May/June NewsBRIEF

The Ornithological Council is pleased to provide this bimonthly report covering activities in May and June 2023.

Our work focuses on permits for ornithological research, animal welfare issues, 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, Ornithological Council staff:

  1. Welcomed a new Supporting Member – the International Ornithologists’ Union. Learn more about supporting members and see the list of current supporting members here.
  2. Coordinated and moderated a listening session for the National Science Foundation and the ILAR Standing Committee for the Care and Use of Animals in Research to hear from ornithologists regarding the animal welfare challenges of ornithological research.
  3. Renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the USDA APHIS Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Research Center. The MOU lays the groundwork for partnership and cooperation between the OC and the NWRC.
  4. Submitted comments to the USDA Animal and Plants Health Inspection Service on their import/export permits, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Form 3-177 and the online eDecs system, and to the USFWS on the Form 3–200–7 (application for a Migratory Bird and Eagle Scientific Collecting permit). Learn more – and read the comment letters – here.
  5. 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 are ready, a new PDF of the complete Guidelines with the new references will be compiled and posted online.
  6. 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 three individuals with permit issues and one IACUC with animal welfare issues.
  7.  Posted articles and updates on the Ornithology Exchange:

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