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Bird Clubs / Ornithological Organizations

  • African 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 color bulletin.
  • American 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 ornithological science.
  • Association 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.
  • BirdLife 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 building. 
  • British 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.
  • British 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. 
  • Centro 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.
  • Colonial 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 such species.
  • Cooper Ornithological Society For any person interested in avian biology. All members receive The Condor. North American members also receive the bimonthly Ornithological Newsletter.
  • Cornell 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.
  • Hong 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.
  • International 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.
  • National 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.
  • Nature Conservancy 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 of acres. 
  • Neotropical 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.
  • Niagara 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'.
  • Oriental 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.
  • Ornithological 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.
  • Pacific 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.
  • Raptor 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.
  • Royal 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 Birds. Younger members catered for by Young Ornithologists' Club.
  • Student 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. 
  • Wilson 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. 
Bird Clubs – US & Canada
  • Louisiana: 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.
  • Maryland: 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. 
  • Maryland: 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.
  • Massachusetts: 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.
  • 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.
  • Minnesota Ornithologists' Union An organization of both professionals and amateurs interested in birds. Publish a journal, The Loon, and a newsletter, Minnesota 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.
  • New 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.
  • New 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.
  • New 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.
  • Nova 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.
  • Ontario: 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.
  • Texas 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.
  • Washington 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.
  • Washington 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...
Government Organizations / NGOs – US / Canada 
  • Biological 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 organizations.
  • Bureau of 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.
  • National 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. 
  • Partners 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.
  • PIF 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.
  • PIF–Canada 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 level. 
  • Teaming 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.
  • US Fish 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. 
  • US 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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