May/June NewsBRIEF

The Ornithological Council is pleased to provide this bimonthly report covering activities in May and June 2022. 

The Ornithological Council’s 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.

Our work focuses on animal welfare issues, permits, research funding, and other policies that affect ornithologists and ornithological societies. We greatly appreciate your support. Please contact our Executive Director with questions or concerns about this report or about any other matter of concern to your society or your society’s members.

In this time period, the Ornithological Council:

– Prepared comments on the proposed rule published by the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service that would regulate the use of birds not bred for research under the Animal Welfare Act. The comments submitted by the OC note that, while the OC believes strongly that all birds should be treated humanely, in the laboratory and in the field, additional regulation of birds under the AWA may well be duplicative to already existing regulation of such research under different laws and rules. Read the OC’s comment letter here.

– Reinvigorated its ‘supporting membership’ category, to expand its membership and its reach to ensure that all ornithologists can benefit from the OC’s resources and expertise. Now, organizations and institutions can become part of the OC community of those who work with and love birds. Supporting memberships are just $500/year for international and national organizations and $250/year for local and regional organizations. Learn more here.

– Released another updated version of the Guide to the Permits and Procedures for Importing Bird Products into the United States for Scientific Research and Display, as a result of recent changes in permitting systems and requirements. The Guide is available as a free resource on 

– Continued work on our update of the Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research. We are currently in the process of reviewing the literature for new papers published since the 2010 publication of the current edition. New reference lists for each chapter are being made available on once completed, and once all chapter updates have been completed, a new PDF of the Guidelines with the new references will be compiled and posted online.  

– Provided direct individual assistance to ornithologists who belong to OC societies regarding how to obtain the permits necessary to complete their research. During May and June, we assisted 3 individuals with permit issues.

– Posted articles and updates on the Ornithology Exchange regarding:

Canada updates migratory bird regulations

ESA habitat definition rescinded

Arati Prabhakar nominated as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Survey seeks info on colonial seabirds during the current HPAI outbreak 

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act passes the U.S. House

New APHIS online permit system launched

OC submits comments on AWA regulation of birds

In case you missed it: New Ivory Billed pre-print available

Bi-State Sage Grouse listing to be reconsidered

All these updates, and more, are always available on the ‘News From the OC’ forum on Ornithological Exchange.