The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is pleased to announce that the first issue of our newsletter, AFO Afield, for 2016 is available for download. Since our last issue of AFO Afield, much has happened and we have some exciting articles and news items to share with you! In particular, council member Marty Raphael provides highlights of the 2015 AFO/WOS/SCO-SOC joint meeting that was held in Nova Scotia in mid-July, while Vice President Paul Rodewald celebrates the most recent recipients of the E. Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Awards, an award that promotes field studies of birds and honors E. Alexander Bergstrom’s memory and dedication to bird research. In recognition of the movement to online journal access, President Reed Bowman provides a primer for managing your digital membership to AFO, while AFO Afield Editor and council member Jen Smith provides some insights into ways that our members, and non-members alike, can communicate with AFO via social media, and Patrick Keenan of Avian Research Supplies provides an update on their success during 2015 and their plans for 2016. There are also details of an exciting new citizen science program run by Caren Cooper, Assistant Director of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in which we encourage our members to partake!

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Finally, President Reed Bowman provides information on upcoming meetings, including the AFO meeting that will occur August 16–20th, 2016 in Washington DC as part of the NAOC VI, and the 2017 joint meeting of the AFO, Aves Argentinas, and the Brazilian Ornithological Society (Sociedade Brasileira de Ornitologia) that will be held at Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. To download the most recent copy of AFO Afield, please visit the link on AFO’s website: http://afonet.org/wp_english/about/newsletter/.

Jennifer Smith

About Jennifer Smith

Post-doctoral Research Associate – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University