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  • The Florida Ornithological Society
    Uniting Amateurs and Professionals
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Advancing Ornithology in Florida

Supporting Research and Education About Birds

Upcoming Meetings

The Fall Meeting of the Florida Ornithological Society will be held on November 10-12, 2017, at the Matheson History Museum, 513 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. Stay tuned for more details. Hope to see you there!

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Who We Are

The Florida Ornithological Society is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1972 to promote field ornithology in Florida and to facilitate contact between professional and amateur ornithologists and birders in the state.

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Support research and conservation of Florida birds, interact with Florida's leading birders and researchers to learn more about birds, and contribute to our knowledge of Florida avifauna.

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The Story of The Florida Ornithological Society

Our Society hosts meetings across the state with the purpose of sharing current research, birding together, and enjoying the company of friends and colleagues.

  • The Beginning

    The Florida Ornithological Society, initially sponsored by the Florida Audubon Society, held its inaugural meeting in Lakeland, Florida, on October 14, 1972. It established a mission to advance ornithology in Florida and surrounding areas, support research and education about birds, and unite amateurs and professionals in the study of wild birds.

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  • Florida Field Naturalist

    The Florida Field Naturalist is a refereed technical journal of field biology and natural history published every year since 1973.

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  • Bird of Florida Checklist

    The Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee evaluates reports in a careful, systematic way to maintain an up-to-date list of the species of birds in Florida.

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  • Awards for Education and Research

    The Florida Ornithological Society encourages student participation and gives monetary awards on a competitive basis to worthy applicants in the areas of ornithological research and primary or secondary education related to birds.

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  • Special Publications

    Our Special Publications are monograph-length studies devoted, like Florida Field Naturalist, to disseminating original and important information about the birdlife of Florida, adjacent states, the Bahamas, and nearby West Indies.

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  • Sponsor Statewide Projects

    The FOS has helped lead both Florida Breeding Bird Atlases; the first from 1982 to 1987 and the second atlas from 2012 until 2017.

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