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VSO Winter Newsletter

2015 revised VSO field checklist

Outer Banks, NC - February 6-8, 2015

Jackson M. Abbott Conservation Award
A Call for Nominations

VSO Speakers Directory 2014-2015 now available

J. J. Murray Research Award Call for Applications

James Eike Service Award Call for Nominations


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2015 VSO Annual Meeting

Spring in the Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains Wintergreen Resort, May 8 - 10

A spectacular mountain-top setting and Blue Ridge avian specialties will make the 2015 VSO Annual Meeting a can’t miss experience. Field trips along the ridges as well as down into the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys should yield unbeatable natural beauty — not to mention an excellent list and great company of fellow birders. Jointly hosting are the Augusta Bird Club and Monticello Bird Club, with past VSO president John Spahr serving as general chair. Our headquarters will be Wintergreen Resort. Mark your calendar and reserve your lodging now.
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Outer Banks, NC - February 6-8, 2015

Snow Bunting
VSO at Bodie Island Lighthouse © VSO

Make plans to join trip leaders Bill Akers, Jerry Via, Lee Adams and Meredith Bell at the Outer Banks of North Carolina February 6-8 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 offering the optional Friday trip to Lake Mattamuskeet, led by VSO field trip co-chairs Lee Adams and Meredith Bell. More details ...>>

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 ...>>