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Dear AFO Members and Friends:

We thought you’d like to know that the NAOC Steering Committee has canceled the in-person North American Ornithological Conference planned for Puerto Rico this August, due to concerns over health and safety. In its place, there will be a scaled-down virtual NAOC, taking form to be held during the week of August 10th. AFO is considering participation, and welcomes your thoughts and concerns regarding a virtual meeting. We are also in discussions about how to best hold a business meeting to conduct AFO business during 2020.  Planning is already underway for our 2021 meeting, the 2nd Ornithological Congress of the Americas, which will occur in South America during the summer. Stay tuned for more information.

As always, AFO's research supplies business Avinet Research Supplies, run in partnership with the Biodiversity Research Institute, has mist nets and other field supplies  in stock and can ship orders, so please continue to make purchases in support of your bird studies.  Your purchases will benefit AFO as well, keeping cash flowing during these difficult times.

Thanks for everything you do in support of bird study and conservation.  And, thanks for your continued support of the Association of Field Ornithologists.

Dan Ardia, President of AFO


The Association of Field Ornithologists seek to highlight the positive values of being present in nature during this unprecedented pandemic. We are experiencing new ways of looking at the familiar and gaining a renewed appreciation for the everyday nature that surrounds us. We encourage taking note of the birds around us and sharing observations via #birdingfromhome #AFO #AFObirds 

Let’s connect through nature and get through this together!

New articles in the Journal of Field Ornithology:
Does the presence of an observer affect a bird's occurrence rate or singing rate during a point count?

Rapid colonization and turnover of birds in a tropical forest treefall gap

Effects of forest fragmentation on the lekking behavior of White‐throated Manakins in Central Amazonia

Spatial and temporal patterns in age structure of Golden Eagles wintering in eastern North America

From our members:
Seeking birding data to understand range shifts of Crested Caracaras
We need your help! Anecdotal evidence suggests Crested Caracaras are expanding their range, but assessments are needed to confirm this assertion and to understand the underlying mechanisms. We are seeking records of Crested Caracara sightings to help facilitate this research... 
Recent Blog Posts:
Do you sing like I do? Geographic variation in the vocalizations of a Neotropical sparrow species complex
Variation in phenotypic traits are common in geographic scenarios, and conspicuous when geographic isolation is involved.
Passive restoration contributes to bird conservation in Brazilian Pampa grasslands
Passive restoration (natural colonization) has been tested and used as tool to recovery-degraded habitats, mainly in forests.
Microhabitat nest‐site selection by ducks in the boreal forest
The boreal forest is one of the most important breeding areas for ducks in North America, but there is little information about the nest ecology of ducks from this region.
Researchers develop an effective tool for reducing mammalian predation at nests of critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrows
Predation is a common cause of nest failure for many birds, but sometimes predation rates can be high enough to warrant action by managers tasked with protecting imperiled species.
Discover MORE on our blog...
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This issue's header photo: Chestnut-sided Warbler by Matthew Shumar.
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