BY: Bob Montgomerie, Queen’s University | 1 Aug 2017
This blog and the associated website are products of the History Committee of the American Ornithological Society. We are launching both on 1 August 2017 at the start of the AOS conference in East Lansing, Michigan, the inaugural meeting of the new society. The AOS was born in 2016, the (brain)child of the Cooper Ornithological Society and the American Ornithologists’ Union. So this is a particularly appropriate time for us to look back at the history of our discipline which, as it says on the home page, is particularly rich with characters, discovery and adventure.
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BLOG: At least at the outset, we will post once a week on Monday morning, with an article about something that we find interesting in the history of bird study. There is a wealth of material to post about and we will try to make these posts informative, interesting and factually correct. We welcome your corrections, comments, feedback, and insights. We also welcome guests posts from anyone, subject to review, and will solicit guest posts from experts who we think might have an interesting story to tell, or insights into the history of ornithology.
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The poster below is at the AOS booth at the conference in East Lansing.