The Waterbird Society is an international scientific, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of waterbirds. This society was created to establish better communication and coordination between the growing number of people studying and monitoring aquatic birds, and to contribute to the protection and management of stressed populations or habitats of these species.
The Society was established in 1976 following the North American Wading Bird Conference held in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, and named the Colonial Waterbird Group. The organization changed its name to the Colonial Waterbird Society in 1986. In 1999, the organization became The Waterbird Society to reflected an expanded interest in all aquatic birds.