The effect of whisper calls on the settlement decisions in female Veeries

The effect of whisper calls on the settlement decisions in female Veeries

One of this year’s Student Presentation Awards goes to William Fetzner, who recently graduated from Texas Tech University with an M.S. in Biology. William presented his research in an oral presentation in a Vocalization & Communication session of the joint AFO-WOS meeting in Chattanooga, TN, USA. Below is a contributed post from William on his research:

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Implications for using singed feathers in determining geographic origin with wildlife forensics approaches

Implications for using singed feathers in determining geographic origin with wildlife forensics approaches

One of this year’s Student Presentation Awards goes to Abigail Reid, a high school student in the Science Research Program at Pawling High School, NY. Abigail presented her research as an oral presentation in a Methodology & Techniques session of the joint AFO-WOS meeting in Chattanooga, TN, USA. Below is a contributed post from Abigail on her research:

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Logo Concept Design Contest

Logo Concept Design Contest

The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) wants your help in designing a logo concept for its business Avinet that specializes at providing essential field supplies to wildlife researchers. AFO’s research supply company began as a distributor of mist nets to ornithologists in the 1950s and has continued to grow to include other essential products to wildlife researchers. In 2016, AFO made purchase of the assets and operation of Avinet, Inc. and has merged operations with Avian Research Supplies.

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Response of gut microbiota to the energetic demands of long-distance passerine migration

Response of gut microbiota to the energetic demands of long-distance passerine migration

One of 2013’s Bergstrom Award recipients was William Lewis, a Master’s student at the University of Southern Mississippi. Below is a contributed post from William on his research:   My name is William Lewis and a few years ago the Association of Field Ornithologists awarded me the E. Alexander Bergstrom Memorial Research Award to help finance my research examining the gut microbiota of migratory passerines stopping along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  I obtained my Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 2015 and wanted to report on the major findings of my research. The gastrointestinal tracts of vertebrates host a very large and diverse community of microorganisms (the gut microbiota) which has been

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U.S. federal and state legislative news alerts for ornithologists

The Ornithological Council (OC) is investigating an e-mail alert service that will generate notices about U.S. federal and state legislation to those who have signed up to receive those notices. On behalf of its member societies, the OC will research each legislative proposal to determine if it is likely to be of interest to ornithologists and if so, if the legislation has the potential to move through the legislative process (most bills never go past the first stage, much less all the steps in the legislative process). In addition, the OC will research the merits of the legislation and provide an analysis of the pros and cons.

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A New Home for the AFO

Welcome to the new AFO website.  We’ve not only redesigned the look of AFO’s home on the internet but have created a number of features that will hopefully better connect our membership.  You’ll notice that a variety of social media applications have been integrated into the site.  Follow updates from our members via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more.

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