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Thanks for your interest in the programs and activities of the Florida Ornithological Society. We welcome your questions, comments, and ideas. Use this form to communicate with our leaders and specialists.


Report a rare bird

You are invited to submit reports for evaluation by the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee (FOSRC). Reports should be for two categories of species:

1. Naturally occurring species that are new to Florida (do not occur on the Official State List) or

2. Species known to occur in Florida that sufficiently rare or difficult to identify to warrant FOSRC evaluation. Species in this group are annotated with an asterisk in the Official State List of the Birds of Florida.

To submit a Rare Bird Reports, please click on the button below and follow the guidelines. Deliberations of the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee are published annually in the Florida Field Naturalist.

Submit a field observation

Field observations consist of significant bird observations compiled by the Florida Ornithological Society Field Observations Committee. We collect two types of data on an ongoing basis:

1. Observations that include high numbers of individuals, unusual distribution (i.e., not usually found in that location), or

2. Records that are early or late compared to the local or regional historical trends.

If you have a field observation, please submit it to our Florida Field Naturalist publication for consideration.

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