Introduction on

China Ornithological Society

Zhang Zhengwang. China Ornithological Society,College of Life Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875. China.
Fax: 0086-10-58808998

China Ornithological Society (COS) is a leading NGO working on ornithology and bird conservation in China. The aims of COS are to develop ornithology in China, set up a nation-wide network and promote international cooperation in research and conservation actions for the threatened species of birds living in the country.

   COS has over 600 members all over the country, as well as 20 oversea members from UK, USA, Germany and Japan. Most of the COS members are professional ornithologists working at universities, research institutes and natural history museums.Some members are non-professional birdwatchers, zoo keepers, conservationists and field workers in the nature reserves. COS has eight Specialist Groups, i.e. the Pheasant and Grouse Specialist Group, Waterfowl and Crane Specialist Group, Bird Banding Specialist Group, Raptor Specialist GroupBird Strikes Specialist Group, Birdwatching Specialist Group. The Specialist Groups are very active in China. They carry out the national bird-banding , conduct annual bird survey all over the country and organize delegations to attend international conference in their fields.

   COS publishes several regular newsletters, such as COS Newsletter, WPA-China News and Waterbirds and Crane News. The newsletter are sent to all COS members and several international institutions and organizations as well.

   COS holds symposia or workshops regularly. Since its founding in 1980, COS has held many national academic symposia on ornithology and workshops on pheasants, waterbirds, bird-banding and bird strikes. Six Chinese Mainland-Taiwan Ornithological Symposia were successfully held in Taipei, 1994, in Hohhot, 1996, Taipei, 1998, Kunming 2000, Taizhong, 2003 and Haikou, 2005. In 2002, the 23rd International Ornithological Congress was held in Beijing hosted by the China Ornithological Society under the auspices of International Ornithological Committee.

   In 1994, COS set up a research award-Cheng' Ornithological Award for Young Bird Researchers. The award is named after the former President of COS. Prof. ChengTsohsin. The award is founded to provide grants to the young ornithologists in China under the age of 35 who have made remarkable contributions to ornithology in their research work. In cooperation with WPA(World Pheasant Association), ICF(International Crane Foundation) and Wild Bird Society of Japan and, COS has organized some members to work on the Asian Red Data Bird Book and Important Bird Area-China.


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