Call for photos from the NAOC Diversity and Inclusion Committee

CALL FOR PHOTOS: The NAOC Diversity and Inclusion Committee is highlighting the contributions of Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, and Indigenous ornithologists. Recent (and persistent) reminders of racism in our world, as well as #BlackBirdersWeek, make clear the need to challenge assumptions about who can be an ornithologist while sending a message of belonging to people from underrepresented communities.

One approach will be to increase the visibility of the science conducted by members of these communities. We will start each scientific session with photos of ornithologists, along with descriptions of what they do for their work. Our hope is that these pictures will elevate the essential and influential contributions of these communities.

We would love to include as many people as possible. If you are a self-identified Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, or Indigenous ornithologist, please consider submitting a photo that shows the work you do. Please upload a good-quality photo and a one-sentence caption describing what you are doing and why (in a text or Word doc) to NAOC 2020 Photo Submissions by Monday, 20 July. Thank you, and please take care.

SOLICITUD DE FOTOS: El Comité de Diversidad e Inclusión de NAOC quiere resaltar las contribuciones de ornitólogos afrodescendientes, hispanos/latinos e indígenas. Los acontecimientos recientes (y persistentes) sobre el racismo en nuestro mundo, así como #BlackBirdersWeek, dejan en claro la necesidad de desafiar los prejuicios sobre quién puede ser ornitólogo/a y además transmitir un mensaje de pertenencia a personas de comunidades poco representadas.

Uno de nuestros enfoques será aumentar la visibilidad de la ciencia llevada a cabo por los miembros de estas comunidades. Comenzaremos cada sesión científica con fotos de ornitólogos, junto con descripciones de lo que hacen por su trabajo. Nuestra esperanza es que estas fotos eleven las contribuciones esenciales e influyentes de estas comunidades.

Nos encantaría incluir a tantas personas como sea posible. Si Ud. se identifica como ornitólogo/a afrodescendiente, latino/a, o indígena, anímese a enviar una foto de Ud. haciendo su trabajo a NAOC 2020 Photo Submissions antes del lunes 20 de julio. La foto debe ser de buena resolución acompañada por una breve descripción (una oración en un documento de texto o Word) describiendo lo que está haciendo y por qué. Gracias, y cuídese mucho.

What’s your story? We’re seeking storytellers to share experiences at NAOC 2020!

This year’s virtual North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) will include a special live storytelling event akin to last year’s AOS event in Alaska. If you’ve ever listened to The Moth on NPR or been to a Story Collider event at another conference, you know what to expect. We need your stories to make this event a success!

We’re seeking enthusiastic storytellers to share interesting and personal stories about their experiences in ornithology and ecology with the NAOC community. Story ideas include a field work (mis)adventure, the tale of your most exciting scientific breakthrough, an experience sharing your research with the public, how you first got interested in birds, or your experiences in ornithology. With your storytelling, we hope to amplify the diversity of voices present in ornithology and highlight a variety of experiences in the lab and field.

If you’d be interested in joining us on the virtual stage to share a personal story of your experiences in ornithology, please fill out this google form with a short pitch of your story (200-word max) by July 1st. 

Registration for the virtual NAOC is free for all students and early-career professionals. 

For more information about the virtual NAOC, please visit:

This year, we’ll select five stories that reflect the breadth and depth of experiences within our ornithological community. The storytelling event will become a regular part of AOS and NAOC meetings, so don’t be discouraged if your story isn’t chosen this year; we’ll offer future opportunities to contribute your stories. In the weeks prior to NAOC 2020, our selected storytellers will be offered coaching to help you tell your story in a compelling way; see the Arctic Entries FAQ for more about what makes a good story and what to expect.

We’re excited to hear from you! Feel free to contact Desiree Narango ( with any questions.