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China Ornithological Society in brief

   China Ornithological Society (COS) is a leading NGO working on ornithology and bird conservation in China. Late Prof. Cheng Tso-hsin, a world famous Chinese ornithologist, is the founder of COS. 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, 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 four Specialist Groups, i.e. the Pheasant Specialist Group, Waterbird and Crane Specialist Group, Bird Banding Specialist Group, and Grouse Specialist group. The four 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, COShas held eight national academic symposia on ornithology and workshops on pheasants, waterbirds, bird-banding and bird strikes. Four Chinese Mainland-Taiwan Ornithological Symposia were successfully held in Taipei, 1994, in Hohhot, 1996, Taipei, 1998, and Kunming 2000. In 2002, the 23rd International Ornithological Congress will be 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 late 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. Since 1996, in cooperation with Wild Bird Society of Japan and BirdLife International, COS has organized some members to work on the Asian Red Data Bird Book and Important Bird Area-China.

COS Officers

Zheng Guangmei, Beijing Normal University, Ornithology,
Professor, College of Life Science, Beijing Normal University, 100875,Beijing, PR China,

Vice President,
Xu Weishu, Beijing Natural History Museum,
Ornithology, Professor, 1-1-302, Beijing Commission for Science & Technology Apartment, Balizhuang, Haidian District, Beijing 100037, PR China,

Li Guiyuan. Sichuan Agricultural University,
Ornithology, Professor, c/o Sichuan Agricultural University, Yaan, 625000,PR China

Gao Wei, Northeast Normal University, Ornithology,
Professor, c/o College of Life Science, Northeast Normal University,Changchun, 130000, PR China

Xu Yangong, Institute of Zoology, CAS, Ornithology,
Associate Professor, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science,
Beijing 100080, PR China,

Liu Naifa, Lanzhou University, Ornithology,
Professor, c/o College of Life Science, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou,730000,
PR China

Lu Jianjian, East China Normal University,
Ornithology, Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University,200062, Shanghai, PR China,

Gao Yuren, South China Endangered Animals
Institute, Ornithology, Professor, 105, Xingang Rd, Guangzhou, 510260, PR China, <>

Secretary General,
Song Jie
, Beijing Normal University, Associate
Professor, College of Life Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, PR China, <>