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 Canadians 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 .


Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2021)– CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS. For information on dates of counts and contact information for count organizers, check the BCFO website https://bcfo.ca/cbc-2020-2021-countdeets/ or check the December issue of BC BIRDING.


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

Feb. 23-27 – PACIFIC SEABIRD GROUP, 49th ANNUAL MEETING. This will be a virtual conference. For information and to register, visit the conference website at: https://pacificseabirdgroup.org/annual-meeting

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 2021 should be posted by December 1 on the Westport Seabirds website: http://westportseabirds.com

Mar. 19-21 – 20th 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) 332-8311; email: dharger AT cityofblaine DOT com

Apr. 15-18 – 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 e-mail: info@olympicbirdfest.org

Apr. 15-18 – Joint conference of WILSON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY and ASSOCIATION OF FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS. This will be held as a virtual event. For further information, visit the following website: https://www.eaglehill.us/NENHC_2021/NENHC2021.shtml

Apr. 22-25 – HARNEY COUNTY MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL, Burns, Oregon, focused on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For information and to register, please visit the festival website at: https://www.migratorybirdfestival.com . Information is also available from the Harney County Chamber of Commerce at (541) 573-2636, or by email at info@harneycounty.com .

May 7-9 – 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 2021. In the meantime, send requests for information to info@crestonvalleybirds.ca .

May 20-24 – 23rd Annual MEADOWLARK NATURE FESTIVAL, Penticton, BC. The schedule of events and registration may not be available for awhile, 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.

June 25-27 – BC FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, tentatively scheduled for these dates in Smithers, BC. Watch for future announcements on the BCFO webpage: https://bcfo.ca/ , and in our news magazine, BC Birding.

Aug. 9-14 – AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY annual meeting. This will be a virtual event. For further information and to register, please visit the meeting website at: https://americanornithology.org/meetings/annual-meeting .

Aug. 25-29 – 45th Annual Conference, WESTERN FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS, Reno, Nevada. For information and to register, please visit the WFO website at: https://westernfieldornithologists.org/conference .

Sept. (date to be announced) – 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 .

NOTE: The following annual events, normally scheduled between March and May, have not yet announced dates for 2021. These events may not take place in 2021 because of Covid-19 concerns, but those scheduled for late spring and summer will take place if the outbreak is controlled by then. They are listed under their expected month of scheduling. Please check the respective website later to see if the event will be held next year.

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

April – 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 .

April – 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 .

April – ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS OF BC annual conference. For further information, visit the APBBC website at: https://professionalbiology.com .

May – Annual meeting of the SOCIETY FOR NORTHWEST VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY. For information, check the SNWVB website at a later date at http://thesnvb.org/annual-meeting .

May – WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES FESTIVAL 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 – LEAVENWORTH SPRING BIRD FEST, Leavenworth, WA. For information, email info@leavenworthspringbirdfest.com or check the festival website at http://www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com .



Page updated 24 November 2020

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