Upcoming Events


Compiled by Wayne C. Weber

The following meetings and other events are those that take place in BC and immediately adjacent areas or that potentially include information on birds that occur in BC.

For most meetings, festivals and other events, the website is the main source of information, and registration can usually be accomplished online as well. Wherever information can be obtained through a phone number or e-mail address, we have included these as well; if no contact information is listed, it can be assumed that none was provided by the organization, at least not on the date when this listing was compiled. It is usually not necessary to contact a particular individual, except for scientific meetings when one is interested in making a presentation. Names and contact information for individuals are listed whenever they are available.

For a detailed listing of birding festivals all over North America, please check the Cornell “All About Birds” website at this URL: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/birding-festivals


Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2020)– CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS. For information on dates of counts and contact information for count organizers in BC, check the BCFO website CBC’s in November and December, or check the December issue of BC BIRDING.


Feb. 12-15– PACIFIC SEABIRD GROUP, 47th ANNUAL MEETING, Portland, Oregon. For information and to register, visit the conference website at
https://pacificseabirdgroup.org/annual-meeting .

Feb. 13-16– WINTER WINGS BIRDING FESTIVAL, Klamath Falls, OR. For information and to register, please check the festival website at http://winterwingsfest.org .

Feb. 14-17– The GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT, sponsored by the National Audubon Society, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada. For information and to participate, check the GBBC website at http://gbbc.birdcount.org

Mar. (date to be announced) — First WESTPORT SEABIRDS pelagic birding trip of the year from Westport, WA. Westport Seabirds operates about 20 trips per year from March through October. A detailed schedule of trips for 2020 should be posted by December 1 on the Westport Seabirds website: http://westportseabirds.com

Mar. 20-22– 18th ANNUAL WINGS OVER WATER NORTHWEST BIRDING FESTIVAL, Blaine, WA. For information, please check the website at https://www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com
or contact Debbie Harger. phone: 360-220-7663; email: http://www.wingsownw@gmail.com

Mar. 20-22– 23rd ANNUAL OTHELLO SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL, Othello, WA. For information, check the festival website at http://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org , or phone (509) 989-5606.

Apr. 15-21– 25th ANNUAL GODWIT DAYS birding festival, Arcata, California. This is one of the premier birding festivals in North America, with dozens of field trips to various places. For information or to sign up, visit the festival website at: https://www.godwitdays.org

Apr. 17-19– OLYMPIC BIRD FESTIVAL, Sequim, WA. For information, visit the festival website at http://www.olympicbirdfest.org , or contact the Dungeness River Audubon Center by phone: 360-681-4076, or by email: info@olympicbirdfest.org

Apr. 24-26– GRAYS HARBOR SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL, Aberdeen, WA. For information, contact the festival office at PO Box 470, Montesano, WA 98563 phone 360-289-5048, or check the website at: http://www.shorebirdfestival.com

Apr. 28-29– ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS OF BC annual conference, Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, BC. For further information and to register, visit the APBBC website at: https://professionalbiology.com

Apr. 28-May 1– Annual meeting of the SOCIETY FOR NORTHWEST VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY at the Doubletree Inn in Spokane, Washington. This is a joint meeting with The Wildlife Society (Washington Chapter) and NW Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. For information and to register, check the SNWVB website at a later date at: http://thesnvb.org/annual-meeting

May 8-10– 8th annual CRESTON VALLEY BIRD FEST, Creston, BC. For information, please visit the festival website at: http://www.crestonvalleybirds.ca . The schedule and registration information should be posted early in 2020. In the meantime, send requests for information to: info@crestonvalleybirds.ca

May 11-17– WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES FESTIVAL (23rd annual), Invermere, BC. For information, contact the Pynelogs Cultural Centre, PO Box 2633, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0, phone 1-855-342-2473, e-mail info@wingsovertherockies.org , or check the website at: http://www.wingsovertherockies.org

May 14-17– LEAVENWORTH SPRING BIRD FEST, Leavenworth, WA. For information, email info@leavenworthspringbirdfest.com or check the festival website at: http://www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com

May 14-18– 23rd Annual MEADOWLARK NATURE FESTIVAL, Penticton, BC. The schedule of events and registration may not be available for a while, but please check the festival website at http://meadowlarkfestival.ca

June 1-July7– NORTH AMERICAN BREEDING BIRD SURVEY. This long-established program, supervised by the Canadian Wildlife Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service, is for experienced birders who are skilled at identifying birds by songs and calls as well as by sight. It involves running a roadside survey route once every year during June or very early July. There are several “vacant” (i.e., unassigned) routes in various parts of BC. If you are interested, check the Canadian Wildlife Service website at https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/bird-surveys/landbird/north-american-breeding/overview.html , which includes further details and has contact information for the CWS staff in charge of the program.

Check the BCFO website for the latest information: https://bcfo.ca/2020-annual-conference-smithers-june-26-28/

Aug. 10-15– Seventh NORTH AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL CONFERENCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico. This joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Wilson Ornithological Society, and Association of Field Ornithologists takes place once every four years. For details, please check the AOS website at a later date at:

Sep. 11-14– First joint meeting of WASHINGTON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIERTY and OREGON BIRDING ASSOCIATION, Astoria, OR. For information and to register, check either the WOS website at http://wos.org/annual-conference or the OBA website at:  https://oregonbirding.org next spring.




Page updated 03 January 2020

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