Registration Now Open!

We are excited to confirm that this year’s NAOC will be held virtually at the same time as originally planned, the week of 10 August, 2020. Below we provide many details on conference so that you can plan now to attend!

Structure of the Meeting. The meeting will take place August 10-15, Monday through Saturday, with workshops on Monday and the opening keynote on Tuesday. Each day of the main conference we will include stimulating plenary lectures plus many concurrent talk and poster sessions, as well as multiple roundtable discussions and lively, interactive networking events. We have tailored the schedule to enable broad, live participation across the multiple time zones of the Americas. All of the live talks and poster presentations will also be recorded, and registered attendees will have free access to view any of them for 30 days post-conference at their leisure—no need to miss any sessions in this new, virtual format. A general schedule can be found here (Link:, and a more detailed schedule including all symposia, other talks, and poster sessions will be forthcoming. We are pleased that our Keynote Speaker (link: and all of our Plenary Speakers (link: have agreed to present their talks virtually!

Registration. Registration for the virtual meeting is now open. We’re excited to announce that, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, NAOC host societies, and a National Science Foundation grant, we will provide grants to individuals so that participation in the virtual meeting will be completely free for students, most early professionals, emeritus members/retirees, and many participants from designated special countries. For all others, registration will cost $50 for those from developed countries and $25 for professionals from special countries, well below the estimated actual cost of $86 per participant. Be sure to thank our sponsors and society leadership! For more details on registration costs, see.

Presentations. The Scientific Program will include live oral presentations—both lightning talks (3 minutes) and longer talks (12 minutes)—as well as live poster presentations during concurrent sessions each day (see:, just as we had planned for the in-person conference. Presenters will be available to answer questions from attendees during these live sessions. We plan to have closed-captions available for many, if not all, of the presentations to ensure broad accessibility. All presenters will be provided detailed instructions, training, an opportunity to test their technology, and tips on how to give an effective virtual presentation. Those of you who have already had your abstract accepted for the meeting have been automatically added to the program for the virtual conference. Very soon you will receive an email with details about your presentation, as well as a link that will allow you to confirm whether or not you will be able to present in this virtual format of our NAOC 2020 conference.

New Abstract Submissions. We are also opening a new, limited call for poster abstracts from researchers in Caribbean and Latin American countries only (see the call for abstracts on the website for more information). Please share this widely with your colleagues who may be eligible! Although we won’t be able to convene in Puerto Rico in person this year, we are eager to hear from our Caribbean and Latin American colleagues about their crucial ornithological research and conservation efforts. Unfortunately, due to the challenges of scheduling such a large virtual conference, we are unable to accept new abstracts from other participants.

Virtual Meeting Platform. We will be using Zoom Webinars and Meetings ( as the main platform for our plenaries, oral presentations, posters, workshops, round-table discussions, meetings, exhibitor demonstrations, and many networking events. The entire program will be seamlessly integrated through the EventPilot conference app and online desktop planner, which attendees can use to access all program content and events through their mobile device or a browser on their computer ( Only presenters will be required to install Zoom on their computers, and we will be providing instructions and training in advance of the conference. We will also likely be using another networking application to build channels for increased communication among our attendees (details coming soon!). We realize some individuals may be restricted in their ability to use Zoom or other programs, primarily due to agency or company policy, and we are working to overcome any such obstacles. If you have such a restriction, please contact us at with the subject line “Zoom restriction” and we will work with you to resolve any issues.

More Questions? More detailed information will be coming soon for all aspects of the conference, including a request for volunteers to help. If you have immediate questions, please contact us at

Although this NAOC will be virtual, we are confident that participants will foster invaluable connections, that important and innovative research will be communicated, and that much knowledge will be gained from participating in this conference. We hope to “see” you soon!

An Important Announcement

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After weighing a range of options due to our concern for the health and safety of our attendees and the people of Puerto Rico, the NAOC Steering Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person North American Ornithological Conference planned for San Juan this August.

This likely comes as no surprise given the global impact of COVID-19, and we know you share our disappointment that we will not be able to gather in person this summer to reach across borders and connect with old colleagues, meet new ones, and share our important science. However, we are excited to announce our path forward, which will provide an opportunity for members of the ornithological community to connect virtually and present their science this summer and convene in Puerto Rico in a future year once it is possible to do so.

  1. NAOC host societies will host a virtual meeting the week of August 10. We hope that most people who submitted abstracts for the in-person NAOC will opt to keep their abstracts under consideration for the virtual meeting. Details are still being finalized, but we anticipate a registration cost in the range of $75 or less.

    If you registered for NAOC, a full refund will be made automatically; registration for the virtual meeting will be handled separately. You will receive a message shortly confirming your registration cancellation and refund. (If you have already booked hotel reservations etc., you will need to cancel those separately.) If you submitted an abstract, you will hear from us within two weeks to confirm your interest in continuing with a virtual presentation.

    We’re excited about the opportunities that a virtual meeting will offer, and we are hard at work figuring out the details. Please stay tuned for more news and updates as our plans for the virtual NAOC develop!
  2. 2021 meetings will go forward as planned. Postponing NAOC to 2021 was not an option, as many NAOC host societies already have plans in place with other venues for their 2021 meetings. Next year’s meetings are scheduled as follows:

    American Ornithological Society & Society of Canadian OrnithologistsLondon, Ontario, 22–29 August 2021

    Association of Field OrnithologistsSouth America (specific location to be determined), early August 2021

    Birds Caribbean: Trinidad, late July 2021

    British Ornithologists’ UnionUniversity of Nottingham, 31 March–1 April 2021

    CIPAMEXPachuca, Mexico, October or November 2021 (tentative)

    Neotropical Ornithological SocietyNo 2021 meeting (next NOS Congress will be 2023)

    Waterbird Society: South Florida, late October/early November 2021 (tentative; a 2020 meeting is also planned for 10–14 November in Clear Lake, Texas)

    Wilson Ornithological SocietyAlbany, New York, April 2021
  3. AOS will host its annual meeting in Puerto Rico in 2022 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan from June 27 to July 1, to convene ornithologists from throughout the world in the Caribbean. More details will be forthcoming over the next year as plans develop.

We want to thank the entire ornithological community for your patience and support as we’ve grappled with this unprecedented situation. We look forward to continuing to connect with you virtually this summer as well as in person in the future.

With gratitude,

The NAOC Steering Committee

Un Anuncio Importante

23 de abril 2020

Después de sopesar una serie de opciones debido a nuestra preocupación por la salud y la seguridad de nuestros asistentes y del pueblo de Puerto Rico, el Comité Directivo de NAOC ha tomado la difícil decisión de cancelar la Conferencia Ornitológica Norteamericana en persona prevista para San Juan este agosto.

Esto probablemente no sea una sorpresa dado el impacto global de COVID-19, y sabemos que ustedes comparten nuestra decepción de que no podamos reunirnos en persona este verano para cruzar las fronteras y conectar con viejos colegas, conocer a otros nuevos y compartir nuestra importante ciencia. Sin embargo, nos complace anunciar nuestro camino a seguir, que brindará una oportunidad a los miembros de la comunidad ornitológica de conectarse virtualmente y presentar su ciencia este verano y reunirse en Puerto Rico en un año futuro una vez que sea posible hacerlo.

  1. Las sociedades anfitrionas de la NAOC celebrarán una reunión virtual la semana del 10 de agosto. Esperamos que la mayoría de las personas que presentaron resúmenes para NAOC en persona opten por mantener sus resúmenes bajo consideración para la reunión virtual. Los detalles aún se están ultimando, pero anticipamos un costo de inscripción en el rango de $75 o menos.

    Si se registró en la NAOC, se hará un reembolso completo automáticamente; el registro para la reunión virtual se manejará por separado. En breve recibirá un mensaje confirmando la cancelación de su inscripción y el reembolso. (Si ya ha hecho reservas de hotel, etc., tendrá que cancelarlas por separado). Si ha enviado un resumen, tendrá noticias nuestras en un plazo de dos semanas para confirmar su interés en continuar con la presentación virtual.

    Estamos entusiasmados con las oportunidades que ofrecerá una reunión virtual, y estamos trabajando duro para averiguar los detalles. Por favor, manténganse conectado para más noticias y actualizaciones a medida que nuestros planes para el NAOC virtual se desarrollan!
  2. Las reuniones del 2021 seguirán adelante según lo planeado. Posponer NAOC al 2021 no era una opción, ya que muchas sociedades anfitrionas de NAOC ya tienen planes en marcha con otros lugares para sus reuniones del 2021. Las reuniones del próximo año están programadas de la siguiente manera:

    American Ornithological Society y Society of Canadian Ornithologists: Londres, Ontario, 22-29 de agosto de 2021

    Association of Field Ornithologists: América del Sur (ubicación específica por determinar) a principios de agosto de 2021

    Birds Caribbean: Trinidad, finales de julio de 2021

    British Ornithologists’ Union: Universidad de Nottingham, 31 de marzo a 1 de abril de 2021

    CIPAMEXPachuca, México, octubre o noviembre de 2021 (provisional)

    Neotropical Ornithological Society: No hay reunión en 2021 (el próximo Congreso de la NOS será en 2023)

    Waterbird Society: Sur de Florida, finales de octubre/principios de noviembre de 2021 (provisional; también se prevé una reunión en 2020 para el 10-14 de noviembre en Clear Lake, Texas)

    Wilson Ornithological Society: Albany, Nueva York, abril de 2021
  3. AOS organizará su reunión anual en Puerto Rico en 2022 en el Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico en San Juan, del 27 de junio al 1 de julio, para convocar a los ornitólogos de todo el mundo en el Caribe. Se darán más detalles durante el próximo año a medida que se desarrollen los planes.

Queremos agradecer a toda la comunidad ornitológica por su paciencia y apoyo mientras lidiamos con esta situación sin precedentes. Esperamos seguir conectando con ustedes virtualmente este verano, así como en persona en el futuro.

Con gratitud,

El Comité Directivo de la NAOC