From Sea to Sky – North American Ornithological Conference – NAOC-V

The 5th North American Ornithological Conference will take place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, August 14th to 18th. While most BCFO members will not register for the full conference, there are some excellent, lower-cost ways for members to enjoy aspects of the Conference.

The first is a pre-conference, FREE PUBLIC LECTURE by famous Canadian ornithologist and author of Silence of the Songbirds, Bridget Stutchbury.

The second, hosted by Partners in Flight,  is a series of pre-conference meetings:

Sunday, 12 August
0900 – 1700 – PIF International Science Committee Meeting : The Science of Saving Our Shared Birds

Location: Ruth Blair C in Gage Towers Commons Block
# participants at 20 – 30

Monday, 13 August
Early morning bird trip to coastal Iona Beach Regional Park and fabled sewage lagoons!
1000 – 1200 – PIF International Meeting: Conserving Continental Connectivity
Location: Gage Multimedia Room in Gage Towers Commons Block
1300-1700 – PIF Student Symposium : Careers in Bird Conservation – What does it take to get started?
Location: Gage Multimedia Room in Gage Towers Commons Block with Social to follow
1700-1845 – PIF Student Social
Location: Mahony & Sons Public House

Tuesday, 14 August
The Western Working Group (WWG) of Partners in Flight (PIF) will be holding a one-day meeting in conjunction with the North American Ornithological Congress (NAOC) in Vancouver BC.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday August 14th, immediately preceding NAOC.  The first half of the day will focus on tri-national collaborations, building on momentum from the meeting held in Mexico last fall, including grassland conservation, Chiapas Appalachian Pacific Alliance, Alianza Sierra Madre Occidental, and other conservation efforts crossing national borders.  The latter half of the day will include topics emphasizing conservation opportunities for Northwestern forest birds, including bird conservation in Ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer habitats, informing priority species lists and federal planning processes, and full-life cycle stewardship.  Additional agenda items include updates on WWG projects, including follow-up from our spring sagebrush workshop. We are hoping for broad attendance from participants spanning the tri-national area.  Please contact Jaime Stephens, <>, if you will be attending so we can arrange appropriate space and snacks. Cost to attend this session is $25.00 to cover the coffee breaks. Session starts at 9:00 am.

Full agenda  here.

Post WWG meeting social
SOCCER FOR BIRDNERDS?  The Partners in Flight Western Working Group has started a tradition of having a friendly & fun soccer match to unwind after a day of meetings.  Join us for a casual soccer game after the meeting, from ~5pm until ~630pm on Tuesday, August 14th @ Mac Innes Field directly beside the SUB on the UBC campus. ALL SKILL LEVELS welcome, just bring cleats/sneakers & be ready to have fun!

For additional information contact:

Tanya Luszcz, M.Sc., R.P.Bio.
Partners in Flight BC/Yukon Great Basin Program Manager |
Gestionnaire de programme pour le Grand Bassin –
Partenaires d’Envol C.-B./Yukon
Canadian Wildlife Service | Service canadien de la faune
Environment Canada | Environnement Canada
102 Industrial Place
Penticton, BC, V2A 7C8
Telephone | Téléphone 250-490-8286
Mobile | Cellulaire 250-488-5745
Facsimile | Télécopieur 250-490-2231
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
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