About Us

Welcoming backyard birdwatchers and researchers in the field alike, the Ohio Ornithological Society is the only statewide organization specifically devoted to fostering a deeper appreciation of wild birds, fellowship and collaboration in advancing our collective knowledge about them, and our ability to speak with one voice to preserve Ohio's bird habitats.

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Why Join the OOS?

Your membership will connect you to collective birding information and resources from across the state, enhance your knowledge of wild birds and help protect our birds and conserve vital habitat. Unite with us and be a part of Ohio's Birding Network!

Membership Costs

  • Student / Limited Income - $15.00 *
  • Individual - $35.00 *
  • Non-profit/Family - $50.00 *
  • Printed publications on request:
  • Business - $100.00
  • Sustaining Member - $250.00
  • Benefactor - $500.00
* Note: To receive printed publications, please add an additional $20.00 to the membership fee as listed above. Otherwise, all members will receive electronic versions of the Cerulean and the Ohio Cardinal. Questions can be directed to Membership.

Members Receive:

  • The Ohio Cardinal: The state's official record of Ohio's birds, their abundance and distribution since 1978.
  • The Cerulean: Our quarterly newsletter that keeps you up to date on happenings and other activities from across the state.
  • Field Trips, Conferences & Symposia: Many of our events feature special access and exclusive offerings for OOS members.

Most importantly, by becoming a member of OOS, you are helping unite our birding community so that we can all share in the passion, enthusiasm and excitement of our incredible wild birds.

How Does My Membership Work?

Our membership and our publications are based on quarters. No matter when you first joined OOS, your renewal date hereafter will be the last day of the appropriate quarter.

  • 1st Quarter:Jan 1 to March 31
  • 2nd Quarter:April 1 to June 30
  • 3rd Quarter:July 1 to September 30
  • 4th Quarter:October 1 - December 31

Want to Register Offline?

As an alternative, you may print this text-based form, fill it out, and send it to the address, with a check for first dues enclosed.