Advancing Ornithology in Florida

Our Society hosts meetings across the state with the purpose of sharing current research, birding together, and enjoying the company of friends and colleagues.

All professional biologists doing research, surveys, or conservation with birds should be part of FOS, whether they are with the state, federal agencies, non-governmental agencies, or consulting firms in Florida.

– Florida Ornithological Society Member

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Our Mission & Purpose

The Florida Ornithological Society is a Florida not-for-profit corporation established in 1972 to promote field ornithology in Florida and to facilitate contact between professional and amateur ornithologists and birders in the state. Our activities and programs range from leading state-wide conservation actions to providing scientifically accurate statements on issues concerning bird and wildlife conservation. View some of our main initiatives below to learn more about what we do.

Publish our journal, The Florida Field Naturalist, and our newsletter, The Snail Kite

Give out grants and awards on a competitive basis to students and professionals for research and education related to birds in Florida

Maintain a records committee to evaluate reports of wild birds in Florida and keep a checklist of Florida’s avifauna.

Disseminate special publications related to the birds of Florida

Hold meetings to engage our membership and others interested in birds

Support projects that collect data on natural history of Florida animals for scientific purposes

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Make lifelong friends and connections

Become a member of our nonprofit organization and be part of a passionate community dedicated to the scientific study, appreciation, and conservation of Florida birds.

Support the field of ornithology

Your donation to the nonprofit Florida Ornithological Society supports the scientific understanding and conservation of birds in Florida. Help us make a difference by donating today.

Our Friends & Partners

We have many friends and partners in the birding world that work to conserve, protect, and defend wildlife in Florida and around the country.

Snail Kite Newsletter

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Help us promote field ornithology in Florida.

Meetings & Events

November 10–12, 2023 | St. Pete, FL

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We'd love to hear from you.

  • Inquire about becoming a member.
  • Report a rare bird sighting.
  • Submit a field observation.
  • Leave a question or comment.

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