The Association of Avian Veterinarians is dedicated to advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation. The Conservation Committee helps to fulfill this mission by providing educational opportunities for our members, supporting conservation research, and serving as a voice for avian veterinarians committed to bird conservation.
Conservation and the AAV Conference
Each year at the annual conference we coordinate and oversee several conservation-oriented activities, including the Conservation Evening with presentations by speakers with expertise in bird species of regional conservation concern. We have had experts from academia, government departments, and NGOs that span topics including habitat protection, biodiversity loss, behavioral ecology, and wild bird management. Additionally, for the past several years we have coordinated a birding and nature walk during the meeting. These trips get us out of the hotel and allow us to engage in the local birdlife and landscape within a short drive of the meeting location. These events have been heavily attended and are very enjoyable!
Conservation Year Round
We also work throughout the year writing articles for the newsletter and working with allied groups such as the American Bird Conservancy. This year we introduced the AAV Conservation BLOG. This is updated at least monthly so check often and feel free to leave a comment! We have also created an interactive Avian Conservation Medicine Map (see below) using the google map platform that is intended to be a geographically-based compilation of AAV members that are engaged in bird conservation efforts. If this describes you, please follow the instructions below to “drop” a pin at your location and briefly define your conservation efforts. We hope that this will be a source for AAV members interested in conservation efforts nearby as well as provide a resource to facilitate collaboration.
Beginning in 2017 in collaboration with the Research Committee, we are pleased to offer the Wild Bird Health Fund which supports one conservation-oriented research project each year. Committee members review proposals and help select which projects will be awarded funding.
If you would like to get more involved in AAV conservation please send an email to Jesse Fallon, AAV Conservation Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.