Qualifications for membership
The Nuttall Ornithological Club has, from its beginning in 1873, followed a policy of electing its members. Non-members may be invited to meetings as guests of members. When a member thinks a guest is a good candidate for membership, that person is normally invited to attend meetings regularly for at least a year to show serious interest in the club. Once the guest has shown such interest, he or she may be sponsored for membership; this must be done by at least two members. The sponsors invite the candidate to fill out an application form, which they then endorse and submit to the Council. The Council then considers and votes on whether to accept the new member.
Criteria for membership were adopted by the Council in 1998 to give both members and potential applicants a better idea of what qualifications are desired. Club membership requires long-term efforts in several of the following areas:
1. Scholarship. Examples:
2. Leadership. Examples:
3. Field excellence. Examples:
4. Strong interest in the Nuttall Ornithological Club. Examples:
5. Recent demonstration of these qualities. Some of the above qualities should have been demonstrated in the past three years.
The application form asks the candidate to state his or her ornithological qualifications, including organizational affiliations and offices held, published works, research projects, and general birding or ornithological involvement.
To find out more about membership criteria and procedures, talk to a member, officer, or Council member of the Club.