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.

NOTE: Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, many scheduled meetings and events for the next few months have been cancelled, gone virtual, or been postponed. Events which have not yet been cancelled could still be cancelled at a later date. Please be sure to check event websites before you plan to attend or register for any events. Also, note that you will not be able to attend events in the USA until the international border is reopened.

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

Mar. 20 — First WESTPORT SEABIRDS pelagic birding trip of the year from Westport, WA. Westport Seabirds will be operating 25 trips this year from March through October. A detailed schedule of trips for 2021 can be seen at the Westport Seabirds website <http://westportseabirds.com>

Mar. 19-21– 19th ANNUAL WINGS OVER WATER NORTHWEST BIRDING FESTIVAL, Blaine, WA. This will be a virtual event. For information, please check the website at: https://www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com or contact Debbie Harger (phone, (360) 332-8311; email, dharger@cityofblaine.com ).

Apr. 22-25– HARNEY COUNTY MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL, Burns, Oregon (focusing on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge).This year’s festival will be a virtual event. For further information, check the festival website at: http://www.migratorybirdfestival.com/

Apr. 24-30– GRAYS HARBOR SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL, Aberdeen, WA. This year’s event will be online only. For information, contact Glynnis Nakai, refuge Manager at the Grays Harbor NWR, at 360-753-9467, or check the website at: http://www.shorebirdfestival.com

Apr. 27-May 1– ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS OF BC annual conference. The 2021 conference will be a virtual event. For further information and to register, visit the APBBC website at: https://professionalbiology.com

May 10-16– 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 20-24– 24th Annual MEADOWLARK NATURE FESTIVAL, Penticton, BC. The schedule of events and registration should be available soon; 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.

June 25-27– BC FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS ANNUAL CONFERENCE in Smithers, BC. Updated information is pending. Check: https://bcfo.ca/ for updates.

Sept. 10-12– PUGET SOUND BIRD FESTIVAL, Edmonds, WA. For information and to register (starting Aug. 1), check the festival website at: http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com or contact Jennifer Leach at the City of Edmonds Parks Dept. (phone 425-771-0227), or email her at jennifer.leach@edmondswa.gov

Oct. 8-14– RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION annual meeting, Boise, Idaho, USA. For further details, visit the society website at:https://raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences .

Nov. 1-5– 28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY. This will be a virtual conference. For information, visit the website at: https://twsconference.org

Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2022)– CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS. For information on dates of counts and contact information for count organizers, check the BCFO website in November and December, or check the December issue of BC BIRDING.


.Page updated 08 March 2021

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