AFO Member feedback on the decision from AOS to replace all eponymous bird names

Last month AFO leadership sent out an anonymous poll to our members to survey their opinions on the recent decision by the American Ornithological Society (AOS) English Bird Names Committee (EBNC) that all eponymous English bird names in the Western Hemisphere be replaced. Our brief poll was created to provide a formal opportunity for AFO members to provide input on this controversial topic, a step... Read More

A brand new benefit for our members

Big news! This past April, AFO partnered with Zeiss to offer its members a new benefit. Are you curious about what it is…?  Since AFO depends on its members to continue advancing its efforts and contributions to ornithology, we are always striving to find ways to provide our members with quality benefits. We are, after […] Read More

Annual members meeting (virtual) on May 14, 2024

Please join us for the annual AFO Members Meeting next month on Tuesday, May 14th from 2-3:30pm Eastern Time. We have an informative agenda that will update members on recent AFO accomplishments. Following the meeting we will be treated to a fun presentation by AFO Communications and Marketing Specialist, Agustina Torretta. She will present: “Saffron-cowled Blackbird Project: A translator’s gateway to the conservation world.” Read More

Statement on common name changes

The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) strongly endorses efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of ornithology and the pastime of birding. The recent decision by the American Ornithological Society to change all eponymous bird names caused a stir in much of the ornithological community.  We have had many discussions among AFO […] Read More