American Ornithologists' Union
Founded in 1883, the American Ornithologists' Union is the oldest organization in the New World devoted to the scientific study of birds. Fast approaching its 125th anniversary, over its history AOU and its members have created the scientific foundation for ornithology and bird conservation that we enjoy today. The AOU is the largest and most diverse ornithological society, with over 3500 members. Although primarily an organization for professional ornithologists, it welcomes to its ranks many students, conservationists, birders and others who cherish the birds of the world.
Its publications are the heart and soul of the AOU. Its quarterly journal, The Auk, has the highest scientific impact of any ornithological journal, worldwide. Its journal for longer papers, Ornithological Monographs, is now published three times per year. These journals will soon be available on-line to all members. The AOU Check-list of North American Birds has long been the accepted authority for English bird names and scientific nomenclature. A committee is hard at work on a similar list for South America. AOU also publishes periodic white papers of importance to conservation, scientific collections, and other issues. In partnership with the Cornell Laboratory for Ornithology, the AOU sponsors The Birds of North America. In partnership with the Nuttall Ornithological Club, it will sponsor a book series in ornithology. The AOU website is fast becoming the go to place for information on professional ornithology. The AOU manages its own independent publication office, and works with other societies to help them produce their publications. Publications are actively overseen by a committee of scientists, which ensures scientific integrity, professional management, and fiscal health.
Cooper Ornithological Society
The primary goal of the Cooper Ornithological Society is to advance the scientific study of birds and their habitats. The Society accomplishes these objectives through its meetings, its sponsorship of symposia and workshops, and its publications. The Condor is one of the premier ornithological journals in the world, and Studies in Avian Biology contains both major monographs and proceedings of symposia of broad interest to avian biologists. Recent issues of these publications are available to members of the society, through libraries that subscribe to the publications, and for purchase (see web site for details). Recent issues of The Condor are also available in electronic format to all members and through libraries and institutions that subscribe to BioOne. Archives of The Condor, Studies in Avian Biology, and Pacific Coast Avifauna (the precursor to Studies in Avian Biology) that were published before 2001 are available free of charge through SORA, the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive, which is hosted by to the University of New Mexico Library. Financial support for the archive project was authorized by the Board of Directors of the Cooper Society as a way of providing open access to scientific information about birds to ornithologists around the world.
The Society of Canadian Ornithologists / Société des ornithologistes du Canada
The Society is the body of Canada's ornithological community, whose mandate is to administer awards, publications, and interconnection with the other professional ornithological societies in Canada, North America and worldwide.
In 2005 the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and Bird Studies Canada launched its new, jointly-published venture, Avian Conservation and Ecology (ACE). It is an open-access, fully electronic scientific journal that focuses on the conservation, ecology, and status of birds. It is intended to complement other publications, such as traditional ornithological journals, conservation publications, general ecology journals and those focused on specific groups of birds.
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