Special Events

More Info Coming Soon!


Plans are still being finalized for the meeting schedule.

Tuesday, April 10


5:30 – 7:00 PM

Sundance Cafe


AOS Fellows Dinner
The Fellows Annual meeting and dinner will be held in the Tucson El Conquistador. The dinner is open to AOS Fellows, guests, and Early Professional Award winners.
Dinner and cash bar Yes; AOS Fellows & guests only $65
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Presidio III-V Ballroom


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Pulliam is founder of the Borderlands Restoration Institute and Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia.  

NA No Complimentary; open to public
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Outside Terrace



Opening Reception
Come and connect with your old colleagues and get ready for an exciting week of science and fun.
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar/drink tickets Preferred Complimentary

Wednesday, April 11


Wed – Fri PM
Turquoise I
Silent Auction
Items donated by various companies and society members are bid on by conference attendees, and to the highest bidder go the spoils! From jewelry to fine art to books and monographs, we’ve got it all. The generosity of our donors and bidders help fund events hosted by the AOS Student Affairs Committee at future conferences, such as workshops, student-professional socials, and the quiz bowl.
NA No Complimentary
Wed 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Hilton Restaurants


Student & Mentor Lunch
We are offering a professional development opportunity by matching students and professionals that share ornithological interests to learn about potential career paths, graduate school opportunities, and research possibilities over lunch in an informal setting. We are seeking professionals to serve as mentors across research areas, career types, and diversity demographics.
Lunches of students will be supported Yes Complimentary
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Presidio Foyer



Early Professional Reception
Immediately following the Early Professionals Mini-talk Symposium, the Early Professionals Committee will host a social event for all individuals in the beginning stages of their careers (including those who did not present during the symposium). At this event, early professionals will mingle with each other and senior scientists from academia, government agencies, and the private sector. This informal event will allow those in the beginning stages of their careers to receive advice and guidance from senior scientists who have served on search committees and tenure review committees, as well as to network with their fellow early-stage colleagues. Open to early professionals and senior scientists interested in mentoring.
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Yes Complimentary
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Turquoise Ballroom
Poster Reception – Night One Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar No Complimentary
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Turquoise Ballroom
Join other conference attendees that are on Twitter for a Tweet-up (the chance to meet people in person). People will congregate and socialize during the poster reception. More specifics will be shared via Twitter (@AmOrnith & #AOS18AZ).
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar No Complimentary

Thursday, April 12


6:30-7:30 AM

Last Territory

The All-out Ostrich Scramble 5K
Race along the golf paths of Tucson El Conquistador!  Proceeds will support students.
Water will be provided Yes $10
12:00-1:30 PM

Joshua Tree


Meet the Journal Editors
Meet the Editors. Get answers to your questions about the publication and review process.
 Lunch Buffet – Pizza (made on site) & Salad Bar No Complimentary
1-5:00 PM

Registration Desk then Reid Park Zoo


Behind the Scenes Tour of Reid Park Zoo
Join the Reid Park Zoo staff and zookeepers for a tour behind the scenes. Leave the El Conquistador (two 15-passenger vans) at 1:15, tour lasts about 2 hours, return to hotel by 4:45 or 5. Tour limited to 24 participants. Admission is free for conference attendees with name badges; admission to the zoo for family members or guests not registered for the AOS meeting is required. Must be 6 years or older for the behind the scenes tour. Sign up on-site at the AOS registration desk.
More information on the field trip page of the meeting website.
Water will be provided Yes; Sign up sheets on site at registration – limited to 24 participants Complimentary
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Epazote Kitchen Terrace


LGBTQA Social 
Interested in connecting with other LGBTQA ornithologists? Join us at the second AOS LGBTQA social.
Hors d’oeuvres & Cash bar Preferred Complimentary
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Presidio III-V


Special Symposium:  40 Years of Finding Birds in Southeastern Arizona

Birds in and near Tucson, Arizona, have been observed, documented, and studied by numerous birders and ornithologists.  Over the past forty years, as birding has become increasingly popular, so too, have books featuring seasonal occurrences and directions on where to find birds.  This symposium is designed to bring a number of ardent “pioneer” birders, citizen scientists, and ornithologists together to summarize what has been learned during the last forty years about bird species occurrences, habitat range extensions, nesting phenology, behavior, and ecology of the birds in southeastern Arizona.

NA No Complimentary; open to public
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Turquoise Ballroom
Poster Reception – Night Two Hors d’oeuvres & Cash bar No Complimentary

Friday, April 13


12:00 – 1:30 PM

Agave II-III



Meet the Research Awards Committee
 Food Service  No Complimentary
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Lost Territory Ranch



Student-Professional Mixer
This mixer is a unique opportunity for students to meet informally with professionals to discuss common research interests. Students and professionals are offered food and drink to network and forge connections with other ornithologists who share their research interests. The high ratio of professionals to students (typically 1:2) offers an unprecedented opportunity for interaction across career stages for both academic and non-academic career paths.
Light dinner & Cash bar Yes Complimentary
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Presidio II- V

Quiz Bowl
One of the most popular events of the meeting, the Jeopardy-style quiz bowl offers a night of entertainment as self-assembled teams of three battle to prove their knowledge of ornithology. It starts off with a “pub-trivia” style round of ornithology and bird-influenced pop culture trivia, ranging from categories like Taxonomy to Avian Anagrams. The winning teams from the open, pub-style round will then play in the head-to-head championship round for great prizes. Faculty and other professionals are encouraged to participate as well. This event is organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee. Start building your teams!
Hors d’oeuvres & Cash bar No Complimentary

Saturday, April 14


10:30-12:00 PM

Agave I

AOS Website Focus Group Session
The AOS would like to get feedback on the society’s website. Fill out a survey and tell us how we can improve the website to meet your needs.
NA No Complimentary
12:00-1:30 PM

Joshua Tree

Golden Auks Luncheon
The Golden Auks luncheon is an informal networking event for senior ornithologists, 62 and older, who want to connect with colleagues.
Food Service Yes Complimentary
12:15-1:15 PM

Preidio I

NSF Information Session
Matt Carling, currently a Program Officer in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) at the National Science Foundation, will give an overview of NSF funding opportunities and updates on recent changes to core programs. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions. This information session is open to anyone and everyone with any interest in NSF is encouraged to attend.
NA No Complimentary
5:30 – 8:00 PM

Turquoise I-II

Closing Banquet
Dinner starts at 6:30 PM
Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar Yes $65
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Turquoise III

Bird Jam 
Special musical entertainment from your fellow ornithologists and local musicians. Interested in performing? Complete the sign-up form today: bit.ly/AOS18AZBirdJam
Dessert  and Cash bar Yes $15