Social Media & Privacy Policy


AOS is passionate about ornithology and wants to promote ornithological research through our social media channels that support our mission. AOS maintains active accounts on twitter (@AmOrnith), Facebook (AmOrnith), and Instagram (@AmOrnith). We share news and information about ornithological research without bias and give credit to researchers whose research we post about.

AOS follows an opt-out social media policy, in which individuals must opt out if they do not want their research to be shared; research presented at conferences can also be shared via social media by AOS or conference attendees unless the presenter(s) has opted out of social media. Photos of slides and materials at conferences can be used in any social media channel unless the presenter has opted out by placing a no social media icon (an example can be found below) on their slides or materials. It is up to individuals (speakers/presenters) to alert people what they do not want posted, whether it is content, pictures, or something else. If a presenter uses the no social media icon, we ask that conference attendees respect their wishes to help protect the privacy of both people and their research. However, preventing conference attendees from commenting or live tweeting is extremely difficult and not a role or responsibility of AOS.  

To help audience members during conferences, we recommend that presenters include their personal or project social media handle on every slide to encourage sharing and allow for easier networking. For those without a personal or project social media handle, consider including the conference hashtag or a social media icon such as the twitter icon to let people know that you are supportive of others posting.

Example Opt-out Social Media (Twitter specific) Icon:

No Twitter Icon

Social Media Comment Policy

Anyone may participate in the conversations on AOS’s social media channels. In order to encourage civil communication, the following policy applies to all postings on AOS’s social media channels.

AOS reserves the right to delete posts or comments containing spam, irrelevant remarks or items that do not align with the mission and integrity of the AOS. Personal attacks, promotion of violence, promotion of illegal activities, offensive material, or profanity will not be tolerated and will be deleted immediately. AOS reserves the right to ban users who violate this policy.

AOS encourages our members to participate on our social media channels and we hope these rules will facilitate a lively and respectful conversation about birds and ornithology.


Conference Privacy Policy

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

The AOS acknowledges your trust and is committed to taking reasonable steps to protect Personally Identifiable Information you provide from loss, misuse or unauthorized access. It is your responsibility to safeguard any usernames and passwords you may create when accessing the conference website or when renewing or entering a new membership on the Member Portal. We ask that you promptly notify Chris Mulvaney at should you suspect that any usernames and passwords have been compromised.

Use of Cookies

American Ornithology 2019 does not use ‘cookies’ on its website, but it is possible that vendors with which American Ornithology 2019 contracts for other services do make use of cookies on their websites and other software applications. Cookies are small text files a website can use to recognize repeat users and facilitate the user’s access and use of the site or to collect information about users.

Links to Other Sites

Users will find links to other websites within the conference website. These third party sites may have their own privacy policy or no policy at all. This American Ornithology 2019 Privacy Policy does not apply to such sites and thus American Ornithology 2019 has no control over, nor is it responsible for the content displayed on those sites.

Online Registration for American Ornithology 2019 Events

AOS is the sole owner of the information collected on this site, is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information that may be collected from customers, prospective customers, partners and others who may use the registration system. AOS will not share, sell or rent this information to any third parties, as disclosed in their privacy statement.