com/osbornaward)
The Edward H. Burtt, Jr. Award has been created to recognize Dr. Jed Burtt, Jr. of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Biology. Dr. Burtt’s research into the microbiology of feathers led to his discovery of feather-degrading bacteria on wild birds, new insights into the evolution of avian color and maintenance behavior. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the International Ornithological Union, one of 100 Fellows worldwide. In 2013 he received the Margaret Morse Nice Medal from the Wilson Ornithological Society for lifetime contributions to ornithology.

You can contribute to the student award fund, in Dr. Burtt’s honor, via GoFundMe: (http://www.gofundme.com/BurttBirdAward). Contributions to this fund will be considered tax deductible, and the fund will be hosted and managed by the Ohio Biological Survey.

You can find more details about the Ohio Avian Research Conference at: http://tinyurl.com/pfrl9mj For more information contact CASEY TUCKER (EM: tuckercasey@hotmail.com, PH: 614-403-5263)

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON LAND BIRD MONITORING SCHEME IN EASTERN ASIA

We are looking into the feasibility of a monitoring scheme for land birds in eastern Asia. As you may know many species of land birds (forest birds, farmland birds) are facing serious decline in the region but we have very little data on the numbers and trends of most species.

A Round Table Discussion on Land Bird Monitoring Scheme in Eastern Asia will be convened during the INTERNATIONAL ORNITHOLOGICAL CONGRESS in Tokyo next month (evening of 20 August). If you have experience or interest in land bird monitoring (any region in the world), you are welcome to join us. If you will not attend the IOC but have ideas and suggestions on this topic, please contact me by e-mail: SIMBA CHAN (EM: simba.chan@birdlife.org), Senior Conservation Officer, BirdLife International Asia Division.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CONSERVATION MEDICINE PROGRAM – CUMMINGS SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY

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 Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) Program at Tufts University. MCM is a one-year master’s program designed to give you the skills to make a difference in worldwide conservation efforts.

Applications Open for Fall 2014 enrollment!

For more information: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/mcm/ or contact mcm@tufts.edu

Index to the August 2014 issue:
ORGANIZATION NEWS

A New Assistant Managing Editor, Mark C. Penrose for the Central Ornithology Publication Office–COPO
WOS-SCO~SOC-AFO 2015 Annual Meeting in Nova Scotia, 15-19 July 2015
Annual Meeting Report of the Wilson Ornithological Society

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fall Raptor Workshop: Accredited Through University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Saving the World’s Deciduous Forests. Ecological Perspectives from East Asia, North America, and Europe, by Robert A. Askins, 2014
Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest, by Andrew L. Mack.
A Sparrowhawk’s Lament: How British Breeding Birds of Prey Are Faring, by David Cobham with Bruce Pearson, 2014

NEWS OF MEMBERS

Chris Eberly
Donald A. Mccrimmon

MEETINGS (New/Updated)

Western Bird Banding Association to Meeting, Northern California on Humboldt Bay, 18 – 21 Sep 2014
Restoring Natural Communities for Bird Conservation, Bird Conservation Alliance Meeting, 21 Sep 2014, St. Louis, Missouri
38th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society and the Xiii Conference for the Study and Conservation of Mexican Birds Organized by CIPAMEX (La Sociedad para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves en México) will be held jointly, 4-7 Nov 2014, La Paz, BCS, MEXICO
Science for Parks, Parks for Science: the next Century – A 2.5-day Summit, UC Berkeley, 25-27 Mar 2015
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society, 16 – 18 July, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
For questions or comments about your OSNA society membership, please contact business@osnabirds.org.

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