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The Wilson Journal of Ornithology has a new home page, with full functionality available only to WOS members

Online Archive
Wilson Bulletin, volumes 1 - 111, 1889-1999. Full facsimiles of the first 111 volumes. Each article is downloadable at no cost.

Used Bird Books for Sale
The sale of library duplicates funds new book purchases for the library

Duplicate Journals Available
Scattered issues and runs of various bird journals are available for sale or trade

List of Translations
Translations of ornithological papers that are held in the library

BIRDNET, web site of the Ornithological Council


The Wilson Ornithological Society, founded in 1888, is a world-wide organization of more than 2000 people who share a curiosity about birds. Named in honor of Alexander Wilson, the Father of American Ornithology, the Society publishes a quarterly journal of ornithology, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and holds annual meetings.

Perhaps more than any other biological science, ornithology has been advanced by the contributions of persons in other chosen professions. The Wilson Society recognizes the unique role of the serious amateur in ornithology. Fundamental to its mission, the Society has distinguished itself with a long tradition of promoting a strong working relationship among all who study birds. Each year the Wilson Society awards a number of small grants for ornithological research.

In addition to receiving The Wilson Journal of Ornithology four times a year, and being served by the Josselyn Van Tyne Memorial Library, members also receive the bimonthly Ornithological Newsletter and access to The Flock (an online directory of ornithologists), resources produced by the Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA), of which the Wilson Ornithological Society is one of six member societies. The Ornithological Newsletter provides news about the member Societies, requests for assistance from researchers, professional positions, worldwide opportunities for field assistants (both paid and volunteer), graduate student positions and support, information on grants, new publications, scientific bird meetings, and news of members.

The headquarters and library of the WOS are in the Bird Division of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. The mailing address is Wilson Ornithological Society, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 USA.

Membership Information
Rates and membership form

Wilson Journal of Ornithology
Guidelines for authors and historical information on the journal. See a list of all issues published, color plates, and covers of past issues.

Annual Meetings
Non-members are welcome to come and have a great time

Research Awards
Application information and information on past winners

Society Officers
Let us know if you have a problem or comment

The Josselyn Van Tyne Memorial Library
Available to all members by mail

Guide to Ornithology Graduate Studies
A listing of schools by geographic area that offer graduate programs; includes descriptions of the programs, facilities, and faculty

Field and Laboratory Manual
Developed by the WOS, an excellent resource for ornithology exercises for the classroom

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