Kentucky Ornithological Society


Founded in 1923, the Kentucky Ornithological Society (KOS) strives to create and increase interest in Kentucky birds, and to support bird conservation.

KOS members participate in field trips and bird counts, attend spring and fall meetings, and report sightings online. Members receive the quarterly publication, The Kentucky Warbler.

We invite you to explore this website to find out about our many resources and activities for Kentucky birders.‚Äč

Important Notice: KOS 2021 Fall Meeting Changes

All indoor gatherings are cancelled, but field trips are still planned.
Starting on Friday, September 17, 2021, the first group walks are to begin at 1:30 p.m. (CST). Walks are planned for Saturday and Sunday as well.

Schedule - Meet at the lodge at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park:

  • Friday, 9/17/2021, 1:30 p.m. (CST) - afternoon group walk
  • Friday Evening, 9/17/2021 - Owling, time and location TBD. Watch for more announcements about this outing.
  • Saturday 9/18/2021, 7:00 a.m. (CST) - Boyd's Landing big sit
  • Saturday 9/18/2021, 8:00 a.m. (CST) - morning group walk
  • Saturday 9/18/2021, 1:00 p.m. (CST) - afternoon group walk
  • Sunday 9/19/2021, 8:00 a.m. (CST) - morning group walk (Bring mud boots if you are going to Jonathan Creek for shorebirds)

All indoor meetings and events, which were scheduled for September 17-19, 2021 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, were cancelled due to COVID concerns.

For more detailed information visit our Upcoming KOS Meetings page.

Become A KOS Member

If you are not already a member, please consider supporting KOS by becoming a member today. Benefits include:

  • Your membership helps KOS with its mission to support birds, birding and conservation in Kentucky.
  • Members receive four issues of our newsletter The Kentucky Warbler each year.
  • Two KOS meetings are held each year a year at a prime Kentucky birding location and all members are invited to attend.

And best of all, being a KOS member is fun! Please join us!!

Donate to KOS

Please consider donating to one or more of our endowment funds for ornithology-related research, conservation and education. Donations to KOS support our mission of promoting birds, birding and conservation in Kentucky.

Your donation can be directed to the area of most need — we will apply your donation where it is needed — or you can select a specific fund(s) that you want to support.

Donate now!

Apply for a grant from KOS

KOS offers grants from four endowment funds. Grants are avalable to help fund:

Do you want to learn more about KOS Funds and how to apply for a KOS grant? Start here!

Contact Us

For general inquiries, send an email to If possible, your email will be directed to the appropriate party.

More specific contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.