Upcoming Events & Recent Items

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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

VSO Summer Newsletter

VSO Fall Field Trip Chincoteague, VA September 11-13, 2015

Virginia Beach trip December 4-6, 2015

Outer Banks trip February 5-7, 2016

2015 revised VSO field checklist

VSO Speakers Directory 2015-2016 now available


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VSO Fall Field Trip Chincoteague, VA
September 11-13, 2015

Short-billed Dowitcher © VSO

Every fall is different at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, so join us to discover the surprises that await us on this year’s annual fall VSO trip, September 11-13. Last year we tallied 142 species, including a terrific combination of waterfowl, shorebirds and migrating songbirds. 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 ...>>