Clubs / Ornithological Organizations
Clubs – US & Canada
Bird Club Founded in 1994 to provide a worldwide focus for African
ornithology and encourage an interest in the conservation of the birds
of the region. The Club promotes the work of existing regional societies
and encourages birders to visit lesser known areas of the region and to
actively search for threatened species. Members receive a twice-yearly
Ornithologists' Union Founded in 1883, the AOU is the oldest and largest
organization in the New World devoted to the scientific study of birds.
Although the AOU is primarily a professional organization, its membership
of almost 4,000 includes many amateurs dedicated to the advancement of
of Field Ornithologists A society of professional and amateur ornithologists
dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of information about
birds in their natural habitats. Founded in 1922 as the Northeastern Bird-banding
Association, AFO continues to be especially active in bird-banding and
development of field techniques.
International Founded in 1922 (original name International Council
for Bird Preservation) as a global conservation federation with a worldwide
network of partner organizations. Seeks to conserve all bird species on
earth and their habitats and, through this, work for the world's biological
diversity. Pursues programme of scientific research, advocacy and policy
development, field action and country conservation programmes, and network
Ornithologists' Union Founded in 1858, its principal aim is to encourage
the study of birds in Britain, Europe and throughout the world in order
to understand their biology and to aid their conservation. The Union has
an international membership and supports scientific ornithology by providing
financial assistance, especially to young ornithologists, organizes conferences.
Publishes checklists, books, and the quarterly journal Ibis.
Trust for Ornithology The BTO has been gathering detailed information
on Britain's (and Ireland's) birds for over 60 years through its 10,000+
members. Publishes a bimonthly newsletter, BTO News, and two scientific
journals, Bird Study and Ringing & Migration. Has an
extensive system of Regional Representatives and is committed to international
ornithology through umbrella European groups.
Italiano Studi Ornitologici (CISO) Aims to promote ornithological activity
and research in Italy, working with universities, natural history and science
museums, ornithological associations and non professional ornithologists,
by organizing ornithological conferences and coordinating research projects
on specific themes in the ornithological and environmental fields. Publishes
a journal Avocetta.
Waterbird Society An international scientific, not-for-profit organization
dedicated to the study and conservation of colonial waterbirds. Formed
in 1976 to establish better communication and coordination among those
studying and monitoring colonially-nesting aquatic birds, and to contribute
to the protection and management of stressed populations or habitats of
Ornithological Society For any person interested in avian biology.
All members receive The Condor. North American members also receive
the bimonthly Ornithological Newsletter.
Laboratory of Ornithology The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership
institute dedicated to the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds.
The Lab aims to foster understanding about nature and to contribute to
efforts to protect biological diversity through research, education, and
citizen science programs eg Project FeederWatch. Website gives details
of the Lab's various programs and resources including the Library of Natural
Sounds and Bioacoustics research programs, Collections, and Publications.
Kong Bird Watching Society (HKBWS) Aims to provide information and
assistance to all visitors or residents who are interested in birds, to
facilitate and encourage the study of birds in Hong Kong, and to promote
conservation of birds and their habitats in Hong Kong and Asia. Website
includes latest birding and site information, a photo gallery, the quarterly
bulletin, and a bulletin board for information exchange and Q&As, plus
links to birdwatching organizations, bird tours, and green groups.
Ornithological Congress The premier global scientific meeting of ornithologists,
held every four years. The 22nd meeting,16-22 August 1998, in Durban, South
Africa, will be the first in Africa. It will be an innovative Congress
in a very modern conference centre and will maximise communication between
individuals with common interests. The Congress will also introduce the
majority of the world's ornithologists to Africa, and Southern Africa in
particular, for the first time, and will offer a variety of tours, a fair
and other events to enrich the scientific congress.
Audubon Society Founded in 1905, its mission is to conserve and restore
natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, for the benefit
of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Members receive Audubon
magazine six times a year.
The Nature Conservancy aims to preserve habitats and species by buying
the lands and waters they need to survive. It operates the largest private
system of nature sanctuaries in the world – more than 1500 preserves in
the United States alone. Some are postage-stamp size, others cover thousands
Bird Club Founded in 1994 to foster an interest in the birds of the
Neotropics and mobilize the increasing number of birders active in the
region to contribute to the conservation of Neotropical birds, to provide
a forum for the publication of articles about Neotropical birds, and to
publicise activities of local groups and individuals. Members receive a
twice-yearly color journal, Cotinga.
Peninsula Hawkwatch Monitoring the annual spring migration of hawks,
eagles, falcons and vultures since 1975. Aims to promote the enjoyment
of hawkwatching, educate people about hawks and hawk migration, conduct
systematic counts of migrating hawks, and work for the protection of raptors
in Ontario, Canada. Members receive two newsletters annually and are invited
to participate in an annual social and hawkwatching 'big weekend'.
Bird Club Formed to encourage an interest in the birds of the Oriental
region and their conservation, to promote the work of existing regional
societies, and to collate and publish material on Oriental birds. Members
receive a twice-yearly color bulletin and a journal, Forktail, annually.
Society of the Middle East Formed in 1978 as a successor to the Ornithological
Society of Turkey. Aims to collect, collate and publish ornithological
data on birds of the Middle East, encourage an interest in and conservation
of birds of the region. Members receive twice-yearly journal, Sandgrouse.
Seabird Group A society of professional seabird researchers and managers
dedicated to the study and conservation of seabirds formed in 1972 out
of a need for increased communication among academic and government seabird
researchers. Principle goals: (1) to increase the quality and quantity
of seabird research through facilitating exchange of information; (2) to
identify and assess the importance of threats to seabird populations and
provide government agencies and others with expert advice on managing the
threats and populations.
Research Foundation For persons interested in predatory birds. The
Society publishes The Journal of Raptor Research, a quarterly publication
with articles on all aspects of raptor biology. Several student and research
awards and grants are administered by the Raptor Research Society.
Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) UK-based organization founded
in 1889 to conserve wild birds and the environment in which they live and
breed. Over one million members. Members receive the award-winning magazine
Younger members catered for by Young Ornithologists' Club.
Conservation Association (SCA) Offers more than 1,000 expense-paid
volunteer opportunities in resource management, including ones related
to birds. Beginning in January 1998, website will contain a searchable
listing of such opportunities.
Ornithological Society A world-wide organization, founded in 1888,
of nearly 2500 people who share a curiosity about birds. Named in honor
of Alexander Wilson, the Father of American Ornithology, the Society publishes
a quarterly journal of ornithology and holds annual meetings.
Organizations / NGOs – US / Canada
Shreveport Society for Nature Study Sub-group The Bird Study Group,
Shreveport's organization of bird-watchers. Offers field trips, bird discussions,
a Bird Report database tracking bird sightings, and other programs of interest
to people with an interest in birds.
Baltimore Bird Club A chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society.
Their web pages contain the latest RBAs; information about
the BBC, the MOS, and their activities;
and links to some of the finest birding sites on the web.
Howard County Bird Club A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society.
In June, the Club published Birding Howard County, Maryland, a 134
page spiral-bound guide to finding birds in the county. Web page provides
local birding updates and county bird list.
Brookline Bird Club Founded in 1913, the club now has more than 1300
members nationwide. Web page is useful for anyone interested in birding
in New England, particularly Massachusetts.
South Shore Bird Club Founded in 1946 the club has grown to a membership
of 135, most from the south of Boston and north of Cape Cod. Field trips
concentrate largely but not exclusively on southeastern Massachusetts.
Ornithologists' Union An organization of both professionals and amateurs
interested in birds. Publish a journal, The Loon, and a newsletter,
Birding. The info-rich web site includes lists and distribution maps
of the birds found in Minnesota, a list of 16 quality birding locations,
an account or recent rare, unusual or interesting sightings.
Brunswick Federation of Naturalists A non-profit organization formed
in 1972 to encourage better understanding of nature and the environment,
and to focus concern for the natural heritage of New Brunswick.
York State Bluebird Society A non-profit dedicated to the conservation
of the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), the state bird. With links
to other bluebird pages.
Jersey Audubon Chapter Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent
Audubon societies, NJAS has no connection with the National Audubon Society.
Website includes a birders forum and seasonal site guides for great birding
spots in the state.
Scotia Bird Society A focus for birders in the province for almost
40 years, serving over 500 members. Web page includes information on upcoming
meetings and field trips, telephone information line, information for visitors,
and latest issue of Nova Scotia Birds.
Hamilton Naturalists' Club Birding Hotline Website recently underwent
facelift and now includes up-to-date species lists for birds, butterflies,
fish, herps, mammals and plants in the Hamilton-Wentworth Natural Areas
Inventory, plus links to other area and Ontario websites.
Ornithological Society Founded in 1953 the Society aims to encourage
the observation, study and conservation of birds in Texas and the formation
of local birding clubs.
Ornithological Society Founded in 1988 "...to increase our knowledge
of the birds of Washington ..." and " to provide a forum for birders from
throughout the state to gather and share information on bird identification,
population status and birding sites". Over 500 amateur and professional
ornithologist members. Web includes checklist, photos and links.
State: Rainier Audubon Society (South King County Chapter) Website
has a lot of information about the society's activities, projects, CBC
data, bird sightings, how to subscribe to the Wa-Rainier Listserver, nest
boxes, wild bird care, green gardening...
Resources Division, US Geological Survey Includes the National Biological
Information Infrastructure (NBII) which provides information on and access
to biological databases, information products, directories, and guides
maintained by federal, state, and local government agencies, and private
Land Management The BLM administers public lands within a framework
of numerous laws (the most comprehensive of these being the Federal Land
Policy and Management Act of 1976). Its mission is to sustain the health,
diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment
of present and future generations.
Environmental Monitoring Initiative Linking large-scale survey information
and remote sensing with ecological process research at a network of multi-resource,
intensive monitoring areas for greater understanding of what controls ecosystem
health at the regional scale, where resource management decisions are made.
Development of this initiative is under the leadership of the Committee
on the Environment and Natural Resources, in the White House Office of
Science & Technology Policy.
in Flight (PIF) Launched in 1990 in response to growing concerns about
declines in many landbird species populations. Initial focus was on species
that breed in the North America and winter in the Neotropics, but includes
most landbirds and other species requiring terrestrial habitats. A cooperative
effort involving partnerships among federal, state and local government
agencies, philanthropic foundations, professional organizations, conservation
groups, industry, the academic community, and private individuals.
Monitoring and International Working Groups One of eight working groups
in PIF. Aims to help standardize protocols for monitoring populations,
and establish communication between researchers interested in monitoring
issues. The International Working Group publishes the newsletter La
Tangara to increase communication throughout the bird community in
the Western Hemisphere.
Formerly the Canadian Landbird Conservation Program. Its goal is "to ensure
the long-term viability of populations of native Canadian landbirds across
their range of habitats." This will be mplemented at several levels; national,
regional and local. A working group, that includes representatives from
government and non-government conservation agencies, industry, academics,
and other interested stakeholders, has been created to work at the national
With Wildlife A cooperative effort between state fish and wildlife
agencies, state parks, and the customers and businesses of the outdoors.
It will provide much needed funding for every state to implement important
conservation strategies and to provide greater recreational and educational
opportunities for millions of Americans.
and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior.
Their mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and
their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Major
responsibilities include: migratory birds, endangered species, certain
marine mammals, freshwater and anadromous fish, the National Wildlife Refuge
System, wetlands, conserving habitat, and environmental contaminants.
National Biological Service Office of Inventory and Monitoring. Administers
the North American Bird Banding Program jointly with the Canadian Wildlife
Service. Their respective banding offices have similar functions and policies
and use the same bands, reporting forms and data formats. Joint coordination
of the program dates back to 1923. In the US, the Bird Banding Laboratory
(BBL) at Laurel, Maryland, functions as a service and administrative center
for those who use the banding technique or banding data in their work.
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