The official newsletter of the International Ornithologists' Union
Newsletter Issue 1 | May 2018

From the President Lucia Liu Severinghaus, IOU President

Dear Colleagues,

The IOU aims to contribute to the field of ornithology in the following directions: (1) disseminating ornithological knowledge; (2) interacting with other scientific organizations, foundations, and institutions; (3) stimulating and strengthening locally-based research that includes the participation of amateur ornithologists; (4) cultivating collegial, collaborative, and mutually supportive relationships among ornithologists internationally, without restrictions imposed by cultural or political differences; and (5) fostering knowledge transfer between basic research and applied sciences, such as conservation.

To help accomplish our mission, we are launching a Newsletter, in addition to holding an international congress every four years, facilitating collaboration on special topics through the formation of Working Groups, and managing a website to communicate with members. Some of you may wonder, given the number of newsletters many of us already receive from both local societies and international societies, do we really need another newsletter? The answer is yes, especially given our membership and readership cover wider geographic range than any other ornithological societies. You will find it very useful when you need information or want to reach out to other ornithologists in distant parts of the world.

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IOU News

It is our great pleasure to announce the new International Ornithologists' Union web page. This is a great tool aimed at disseminating ornithological knowledge; cultivating collegial, collaborative, and mutually supportive relationships among ornithologists internationally; and fostering knowledge transfer between fundamental research on the one hand and applied sciences and conservation on the other hand.

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IOC News Kate Buchanan, Chair of the Sci. Program Committee

The IOCongress2018 Organizing Society and Co-Hosts (Bird Studies Canada and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists) together with partners from government, academia, arts, conservation and business have been planning for the 27th International Ornithological Congress (IOCongress2018) in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 2013. MCI Canada, our Professional Conference Organizer, is turning the vision into reality through their international team of professionals to make IOCongress2018 a truly world-class and once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Opinion Letters

In this first newsletter issue, we would like to share with you three articles that are part of the initiatives currently carried out by the IOU Working Group Psittaciformes (all freely available at

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Grants, Fellowships, Internships, and Positions

We have brought together a collection of IOCongress travel awards, as well as worldwide and regional grants, fellowships, internships, and positions that may be of interest to you.

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Editor's Choice

We would like to share with you some recent papers that may influence the way we see birds. Enjoy!

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Birds In the News

Highlighted for you are 3 articles relating to birds. "An Expert's Take on How to Prevent the Next Extinction", "Previously unknown 'super-colony' of 1.5 million penguins discovered in Antarctica's remote corner", and "Four Australian bird species up-listed to worse conservation status".

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Research Tools

These are exciting times in science. New tools are developing very fast and allowing us to tackle ambitious new questions every year. Here we share some of them with you:

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Conservation scientists 'shocked' at logging of endangered swift parrot nesting site.

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Congresses and meetings of interest to ornithologists.

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Courses and Workshops

In this section of the IOU Flutter, we provide information and links about courses and workshops for PhD students, postdocs, and professional researchers.

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For feedback or more information, or to provide information to be included in the IOU Newsletter, please contact the individuals listed in this section.

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