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Please join us in the
Land of the Midnight Sun for AOS 2019!


Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Local Planning Committee, I invite you to attend the 137th annual meeting of American Ornithology and the third annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society.  We’ll gather in Anchorage, Alaska, during the city’s celebration of the summer solstice.  

There is plenty to see and do in this exciting city—Anchorage has something for everyone.  The conference is family friendly, and we hope that those of you thinking about bringing your family members or partners will make the conference part of a larger Alaska adventure.

Anchorage is your gateway to visit the stunning landscapes of Alaska, see amazing wildlife and wild places, and experience the rich cultures of the many Alaskan peoples. Alaska serves as a nexus of flyways for migratory birds from all over the globe, including the Americas, Central Pacific, East Asia–Australasia, and even Africa. During late June, most birds will still be nesting or tending young, but you should also see flocks of early migrants. Around solstice there is almost continuous daylight at our latitude, so you will have ample time to explore the coastal marshes, mountains, and immense natural areas within and bordering the city. We’ve shortened the conference by a day with the goal of giving you time at the front or back end of the meeting to visit other parts of Alaska, and are organizing some fantastic pre- and post-conference birding adventures.

The science of ornithology and the practice of conservation are inextricably connected, a fact acknowledged and addressed by our conference theme, “Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries.”  Here at the edge of the North American continent, we hope to stimulate a broad discussion of research that spans the breadth of modern ornithology through an outstanding scientific program, which will be dedicated to the late Dr. Brina Kessel, a pioneer in ornithology and a leader in arctic and boreal research. We will also be honoring the contributions of women in ornithology and exploring added dimensions of our connections with birds through Native cultures.

We expect 700–800 attendees to come together for a packed program of professional-development workshops, stimulating plenary lectures, symposia, round-table discussions, “lightning talks,” and the presentation of contributed papers and posters—addressing many diverse aspects of birds on the edge.

Our meetings are a vibrant place to network with other professional and amateur ornithologists, students, educators, government officials and policy-makers, researchers, and vendors with their latest and greatest!  We’re planning many special events—early-morning and late-evening (yes!) bird walks, a 5K race and maybe ultimate frisbee on the nearby Park Strip, a late-night pub crawl, daily networking events, and so much more!

We hope you’ll register to attend, submit an abstract to present a talk or poster on your research and conservation endeavors, and enjoy an experience of a lifetime.  

Students–don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply for AOS’ travel grants and compete for prestigious AOS student presentation awards!

I look forward to seeing you for our solstice party at 61° North latitude!

Colleen M. Handel, Ph.D.

Chair, AOS 2019 Local Planning Committee
Research Wildlife Biologist
USGS Alaska Science Center
Anchorage, Alaska


About the American Ornithological Society

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The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.  As the largest ornithological member-based society in the world, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging professional meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, and informs public policy on issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections.

The AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, including eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students.

AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications, and the book series, Studies in Avian Biology.  The Society’s Checklist is the official source for taxonomy and nomenclature for North, Middle, and South American birds. The AOS is also a partner in the online publication of The Birds of North America with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.  

Learn more at our society website, American Ornithology, and AOS Publications website.