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Auk

First published in 1884 by the American Ornithologists' Union, whose Society was founded a year earlier, in 1883. It is the oldest and largest organization in the New World devoted to the scientific study of birds. The publication grew out of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, which was published from 1876 to 1883, although the club began in 1874, this according to Jeff Marks, Managing Editor, The Auk, 1997.


In 1886, Henry Wetherbee Henshaw (1850-1930), Massachusetts scientist who joined the Wheeler Survey as a naturalist exploring the west (1872-1879), described the endemic Santa Cruz Island jay as a subspecies of the mainland jay in 1886. It was named its own species, as published in Auk Volume 112.

The Auk has been published continuously since 1884 (originally by the American Ornithologists’ Union). It was honored in 2009 as one of the 100 most influential journals of biology and medicine over the past 100 years. Today, it remains at the top of peer-reviewed journals focusing on birds, with one of the highest Journal Impact Factors among ornithological journals worldwide. In 2014, The Auk became The Auk: Ornithological Advances, an international journal that advances fundamental scientific knowledge in two ways: increasing our basic knowledge of bird species, both living and extinct; and increasing our understanding of broad biological concepts through studies of bird species.


  • [ AUK ]. Biographies of Members of the American Ornithologists' Union Reprinted from "The Auk" 1884-1954. Washington, D.C.: (The Lord Baltimore Press), 1954. First edition. Contains biographies of many ornithologists who worked on the California Islands.
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  • 1947. Miller, Robert C. Joseph Mailliard, 1857-1945 Auk 64(2):300-302 April-June 1947




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