Cooper Ornithological Society
The Cooper Ornithological Society, an organization of over 2,000 professional and amateur ornithologists, is one of the largest ornithological societies in the world. The Society was organized in 1893 by a small group of individuals in California who were interested in the study of birds (the name of the Society commemorates an early California naturalist, Dr. James G. Cooper). From its regional origins, the Society and its peer-reviewed publications have grown to become international in scope and membership. The objectives of the Cooper Ornithological Society include the scientific study of birds; the dissemination of ornithological knowledge through publications, meetings, and direct communication among ornithologists; the encouragement and spread of interest in the study of birds; and the conservation of birds and wildlife in general.