Upcoming Events & Recent Items

2016 VSO field checklist

VSO Winter Newsletter

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The Roanoke Valley Bird Club will host the VSO's Annual Meeting April 29-May 1, 2016

Actions of conservation committee since may 2015 and conservation grants

J. J. Murray Research Award Call for Applications

Outer Banks trip February 5-7, 2016

VSO Speakers Directory 2015-2016 now available


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Virginia Society of Ornithology comment on Black Vulture legislation SB 37

On January 26, 2016 the VSO Board and Officers sent letters Virginia Governor McAuliffe and Virginia Senate's Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee. Read more >>

Launch of the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas is fast approaching!

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Red-headed Woodpecker Adults and Juvenile. © Brent Slaughter

The launch of the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas is fast approaching.  This spring will mark the start of a five-year effort to document all of the bird species breeding in Virginia.  The VABBA2 needs volunteers from Virginia’s birding community to hit the field and start collecting breeding data this Spring.  Please check out the VSO’s atlas pages for more information on Atlas details and upcoming events. Stay tuned for updates and link to the new VABBA2 website over the next few weeks.  

VSO Winter Field Trip, North Carolina Outer Banks, February 5-7, 2016

Make plans to join trip leaders Bill Akers, Jerry Via, Lee Adams and Meredith Bell at the Outer Banks of North Carolina February 5-7, 2016 for the VSO’s Winter field trip. We always have great waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors, along with a wide assortment of land birds. We’re continuing to offer the Friday trip to Lake Mattamuskeet, led by VSO field trip co-chairs Lee Adams and Meredith Bell. For schedule & updates, please check the field trips page.

Virginia Birds archive now online

In the summer of 2004 the inaugual edition of Virginia Birds was published. It's purpose "...to highlight seasonal bird sightings, particularly those that help form a picture of the changing stauts and distribution of species thoughout the Commonwealth [of Virginia]". Volumes 1 through 11 are online now.

VSO’s Principles of Birding Ethics

In the Fall 2008 issue of the Virginia Society of Ornithology newsletter, VSO President David Spears said, “In the Federalist Papers, Hamilton and Madison wrote, 'If men were angels, no government would be necessary.' But men aren't angels, they went on to argue, and therefore we need rules to govern our behavior. What about birders? Are we all angels? Do we need rules?”

President Spears' article continued on this idea of rules for birding and defining ethical birding behavior. The Virginia Society of Ornithology recently adopted a set of principles for birding ethically. The VSO has been considering the issues related to birding ethics for the past year. These issues have been discussed at length on the VA-Bird listserv, in emails, at VSO board meetings and field trips, in the VSO newsletter and who knows where else. Birding organizations across the country and the world are considering or have enacted similar policies. Many organizations have adopted the American Birding Association's code of birding ethics. The VSO's Principles of Birding Ethics are based on this ABA code. The VSO hopes these are guidelines that birders in Virginia will support and abide by. Please share copies of the principles with your birding friends. Download VSO's Principles of Birding Ethics ...>>