Networking and Informational Events

Student−Mentor Meetup

Organizers:  Shailee Shaw, Rachael Mady, Emily Webb, Jordan Herman, and Sarah Khalil

Tuesday−Friday, 11 August−14 (4:00−5:00 pm ET)

The student-mentor meetup  is an opportunity for students to connect with mentors in a small group setting. Groups of 3−4 students will each be matched with a mentor based on their research interests and career goals. The mentoring group will meet for an hour during the week of the conference. [Preregistration required]

Open Science Initiatives in the Life Sciences

Organizers: Sarah Andrus, Scott Sillett, and Catherine Lindell

Tuesday, 11 August (4:00−5:00 pm ET)

This session, sponsored by Oxford University Press and the AOS Editors-in-Chief, will introduce and discuss key trends in Open Science including Open Access, Open Data, preprints, citizen science, and transparent peer review. Participants will learn how researchers and other stakeholders in the biological sciences are utilizing new workflows and technologies to support Open Science, and assess the benefits and risks of these approaches. Specific applications to ornithology research will especially be considered.

Meet BirdsCaribbean

Organizers:  Andrew Dobson, Adrianne Tossas, Ancilleno Davis, Jennifer Wheeler, Justin Proctor, Lisa Sorenson, and Howard Nelson

Wednesday, 12 August (4:00-5:00 pm ET)

Meet BirdsCaribbean! Bring your favorite beverage (mojitos anyone?) and come hang out with a group dedicated to studying and protecting Caribbean birds and their habitats! During this informal chat, we want to connect folks from our Caribbean community with other active members of the broader bird world. Who knows—maybe you’ll meet a future collaborator, or at the very least we promise you’ll make some new friends!

Meet the AOS Editors

Organizers: Scott Sillett, Catherine Lindell, Kate Huyvaert, Mark Penrose, Paul Doherty, Colleen Handel, Wesley Hochachka, Sabrina Taylor

Wednesday, 12 August (4:00-5:00 pm ET)

Everyone is welcome to this session to meet the Editors-in-Chief, Senior Editors, and Managing Editor for the AOS journals, The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications. This session might be particularly helpful for students and early career professionals. The editors will discuss what they are looking for in submitted manuscripts and how to increase the chances your manuscript will be reviewed favorably. After comments by the editors, the session will be devoted to questions from the audience.

NAOC LGBTQIA+ and Allies Virtual Social

Organizers: Kristen Covino and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Thursday, 13 August (4:00-5:00 pm ET)

This social is an opportunity to converse with colleagues who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, otherwise queer, and allies to this community to discuss LGBTQIA+ experiences and representation in ornithology and beyond. We will promote a welcoming atmosphere at this private event to provide opportunities for folks to meet other members of the queer community and those who support the community. We plan on creating several opportunities to promote discussion in a safe atmosphere with small breakout groups and conversation topic suggestions. Come share your experiences, ask questions, or just enjoy the company of friends. [Preregistration required]

Bird Friendly Coffee Hour

Organizers: Justine Bowe and Ruth Bennett, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Friday, 14 August (4:00-5:00 pm ET)

Join the Smithsonian’s Bird Friendly® Coffee Program for a Coffee Happy Hour: Learn how to taste and grade coffee like an expert, ask Latin American ornithologists how coffee supports birds, and test your knowledge in a trivia round for a chance to win a free bag of Bird Friendly coffee! Win or no, you can find your perfect bag of Bird Friendly coffee at