Special Events

Tuesday, April 10


5:30 – 7:00 PM

Sundance Restaurant


AOS Fellows Dinner
The Fellows Annual meeting and dinner will be held in the Tucson El Conquistador. The dinner is open to AOS Fellows, guests, and Early Professional Award winners.
Dinner and cash bar Yes; AOS Fellows & guests only $65
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Presidio V Ballroom


Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Ronald Pulliam

Dr. Pulliam is founder of the Borderlands Restoration Institute and Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia.  

NA No Complimentary; open to public
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Pool Overlook & Outside Terrace



Opening Reception
Come and connect with your old colleagues and get ready for an exciting week of science and fun.
Appetizers and cash bar/drink tickets Preferred Complimentary

Wednesday, April 11

Wed – Fri PM
Turquoise I
Silent Auction
Items donated by various companies and society members are bid on by conference attendees, and to the highest bidder go the spoils! From jewelry to fine art to books and monographs, we’ve got it all. The generosity of our donors and bidders help fund events hosted by the AOS Student Affairs Committee at future conferences, such as workshops, student-professional socials, and the quiz bowl.
NA No Complimentary
Wed 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Sundance Restaurant


Student & Mentor Lunch
We are offering a professional development opportunity by matching students and professionals that share ornithological interests to learn about potential career paths, graduate school opportunities, and research possibilities over lunch in an informal setting. We are seeking professionals to serve as mentors across research areas, career types, and diversity demographics.
Lunches of students will be supported Yes Complimentary
5:30 – 7:30 PM



Early Professional Reception
Immediately following the Early Professionals Mini-talk Symposium, the Early Professionals Committee will host a social event for all individuals in the beginning stages of their careers (including those who did not present during the symposium). At this event, early professionals will mingle with each other and senior scientists from academia, government agencies, and the private sector. This informal event will allow those in the beginning stages of their careers to receive advice and guidance from senior scientists who have served on search committees and tenure review committees, as well as to network with their fellow early-stage colleagues. Open to early professionals and senior scientists interested in mentoring.
Light dinner and cash bar. Yes Complimentary
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Turquoise I, II, and III
Poster Reception – Night One Light snacks and cash bar No Complimentary

Thursday, April 12


6:30-7:30 AM

Hilton El Conquistador Golf Course

The All-out Ostrich Scramble 5K
Race along the golf paths of Tucson El Conquistador!  Proceeds will support students.
Water will be provided Yes $10
12:00-1:30 PM

Joshua I & II


Meet the Journal Editors
Meet the Editors. Get answers to your questions about the publication and review process.
No Complimentary
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Location TBD


LGBTQA Social 
Interested in connecting with other LGBTQA ornithologists? Join us at the second AOS LGBTQA social.
Appetizers & Cash bar Preferred Complimentary
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Presidio III & IV


Special Symposium:  40 Years of Finding Birds in Southeastern Arizona

Birds in and near Tucson, Arizona, have been observed, documented, and studied by numerous birders and ornithologists.  Over the past forty years, as birding has become increasingly popular, so too, have books featuring seasonal occurrences and directions on where to find birds.  This symposium is designed to bring a number of ardent “pioneer” birders, citizen scientists, and ornithologists together to summarize what has been learned during the last forty years about bird species occurrences, habitat range extensions, nesting phenology, behavior, and ecology of the birds in southeastern Arizona.

NA No Complimentary; open to public
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Turquoise I, II & III
Poster Reception – Night Two Light snacks & Cash bar No Complimentary

Friday, April 13

12:00 – 1:30 PM




Meet the Research Awards Committee
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Lost Territory Ranch



Student-Professional Mixer
This mixer is a unique opportunity for students to meet informally with professionals to discuss common research interests. Students and professionals are offered food and drink to network and forge connections with other ornithologists who share their research interests. The high ratio of professionals to students (typically 1:2) offers an unprecedented opportunity for interaction across career stages for both academic and non-academic career paths.
Light dinner & Cash bar Yes Complimentary
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Presidio III, IV, & V

Quiz Bowl
One of the most popular events of the meeting, the Jeopardy-style quiz bowl offers a night of entertainment as self-assembled teams of three battle to prove their knowledge of ornithology. It starts off with a “pub-trivia” style round of ornithology and bird-influenced pop culture trivia, ranging from categories like Taxonomy to Avian Anagrams. The winning teams from the open, pub-style round will then play in the head-to-head championship round for great prizes. Faculty and other professionals are encouraged to participate as well. This event is organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee. Start building your teams!
Cash bar No Complimentary

Saturday, April 14

12:00-1:30 PM

Joshua I & II

Golden Auks Luncheon
The Golden Auks luncheon is an informal networking event for senior ornithologists, 62 and older, who want to connect with colleagues.
Lunch Yes Complimentary
12:00-1:30 PM

Preidio I

NSF Information Session
Matt Carling, currently a Program Officer in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) at the National Science Foundation, will give an overview of NSF funding opportunities and updates on recent changes to core programs. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions. This information session is open to anyone and everyone with any interest in NSF is encouraged to attend.
NA No Complimentary
5:30 – 8:00 PM

Turquoise I & II

Closing Banquet
Dinner starts at 6:30 PM
Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar Yes $65
8:00 – 10:00 PM

Turquoise III

Bird Jam
Special entertainment from your fellow ornithologists and local musicians.
Light snacks and Cash bar Yes $15