The Waterbird Society is composed of biologists, researchers, conservationists, students, and others interested in the behavior, ecology, and conservation of waterbirds. The organization is administered by four officers and nine council members elected from the Society’s membership, which includes people from 31 countries. The Society is a member of the Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA) and a contributing member of many other scientific societies worldwide, including American Bird Conservancy and The Ornithological Council.

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Recent News:


July 12, 2015

Draft of the Scientific Program Posted

See details about the Plenary Speakers here.

The current version of the Scientific Program for the Bar Harbor meeting can be found here: Program 5 August 2015

Abstracts 5 Augustare now posted!

Check back as it will be updated.

June 16, 2015

MBTA enforcement legislation

Suggested text for people to write to their senators about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the attempt by the current congress to block its enforcement.  

Dear Senator: Please vote against the appropriations bill for Commerce Justice and Related Agencies unless the rider that blocks enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (Amdt 347) is removed from the bill. The MBTA is one of our most important wildlife protection laws and this rider would allow people to kill wild birds without any penalty whatsoever. Our wild bird populations are already under great pressure and many are in severe decline. Please do not block the USFWS from enforcing this important law that protects our wild bird populations.

December 19, 2014

Abstracts Published

Abstracts of the joint Waterbird Society and International Wader Study Group Conference in Wilhelmshaven 2013 are now published (online and printed):  Wader Study Group Bull. 121 (2), 2014, p 39-101.

There is a link to these abstracts which are citable:  http://www.waderstudygroup.org/article/5805/