A Bird’s Eye


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.

Publish our peer-reviewed scientific journal, The Florida Field Naturalist, and our quarterly membership 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, scientific seminars, and fiel trips to engage membership and other’s interested in Florida’s birds

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

Ornithological Societies

Florida is one of 47 states in the United States that are represented by one or more ornithological societies. Three societies (Carolina Bird Club, Delmarva Ornithological Society, and Western Field Ornithologists) represent multiple states. These societies have no official relationship to each other, but many share broadly similar histories, goals, and functions.

Distinct from these state organizations, are national or regional scientific ornithological societies, the largest of which is the American Ornithological Society (AOS). The Ornithological Council, incorporated in 1992 as a not-for- profit organization, is supported by, and serves the interests of, the major ornithological societies in the Western Hemisphere.

If you would like to know more about other state or national ornithological societies, please visit Birdnet.org, the website of the Ornithological Council.

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November 10–12, 2023 | St. Pete, FL

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