The Ornithological Council is a consortium of scientific ornithological societies in the Western Hemisphere.

Our mission is to:

  • Ensure that the best ornithological science is incorporated into legislative, regulatory, and management decisions that affect birds;
  • Enhance the ability of ornithologists to pursue professional activities; and
  • Promote the influence of ornithology in public affairs

We provide resources and support for ornithologists, including:

The Guidelines for the Use of Wild Birds in Research

A Guide to the Processes and Procedures for Importing Bird Products into the United State for Scientific Research and Display

We also publish timely articles about the intersection of conservation policy and ornithology at the Ornithology Exchange, in our ‘News from the OC‘ forum.

Our financial support comes from our member societies and from individual ornithologists who value our work. If the resources here are valuable to you, please consider supporting our work.


Thank you for your support!