founded in 1888, is a world-wide organization of nearly 2500
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
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
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
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.